Photographing pets for families is always special.
But, when you’re working to recreate an image to help pay homage to a beloved pet that has passed away, the project becomes even more special.
I worked with Liz and Maurice back in 2010 to help capture the portrait of their rescued German Shepherd. The photographs, which turned out beautiful, ended up being even more important than the couple realized when they were taken.
After their pup passed away, the photographs I had taken helped them cope with their loss, reminding them of the sweet pet they loved so much and bringing them so much joy and peace.
Recently, Liz and Maurice got back in touch with me to see if I could help them re-create the portraits I took back in 2010 with their new rescue, another German Shepherd, named Sophie.
Knowing how important this project was to the couple, I eagerly said yes.
Just like before, I set Sophie up on the deck in the backyard of the couple’s home. We let her play with her favorite squeaky toys, bringing them into the photograph to help capture her playful personality.
Knowing that the photographs would be printed in black and white, I paid special attention to the lighting and other subtle aspects to make sure everything was just right.
The session went wonderfully and the new portraits of Sophie will look beautiful displayed in the gallery of pup photographs Liz and Maurice have created in their basement.
Knowing that the work I do helps families treasure the memories of their beloved pets makes every project such a treat.
And, when you get to work with families again and again, capturing generations of their furry friends, the work becomes even more special.