I really believe that as a pet photographer, I have the best job in the world, but it’s not always easy. The most challenging part is when a client calls because they have received bad news about the health of a beloved pet and they realized that they don’t have any good pictures by which to remember them. It can be very sad, but I am so honored when a client asks me to help them create images to remember their loved one.
I always keep time in my schedule to accommodate requests for a Memorial Session. My goal is to get the family to come in as quickly as possible in hopes that we can capture some great images before the situation gets any worse. Luckily when Brianna called, we were able to get her family in quickly. Her beloved German Shepherd, Petra, had been diagnosed with cancer and they were not sure how long she would have. On the day they came, Petra seemed to be feeling pretty good. She still had a lot of spunk and we were able to capture some beautiful shots of Brianna and David with Petra and her brother, a goofy Boxer named Woola.
The perfect portrait of Woola was not quite as stately. Her parents thought the spit bubble Woola blew was hilarious and really showed off his goofball personality. Brianna secretly got a mug with this image as a surprise gift for David.
Unfortunately, Petra only made it a few more months after the session. As sad as it can be to do a memorial session, it is also incredibly rewarding because I know that I am capturing moments that my clients will treasure forever. Rest in Peace sweet Petra.