Working as a photographer provides so many different types of moments. The type of work will change the overall mood, and ranges from excitement at nightclubs or parties, romance at weddings, sadness during end of life sessions, butterflies at engagement sessions, childishness during expression sessions or even just a wave of emotionality that spreads across the entire spectrum. The one thing that I had been told was a general rule in photography and photojournalism classes was that as the photographer you're not supposed to express these emotions. You're just there, you're a "fly on the wall" and you're unbiased. But I'm not going to lie - I'm not on to follow rules. Understanding these emotions is imperative both for the photographer and their clients. How can we expect to ever create anything unique or meaningful without we, ourselves, allowing ourselves to feel the same things?
I have felt a great deal of both sadness in editing these photographs knowing Spice will soon face the same fate as Rocket. It's a part of pet ownership that seems to break many hearts.. but the good times with them heavily outweigh the sadness that comes when it is time to say goodbye.
In this case, many feelings came into play. This is a repeat client of mine whose pup Rocket I photographed last year near the end of his life. He was a champion show dog, and had a very gentle old soul. I was so happy to have been able to capture their moments together, but when I left the session I was an absolute mess after seeing his mom breakdown at the end of our shoot. Not to worry, I kept it together during the shoot... not breaking down with owners is part of a photographer's job description - you simply capture the moments, both good and bad.
This session was similar to Rocket's, except this time it was Spice's turn to take the center stage. She was tired, a little weak in the knees and wobbly and perhaps photos weren't the biggest thrill on her agenda. But we all need memories like these. Her owners carried her most of the way to each spot we picked to do per petraits, and she tried hard to be photogenic - if she wasn't trying, then she's obviously a natural!
Fun fact: Libby and Arthur, the very adorable couple shown here are both veterinarians.
The're also responsible or creating these two beautiful sisters, Camille and Maddy who both seem to be taking after mom and dad as pet lovers. :-)
Best buddies already! I know all to well what the sister relationship is like having three of my own. Looks like Maddy is already the best big sister in the world!
Then again, who doesn't want an older sister who wears green dinosaur slippers to her photoshoot?
We managed to squeeze a little bit of imagination into this session as well - or as I label it within my own business: Expression Sessions.
And hey - dad's can baby wear too. Arthur was toddler-wearing - LIKE A BOSS.
And for those unfamiliar with the process - using carriers can often look like this.
A huge thank you goes out to this wonderful family for allowing me into their lives during times that are both joyful and turbulent. Looking forward to many more moments to come.
As a side note, my move to Wichita Falls has been delayed. However, I am still booking appointments there, as it's basically my second home right now. I'll be serving both Wichita Falls, TX for new clients with photography services, as well as Fort Collins, CO for old clients and referrals.
Interested in booking?