When I saw these lovely photographs that Two Birds Photography sent of a beautiful Belgian Sheepdog mix named Indiana (who has since passed), I knew they would help serve as a great reminder of what a treasure professional portraits of our four-legged loved ones really are. I love the fact that this session was shot on a mix of film (Holga and Hasselblad) as well as the Nikon D700.
As you’ll see in her human’s account, Indiana’s story is bittersweet, full of challenges, courage, and undeniable zest for life.
From Jennifer: “This is Indiana, our Belgian sheepdog mix, who was 14 years old at the time these pictures were taken. We knew our time left with her was limited and wanted beautiful photos from Two Birds Photography as a memento of our sweet girl. Indiana left this world on June 5, 2012, but not before she proved herself as a survivor and an inspiration. In 2006, Indiana was diagnosed with cancer and nearly died. But thanks to surgery, chemotherapy, and her incredible will to live, she pulled through and remained free of that cancer for the rest of her life. In the following years, Indiana lived with arthritis, hip dysplasia, chronic kidney disease, and the appearance of a different type of cancer. Through these battles, Indiana always had a smile on her face and that ever-present will to persevere. She brought hope to friends around the country fighting cancer with their pets, proving that cancer doesn’t always win. In the end, Indiana left this world on her own terms, simply because she was old and tired. We will love and miss her for the rest of our lives, and we are so grateful to have these photos, which truly capture her beautiful spirit.”
While I know that Indiana’s family misses her, they count their blessings that she lived to a ripe old age and will always treasure their memories and these photos.
About Two Birds Photography: Based in Westmont, Illinois, Jake and Jennifer are a husband and wife team that are primarily wedding and portrait photographers. Together they combine their individual strengths to capture the true personality of their subjects. They live with their two sons and two boxer pups and are always up for a road trip! Visit their blog and connect with them on Facebook.