(Tissue alert!) I always cry when I blog about a dog who has passed away. But, I think it is important to share these photo sessions, perhaps more than other types. Why? Because pets are family. They bring us joy, comfort us in times of sorrow, and make our lives better. And while it breaks our hearts to lose a loved one, beautiful photos like this session from Good Morrow Photography in Arvada, Colorado help. End-of-life sessions are sad, but they are also a celebration of love. Our pets don’t live long enough. Photos help us remember. I hope you will be inspired to get professional photos of your pet and you together.
From Natalie: “Lauren contacted me because her dog had just been diagnosed with cancer. Shea didn’t have much time left. We got her scheduled asap and had a wonderful session. Two weeks after the session, when she came to pick out her images, Lauren let me know that their sweet girl had passed.”
From Lauren: “We rescued Shea (Shea Darling) in 2013. Shea moved from New York to Colorado with us in 2014 and became a ‘working’ dog, but not like a traditional Kelpie- she went to work every day with me (her Mom), at an office, for two years. She was the ‘receptionist/greeter’ at work, and loved hiking, swimming and chasing/herding any animals she came across when we weren’t indoors. Shea became a ‘big sister’ to her human sister in 2017. She embraced it even if that meant sharing the toys that she hoarded. Shea never passed up a scoop of peanut butter, pizza crust, or ice cream and loved a good butt rub.
Shea passed in August; 10 weeks after she was diagnosed with Lymphoma. We are forever changed from her, and her resilience to the very end. She truly rescued us and showed us the meaning of family.”
We rarely know when it will be time to say goodbye to our loved ones. So please get a photo session with your pets! Find a pet-friendly photographer near you.
About Good Morrow Photography: Based in Arvada, Colorado, Natalie Morrow specializes in family portraits as well as pet photography.