Time is Running Short: Why Now is The Time for Professional Pet Photos

There seems to be a growing trend with my inquiries lately from people reaching out as their dogs are aging or not in the best of health. They tell me  their dog is getting older and experiencing some health issues or they believe he is nearing the end of his life. They want those final memories preserved in photos.

Secondary to the heartache of losing a pet is the sadness and regret that comes with having few or no truly good photos of him. My clients tell me that having these images of their loyal companion is a tremendous comfort as they grieve. One client in particular wrote me after ordering her gallery-wrapped canvas to thank me for providing her family with their dog’s “senior picture,” adding that it will have a very special place in their home as a beautiful keepsake while they struggle with some decisions about their sweet boy’s health.

This is one of the reasons I offer Rainbow Sessions. Created specifically for pets preparing to cross the Rainbow Bridge due to illness or aging, these sessions include a variety of collection options to ensure that you walk away from our time together with heartwarming images and beautiful products. We will let your pet set the pace for a calm and relaxed session that can be held on-location or in the privacy and comfort of your home or backyard. Rainbow Sessions are not designed to be sad, but rather a celebration of the joy and love between you and your pet. Sure, you (OK, both of us) may shed a few tears, but every one of my clients who has booked a Rainbow Session tells me what a cathartic experience it was.

english labrador looking up at fall leaves in a field at south park

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The point is time is running short. Our four-legged friends grow and change so quickly and their years with us are not guaranteed. While those tail-wagging memories will stay with you long after your pet has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, there’s nothing quite like the gift of having tangible photos to cherish, display, and reflect upon.

Set aside a few moments whenever possible to photograph your pet. Find ways to capture his personality and the small details you love most. And don’t forget to include yourself and your family in them as well. If you aren’t comfortable doing so, ask a friend to help or hire a professional pet photographer. Whether you prefer posed portraits or candid captures, a indoor lifestyle-inspired shoot or an outdoor session in your pup’s favorite location, now is the time. Forget “when I have time” and the “I’ve-been-meaning-to’s.” Photograph your fur babies–and do it often–because I promise that one day you will be thankful that you did. Ask anyone who’s ever loved and lost a pet…

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If you would like to book a Rainbow Session for your pet, click here or give me a call at 724-913-BARK (2275). For more information on Bark & Gold Photography sessions, visit “Your Session” in the menu.

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