Rainbow Sessions

What is a Rainbow Session?

Rainbow Sessions are for pets preparing to cross the Rainbow Bridge due to illness or aging. They can be held on-location or in the privacy and comfort of your home or backyard, and we will work at your pet's pace to ensure a calm and relaxed experience. You can devote this time entirely to capturing images of your pet or join in, if you wish.

Every Rainbow Session includes a complimentary product (three 8x10 gift prints), so you are guaranteed to walk away from your session with heartwarming images and beautiful memories by which to celebrate the joy and love between you and your pet during what is undoubtedly a difficult time. Due to their nature, these sessions are given scheduling priority whenever possible.

English Lab kissing owner's hand at a Rainbow Session in South Park

"Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives." - John Galsworthy

Why would anyone want photos of this difficult time in their pet's life?

There is a wonderful saying, “When we think of those companions who traveled by our side down life's road, let us not say with sadness that they left us behind, but rather say with gentle gratitude that they once were with us.” 

The reality of losing a fur baby is incredibly sad, but Rainbow Sessions are designed to be a celebration of your relationship with your pet. I photograph the little things that you'll want to remember: the way your pet's paw felt in your hand, his familiar expressions, those funny quirks, and the love you share with one another. Clients who have done a session express great appreciation in having beautiful keepsakes of their fur babies to maintain that irreplaceable connection and reinforce how these photos have helped ease the difficult pain of losing them.

How do I know if a Rainbow Session is right for me?

These type of sessions certainly aren't for everyone--and that's OK! Only you will know if investing in a Rainbow Session is right for you and your pet. While I encourage you to capture the memories of your dog while he is happy and feeling/looking good, there may come a time in your pet's life when he has progressed to a point which you don't want to remember him in that way. If that is the case, do not feel bad in simply appreciating the photos that already have of him. Rather than forcing yourself into a session that may result in images too heart-wrenching to look at once your pet has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, take comfort in spending the remaining time you have left together. You will value that time just as much.

I want photos, but I worry about some cosmetic issues associated with my pet's age/illness.

I am happy to correct cosmetic issues, such as missing fur, removal of masses, cataracts, swelling, tear stains, etc. in post-processing to ensure your pet looks the way you want to remember him. This is a concern we can discuss this during your pre-session consultation.

Does my Rainbow Session include anything?

Yes, each Rainbow Session includes our time together as well as three complimentary 8x10 prints. If you want to learn more, you can receive a free copy of my Rainbow Sessions Guide that includes detailed pricing and additional information by inquiring via the button below. Most clients do choose to also invest in a combination of signature wall art, fine art albums, and boutique add-ons.

Book your rainbow session

To schedule your Rainbow Session or learn more about Bark & Gold Photography, contact me at jessica@barkandgoldphotography.com or call 724-913-BARK (2275).