Before I Go sessions are an opportunity to celebrate a loved one before they leave us.
Though we don't want to think about our pets passing, it seems sometimes the snapshots we take everyday may not be able to fully convey the love we have for them. If you're the one behind the lens or trying to get that selfie, it can be tough to be in the moment with them.
This is where I can help.
End of life, or Before I Go sessions as I call them are an opportunity for me to help you capture their sweet, silly selves. Whether we focus on just them, or them and their favourite people, as long as it's comfortable for your pet given how they're feeling, I'm game. We can plan for quiet, moody, portraits in my studio, I can follow along on a little walk, a bucket list outing getting a favourite puppacino or maybe your pet prefers to stay close to home or hang in your yard. Whatever's most comfortable for your pet and you.
In these sessions, my aim is that the images you receive will can be added to your treasure chest of memories of love, and maybe... eventually... help process the grief of losing your beloved.
As a former hospice volunteer I understand the power that facing death brings and the honour that can be felt when present at the end of a life. Along with the experiences of losing my own pets over the years I've come to realize that there's no one way to celebrate a life. Each life brings experience and uniqueness and can be marked, celebrated and mourned in a way that feels natural to the family.
I will always do my best to accommodate Before I Go sessions, though the sooner we can connect and I can learn about your dog and you, the easier it will be when it comes to the session. Some people like to do the sessions earlier on in a diagnosis when their loved one is feeling better, some may not have that time. Either way, if you're interested, please get in touch.
Session can length can vary depending on a variety of factors, but mostly it comes down to your pet's comfort, their stage of diagnosis and/or age.
Within about two weeks after our session, you'll receive access to a private on-line gallery where you will be able to access two sets of edited and re-touched digital image files. One set will be sized for printing and the second set will be sized and log for sharing online.
You will also receive a custom e-book, created by me. Viewing session photos in this format takes one on a journey of the session and provides an opportunity for me to share not just the 'pretty pictures', but those little nuances that make your loved one who they are and who you love... the blinks, maybe a tongue out, maybe turning away from the camera, or maybe even napping.
The e-book can also be provided in hard or soft-cover book form for an additional cost.
Fees: In-studio session fees start at $195; on-location session fees start at $225. I know firsthand that finances can get tight when dealing with a pet's illness so my rates reflect that. However, if cost is the one thing holding you back, please let me know and we can work on alternative.
custom 7x7 hardcover book
custom 10x8 e-book
I'm also a member of the following organizations, both of who offer a wide range of resources for pet parents that find themselves navigating the loss of their beloved pets.