Before I Go sessions are an opportunity to celebrate a loved one before they leave us.
In 2022 I became a member of the Tilly Project. A global community of pet photographers who offer end-of-life photography sessions. Not everyone is comfortable with the idea, but how often do you get photos of you AND your dog together? I will admit I missed out with my dogs and even though I'm camera shy myself, I regret not getting some photos of me and my husband with the dogs we've shared our life with by someone who understands the dog/human relationship. Sure I have lots of photos of my dogs, just none that captured that connection between them and us - how much they meant to us.
In these sessions, whether the photographs I capture are more posed or candid, I'm hoping they will eventually help conjure up memories of love that can provide comfort and help process the grief of losing a pet.
I will always do my best to accommodate these sessions, but the sooner we can connect and I can learn about your dog and you, the easier it will be when it comes time for the session. Some people like to do them 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.
Sessions are held at an agreed-upon location - outdoors, your home, my studio - with outdoor sessions being weather permitting. The session length can vary depending on a variety of factors, but mostly it comes down to your pet's comfort. I go gently and at their speed. Within about two weeks, you'll receive access to your 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 watermarked for sharing online.
You will also receive a custom e-book, created by me, of our session in a PDF format. 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 we 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.
In studio session fees start at $195; on-location session fees start at $225. I understand that finances can be tight for some when dealing with a pet's illness, so please let me know if this an issue and we can work on an alternative.