2012 was hard in that I had to say goodbye to too many clients this year. Each and every pet that I photograph becomes a part of my heart and I love nothing more than to receive updates on what they're up to and how they're doing. Inevitably, I will also get told that one of them had to say goodbye. This is the hardest part of what I do and I cry every. single. time.

I wanted to put together a little blog post in order to honor those pets that have gained their angel wings this year.

Ellie - Ellie was the first deaf dog I've ever photographed and I fell in love with her sweet personality immediately. She loved going out on the boat with her moms...

Jack - We squeezed Jack's session in just hours before he said goodbye. He spent his days protecting his mom on his front porch...Cali - Cali said goodbye way too soon but we were lucky to have a wonderful session together before she got sick. She got to play ball, swim, and go on a car ride...Disney - Disney had a beautiful Angel Session that was full of celebration, positivity, and compassion. It was so touching and I know she said goodbye with nothing but happiness and love in her heart...Cliff - Who could ever forget Cliffy-Poo? This sweetie also had to say goodbye too soon but I know his parents will always look at this picture and smile...Manchester - Manchester fought a strong fight so he could stay by his mom's side as long as possible. He enjoyed licking out the peanut butter jar for a special treat...Chaz - Chaz was ill during our session but you would have never known it. He made sure his family had images of his sweet, happy face having a great time...Ilsa - Ilsa resembles my Eva so much that I took her session very personally. When I got the news that she had said her final goodbyes, it was very hard. She was a beautiful dog with a beautiful soul...

Phoebe Buffet - Phoebe Buffet was part of a model call that I held back when I was doing studio work. At 14 years old, she had played "mother" to numerous foster dogs and is now watching over them from afar...

For those of you out there that have lost a beloved pet, I know the pain never goes away - it just gets easier to deal with. Please know that there are people out there that also treasure the memory of your pet and understand that they were a part of your family. I'm sure 2013 will bring you new memories (and maybe even new pets) but be assured that your four-legged loved ones have now gained their angel wings and are watching over you...

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