Our world is missing one sweet dog today. Jazmin passed away this morning, unexpectedly, in her sleep. Her “best friend”, Rick, is our friend and hair stylist. Sometimes Rick would bring Jazmin in to work which was always a treat. She was a gentle and patient with our daughter’s childish and curious hands. She was well-behaved and clamly watched and waited for Rick to finish his day of work. She was a loyal and adoring companion to Rick.
Losing a pet is heartbreaking. They are with you through the good times and the bad times. They aways have a wagging tale to remind you that things will be okay. They are the experts of leisure and insist that we slow down, relax and play. They live in a simple and basic mindset and encourage us to do the same.
When they pass away, there is a quietness and an emptiness. You feel such a deep sadness. Sometimes you feel physically sick. It’s painful.
The only thing that helps is passing time. You look at photographs. People tell you to hang onto the memories. You eventually begin talking about them in past tense. But you don’t want any of those things. All you long for is to be holding your healthy dog again, planning youe evening walk or another game of fetch. As with any loss, getting through small pieces of time – minutes, then hours, then days – is all that you need to do.
After time has passed, you are able to come back to those memories and those photographs and remember the bittersweet love shared. Healing happens inevitably. We are comforted and feel close by memories and little tangible things – the collar they wore, the paw print the vet sometimes makes, their bed, their food bowls and the photographs.
We took these photos in May of 2012. It was meant to be a headshot but Rick didn’t want to have a photo shoot without his sweet Jazmin.
Here’s to your best friend, Rick. May you meet up again.
You know how there are just some things that come together and work? It’s like the outfit that fits perfectly and looks great, or the meal that is healthy, simple to prepare, and amazes your guests, or the day when you wake up early, get your workout in, get your desk tidied up and and have a great evening with family or friends. That is the feeling I get each time I photograph this family!
It just works.
We have been doing this for several years now, so the familiarity and comfort helps. But even without that, they are an adorable bunch, and each one has a personality that shines.
I’m not saying it’s all easy. It’s noisy. There is plenty of running and exercise on my part. Sometimes there is some crying…the kids, the parents, or me!
But in the end it’s magical! Every single time.
Every session is exciting and unique. I can hardly wait to see the photos we make from the next one!
The monsoon rains have moved in and cooler weather is around the corner. This is the time to begin planning for your fall photo sessions. Current clients have already reserved their spots. Email for availability Rachel@UrbanAbstrakt.com.
I get so busy photographing and making beautiful images for people that I don’t sit down to show all these special moments! This is another from my “catching-up” effort to post sessions that weren’t posted last year. I will weave them in with the recent work.
These little guys were learning quickly their new role as brothers.
There was a stir of excitement in the air with all the changes in the house. Mom was balancing her time between the two – quiet and nurturing with the newborn and playful and attentive with his big brother.
Big brother was gentle and calm when he was near the baby, but he spared no time showing me his drawing skills and bouncing around on Mom and Dad’s bed.
Children change so quickly in the first few years, and as new parents, who has time to capture all those sweet moments? Parents are too busy chasing around little ones, changing diapers, cleaning up crayon art on the walls and playing pat-a-cake so the little hands stay out of the potty!
To ensure you don’t miss those toothless smiles, the smirk of mischief and the consoling hugs, schedule an appointment for a photo session today. You will thank yourself when you are even busier next year!