This photograph is not perfect. You may even look at it and think, meh, the photo is okay but technically it could be better. What do not see or know is that this old doggie is dying and he passed away a few days later. The family portrait session I did was to capture the love that this family had for their dog and the dog for his family. When I look at this photograph I stare at it for a long time because I know what this man is thinking and how he is feeling. It is utter and complete sadness. My old girl is sitting next to me on the couch as I write this. She will be 14 in July. Today I am going to hold Radley in my arms like this man is holding onto his dog and I am going to breath in her scent as deep as possible so that I can remember what she smells like forever. I am going to close my eyes and magically stop time from taking her away from me.
Then I am going to stroke her soft soft ears and whisper into them... "Good girl Radley, good girl."