One of my favorite quotes of all time is this one:

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
    -Roger Caras
I named these types of sessions “Pawprint Sessions” because of another inspirational quote: “Dogs leave paw prints on your heart” They are not meant to be a sad session, they are a celebration of the life of someone you love.


I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph my friend Kristin and her family member, Sophie. Sophie was her main inspiration for getting into rescue work, her legacy lives on through all of Kristin’s hard work and determination. She formed a wonderful organization called: Releash Atlanta. It’s kind of like Match dot com, but for people and dogs!

I felt honored to have been chosen to photograph Sophie with her mom at such a special time. Xoxo







From Kristin:

I was devastated to learn that my time was coming to an end with my best friend, my rock, my constant, my gray shadow of 10 years, Sophie. I’m fortunate to know Kristen and even luckier to get to call her a good friend. I mentioned to her what was happening with Sophie and her immediate response was “I’m coming up there tomorrow”. I was hesitant of course. “How am I supposed to smile right now?” was my thought, but she got there, camera in hand and in true Kristen fashion, was so kind and caring. She knew it was the hardest day of my life and she was there going through it with me. Tears and all. I have some beautiful photos from that day that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Sophie is so incredibly missed and will be every day forever, but thankfully I have these special photos to look back on whenever I get sad.



Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

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