When I photograph a person, I really try to capture emotion. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. I also like photos with a story.
Meet Rusty and Maci.
Maci is my incredible 5 year old. Everyone who has kids says their kid is incredible. It's like the golden standard. But she really is incredible in so many ways.
Meet Rusty. A grumpy old man of a dog that barks at every other human on the planet, except for two people. Myself and Maci. Rusty came from a puppy mill. That's a story for another day... (the puppy mill was shut down years ago). Rusty pictured here, he was about 10 years old. I'm a terrible pet parent because I can never remember my pets birth dates.
These photos were taken the day before he was put to sleep on January 22, 2017.
He was very sick even though he doesn't necessarily look it from the photos. He was sort of an arsehole to everyone (my husband included. And that's why he was barking in one of the photos below). He was suffering from osteoarthritis in his back and had a gradual decline in health these last two years. We made the call for him to suffer no longer when his kidneys started to shut down (one reason he was in the box) and he lost control of his back end from the hips down. It didn't make sense to have him suffer any longer than he probably already did, even though he seemed happy and pissed off at the same time (I'm telling you, he barked at everyone).
Well, the kid and the dog had a bond. I had to prep her hard to understand he was really sick and wouldn't be with us much longer. They were like two peas in a pod. She got it and has taken it in stride. She still talks about him from time to time and thinks we need to get Bella (our road side rescued puppy now big dog) a friend... We'll see...
Don't photos have more of an impact when you know part of the story behind them?
Our stories are meaningful and priceless. Take pictures, a lot of them. Because you never know how long you have with your loved ones. Even our beloved pets.
Disclaimer: during a night of restless sleep, I decided to share Rusty's story. I also finished some of the images in the dark (I don't edit well in complete darkness). So, if some of the images seem too warm or dim, it will be adjusted for accordingly... Cheers.