You know that there is no such thing as “just a dog”. And you know that the time you have will never be enough.
You want to remember what he looked like, what his fur felt like under your hands, and how much he loved that slobbery, disgusting tennis ball that you threw a million times.
And when memories are all you have, you know that they won’t be enough.
I’m Courtney Bryson, a professional pet photographer, and I create photographic artwork of Georgia’s most loved pets. My love for animals has shaped the course of my life and I have worked professionally with animals for the last 10 years.
While I knew that pet photography was important, it wasn’t until I hired an equine photographer for my horse a few months before she passed that I truly understood how priceless it is to have photos of our pets and photos of us with our pets.
Your album is a personal story book all about your dog. Flipping the pages of your album you can feel his soft furry body while you snuggled in the grass. Your hands remember how warm his fur was after an afternoon in the sunshine. Art is meant to be lived with. And art is meant to make you feel.
As you turn the thick silk pages you’ll see gorgeous portraits of your dog of course, but with an album you can also include the in between moments, the silly faces you love, the close up details of those perfect fuzzy toes, the candid moments from the session, and even a blooper or two!
While that photo of your dog clutching her favorite (disgusting) slobber dripping tennis ball clamped delicately in her jaws might not be the right choice for over the mantle, it’s exactly right for the pages of her album devoted to her love of fetch.
And that ridiculous face he makes after chomping his favorite treat? You know the one where he’s got a big goofy grin, his tongue lolling to one side, and maybe a little head tilt as he begs for another one. That face that is so him belongs in an album that you can revisit now, tomorrow, and in 15 years.
Flipping the pages of your album you can feel his soft furry body while you snuggled in the grass. Your hands remember how warm his fur was after an afternoon in the sunshine. This is what physical artwork can do that digital just cannot.