This is Charlie, the 16 year old Chihuahua/Boston Terrier mix that lives in New York. I photographed him in New York a few weeks ago along with his wonderful, loving family. This is such an important moment in this senior dog's life, and his family was smart to schedule a New York dog photography session now because, though Charlie can still get around and chase squirrels as well as the next dog, he is a senior dog and his health is failing.
Charlie, like so many other older dogs, was the first 'child' in the family. He was an 'only child' for many, many years but now lives with a great 10 year old brother who loves him and tries his best to gently respect Charlie's senior dog lifestyle. Photographing this dog and his entire family in New York was such a special project, and I can't wait to help this client curate a beautiful collection of black and white dog portraits for their home.
Photographing senior dogs is always a truly moving and inspiring project- for me, as well as for my dog photography clients. Don't wait until it's too late. We've only got a finite amount of time with our animals companions, and every day counts.