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FAREWELL TO A FRIEND//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

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Last week we lost a very special friend, Miss Lola Rose.

Though it's true that in my many years of working with dogs day in and day out I've met and lost so many animals, it will always hit me just as hard. This is part of life, and part of being a dog owner. Watching a companion pass on is never easy, no matter how prepared we may be. But it is an odd inevitable aspect of dog ownership.

Lola Rose was a special dog. I felt connected to her immediately, felt the joy and energy she gave to others, and was moved by the incredible bond she had with her human family. She was a stubborn dog, but a present dog. And I'm very sad to hear of her passing.

I feel grateful that I can give clients something that will commemorate the love they have for their companions forever, and know clients are grateful for that gift. To commemorate this amazing dog, here are a few of my favorite images from last year's session. Farewell Lola Rose. You will be missed.

 

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SAYING GOODBYE//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I'm not ashamed to admit that often times, when working with older dogs, I can't help but getting a little teary eyed at one point or another during our project. From the moment my clients walk into my studio, their senior dog slowly trotting along side, I know I have been handed a responsability that is not to be taken for granted. These older dogs, sometimes sick, sometimes in the throws of a cancer treatment, sometimes with benign lumps, a history of biting the mailman, or quickly clouding eyes- they deserve a special kind of attention from their owners. And from me. And, on top of that, their owners have chosen me as the artist to celebrate and understand their companion. It makes for a very inspired and emotional collaboration. A few months ago a friend of mine commissioned me  to photograph her beloved Old English Sheepdog. She's had OE's for years, and Bella (her favorite), was at the end of a terribly drawn out battle with cancer. She couldn't walk on her own, and had almost no control over her physical movements. But her mental functions were still sharp, and you could see this incredibly deep personality and comprehension in her eyes. We carried her to her favorite spot in the shade, gave her some doggie-ice cream, and just photographed for as long as Bella could withstand.

Photographing a dog like Bella is not about getting them to connect with me. Her main concern that day was not gettng to know me, it was simply withstanding her constant state of pain and being comforted by her owners. My job that day was to observe, to create a visual depiction of the invisable bond between Bella and the humans around her, and help shower her with as much attention and love as possible. And that's what we did. Looking through these images is difficult, because I know how hard her end-of-life experience was. But being able to create a memorial to her, in collaboration with my clients, is an honor that I take very seriously. Here is one of the prints we selected from our presentation, which will be enlarged to a mural size, and installed in my client's living room:

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TEDDY THE GOLDEN/BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Golden Retreivers come in all shapes and sizes, but Teddy was a Golden that truly fit his name. Big, fluffy, happy, silly- he was a senior dog in a puppy's body. He certainly has a lot of work to do around the house, even as a senior dog. He's got teenagers to keep up with, soccer games to referee in the back yard, a swimming pool to keep watch over, and a couple tennis balls to round up every day. It's a busy life for Teddy. For our session, I treated him to an afternoon of lounging in the cool grass. Here are some of my favorites:

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golden retriever in field

golden retriever in field

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MISS LOLA ROSE//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I had the pleasure of photographing Miss Lola Rose and her mom a few months ago in Los Angeles. Her mom won my Fine Art Dog Photography Package at the Buddha Bark fundraiser for Best Friends Animal Society - I donate photography packages to countless organizations every year, but always love connecting with big groups like Best Friends because they have such a huge impact on how we treat, rescue, and support our country's animals. My session with Lola Rose was truly magical- she is the kind of dog that exudes love and devotion, with a healthy dose of ridiculous. As she sauntered around the house, back yard, zoomed around the table, and sat in her favorite spot staring out the second-story window, she painted a picture of an amazingly happy dog's life. The sparks that flew between Lola, her mom, and her grandpa were amazing. They were a devoted family, and each took care of the others in unique ways. These are some of my favorite images of the past year, and bring me so much joy as a photographer, dog owner, and human being.

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DENIRO, A VERY VERY LOVED DOG//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I recently had a session with Deniro. His mom and I used to work together over at Wag Hotel, and when she asked if we could put together a special session to celebrate Deniro's noble senior years, I knew our project would be a lot of fun. We rolled around together on the kitchen floor, relaxed in the warm shade on the front stoop, and played in the garden. And then a very odd thing happened; while we were taking a break (photo session breaks are always good, for dogs AND humans), Deniro suddenly got up, semi-frozen marrow bone in mouth, and sauntered back out to the garden with an air of determination. Slightly perplexed, yet knowing something amazing was going to be happening, we all dashed after him to catch him slinging dirt in all directions. The weirdest thing was- in a yard full of grass, flowers, and some (fertilized) soil, Deniro decided he needed to dig in one of the very small flower pots. So, he dug until he had almost emptied the shallow pot, dropped his slobbery marrow bone in, and walked away. Quite proud of himself, with dirt covering his entire face. I really didn't know what to say. It was one of the weirdest things I've ever seen a dog do, yet exemplified Deniro's wacky, playful character so well. In the end, the images came out great and I know that Deniro's mom is going to love her photographs for years to come. Every day she will walk by them and smile, even long after Deniro has moved on. And knowing that makes me a very happy man. I think it makes all of us happy.

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BOY'S BEST FRIEND//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Watching a child interact with their family dog is such a special thing. It's like they have their own secret language. They communicate on a very intimate level that adults and their companions seem to miss- they roll around together, they look forward to snack time together, they share toys and love the same parks and smile in the sunshine together. Gracie (the English Pointer) and Drew (the very very smart 7 year old) share this kind of chemistry, and I really had such a wonderful time hanging out with them. Their parents won my photography session at last year's French American School silent auction. Gracie is working through her senior years, and our photography session was a very special way to honor that. The images we created together are intimate, warm, playful, silly, and truly celebrate the irreplaceable companionship Gracie has formed with her family.

Thanks for an amazing session, guys.

Here are some of my favorites:

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