I had the greatest honor of photographing this sweet, sweet dog family last week. Kristen is one of the kindest, strongest individuals you will ever meet. From our very first phone conversation, I knew we would click well. To give you a back story, five years ago she tragically lost her husband in a single car accident one mile from their home. She was left with her son Will, Labrador Dewey and Golden Retriever Trace. In spite of that great loss, they have made a wonderful life together and the deep bond that her and Will share is so ever evident. Trace and Dewey are fully integrated in their lives and it’s simply beautiful. About a week and a half ago, Kristen received news that Trace has cancer behind his right eye and it is too far along and in too rough of a place to perform surgery. As a result, Trace has only been given a few months to live. That is when Kristen called with interest in dog photography, and I’m so glad she did. This was probably one of the hardest dog sessions for me, but the photograph below makes it so incredibly worth it. I hope it is always a reminder to Will as he grows up how much his pups were loved and how much they loved him. Trace has the quietest spirit and the sweetest soul. He has lived a short nine years and I hope these last few months are some of the best for him. Be strong, sweet boy.
Trace, Kristen, Dewey and Will. (And if you’re like me, maybe the photograph will help take away the tears and replace them with laughter.)
Dog Photographer – Nashville, TN
Adrian Hitt Photography