I think that my dog is gorgeous, but admittedly, I am biased.
Yesterday afternoon, someone else was able to capture the beauty that I see in my dog – and now, I get to share just a touch of that with you.
Not long ago, I received an email from Julie Austin – a photographer.
Julie had read about Lily’s cancer diagnosis, and my attempts to capture every portion of Lily with my point and shoot camera.
Julie graciously offered to come and take photos of my Lily – while she is still healthy and beautiful.
How could I refuse? Someone with a real camera – someone with true talent.
Yesterday afternoon was Lily’s special day as a supermodel. She took to her job with the ease of a long-time pro (Julie could tell that Lily has had a camera in her face a lot – yes I am guilty as charged).
I was quickly impressed with Julie’s technique. She was calm and relaxed – which in turn, made her subject equally calm and relaxed.
While she snapped photo after photo, we chatted.
I learned about how she had come to know about me (through an article over a year ago – she couldn’t remember exactly which one), and I learned that she was inspired to start fostering.
I also heard about how she saved a dog who had been hit by a car – not only taking on the hundreds (thousands??) in veterinary expenses – but offering the dog a forever home.
We shared a few foster stories – chatted about the occasional stressy “poo” messes on the carpet, dog hair, dog squabbles and more.
I rambled about Lily’s cancer journey (poor Julie, she probably had already read about it all) and shared how Lily had come into my life originally.
Julie told me about “HeARTs Speak”, an organization designed to unite animal rescues with artists in an effort to promote adoption (me – “LOVE!”). I hope to do a story about their efforts in the near future.
As with many of the people that I have stumbled across through dog rescue, Julie and I had an easy rapport and much in common. She reminded me of the many friends that I have made along the way…
Before we knew it, the session was over and it was time for me to get back to my computer and Julie to get on with her day.
Later in the evening, I got a sneak peek at a few of the images Julie had captured of my favorite girl (okay, in all fairness to my daughter – my favorite 4-legged girl).
In a word – gorgeous!
Being the proud dog mom that I am, I was beaming when Julie noted something that I have always felt about Lily – she is an old soul.
I have said many times – “Lily is my own piece of art”. Soon, I will have photos to display in my home that will outlast my too short time with Lily.
Art which will last a lifetime.
Thank you Julie Austin – for spending your afternoon at our home, capturing the essence of my special girl.
Please take a moment to visit Julie Austin on Facebook at this link.
For those of you who reside in Western Washington – I would encourage you to visit Julie Austin Photography online and see about setting up your own photo shoot.
Her website claims “Photography with soul” – trust me, it is an honest statement.
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