Ottawa Family Photographer :: The Walsh Family

When JoAnne contacted me a few weeks back, I know it was with a heavy heart. Her email explained that their family had a dog who was suffering from some health complications and that they weren’t sure how much longer they had with her. What touched me most was that they wanted this family photo session to happen so that they could document their time with Lucy, since they knew that there was a possibility that she would not be around long. So we booked the session and I anxiously anticipated meeting them!

Last Sunday, the 6 of us and Lucy, the white Boxer, met down at the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens here in Ottawa for our session. We spent some time walking the grounds and enjoyed the GORGEOUS weather we’ve been having. The kids were wonderful and fun, the moments were perfect, Lucy was sweet and very well behaved – we really couldn’t have asked for a better day. On my way home, as always, I was feeling very grateful that this family had contacted me for this. With two dogs of my own that I love dearly, I am always especially touched when someone decides to include their pets in their family session. In this case, even more so knowing that Lucy’s health was declining and that these photos would mean so much to this family.

On Monday morning, the day after our session, I received an email from JoAnne thanking me so much for the session….and letting me know that Lucy had passed. I was shocked. As I sat in my car preparing to meet a friend for lunch that day, I got tears in my eyes as soon as I read it. Less than 24 hours and Lucy was gone. It was almost like she waited. Her health held on long enough to give her family the gift of these precious memories. Gosh…my eyes even well up with tears as I type this. Because it’s stories like this that remind me why I do what I do. They reinforce how truly valuable our time together is with the people and animals that we love. I’m certain that I will never forget the story of Lucy and her family and how fate made it all happen when it did. Lucy was such a lucky dog to have owners who loved her so much. And what a lucky family to have a dog who left them with such a valuable gift.

Thank you so very much Walsh family for choosing me to capture this for you. Big hugs to all of you as you deal with the loss of your sweet dog. xo

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29 thoughts on “Ottawa Family Photographer :: The Walsh Family

  1. Kelly Brisson (@thegoudalife)

    Oh boy. Kleenex is right. What a beautiful set of photos to remember their Lucy. I have faith that she’s looking down on them, stick in mouth on an extra cozy bed in the sun. <3 Wonderful photos as always, Danielle.

  2. VLVK

    Oh my word. Such a tearjerker!!! What a reminder to take the time to document the special moments in your life! So glad the family could get some photos with their sweet pup before she passed.

  3. Sarah

    What a beautiful session and a lovely way to capture a family’s love for their four legged member.

  4. Leslie

    We had to put our family dog down 2 years ago this March, a few weeks from what would have been her 16th birthday. She was a part of our family, more human than not. My heart still breaks, and I have her picture on my fridge still to this day. Let yourself grieve, as you would for anyone else in your life. And remember, All Dogs Go To Heaven xo

  5. Anna

    Beautiful. As you know, I love dogs and have lost a few over the years, this is a wonderful session and one they will look back on with so much love and fondness.

  6. Kathy

    Dogs are such a wonderful part of a family. It’s a shame more people don’t think to include them in portraiture.

  7. Amy @ Muddy Boots

    Awww… so sweet and so sad. I love the one of Lucy looking up at you all crooked. We don’t have a dog (yet), but a boxer is at THE TOP of my list for when we do.

  8. Ashley

    Danielle I started to tear up as I read this, I can relate to losing a pet and you captured some amazing moments that I am sure this family will cherish! Amazing work!

  9. Krista Corbett

    How wonderful to have such a beautiful record of their time together. Well done Danielle!

  10. Jill

    Amazing photos, amazing family, amazing memories for all!!!! I am sitting here in tears…what a great tribute!

  11. Cheryl Costello

    tears are streaming down my face. Lucy was so lucky to have a family who loved her so much. beautiful pitures and priceless memories. rest peacefully lucy <3

  12. Jennifer

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures! I know Joanne and her family, and they are truly a wonderful and loving family. Your post brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat as I too have dogs and know how much Lucy meant to them and how very much she was loved.

  13. Eileen Charbonneau

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful Lucy.
    My heart goes out to you, the Walsh family, my prayers and healing vibes are sent your way.
    Love the beautiful pictures of the whole family and Lucy will live in your hearts forever!!!

  14. Peg and John

    How lucky we are to have you as part of our family…very definitely including Lucy…JoAnne, you have been a dog lover since Day1. Beautiful pictures of all of you…look forward to seeing you soon….will miss our walks with Lucy…Thanks, Danielle, for enabling us to share in this special “time.”

  15. Lori

    My favourite is the last shot…LOVE….another dog lover here so tearing up to. Dogs make our lives whole, one of my favourite dog quotes.

  16. DaniGirl

    Aww gee, Danielle, ya gotta label these ones NSFW. What a sweet, sad story and a gorgeous set of pictures. Now who’s got the kleenex?

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