Bosco & Guppy

I don’t have words to describe how much I loved this shoot, or these dogs, so I’ll let the images speak for themselves. (To those who don’t normally read posts and just look at the pictures, please don’t miss what I write at the end of this post.)

This is Bosco. He is a Boston Terrier. He is one of the cutest, funniest dogs I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. He has one blue eye, and one brown eye. The brown eye also has blue in it. I love Bosco.

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This is Bosco’s little sister Guppy, also a Boston Terrier. She wasn’t so sure about the camera at first, but eventually warmed up to it. Guppy has the cutest name of any dog ever. Guppy looks like a tadpole.

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Bosco fell asleep in his mom’s arms. swoon…

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Bosco is truly one of a kind, and I feel so incredibly honored I had the opportunity to photograph him.

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that shot on the right is one of my hands-down favorites of the year. possibly even my career.

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Guppy in her supermodel pose. ha!

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and now for a little fun! these next shots are my favorites from the session.

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and now, for the piece de resistance! tell me dogs don’t smile!!

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I can’t tell you guys how happy I was to capture Bosco smiling and laughing and having a fabulous time with his toys and his sister and his mom. Seeing these shots fills me with joy. Far more so than a normal shoot. Why?

Bosco passed away from lung cancer on Friday.

2 weeks after our shoot.

We knew it was coming, it was a last-minute shoot, I nearly begged his mom not to wait until I got back from Chicago (she wanted to wait until this Saturday and it would have been too late), we worked it into a bad light time of day (late afternoon indoors), on a busy Saturday. But it was so, so important. There was no way I was going to let that slide.

I can’t even tell you guys how special of a dog this was, how his bright, sparkly little personality wormed it’s way into my heart in minutes of meeting him. How hard it was for me to be there, how the reality and the pain in the room were palpable. How deeply his connection with his mom touched me, and how many times I had to fight back tears, how many times I’ve cried looking at these images, how I have tears rolling down my face right now. But it’s my job to get the shots, and I wanted it to be a celebration of this little guy’s life, not an expression of sadness of what was yet to come. So that we can see him in all of these images, expressing all of the different facets of his personality, showing us who he really is, being alive, and loving life, fills me with a feeling I don’t have words for. THAT is why I do this.

My deepest hope is that these shots bring joy and connectedness to his parents, and enable them to forever stay close to their boy that they loved so much. To see the photographs, a snapshot of moments in time, and go right back to when he was alive and here with them in the physical sense. It is my heartfelt belief that dogs’ spirits never die, and if you listen hard enough, you can hear them, and feel them with you forever on. I know Bosco is one of these dogs whose spirit will greatly outlast his time on earth, and I know for sure he is one special little animal I will never ever forget. Rest in peace sweet Bosco, rest in peace.

To see Bosco and Guppy’s entire gallery, please click here. Be sure to view the slideshow (upper right-hand corner) for the full effect.

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September 9, 2009 - 6:50 am

Mary - Oh Jamie . . . I am cryin my eyes out. What a sweet pup and you captured him beautifully! His parents have wonderful memories to hold close and cherish.

September 9, 2009 - 6:52 am

Andrea - fighting back the tears! its so hard to say goodbye to an animal, your buddy, your best friend. Looking at these photos you’d never guess that Bosco was so sick. Jamie, excellent job cementing his memory in visual form. these pictures are truely priceless. Boscos mom: I hope you are doing well. it is clear he was a loved pup. take care.

September 9, 2009 - 6:56 am

Lesley - Awe so sad, now I have tears. Love the SMILE shot =)

September 9, 2009 - 7:20 am

Stacey - Jamie:

What gorgeous dogs, and what a sad story! It reminds me of why I’m attending your Atlanta workshop in a few weeks. I have been toying with the idea of a photography business for a while, but it remained just an I-wish kind of thing. Then in July we found out my bunny Georgie had cancer. I looked to see what I had of her as far as pictures, and all I had were a few snapshots to show her playing with the cat and the like. All of a sudden I realized how badly I needed to get a picture of the “real” Georgie for us to remember her by. Tuesday is when she was diagnosed. Friday was when I was home when we had window light to take the pictures. Friday night she started having difficulty breathing (I have pictures from them too but they’re too sad). Saturday we had the vet come to put her to sleep. I got the pictures *just* in time, and I was so incredibly thankful. Georgie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jisou/3780357444/

And then I realized exactly HOW important photographs of our furry friends are, and the next week I signed up for your Atlanta workshop. I definitely want to do what you do for people. I’m sure Bosco’s people treasure these photos and the way they capture I’m sure how they like to remember him.

See you soon!
Stacey

September 9, 2009 - 7:37 am

Kelly - These shots are fabulous! Love the smile! My heart goes out to the owners. I’m so glad you got these great shots that I’m sure they’ll treasure.

September 9, 2009 - 8:00 am

sarah - these are so wonderful jamie! anyone who’s on the fence about getting photos of their dog NEEDS to see this post.

September 9, 2009 - 8:17 am

Laura - Love these photos, thank you for sharing Bosco with us. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. His family is in my thoughts and prayers!

September 9, 2009 - 8:22 am

Allison - oh my jamie – I just went on a roller coaster ride with this post. Incredible photos, knowing that this wonderful pup is gone, and feeling so grateful that you were able to capture his spirit! You are an amazing gal. I can only aspire…

September 9, 2009 - 8:58 am

Amanda Carlson - These brought tears to my eyes. What beautiful images and you are amazing for capturing them for Bosco’s family.

September 9, 2009 - 10:41 am

Kat - I cried after reading this. I had no idea from the photos that Bosco was sick or suffering. What a champ. May he rest in peace….

September 9, 2009 - 1:32 pm

Alex - We just had to say goodbye to our sweet lab Sara, our best friend and companion. Like you, it reinforced how essential these photographs are. I took as many up close detail shots as I could before we brought her in–her nose, her paws, her ears. I know I will treasure those photos more and more as time goes on. Our hearts are broken, but being able to go back and see the texture of her fur and the color of her eyes means so much to us.

September 10, 2009 - 4:08 pm

mary Roberts - Boco, what a special boy you were.
We watched you grow up and laughed with you and at your antics.
Kora and Pete loved playing with you and Kora cherished her ‘sleepovers’

We miss you

September 11, 2009 - 5:50 am

Dawn Beirnes - I just found your site, and I love it! We are dog lovers (2 shelties and 1 Doberman). I lost my first two shelties within a year and half of each other, and the first one, Dylan, was my buddy for 14 years. I would have loved to had gotten pictures of him done professionally. I am an up and coming photographer myself, and still am not sure what my “niche” will be when I feel ready to do shoots. Your site definitly has me thinking about pet photography. When you have the time, I would love to hear what got you into pet photography, and would love any advice you could throw my way!

Dawn B

September 11, 2009 - 9:44 am

Debra Kennedy - Jamie,
the shots were beautiful before I read about Bosco, and now… there are no words. Sweet Bosco, and poor Guppy who must miss her brother look beautiful forever in your images.

September 14, 2009 - 6:05 am

Debbie Shook - Jamie-
Crying as I read this here in jury duty :( I know how much Bosco touched your heart, and that your care
and concern came through in his pictures. My heart goes out to you and Bosco’s mom for your very tragic loss.
Hugs to you both, and to Guppy too.

September 14, 2009 - 8:35 am

claire - love the vibrancy of this shoot!

September 15, 2009 - 4:45 pm

dawn buscemi - the pic of Bosco that you say is your favorite, possibly of your career, is my favorite as well. You captured his soul.

September 22, 2009 - 11:00 am

connie townsend - Checked you today 9/22/09 in memory of my sister Kelly, who passed away last yr this day. As usual your great shots made me laugh and cry. Beautiful Bosco, sweet Gupie, brilliant Jamie – best pet photographer ever! Good work.

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