Ever since I was a child, I’ve thought of photographs as gifts we create for our future selves. They are pieces of us that tell our stories. I know the impact animals have had in my own life, but I often wonder what it was like for past generations. What kind of animals did my grandparents know? Did they love them then as they love the dogs they have in their lives now? When they were kids, did they let the family dog kiss their face, or the cat sleep in their bed? I was born in the 1980’s, and every dog, cat, horse, etc that has been in my life has been more than just a pet. They have been my family and my friends.
I found this photograph in an antique shop in 2017, and I cannot quite find the words to describe to you how much joy it brings me while looking at it. I don’t even know these people, but I love them in this moment. Take a long look at this image, and see this family. Do you see yourself in it? I don’t know which one is my favorite, but it’s either the dog sitting on the horse’s rump or the dad holding its tail. It’s seriously so good.
This wasn’t the only 100 year old photograph I found that featured animals. There were a lot more. Some with people and their dogs, others with various farm animals. My favorites are the ones of kids with their big dogs. The fact that someone wanted to immortalize the pets in their life through photographs 100 years ago (when taking a photograph was not as easy as it is now) makes me really happy.
What sort of impact would an image of your family and the pets you love leave with someone 100 years from now?
I want to talk with you about how we can do this for your family. How we can capture these gifts for your future selves.
So, if you are a family with pets. Any kind of pet. And you want to start thinking about capturing your story as it is, let’s talk. Let’s get a plan together for a beautiful experience that will live on well beyond another 100 years.
To learn more about portrait sessions with Dirtie Dog Photography, give Marika a call at (360) 941-3588 or you can email her at [email protected]