Not long ago NJ’s owner Naywe reached out to me for some photos to capture the memories of her and her husband’s time with their beloved pitbull before he passed away. NJ, at 11 years old, was a true ambassador for the breed – kind, intelligent, gentle (he even posed with a cat in the studio for us!) and just all around a beam of goodness. His little sister Myla was a recent addition and she was a complete goofball, who he loved, rather generously for an old guy. Earlier in the year Naywe had gotten the unexpected news that NJ had cancer and had 4-6 months to live – but on the day she contacted me, he had still been going strong for 6 months since his diagnosis.
Naywe had some specific requests for her shoot that I was only too happy to accommodate. First, she wanted two shoots: one in studio (I can do this on special request) with her ENTIRE family, the two dogs, and their cat (wow she is brave), and then one in the park on another day, with just the two dogs, she and her husband. She also wanted a special focus on black and whites, as she loves the mood they create, AND she wanted a leather album. I like a woman who knows what she wants! We worked wonderfully together, and when I gave Naywe and her husband their album, there were tears all around – but not tears of sadness yet, because NJ is still fighting! Good dog.