In the beginning…
They were just a young couple back then. Autzen was a pup and she was their first dog. They were starting their family and this is their first pet family session.
And then they got married
Two years later their budding family became official on paper. They had no idea what adventures lay ahead for them.
Emma joined the family
Emma turned their family upside down when she joined them. A weimie personality always brings the best to a family and Emma was no different. To say she changed Holly’s world is an understatement.
Emma and Autzen loved their grand adventures together. As a family they took longs walks in the park, strolls on sandy beaches and hikes in the mountains. Autzen has always been just a great dog, so true to the Labrador breed. Emma was a ham. She brought the entertainment value to the family.
Over the next year, Emma’s hind-end became increasingly weak and the pink wheels gave her a whole new sense of mobility. Having wheels never slowed her down, but a lymphoma diagnosis did.
We took her to the beach for her pure enjoyment and maybe a beach session. She wore her wheels for a little bit and then she rallied and showed everyone that she could walk on the beach by herself. I think we all cried a few tears that day.
Emma joined her rainbow bridge buddies just a few short weeks after this photo.
I’m not going to lie, losing a pet is beyond devastating. I truly believe that human hearts are made to love and I’m pretty sure Emma sent Goldee to heal Holly’s heart.
Goldee picked up right where Emma left off and Autzen welcomed her to pack just like she’d always been there.
And then, there were three
It’s official, weimaraners are like potato chips. You can’t have just one.
For every opportunity that Emma had to turn their world upside down, Maverick accepted that challenge and made their world twist and turn. The first family portrait with Maverick was more of a fun session in the snow.
The next year, Maverick was still a crazy Weimaraner but we managed to get him to sit still for 1/200th of a second.
Dogs love to bring their family to Santa Paws and this was the family portrait for that year.
They have new digs
2019 completed a family dream. A new home in the country on a little bit of acreage was the best thing ever. The dogs have room to roam and smell and chase their tennis balls. Holly and Joe have a dreamy perfect place to share with their dogs.
2020 threw us for a loop with the pandemic. Please hold, we hope to have the next pet family session when vaccines are available all around.
How they display them
These are 11 x 14″ canvas wrapped prints. When we started doing family pet sessions, we really didn’t have any idea that it would become a yearly tradition. I would have planned a little differently. That being said, the fact that we have all of these years in photos is amazing.