How many times have you met someone, started talking about your pets, and you both opened up the photo gallery on your phones to show off your fuzzy friends? Often, those everyday snapshots – even the out-of-focus ones with bad lighting – are some of our very favorite images of our pets. Those photos freeze a point in time where they were completely at ease, doing something they do all the time. We feel compelled to capture those simple, everyday moments, because those are the little things we want to remember.
Those photos are always going to hold a special place in our hearts, and we here at joysession.com wanted to share some of our own personal images with you. Even professionals with fancy equipment value those snapshots as a wonderful way to hold onto our best friends.
Some of our favorite photos of our pets:
Blue Amrich - an old Sony point-and-shoot camera
When I brought Iris home from the shelter, she was so afraid. She hid under my coffee table and refused to come out for two days. This was the first time she was comfortable enough to come up on the couch. I was so happy that she was finally starting to feel safe!
Karen Weiler - iPad Mini
These are our two babies - Baxter and Panda. They are both from the shelter. Baxter (on the left) enjoyed 2 years with his older sister, Lady Jane. Although the age difference was great (Lady Jane was 15.5, Baxter was 3), how he loved and took care of her in her old age. When she passed away at the age of 17, he was heartbroken. We knew we had to find him a friend. But, we also knew we had to find a special friend - one that would appreciate his very affectionate, “paws-on” nature. We would go to the shelter and pick up and cuddle the kitties in the hopes of finding one that would enjoy it. Panda passed the test.
However, the real test would come when she met Baxter. When we brought her home and we opened up the carrier, his eyes went wide with delight. As if to say, “You got me a girl?!!” There was no transition period. That night, they both slept on our bed. The picture you see below I took about a week later. Safe to say, the delight was mutual.
I love this picture because it reminds of how perfect the two of them are together. They play together, they wrestle together, they eat together…but during many moments during the day, they do this:
Tara Lynn - blackberry cell phone
This is my girl Lily the day I found her! She was literally sleeping on a bench in downtown Raleigh! I was working at the time at 8:30am and had a friend come pick me up and take me and this cute puppy home. I decided to foster her and well...failed! This photo is so special to me because this is exactly how I first laid eyes on her three years ago!
Claudia Wolfe Nix - Pentax film camera
My basenji girl, Rhumba, in 1998. She adored my husband, and she loved to give kisses.
Jennifer McClain Singleton - an old point-and-shoot camera
This is a 20-year-old photo of my George kitty. This tiny photo in its little 3x2 frame is still important to me because it's the ONLY photo I have of George when he was a kitten.
Julie Austin - iPhone
Pearl and Gussy, being weird.
Maritza Vasquez - iPhone 5s
This photo means a lot to me because Coco has finally found and accepted a human being he can trust after being abused from previous owners. Coco was crated most of his life. He is my foster failure dog and I love him to death! This picture reminds me of the quote "who rescued who?"
Eden Halbert - Samsung Galaxy phone
I spend much of my time working with other peoples' dogs, both as a professional trainer and as a professional photographer. However, I try to carve out some special time just for my own dogs – Vesta and Luna – usually a walk or hike each day with just the two of them. It ensures that I'm meeting their needs, and it's also a form of self-care for me. This photo was on one of those walks, and I love how happy they look 🙂
Sarah Ernhart - Pentax 35mm film camera
I adopted Simon from a shelter in 2003. He won me over when I realized I'd been holding him almost the whole time I was looking at the other cats. I soon learned, however, that it had all been a ruse... from that day on, Simon has never let me or anyone else hold him! He's no lap cat, but he does like to be next to me, and has been a great nap buddy for the past 12 years. I love this photo of us, a selfie taken in 2004.
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