Little did I know when I met Lisa and Doug, and their two dogs Amelia and Cooper, for a fall session in 2007 that we were beginning a very long and wonderful relationship. It was a lovely fall day. They met us out on a beautiful piece of property in Western Loudoun County for our “spirited” session with their young dogs. Lisa was pregnant with their first son, Carter at the time. They knew it was the last time they’d have time to lavish this much attention on their pups.
This was to be only the beginning as I was honored to photograph Carter’s arrival. Then Oliver. Only stepping aside when #3 son Crosby was born as my niche, as you know, is NOT children! But what a glorious family I have come to know and love. And it is with the deepest of sympathy that I write this today in memory of Cooper – who passed this week. Cooper was the poster-dog for pit bulls throughout the land. A gentle, quiet soul. Always watching. Amelia, his counterpart and partner in crime, went before him – both adored. Both dedicated guardians of those 3 special boys.
Dog photography brings many people together. But this family and all the sessions they’ve honored me with, will remain in my heart forever.
My deepest sympathy to Doug, Lisa, Carter, Oliver and Crosby. RIP Cooper. I know you’re running with Amelia again.
With much love.