We were touched by the recent vetstreet.com article, “Photographer Captures the Spirit of Ill and Elderly Pets” and excited to learn about Sarah Beth Ernhart’s special work with senior dogs and their people thanks to Amy Sinatra Ayres’s interview with the Minnesota-based photographer:
“Ernhart specializes in pet photography; in 2010, she started doing special reduced-rate sessions for elderly or terminally ill dogs and cats. It began when Ernhart photographed a woman named Joan, who was in hospice care, and her service dog, Joy. Ernhart, who is based in Minnesota, was touched by their bond and realized that she could do the same thing for pets who are near the end of their lives.
She called these photo shoots Joy Sessions, a term she trademarked, and she created a website that lists photographers who do similar work across the country and around the world.”
Read the article here, find Ernhart’s website and enjoy beautiful “Joy Session” examples here, and spread the word to your friends with dogs of any age. I’m sure the more work Ernhart and similarly-minded photographers receive, the easier it is for them to offer reduced-rate sessions for elderly and terminally-ill animals!