When we raise pets, they immediately become a part of our family, and losing them can be absolutely devastating. Anyone who has lost their beloved pets knows how painful it can be. When the grief becomes unbearable, we can find some comfort from the photos and videos of the happier times spent together. Lauren Smith-Kennedy is a photographer based in Maine, Portland, who helps people who know that they’ll have to let go of their pets soon. Lauren does free end-of-life photoshoots for pets and their owners, capturing the pain of bidding farewell to various pets like dogs, cats, and rats. What inspired Lauren for this initiative is the loss of Tilly, her beloved cat. She explains that the loss of a pet is one of the most heartbreaking pains that are relatable for so many people. Through her photoshoots, Lauren tries to memorialize the powerful bond between pets and their owners by capturing meaningful moments.
Lauren spends around one hour with each family, and she plans her photoshoots as desired by her clients. It can be anything from sharing an affectionate hug to visiting a memorable place for the last time, anything that’ll bring out the special relationship between pets and pet owners. Lauren’s sessions are free-of-charge because she wants everyone to access this resource without restrictions. There’s no doubt that pets deeply impact our lives, and give us unconditional love, loyalty, and companionship. Therefore, Lauren believes that all people deserve to have endearing pics of their pets.
So, if you love pets, check out the pictures below and share your thoughts with us in the comments!
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