Creating a legacy of your much-loved pet

"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France

There are no truer words than those written above. I love animals. They bring me peace and happiness. Ever since I was a child, animals have played a huge part in my life and even today, nothing has changed. I am happiest when I’m surrounded by my beloved pets, just seeing their gorgeous faces makes the world a brighter place. My family currently consists of three humans, two pet sheep, three horses, one big cat and five dogs; two retired greyhounds, two retired working dogs and one German shepherd.

A few years ago, we adopted the most-handsomest retired greyhound named Moe. He was a beautiful, blue-brindle greyhound and was just 4.5 years old when he joined our family. One day while we were at work, my husband came home to find him lifeless in his bed. He’d suddenly and unexpectedly passed away while we were out.

I was absolutely devastated. I’d expected to have so much more time with him and hadn’t even taken any proper photos of him. All I had were blurry photos on my phone, none of which were good enough to print. I was so upset with myself for not taking photos of my beautiful Moe, I decided I needed to offer this as a service. It was important that families have the opportunity of portraits with their pets. Also, I never wanted anyone else to feel my pain of regret because I missed the chance of photos with my beloved boy Moe.

Over the past few years, I’ve provided families with their very last portrait of their beloved pet. A past client even confided that the album of their pet’s legacy session has brought them so much comfort and helped with the grieving process.

This is the importance of photography. This is the reason I introduced pet legacy sessions.

About The Legacy Session

It’s usual for families to book a legacy session after a pet is given a terminal diagnosis or their pet is aging and nearing the end of his or her life. Families book a legacy session to capture ‘one last family portrait’ of their much-loved pet and these sessions are treated with the utmost of urgency. Because of the nature of the legacy sessions, time is of the essence so I always make these photography sessions my top priority.

Because every pet is different and will have special needs depending on their age and condition, we will have a pre-session consultation which will help me get to know you and your pet. This will also help me source the appropriate location suited to your beloved pet.

I will also advise you on styling and share my tips on preparing your pet for the photo shoot. This will include grooming tips, what to bring during the shoot to keep your pet happy and hydrated and any dietary requirements your pet may have. This is so I can reward your pet with a treat for being such a superstar after their legacy shoot. All these tips will ensure your pet’s legacy photography session runs smoothly and your pet remains happy and comfortable.

How Long are Legacy Sessions?

The legacy sessions last approximately 45 minutes and are planned around you, the type of pet you have and your pet’s mobility.

Legacy sessions can take place in some of the most beautiful and scenic locations around Manawatu in New Zealand’s north island, or in the comfort of your own backyard. It all depends on you and your pet.

Whatever location you choose, a legacy session is about capturing moments of you with your much-loved pet, while they are still here. And afterwards, you’ll have cherished memories of your beloved pet which will bring you some much-needed comfort.

After The Legacy Session

After your pet’s legacy session, I will show you some of the beautiful and timeless products available at Avedon Photography. We will then schedule your online design meeting where your pet’s beautiful portraits will be revealed.

With so many emotive images it can be difficult to choose so I will help you decide on the perfect artwork to display your beloved pet’s photographs.

Avendon Photography offers artwork and products to suit every budget. Once you’ve chosen your desired artwork, we’ll finalise your order and discuss your payment options. Avendon Photography offers payment plans available through Fee Funders. Payment is required at the time of your Purchasing Appointment.

All artwork comes with Avendon Photography’s care guide and a lifetime guarantee and your finished artwork will be ready for collection approximately 4-6 weeks after payment is received.

Ready To Book Your Pet’s Legacy Session?

Unsure on the perfect location for your pet session? Please head over to the gallery page here to view more legacy photographs.

what is

The Avedon "Legacy Photography Experience"?

The Pre-Session Consult Call

Have a chat with us to nut out the finer details to plan  your perfect Portrait Session. We’ll go over what you wear, tips and tricks for the day with kids and also answer any of your questions.

The Photography Session

Your Photography Session will take place at one of our preferred family locations in Auckland or Palmerston North. Please let us know if you would like a different location and we’ll sort that for you. We ask that you allow 30-45 minutes for your photography session.

The Design Consult

From the comfort of your home, you’ll view your gorgeous images for the first time in a cinematic slideshow with custom designed artwork. This is the time that you’ll choose your favourite images and we’ll design artwork to best suit your home.

the avedon experience

Some handy links.

Avedon experience

Read about what it’s like to have a Photography Experience with us.

Avedon Blog

Have a look at the fun we get up to on our photography sessions!

Avedon Gallery

Check out some of our gorgeous images from photography sessions.

Avedon Product Range

Check out some of our gorgeous images from photography sessions.

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