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ontario dog photographer | Ryder, heart of gold!

ontario dog photographer | I had the pleasure of photographing Ryder, a German Shorthaired Pointer this past weekend. Ryder, you are so important to your family, more than you will ever know.  Families have various reasons why they want a photo session with Leash Out.  I related so much to this particular family.  Our dog’s were there for us during some tough times and we are forever grateful.  My wife and I struggled to have our boy, it took almost 5 years.  We had many ups and downs.  From the feeling of giving up, anger, anxiety, sadness, and much more.  What remained constant was Zaira, our dog.  She was there every step of the way.  She made us smile!  We knew, if we couldn’t have a child, she is just as important to us.  She will never fill the void of having your own child, but she didn’t have to.  Zaira just needed to be her and nothing more.  She still is very much part of the family, and she is forever in our hearts.

This family had the same struggles and much more.  I have never met such a strong family, even though I know at times they were feeling at the absolute bottom.  They had a difficult time having a a child also.  They went the route of a fertility clinic, just as we did.   They did not have the success they had hoped for.  An angel of a friend stepped up and offered to carry their child.  They were very much blessed to have given birth of two boys, Carter and Tanner.  There story didn’t end there though.  Carter and Tanner were born premature at 25 weeks of age.  Tanner unfortunately passed at 7 days of age and Carter spent 112 days in the hospital.  Carter’s family stayed at the Ronald McDonald house in Toronto while he was in the hospital.  They are from Oshawa, which is a fairly long commute.  Once a week, they made the drive home to visit Ryder.  They could not stop thinking of their happy go lucky dog.  He was their strength during this time.  He was very much part of the healing process and strength of this family.

I’m having a hard time even writing this next sentence.  Ryder, 8 years young, has been diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer.  This boy, a pillar of strength for this family, has his own battle now.  The feeling this family is going through, I know all to well.  My heart hurts for them.  They messaged me to book a photo shoot and explained to me Ryder’s health circumstance.  She told me her dog is so important to them.  I knew he was, and that was before I knew the family’s full story.  I immediately scheduled the shoot with Ryder.

I’m absolutely honoured to have met this family.  They came from Oshawa and chose Leash Out Pet Photography to capture their son Carter and his best friend Ryder.  I truly believe people come into your lives for a reason.  This family’s openness in sharing their story, was a healing conversation for my struggles.  It changes you forever.  As for Ryder, I know how important he is.  You are here now and who knows for how long, you will continue to be an advocate for happiness for this family.  I’m blessed to have met you.

I want to thank this family for letting me share their story, for being open and vulnerable.  I know their experience will resonate with many of my readers, and they appreciate it. Thank you for reading.  Enjoy a sneak peek of Ryder and Carter’s photo session.

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What is your story?  Why is your dog so important to you?  I would love to hear your story.  Please click here to share your story, thank you.

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  • Virginia O'HearnJuly 18, 2017 - 12:33 am

    My heart breaks for this family. I have walked the same trail as both of you but we remain childless. That is why our James was SO important to us. May you find the strength and comfort that you need to help Ryder fight his battle. Cherish every moment that you have with Ryder and take TONS of pictures, a nose print, a foot cast and snip a little hair from his feet that run tirelessly with your son, from his head that knows when you are coming home, from his back that needs to be scratched. I give you my love and support and can’t help but cry my eyes out for you.

georgetown dog photographer | Sweet Lilly!

georgetown dog photographer | Hello friends!  Sorry for the lack of posts lately, my family has been extremely busy!  I missed you all so much and I’m excited to share with you Lilly’s photo session sneak peek.  She is definitely worth the wait.  Lilly is a sweet Boxer gal and very photogenic.  She was shy at times, but she warmed up to me quickly.  I had such a fun time photographing her and playing with her.  I’m a huge soccer fan, so we even had our own little match.  I have a lot of practicing to do, she kicked my butt.  If I were Cristiano Ronaldo, I would watch out for this gal, she may just win the Golden Boot next year.  It was an honour Lilly and family that you chose Leash Out to photograph you, thank you so much.  Enjoy the preview of Lilly’s photo shoot.

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Lilly’s photo session was a gift from her grandma.  She had noticed that Lilly’s mom was enjoying my photos on Facebook, so she contacted me and purchased a gift certificate for her daughter’s Birthday.  Yes, I said gift certificate, Leash Out offers those to!  I do not advertise it often, but you can purchase gift certificates for your friends and family members.  If you know someone who just loves their dog, and they are part of their family, consider buying a gift certificate for them.  It may be a gift that means the world to them.  Click here to get started.  You will not only be paying for photos, you will be getting an experienced and talented photographer.  Specializing not in only using a camera, but capturing memories that will last a life time.  Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!

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toronto dog photographer | Lucille!

toronto dog photographer |  My first day volunteering as a walker/trainer at the Oakville Milton Humane society, there were four dogs that I will never forget.  I walked into the adoption floor and there was Mea straight ahead of me, then I made a left and I was greeted by Norm, Jimmy and Lucille!  They made me feel right at home.  I had the honour of getting to know Lucille and especially how much she LOVES food during our time together.  A few months after meeting Lucille, a lovely couple walked in to the shelter with the intentions of adopting a long term residence.  They originally came to see Jimmy, and instead they fell in love with Lucille.  Like the saying goes, “the dog chooses you”.  Lucille was adopted by this amazing couple and she became a city dog, living the Toronto high life.  Traveling by subway, meeting new dogs, and best of all, eating fine dining.  We know how much she loves that part!  There is also more to Lucille everyone needs to know.  She became a certified therapy dog and regularly visits a seniors home.  They absolutely adore her.  She has been a busy gal since leaving the shelter.

I had the pleasure of photographing Lucille, and secretly, I was hoping I would one day.  For the folks who know me, I’m not a “sales” type guy.  My saying to people who are thinking of having their dog photographed is, “you will know when you are ready.”  I have stayed connected with her family, and one day I received a message from her poppa.  He said, “I think it is time we photograph Lucille.”  There it is, exactly what I hope for from anyone investing in me.  It is right for them.  It isn’t only a photo shoot, it is an experience and a gathering to create memories that will exemplify their bond forever on art.  I was so HAPPY to have been chosen to photograph this sweetie.  How can I not be!  She is the epitome of how amazing a rescue dog and the impact they can have on a family dynamic for the better.  Thank you so much for picking Leash Out.  I will never forget this experience.

Lucille will be leaving the city in the near future for the country life.  She will enjoy the remainder of her years running all about and owing it like she always does.  Enjoy a sneak peek of Lucille’s photos.

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If you are looking for a professional and experienced toronto dog photographer, look no further.  I would be honoured to capture your dog and family on film.  Please click here to get started.

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milton dog photographer | Layla!

milton dog photographer | Meet Layla, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever!  Yes, try saying that ten times fast. 😉  I bet you can’t, but if you can, I would love a video of it, ha-ha.  I had the pleasure of photographing this glamorous dog early last week.  I finally have the opportunity to post a sneak peek of her photos, I have been so busy.  I wish I could say I was slacking, but no way Jose!  Wow, I am really getting off track here, focus Sandro.

Layla was so much fun to capture on camera.  She loved to run through the woods like she owned it.  It was an honour to see this pretty specimen do her thing.  She is also very treat motivated, which made for such a fun interactive shoot.  As for sticks and a balls, they just aren’t her thing.  To each their own.  Good for you Layla for being who you are, and nothing less.  Enjoy a sneak peek of Layla’s photo shoot.

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Do you have a dog who is Canada’s next top model and is just so darn precious?  If you do, give me a call, I would love to capture them on camera.  Consider a photo shoot, in a safe and fun environment.  Please contact me!  I know I can get the photo of your dog you have always wanted.  I have decades of experience with dogs and dog behaviour.  Please click here to get started and we will nail down your date.  You are not sure yet, want to read what others have had to say about Leash Out Pet Photography?  Please click here to read some feedback from past clients.  Take care, thank you for reading and have an awesome week!

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