Since introducing my Watch Me Grow Collection, I have been amazed at the change I have seen in all of these wonderfully adorable babies through their first year of life. This is the time they are changing the most they ever will in their lives and I am so grateful to be invited to capture that growth! This family has been incredible to photograph and I have loved all of our sessions together. This one was no exception with an incredibly sweet and happy baby to play with! We had this session a while ago, but I’m just catching up on blogging again. Thank you so much for inviting me to photograph your family! From dogs, to surprise weddings, to newborn baby snuggles and now bigger baby giggles it has been a fun year, I hope to see you guys again soon!

Here is where we started our journey together:

And we continued on a few weeks later and just after his parents’ surprise wedding on his due date and days before he was born hahaha!

And here we are now at the end of our year together…

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It is with a heavy heart I write this blog post. I received an email letting me know that one of the beautiful dogs I photographed about a month ago has sadly passed away. He was so very loved by his mom and they shared a special relationship that could be felt when they came into my home studio for their session. I know all too well the pain of losing a pet and so my heart goes out to Marshall’s family as they grieve his loss. Whenever I lose a pet or hear a story of someone else losing a furbaby, I think of a story that I read a long time ago that has never left me. Here is a copy of that story:

“Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.
He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,
”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.”

That story is definitely true of Marshall who was a gentle and kind soul and who I am grateful to have had the pleasure and honour of photographing. His mom said that this expression was particularly common for him and I am SO thankful that he opened up and shared his true self with us for his photos that day.

Thank you Marshall. You will be very much missed in this world.

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  • Diem Nguyen - I almost teared up reading this. The finale of the story totally was a tear jerker. ;( I’ve never really owned a pet, much less a dog, but from even experiencing something like this tells me that what I’m feeling now is multiplied ten folds to real owners like these. Thanks for sharing Ashleigh :)ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey - So sad:(((((( I am sure they are very grateful for the beautiful images you captured of their sweet dog.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Ng - :(((((( poor doggie. you will be forever in doggie heaven.ReplyCancel

I cannot BELIEVE that I am posting a blog about the very first baby to be signed up for my baby plan turning 1! Time sure flies and it has been a joy to watch this little man grow through his first year of life from his first session around 10 days old (and during which he slept like a DREAM!) all the way to his first birthday (during this session he was just as content to pose for me!). When I introduced the Watch Me Grow Collection as a result of so many of you asking for something like it I had no idea how much fun it was going to be to see all these babies and how they change in just the first year. They will never grow into themselves as fast as this again and I enjoy seeing all the big milestones they have hit each time they come in. This sweetie went from a cuddly little newborn baby to a going concern who is WALKING already! Thank you so much for being part of the Watch Me Grow Collection guys it has been a pleasure to photograph your family this year and I hope to see you again as he grows even more in the coming years!

THEN…

NOW…

Look how proud he is of his walking skills!

I think he looks just like his dad in this one…

Lock up your daughters…

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A couple of weeks ago I had this lovely little furbaby in my studio. Her mommy won her session from a donation I made to a Hugabull fundraiser auction and I can’t think of anyone more deserving. Her mom donates her time generously to Hugabull as well as many other dog charities and never complains about all of the volunteer hours she puts in. This little rescue gal is extra lucky too since her mom recently started a dog treat company, Dig It Delights selling organic and healthy dog treats. I put my order in for my own girls, Roxie and Penny and Roxie was more than happy to pose with her bucket o’ treats at the end of our session! Thanks for bringing by the treats and extra thanks to Koda for posing so nicely! I got to try out a new technique I’ve been wanting to play with too that’s kind of fun so there are a couple more funky shots in here as well.

Roxie sitting proud with her haul!

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  • Michelle Ng - LOVE that last pic!!! haha totally traveling through time!! You are so good at taking pet and baby photos :) Lighting, crispness, everything.ReplyCancel

I had this handsome kiddo in my studio a couple of weeks ago! He was such a smiley little guy and we had a great time! We had to reschedule his session a few times because he just wasn’t sitting up yet and even now he wasn’t quite confident with his sitting up, but his mom was there to catch him if he started to wobble so we decided to go ahead with his session this time around and just stay close to him, working with the fur rugs haha! I am willing to bet though, that once he is solid with his sitting he’s going to be one of those babies who just goes from 0-60 and is walking before his parents know what hit them! You guys will have to keep me posted on whether or not I’m right about that one. It was so great to finally have our session together and I enjoyed meeting you guys. Thank you for coming to see me!

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