I have a tendency to limit the images of client families I share online. I don't share sneak peaks on Facebook or blog posts that include 20+ images of my most recent photography session.
I don't share those because it doesn't feel right to me. Your life is your business.
Although I retain copyright and ownership rights that allow me to use the photographs I create in any manner, it's more important to me to honor the relationships I have with the families I serve than to promote my business. What other people may see as images of "just" dogs, cats, horses, and bunnies I see as glimpses into intimate spaces full of love and a jumble of other intense emotions.
I am often with people who are coming to terms with mortality. We all expect to outlive our animal companions; it feels different when advanced age shows on a daily basis or a diagnosis comes that is . . . limiting. Witnessing such changes show in different physical abilities or increased pain is a special kind of heartbreaking. It's also intensely heart-opening.
It's not for me to decide to share that. It's not my life.
I wouldn't post or share images of a close friend or family member without that person's permission. I use the same discretion for you and your family.
If you want me to share your story, I will. Otherwise your life remains your business.
I'll continue to share pieces of mine, like Rhys up above. I'm honored that you invite me into your life to see your love.
I'm Shannon, and I love and am loved by four Great Danes, four cats, and one horse (four Danes, one cat, and one horse are no longer walking this earth). Here I'll share stories of my adventures in grief photography for companion animals, my own grief journey, and thoughts on caregiving.