Redd’s Big Day

Laura called me up one day, asking if I could come over  and take pics of her and Redd. They have both been my friends for more years then I can count, and I know how much he means to her… So I called up my brother Nino and asked if he would do some cinema to accompany the photographs I would be taking. He said yes and we headed to Belmar for Redd’s photoshoot. Sometimes people don’t understand the bond people have with their pets. I have had enough animals in my life to start a zoo, and know how they are extensions of ourselves. With as much personality and nuances that show how distinct they really are. Like us, only smarter. Whether it be a paw to a hand, or a closing of their eyes, they say so much… Laura, I hope you enjoy these photos of you and Redd… I love ya both very much…

P.S. keep an eye out for Nino’s video… if I know him, it will be something that will bring tears to both of our eyes…110 Redds Big Day210 Redds Big Day310 Redds Big Day41 Redds Big Day51 Redds Big Day61 Redds Big Day____________________

I found the one below quite comical and busted out laughing as I was shooting,  it looks like he has a toupe

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Mary HarrisNovember 16, 2011 - 11:28 am

Beautiful photographs! They actually brought tears to my eyes. Redd is a handsome boy, and these photos really capture the bond that Laura and Redd have.

JohnNovember 16, 2011 - 11:34 am

I appreciate that. It was so important to me to capture their bond. It’s shoots like these that make me love what I do. I try to make a difference with my camera every time I go out the door.

nadyaNovember 16, 2011 - 11:51 am

awww love this session! that last shot is perfection! too cute all of them!

JohnNovember 16, 2011 - 11:55 am

thank you nadya…I wanted that one to have a feel of where they both have been… making tracks together…

Tanya DNovember 16, 2011 - 12:13 pm

This session makes me so misty, I have my own pets and photograph them constantly, but i also get freelance shoots for other peoples pets, and some have passed on before I can deliver them, and It’s the most emotional editing process I can think of, and makes me happy that I am giving them an extension of memories that touch them deeply for years during and after. Really great capture, I’m sure she loves them as much as her baby, I truly feel her bond in these images.

JohnNovember 16, 2011 - 12:17 pm

Yeah, Redd is not feelin so well… I lost my cat this year, and I miss him… so with that, I put my heart into Redd.

Laura KossNovember 16, 2011 - 12:45 pm

John. Thank you. Really, thank you. When we’re not together anymore, I’ll have these images to remember my Reddy, my boy, my love. I’ll never forget that day and what you and Nino did for me. Even though it was just one day, there are eight years packed into his eyes, and you captured every minute of everyone of those years with your camera. Thanks to both of you. Redd thanks you too.

JohnNovember 16, 2011 - 12:57 pm

The story you told me of you and Redd in the car I will carry with me as long as you carry these photos. I am lucky to know the both of you… even if Nino gets all the pancakes.

KerryNovember 16, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Beautiful photos…made me cry

JulietNovember 16, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Beautiful!!! I love, love, love them!

JohnNovember 16, 2011 - 6:05 pm

Thank you Juliet!

PICNovember 17, 2011 - 12:35 pm

I’m balling my eyes out! Great job, PIC. I’m so proud of you for these photos.

JohnNovember 17, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Thank you Erin. I think we need to do a shoot with your lil one as well…

AmieNovember 18, 2011 - 6:26 am

No other words but…….BREATHTAKING my friend!!!!!!!!

JohnNovember 18, 2011 - 6:31 am

thank you miss amie!

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Janet LeClaireMarch 13, 2012 - 7:29 pm

John- I can’t tell you how deeply this story of Laura and Reddy touched me. It made me cry because I too share that same love and close bond with my Zoe. I know she loves me as much as I love her and not a day goes by that I don’t tell her how much I do. I too have had other pets in my life and I loved them also. But once in a while a special bond is formed with a very special dog and that’s what me and my Zoe share. She’s the sparkle in my eyes, the smile on my face, and the warmth in my heart. She is truly a gift from God. Your photos are beautiful!

JohnMarch 13, 2012 - 7:50 pm

Thank you! It meant so much to me to be able to photograph them ( Laura, Redd and I have been friends for years ) and it is also nice to hear that you share that as well.I have not seen a bond like that in quite a long time, and know how it feels as I lost my cat last year as well.I appreciate your words and it is the reason I do what I do.

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