This is an emotional post.
Maggie is a therapist and yogi. Matt is a geophysicist and musician. Next month, they’re tying the knot, and immediately thereafter, moving to Hawaii to start a new chapter in their life together. This summer, Maggie won my photoshoot giveaway contest. She said she’d never won anything before, and giddily, we ended up planning a wonderful shoot together—following Maggie, Matt and Rosco on their daily walk to the cliffs. There was laughter and silliness and such a rad, carefree vibe. Rosco knew their back route path so well, he didn’t need us to lead, he simply charged ahead with boundless energy and enthusiasm and excitement, sniffing out all the familiar and unfamiliar, joyfully leading the way.
Recently, Maggie and Matt lost Rosco. He got sick fast, and goodbyes were said quickly. Maggie texted me this week, asking me for a favor. She told me about Rosco. She said she knew that some shots get nixed during the culling and editing phase, but missing him terribly, she wondered if I could include all the shots of him I had.
I am so happy we took these photographs. I believe Maggie and Matt feel the same. I know this is clearly a different scenario, but it reminded me so much of my grandfather passing away. I’d recently shot a few photos of him while we were visiting. And suddenly, those photos were invaluable, were so powerfully precious. It had me thinking as well about this excellent and emotional article: Photographs are More Than Paper. Because preserving those we love is so significant. It’s more important than we realize. Whether it is a pet, or a parent… these photographs are more than a fleeting memory. They’re a tangible way we can hang onto those we love, and the memories we’ve created with them.
As I write these words, I am thinking about Maggie and Matt’s upcoming celebrating of love. I know it will be painful not to have Rosco present. I can imagine how challenging it is to think about this next chapter of their lives without him. But I can’t help feeling like Rosco’s passing is an important part of this immense and transformational change in their life. A new beginning awaits them in a new place. Rosco will follow them there, in photographs, in memories. Amazing things are ahead. I hope they sprint towards this new chapter like Rosco bounded towards the cliffs, enthusiastically, fearlessly, and with joy.