PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES LAST PHOTOS OF DOGS NEAR THE END OF THEIR LIVES - These beautiful, yet heartbreaking sessions highlight your relationship together and the love you share before they pass.”

Photographer Sarah Beth Ernhart from Minneapolis has been conducting “Joy Sessions” for terminally ill or elderly pets who are nearing the end of their lives. Many times, her photographs are the last images of the dogs. Although very sad for the owners, the Joy Sessions are a way for them to capture the joy they shared with their dogs. Read more from the official website:

Whether you’ve spent a short time or a lifetime with your pet, saying goodbye is the hardest thing you’ll have to do. These special, reduced-rate, end-of-life sessions are just for terminally ill or elderly pets. I usually come to your home, but you are welcome to come to the studio if you prefer. These beautiful, yet heartbreaking sessions highlight your relationship together and the love you share before they pass. These sessions are often booked with very short notice, and I do my best to fit them in as soon as they’re needed. (And having understanding, flexible clients who move their own sessions to make time for Joy Sessions is invaluable)

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My first “official” Joy session was with a Bernese Mountain dog named Griffin, in January of 2010. I really didn’t know what to call this service, and “Emergency Session” was the first thing I could think of. It sounded so cold and impersonal, and I struggled with what I should really call it. A few days after posting Griffin’s blog, and receiving some very nice suggestions from readers, I realized the perfect name was sitting right in front of me. I couldn’t think of anything or anyone I’d met who embodied such love and such a deep connection as Joan and Joy. These sessions really are for people who want to celebrate the happiness — the joy — their pets have brought to their lives.

These are truly beautiful photographs. Click here for the Sarah Beth Photography website to learn more about the Joy Sessions. (Photos from their Facebook page)