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Family Photos with Senior Pets | Yountville, California

Updated: Jul 24, 2022

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy. Something I know about all too well. So, when I was asked last year to photograph a family in Northern California with two senior pups, one of which was nearing the Rainbow Bridge, I knew I just had to do it. And it was truly an honor.

Family Photos with Senior Pets | Yountville, California. family portrait of a woman and man with two senior white dogs
Welcome back, it’s been awhile! This post is about a rather special photo session I did last Fall in the quaint town of Yountville, situated in the heart of Napa Valley.

Meet Bailey and Pearl,

two senior rescues and their pawrents, Elaine and Ray. As Bailey was nearing the 'Rainbow Bridge', Mom Elaine wanted to get one last family portrait. The goal was simple: a few portrait style photos in the environment they love most, their hometown.

Although Pearl, a Great Pyrenees-Labrador mix and Bailey a Terrier mix, enjoyed daily walks around town and visits to the park near their home, they took life at a decidedly slower pace. To keep things simple and easy for these two senior gals, we broke it down to capture a few photos in two shorter sessions.


First up, a mid-day portrait at the Veteran's Memorial Park amphitheater tucked neatly away in the center of Yountville.

Family Photos with Senior Pets | Yountville, California. family portrait of a woman and man with two senior white dogs
Pearl and Bailey with their Mom and Dad, Elaine and Ray.


When in Wine Country ...

The next day, we took a few photographs during a late afternoon walk among the vineyards of Yountville. How utterly beautiful and peaceful it was!


Sweet adorable Bailey at home ...

white dog with a bowl of dog food
Baily at home with her special food prepared by her Mom, Elaine.

white dog standing on rocks in front of a tree
Baily stopping to rest during a walk in the autumn.

Not long after our session, Baily crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. How grateful I am that Elaine and Ray allowed me to capture these special photographs for them. R.I.P. sweet Bailey!

The takeaway

We love our fur babies so much and the fact is that no matter how long they live, they are never here with us long enough. With that said, how important it is to have photographs that provide us with cherished memories long after they've left us. A professional photo session is a wonderful way to add to those special memories.


I hope you enjoyed this little peek from this lovely family's photo session in the historic town of Yountville. As a family photographer I’m here to help you achieve your family's photography goals, whatever they may be. I’d love the opportunity to answer any questions you might have so please feel free to contact me.


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COMING UP in the next post: Carmel-by-the-Sea Maternity Session

About the Author

Laurie "LoLo" Spencer is a lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Southern California specializing in emotive photography for families, couples, maternity and newborns.


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