The people you meet along the way…
When the dog lbs project was still brewing in my mind and heart, though I did not know it at the time, the ground work was being laid, the gifts were being present to me even if I did not realize it.
Last year not long after I began to foster Tristan I went as part of a small group of volunteers to the very shelter Tristan came from. I would make the hour drive each Sunday morning and meet up with other volunteers and together we would take a few hours to walk, photograph, name, vaccinate ,and mostly love the dogs that were imprisoned in their hellish metal and concrete world waiting their fate. It was heartbreaking, and yet one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
One Sunday I was asked to give a ride to the woman who would photograph the dogs in hopes of getting shots that showed the personality of the dogs and not the pictures you normally see with an intake number written on a piece of cardboard held in front of their faces only to see the terrified look in their hopeless eyes. I met Carolyn in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s and off we went, the time passing quickly as we shared our passionate opinions on dogs, laws and how to implement change in our community. The time with the dogs always goes so so fast and on the way back Carolyn and I found a special bond in the loss of our fathers. She made a huge impact on me and she continues to do so as she is one of the most passionate and kind people I have ever met. She is a professional photographer who dedicates so much of her time to finding ways to help all animals, in bad situations have a better life. Carolyn is magic with dogs and has a very special gift to capture the soul of the dogs that are desperate to find love, she makes a huge difference in the rescue world. She was even able to put Tristan at ease during a photo shoot for a blog she featured on her site. Check out the amazing shots of Tristan and Journey in a special blog Carolyn shared on her “Phodographer” blog.
Time has ticketed by and she is now a great friend and I am not sure that there would have been anyone more suited to take my pictures for this journey. It was Carolyn who took the picture of Tristan that day in the shelter capturing the heartbreak in his eyes, the one I saw that changed everything and she would also be the one that would take the pictures of me at the beginning of the dog lbs journey when I was filled with such shame and she would somehow make it all right for me, seeing me unconditionally and easing my fears.
We thought it was time for another round of pics as I am getting ready to hit the 50lb mark, and since I had written about wanting to wear Levi’s and buying them four sizes smaller than when I started in September and recently tucking in my shirt which I have not done in a VERY long time we decided to have some fun with this round of pictures.
There is no one I trust more and no one that makes me feel as safe when I am doing the thing that for years I avoided like the plague. Carolyn thank you for making me feel beautiful, I wish the world could see through your lens of love and non judgement. I am a better person because I know you and truly honored to call you my friend. xo
For more information about Carolyn Evans aka the Phodographer click here.
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