senior dog photography session

Dogs of a Certain Age Shine During Senior Dog Photography Session

Doing photography sessions to celebrate Dogs of a Certain Age that are starting to show the signs of aging is always an honor. Whether their person or family raised them from puppyhood or rescued them from a shelter, they all have a life of stories and faces full of character.

Senior Dog Photography

Senior Dog Photography | Dogs of a Certain Age

Dog’s lives are written on their faces. This is something I try hard to capture in their Celebration Session. They’ve had a lifetime of digging, barking, licking, loving, and being loved. Our sweet pups have comforted us, frustrated us, peed on us, and have been a friend through it all.

In their earlier lives, they might have been therapy dogs, amazing frisbee catching dogs, herding dogs, working dogs, comfort dogs, and the best companion dogs. The lumps, bumps, gray muzzle, missing teeth, and cloudy eyes – are all signs of getting older and a life well lived.

I’d love to share a few sweet senior dog photography sessions with you!

Senior Dog Photography | Dogs of a Certain Age

Sweet Senior Dogs

Earlier this year, I photographed Frank, a 14-year-old Cattle Dog with his family at Parkside Aquatic Park in San Mateo.  Adopted at 5 years old, he was with his humans before they married and was a part of their wedding day. He has been with the family through having two kids, and they wanted to celebrate Frank with a special photo session with the main focus on him. We had a relaxed early morning session and even got some action shots of Frank.

Senior Dog Photography | Dogs of a Certain Age

Meet Marly, a 17-year-old Chihuahua Dachshund mix. I had the privilege of photographing him this year for my Tails of the World book project at a beautiful park in my hometown of Danville, CA. 

Rescued at one year old when his person, Jessica, was in elementary school, they share a beautiful bond. Now 16 years later, they are still inseparable, and Jessica makes sure he is loved and living his best life. It was so amazing to see their special bond.

Senior Dog Photography | Dogs of a Certain Age

Another special pup, Tanner, a 12-year-old handsome mixed breed was rescued by his humans at 3½-years-old and is trained as a therapy dog.  Recently, he started having seizures and has to be on special meds.

He is not working as a therapy dog now but is focusing on getting lots of treats and snuggles from his humans.  Tanner was a rockstar at his session in San Francisco at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.  We got lots of special photos of Tanner solo and with his humans.

Senior Dog Photography | Dogs of a Certain Age

Danville Senior Dog Photographer  

I treasure meeting and photographing so many wonderful older dogs. The senior dog photography sessions are either at a meaningful location or at their home. This way, they can be comfortable and familiar with the surroundings. Every pet deserves to feel comfortable during their session.

I always plan, prepare and customize your session according to what your pup is able to do. We all know that their lives are just too short, and they need to be celebrated and remembered long after they are not with us. If you’re interested in learning more, I would love to chat.

Senior Dog Photography | Dogs of a Certain Age

“Raising a dog is like a rainbow.  Puppies are the joy at one end.  Old dogs are the treasure at the other.”


“People are born so they can live a good life.  Dogs already know how to do that; that’s why they don’t have to stay as long.”

-W. Bruce Cameron
Senior Dog portraits