A couple of weeks ago we told you about Julia Child’s story (here) but we were missing some very important details that inspired us. After we adopted Julia Child we got a message on our Facebook page from a photographer who volunteers for rescuepup.org (the group that we adopted Julia Child from) who wanted to take photos of Julia Child and Chloe. So we scheduled the day, she came to our house, took the photos and we had this amazing opportunity to meet Jaime. We were so impressed with how passionate she is about dogs and everything she does for them and for the association. Jaime works 8 to 5 at her regular job and after she gets off she drives to take photos of adopted dogs. We know how busy we all are… it takes a lot of passion and dedication to find time to do what Jaime does. As if this wasn’t enough, last Sunday she left homemade organic cookies for our kids in our mailbox along with a cd from the photo shoot. How cute is that??!! We felt so blessed to have Julia Child and also have the chance we had to meet so many people devoted to the adoption cause. Here are some photos that Jaime took of Chloe and Julia Child and below a little bit about Jaime’s story!! It was so hard to choose the photos to post!!
The next photos we love so much! We have a neighbor that has 2 dogs and Chloe is obsessed with them. She watches the dogs through the fence for hours… Of course, Julia Child learned the same behavior lol… Jaime captured this routine. And I (Ludmilla) held Chloe up to see her boyfriend. (she knows the word boyfriend.) If you ever consider having great photos taken of your dogs, we would highly recommend Jaime…she does an amazing job and you can see the love in her photos!
My name is Jaime Dellachiara, I call myself Wyla’s Mom Photography. Wyla was my dog, being Wyla’s Mom was the most important role I have played so far in this life of mine. She made me a better everything.
Wyla had Cancer, 2 brain tumors and several spinal cord tumors. On October 5, 2012 she left for the Rainbow. We fought hard and tirelessly to give her every opportunity to beat her Cancer, focusing on the power of positive thinking. One night Wyla and I were watching the snow fall. We saw how flakes alone would quickly melt away. We also saw how when the flakes joined together, they created a beautiful blanket of snow over everything. I thought we need a “blizzard” of positive energy for Wyla, so, I started Team Wyla on Facebook. Through Team Wyla we documented her journey through photos and her words. Wyla quickly stole the hearts of thousands around the world with her courage, strength, beauty and golden heart.
After Wyla’s Diagnosis I really stepped up my photography. I knew I needed to capture the best photos I could of my girl before it was “too late”. I kept telling myself that after she died, I didn’t want to not have enough photos of her… I became obsessed (in a good way maybe….I think?). I documented all the little things that once they were gone I would miss…today I am so grateful for my photos. When Wyla died, I shelved my camera. What was I supposed to photograph when my best model, my love was gone? I was just too sad to look through my lens and not see her face. In my grief, I could feel thar Wyla was guiding me along my path of healing, I knew at some point I would be able to take photos again, I just didn’t know of what and when…I just trusted in Wyla and stayed open.
3 months later, I received a random email through my Team Wyla Page, there was a rescue group who had a dog being boarded close by my house, they were looking for volunteers to walk “Omar”. I sent a reply email and met Omar the very next day for my scheduled walk, camera (back) in hand! Oh what a handsome boy Omar was! A beautiful German Shepard. He was the first dog I walked after Wyla, the first dog I hugged, kissed and snuggled up to, and the first dog I photographed since Wyla. I asked the owner of the rescue group if I could volunteer to take photos of all her foster dogs in an effort to help them get noticed and adopted. She said YES and before I knew it I was meeting new dogs, taking photos and feeling so inspired by each one of the foster dogs stories. This rescue focuses mostly with special needs dogs which made them even more inspiring. These dogs and foster families touched my heart because I understood first hand what it was like to have a special needs dog, the joy as well as the struggle.
After each foster photo shoot, I felt better. I was inspired by what these dogs had been through yet how happy, loving and trusting they still were. They did not let their past experience hinder them, I couldn’t either. I had a hunch that this was how I was going to find my new dog. Sure enough, I met Sputnik, took his foster photo and knew he was meant to be my son! Sputnik brought the color back into my life… I gained so much from my foster photos, aside from the sheer joy of spending time with each of these dogs and the beautiful foster families, I gained the confidence that I could be a “real” photographer, that I AM a real photographer. It makes my heart smile. I currently work as a freelance photographer booking shoots on weekends, I have never felt more fulfilled.To me the most important part of what I do, is simply giving families photos of their loved ones, to make them smile and to cherish for always. If you want to learn more about Wyla and our journey, please visit www.facebook.com/teamwyla. If you would are in the Greater Seattle Area and would like to book a photo shoot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have an amazing weekend!!
Beijos e Tchau!
Ludmilla and Marilyn Chudda