Hi, I’m Kira DeDecker (“key-ra dee-decker”) and I’m a pet photographer serving Arizona’s greater Phoenix Metro area. Welcome to my blog! This is where I share not only my most recent work but also my life with you. Client sneak peeks, Facebook recaps, announcements, updates, awesome new offerings and the occasional (okay, frequent) story about my crazy but amazing life with my three dogs – Sox, Bixby and Waffles.

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February 1, 2012

A Happy Messy Kind of Love

Greif comes in waves.

I know that fact all too well.

I was my grandfathers primary caregiver when he was in hospice and shortly after I got engaged he passed away. I spend my first few months as a newly wed in a mix of pure joy and grief. In fact, one of the most vivid memories I have is standing in my new kitchen, making a sandwich, when I suddenly remember something about him and the next thing I know I am bawling in the corner. It took a year but that sadness and despair turns into some else, it becomes bittersweet and I could remember all the good things without feeling overwhelming pain.

Recently, I lost my dog, Peetie. It was a very unexpected and unfair loss. For a long time, I didn’t think I would be able to accept another dog in my life but like most things the unexpected happened and I met Waffles. I can’t help but think that she gave Waffles her seal of approval for me.

A few days ago, Serena wrote a beautiful post on Pretty Fluffy. I hope you all take a moment to read it, feel it, and embrace it.

Thank you Serena, it was an honor to be mentioned in your post. I am thinking of you in these times.

  1. Serena

    February 5th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Kira, It was so lovely to read your post this morning. I’m so sorry for the loss of your grandfather and Peetie. As I mentioned in my article, it was your words on this very website that inspired me to spend more time with those I do have in my life and for that I’m so thankful. They really are my go to words to make me appreciate and embrace life a bit more.
    I hope the days of good memories are starting to outnumber the painful ones and wish you and Waffles much happiness.
    And I can’t comment without saying how much I love the name Waffles – it makes me smile just saying it! xxx

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Kira DeDecker is an on-location lifestyle pet photographer specializing in one-of-a-kind fine art and modern portraits. She works exclusively with dogs, cats and all other four legged creatures to create vibrant, quirky and soulful works of art.She also photographs needy animals pro-bono for non-profit animal organizations (like Cavalier Rescue USA).

Kira DeDecker Photography is a editorial and commercial pet photographer based in Glendale AZ and serves the Metro Phoenix area (Scottsdale, Peoria, Phoenix, Suncity, Surprise, Goodyear, Avondale and Tempe) and beyond.

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The Daily Dog Tag 1,2,3,4,5,6
Hair of the Dog 1,2,3
Pretty Fluffy 1,2
Itty Bitty & Fluffy 1,2,
Healthy Paws 
PAWSH Magazine & Studio
Joy Session 1,2,3
Beautiful Beasties 1,2,3,4

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