Rebecca Leimbach has photographed her 4-year-old daughter Harper nearly every day of her life. And from the start, there’s was always competition for the camera’s lens from Lola, the family’s 7-year-old English bulldog.
“When Harper was a baby, Lola would always try to get in the frame and I’d tell her to ‘beat it,’” says Leimbach, who along with husband Christopher experienced an agony-filled several years of IVF treatments before Harper came along.
Leimbach, who calls infertility the “struggle of my life,” says she’s always wanted a sibling for Harper. “It weighed on me every time IVF would fail.”
Then came the day that Harper emerged from her playroom dressed as a princess alongside Lola, who was bedecked in full tutu, necklaces and a tiara.
Leimbach saw that Lola was the playmate she had been yearning for Harper to have.
“That’s when I realized, I’m not going to feel bad about not giving her a sibling,” the 40-year-old from Novi, Mich., said. “Lola is filling a bit of that void.” Leimbach describes the as pair best buds, and says when they are in the house, Lola is rarely more than a few feet away from Harper.