I’m a dog girl, plain and
simple. I have always loved animals of every sort and, really, some
of my best friends have been dogs. They are, to me, the most amazing
creatures and they completely inspire me in so many areas of my life.
I love all the things that come
together to make a photo - colors, light, angles and shadows, and
let's not forget expression! Self-taught, I have read and studied
volumes of technical textbooks and inspirational works, practiced
and experimented, finally combining a passion for all things dog with
this creative interest as a business venture in 2007/2008. I am proud to say my work has been published in the US and internationally. I have been fortunate enough to earn accolades over the years, most recently being named 2018 Best Pet Photographer in Mount Pleasant's Magazine's annual "Best Of" competition. More info on publishings, etc., can be viewed under the FAQs tab.
In business for over a decade now, I am confident in my practices, my approach, and my workflow. I know of people who woke up one morning and decided they were now going to be a photographer - that's not me. This was an intentional path, one that was borne of passion, for sure (after years of photo'ing adoptables and other animals), but it also took planning, experimentation, studying and honing of a particular skillset. Before I promoted myself, before I "hung my shingle", I met with an awarded pet photographer whose work I admired. She critiqued my portfolio and we discussed the business of pet photography (because, believe me, it isn't all just taking photos!). I communicated with an internationally recognized pet photographer about style. I picked the brain of a close friend who serves as Chief of a US news service. And then I really started working at it as a business. None of this happened by accident or on a whim.
Over the years,
I have acquired a soft spot for senior dogs and rescue animals. I
spend about a quarter of my time volunteering with rescues by photographing
adoptables, fundraising support, events, etc. The rest of my time is
devoted to client work and family. After losing my last gorgeous senior
dog and BFF, Bandit (pictured, bottom left), in 2014, I created a program
to honor him: "Always With Me" - you
can read about it here.
Then, unexpectedly, in January, 2015,
we adopted a new dog/model in the making, Roux (below). More than three years later now, when he sees my camera, he pushes to get near it. When I setup lights for studio work, he sits himself in front of them and gives me exactly what I ask. As a result of his work, he has had many successes, including commercial modeling gigs and photo contest wins. Roux is featured prominently in my work
and appears peppered all over my Facebook and Instagram accounts. (On 10/11/2017, we adopted a second red leopard, Gracie - watch for her photos in the coming months as well.)