I became a mobile pet photographer because it used to be way to hard too get photos of your pets. Back before it all began, my husband and I got our first puppy together, Parker, a beautiful little black schnauzer. We took him to the mall for family pictures to document his puppyhood, and it turned out to be a horrible experience for us. Because he is a dog and couldn’t be in the mall during the day, we had to schedule an after-hours appointment. So, we went for our appointment – at 10 pm – waited for photos to finish; left at midnight and by 1 am, Corey and I had decided there must be a better way, which got the wheels turning. Not thinking too much more about it, I signed up for a local day long workshop with Washington Photo Safari and learned some new and different photography techniques. Somewhere between lunch and arriving home for the day, I had an epiphany – I love photography, love animals, why not combine the two and make a business out of it? So, I left nursing school (frustrated after being on three year wait list for nursing degree – but that’s another story!) and on a whim, enrolled in NY Institute of Photography, and went for it. I’ve been in business now for 12 years. At the time, there was only one person in the area doing pet photography.
Photographers Who Inspire Me
There are so many artists who inspire me! Two immediately come to mind. My mentor and coach, Kim Hartz with Kim Hartz Photography. Her work is fantastic and her support for my business amazing. Second, the photographer who inspired me to start working with water photography, Seth Castille. He wrote a book called “Underwater Dogs” that literally takes my breath away. I look at both their work, and wonder – how did they do that?
My Favorite Thing About Photography
I have no idea who said it, but my favorite quote about photography is: “If you want to learn what someone fears losing – watch what they photograph.” This is amazing and true. I love that you can can capture moments in time that you might otherwise forget. Looking through old photos evokes emotions, and you get to feel the feeling and relive that moment when you took it.
Why I Love Photographing Pets and Animals
Simply put, I love the innocence the animals have. They are so carefree, and they don’t care if they look good. They truly live in the moment. I love that and aspire to do that more in my own life. We are so busy; never doing just one thing. But, with pets, they live in just the moment. Nothing in the world matters.
My Advice to An Aspiring Photographer
Practice, practice, practice. Try everything – you never know what type of photography you’ll fall in love with. Back in my high school photography classes, I did what I was told to, and didn’t really think to incorporate pets. It was until I tried it that I realized it was for me. Photograph what you love and it shines through your work.