I also love the things that come together to make a photo – colors, light, angles, 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 2019 Best Pet Photographer in Mount Pleasant’s Magazine’s annual “Best Of” competition for the second year in a row. More info on publishings, etc.
In business for well over a decade now, I am confident in my practices, my approach, and my workflow. 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 lifelong friend who is a highly recognized and awarded photographer. And then I really started working at it as a business. None of this happened by accident or on a whim. As far as pets go, well, it’s always been about pets for me. It’s not an add-on service, it isn’t supplemental. It’s my priority, my specialty and my niche. Although my work has given me great opportunities to meet and photo some very talented and famous musicians even, I don’t fan-girl over humans — but goodness, present me with a dog and you’ll get a whole different reaction! I’m a dog-mom to Roux and Gracie, two red Catahoula Leopard dogs (left). I volunteer in at least one shelter every week photographing adoptables and have done so since 2003. I love what I do! I could go on with more personal history, but I think this will give you a glimpse as to who I am and whether you think we are a good fit: