It's that time of year that I am creating my annual goals and doing a lot of reflecting. Part of that reflecting is truly looking at how far I have come, why I do this, what I am providing my clients and how can better the service I provide my clients.
One thing I admit is I am not sure I can express enough how much I LOVE being a pet photographer. When I started my business, I was an “everything” photographer (weddings, seniors, families). On January 1, 2013, I kicked off my transition to being a pet exclusive photographer. When speaking to people, the best description (and I believe my husband deserves credit for it) is…”if you had heart trouble would you see a cardiologist or would you see a general practitioner”? Well it is true right? Technically what I am is a photographer that has a specialty in pets. Don’t get me wrong I have many friends that are wedding photographers, family photographers and others that split between pet photography and family photography. I truly love and respect them all. We all have to find the work that makes us get up every morning and makes our creative hearts flutter…and I found mine in animals. Animals have been my passion since I was a small child and that has never changed for one second.
I made the decision to specialize because for me this is not just about capturing a moment. For me animals bring me personal peace, calm, and they truly warm my heart. I wanted to bring that same feeling and my vision of their pets into my clients homes by creating artistic, bold, dramatic, and timeless art. The goal for each of my sessions is to create beautiful art of my client's pet that is both unique and captures a memory.
Through specializing my business, it affords me the ability to focus my continued education- not only about photography but also the animals I photograph and how to make a session a fun experience for them. Your pet’s welfare and safety are my top priority during a session. I ensure that proper precautions are taken for your pet’s safety, from cleanliness of the studio environment to keeping extra leashes and collars on-hand. My constant focus is to improve the session experience for both you and your pet.
Before ending this post I would like to thank my Mom. Your inspiration, advice, animal knowledge, coaching, and continual encouragement have made a huge impact on me and my work. You are the reason that I am able to look into an animal’s eyes and make a connection with them to photograph their spirits.
For my Mom...not much has changed in over 40 years.
To my clients, thank you for entrusting me to photograph your pets. I am truly honored to meet every one of them.