My first word was “woof." Though I wouldn’t have a dog of my own until my teenage years, my life has always been filled with four-legged characters. My uncle’s two golden retrievers guided me along as a toddler. A rotating cast of dogs and cats (not to mention horses) ruled the riding stables where I spent a good chunk of my adolescence. In the story of my life, there are animals in every chapter.
I was snapping away from an early age, with the guidance of my father, a fine-art photographer himself. My favorite subjects were, naturally, dogs and other animals. I began my professional photography career traveling up and down the East Coast photographing prestigious equestrian events on the AA Hunter/Jumper circuit. Opting for a more grounded lifestyle, I moved to New York City and focused more on canine companions. In addition to private photography, I offered pro bono photography of adoptable animals to local rescues and shelters.
As I matured and my photography evolved, I realized that the key to my approach was developing a keen sense of the individual. Through photography, I am able to capture not just a visual moment, but more importantly, the personalities of my subjects—from the regal and sophisticated to the downright goofy.
With time, I’ve expanded this personal approach and have used it with success to photograph children, horses, as well as other animals. I have also pursued a career in humane dog training with an emphasis on animal behavior and cognition and earned an accredited certification through the CCPDT. This additional knowledge gives me the patience and understanding to capture animals in a way that makes them feel comfortable and reduces stress throughout the process.
I now live in Colorado with my French Bulldog, Reuben, crazy tuxedo cat Maru, and boyfriend Brook.