Around 1998, I attended a Pet Expo and came across an album of ‘before and after’ photos of rescued dogs, (Polaroids, no less) and I was hooked.
I had to know more, I had to help. I had no idea that so many animals are lost and abandoned, neglected and forgotten, right outside our city limits. I began to get involved, promoting adoptables and volunteering at spay/neuter clinics. Along the way, I picked up my first digital camera and eventually volunteering at events morphed into photographing adoptable dogs, combining my love of photography with animal rescue! I’m so excited that I can provide a service that helps puppies and dogs get adopted to great homes.
Over the past 15 years I have photographed well over a thousand puppies and dogs, each and every one was deserving of a family to call their own.
I urge everyone who is interested in helping to check out local rescue organizations. Try fostering, donate time or supplies or money, spread the word, spay/neuter, adopt not shop, and above all have compassion for those that have no voice.
Currently I volunteer with Animal Rescue Foundation, an organization that has grown by leaps and bounds since it’s inception in 1995. I have enjoyed photographing dogs for them, and have fostered 15 puppies to date which is an incredibly rewarding experience. To learn more about ARF Alberta, and see the list of current adoptable dogs please visit their website www.arf.ab.ca.
I am an artist member of Hearts Speak, an organization of like-minded artists who donate their time and talents to helping rescue animals. Check out their great website at www.heartsspeak.org. I also offer Senior Soul Sessions for older dogs. You can read more about these types of sessions and see my membership page here at Joy Sessions.
As a lifelong student, I am continuously learning and striving to improve my skills. While learning through doing is imperative, I also realize the value of asking for help and have spent some time in classrooms over the years, achieving a certificate of completion in photography from a local university as well as various editing classes that interest me. I have a firm foundation of skills to build on as my style evolves. In 2013 I attended one on one mentoring with Ontario’s premier dog photographer, http://scruffydogphotography.com/.
I also have a keen interest in dog behavior and positive training techniques. I use my own personal experiences and knowledge of positive training to help make your photo session enjoyable and relaxing for your dog and for you! I am happy to answer questions or concerns that you might have, and construct a photo session that suits you and your dog perfectly. Even if you think your dog will never go for it, please inquire – you will be pleasantly surprised! I have techniques to ensure your dog puts his best paw forward, and you will love the images! It’s my promise!