The Furever Friends Difference
Don’t be shy, I know you’ve probably Googled a half dozen (or more) photographers today. And once you’ve eliminated the ones with questionable image skills, your top picks are starting to blend together in a sea of “I LOVE DOGS” and “I capture memories” and even a few “Denver’s best/ premier…”.
So how the Hell do you pick? What sets me apart from the pack of dog photographers here in Denver?
A Decade To Draw On:
When I started photographing pets over ten years ago, it was barely even a thing. In recent years I’ve seen the industry explode! Everyone who can wield a camera has jumped on the bandwagon. And I don’t blame them, I LOVE what I do for a living! But photographing dogs takes a unique skill-set. It’s not just about camera settings, it’s also about working with your dogs personality quirks and energy level. It’s about knowing when to compromise perfect composition because that wiggly puppy just can’t sit still- while simultaneously creating beautiful images worthy of wall space.
- Challenging behaviors I’ve encountered in the last 10 years:
- Wild Puppies
- Shy Rescues
- Seniors who are deaf & blind
- Housemates trying to eat each other
- Aggressive dogs I had to photograph with a telephoto
- Even a dog who went bronco and flipped over every time he didn’t get his way
I’ve never quit a session and each one of them taught me something new to apply to the next challenge. I’ve heard often that I must have the patience of a saint. While working as a wildlife keeper for 3 years I learned a unique perspective- animals rarely understand what we want from them. It’s not their fault they’re confused. Whether it’s asking a White Rhino to let me brush his face or a squirmy puppy to stand in a wagon, it’s my job to make it as easy as possible for them to do what we’re asking. Your dog wants to make you happy. But this is an unusual experience, so it’ll take lots of praise and lots of treats to help them understand what we want. Your dog shouldn’t have to be perfectly behaved to be picture perfect.
I’m A Specialist:
I only photograph dogs & their families. I don’t do weddings, bar mitzvahs, senior photos, baby photos, or any other popular photography. Unless of course dogs are involved! What does this mean for you? All skills requires practice, even different types of photography. Someone who does “all the things” may only work with one dog a month, or every few months. What’s that old adage: jack of all trades, master of none? I work with new dogs every week, which means I’m constantly sharpening the skills needed to make your dog look his very best!
Laid Back Style
One of my favorite things to hear at the end of a session is “that was so much FUN!” I know that being in front of a camera can be intimidating or uncomfortable. Especially if you’re worried that your dog isn’t on their best behavior. Back when I was still taking photography courses in college, my first canine subject was my 1 year old Siberian Husky, Shadow. If you’ve ever been around huskies, you know that while being very sweet they are exceedingly headstrong. She taught me that dogs will do what they want, and if I was going to be a dog photographer I’d better learn to work with what they give me. Not expect them to conform to what I ask. I will never get frustrated with you or your dog’s lack of professional modeling experience. To be honest, some of my absolute favorite shots are the ones that were completely unplanned and just capture the dogs personality.
It’s Not Finished Till It’s Finished
At the end of the session I’m never going to just hand you some files and wish you luck figuring out what to do with them. Your memories deserve more than file space. I’ve curated a select grouping of products that will compliment almost every style & budget. I’m not going to leave you staring at a computer screen for hours either while you try to figure out how to print your photos. After every session I will personally meet up with you, usually in the comfort of your home, with printed proofs & samples that you can hold in your hands so you know exactly what you’re getting. Along with design software that allows me to put your images on YOUR walls, so you can see exactly how it will fit in your space before you’ve ordered anything. But wait, the service doesn’t stop there! How many times have you brought artwork home, only to have it sit on the floor for months before you got around to hanging it? I’ll even do basic (drywall) installations for you! All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your new artwork & a glass of wine.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to my contact page and let me pour all that expertise into your dog’s session.