A little bit about me
That look our dogs give us when we’re throwing a Frisbee, out for a hike, or just wrapping up a really fun training session. The intensity and pure joy they show us everyday – that’s what I’m after. I strive to create the most engaging, authentic pictures of your dog you’ve ever seen. And yes, capturing these priceless memories is going to be as fun as it looks!
It’s been a crazy, fast-paced journey since jumping head-first into trying to catch dogs in action back in the summer of 2018 and I’m constantly shocked when I look back and see the growth I’ve been able achieve. 2020 was especially exciting for me. I not only gained a lot more exposure on social media, but I was able to lead some pretty strong fundraising efforts for local dog rescues. The icing on the cake? Two of my images were chosen for magazine covers – my Dogster cover even features a great rescue dog who’s alive because of some serious support from our local rescue community.
A Passion for Rescue Dogs
Rescue dogs rock, and I’m as passionate about getting that message out as I am about freezing action! Even as I was starting to wade fairly heavily into the dog scene around Spokane, I had no idea what an animal rescue was. We had two pups we’d adopted from our local humane society, SCRAPS, 5 or 6 years prior to that, but beyond knowing that mixed breed dogs came from the “pound,” I didn’t really know where rescue dogs came from.
I stumbled across Rescue 4 All on social media and from there I went down what at the time felt like some underground rabbit hole, discovering a treasure trove of local rescues, all relying on a network of selfless foster families and funded 100% by donors within their communities.
It turns out, I’m not the only person who’s been in the dark about rescue dogs. When I ask most people “if you wanted to get a dog, where would you look?” Top answers were “the pound” and “a breeder.” In most cases, the people who said they’d look for a breeder didn’t really know how to go about finding one. The idea that there are responsible and irresponsible breeders out there wasn’t really something they’d thought of.
There are lots of great, responsible breeders out there who are focused on advancing and preserving their favorite breeds, and if you look a generation or two into the future, it’s breeders like these who are the reason for all of the healthy, happy dogs we have, purebred or mixed. The problem, as I see it, is that if most people who want a dog only know about two options: A purebred dog and one from “the pound.” They have trouble getting past the stigmas attached to older dogs looking for homes, and the only conclusion they’re able to arrive at is buying a puppy from a breeder, or on the side of the road. And then, of course, first-time owners get way more than they’d bargained for with a puppy and that dog gets surrendered to the shelter, usually with a healthy burden of behavioral problems.
I’d like to think that if everyone knew more about where to adopt a dog instead of buying one, we’d see less backyard breeders and maybe then ethical breeders, and the breeds they foster, would be able to thrive. So I’m constantly trying to figure out ways to get that message out through my photography.
When you book a session with me, you’re not just buying a handful of great pictures. Whether you’ve got a purebred dog or a mixed-breed dog, your pictures become part of a growing portfolio I use as I try my best to promote responsible dog ownership and the joy that any dog is capable of bring us if we’re willing to take a chance on them.
Thanks for taking a few minutes to get to know me a little better, and I hope to work with you soon.