People often reply “I’m living the dream!” when asked about their day at work, but you can tell it’s dripping with sarcasm. Well, I’m lucky enough to not be joking when I say it. This career is absolutely a dream and even with all the challenges that this industry and this job involve, I am always so excited to continue learning, challenging myself, and overcoming obstacles to make myself and my work better. In photography you never stop learning. Never. If you do, your work will plateau and you will become bored and unsatisfied with your work. I promise you, and I promise myself that I won’t let that happen.
I waited 26 years to bring a dog into my own life and I’m so happy we found our Ruby when we were ready. She’s the perfect addition to our wee family and she was definitely meant to be ours. She’s working on being a great model for me and is eager to pose for a tasty reward. Having Ruby in my life allows me to have a muse and constant subject for testing new gear and techniques. She’s definitely the star of the Wet Nose Instagram account, and now her other mum has made an account just for her! You can keep tabs on this crazy pup by following @WetNoseImagesHalifax and @RubyRoo_The_Pittie.
This may or may not come as a surprise, but I’m much more of a dog person than a people person. I know - you’re probably shocked. But I will happily sit in the corner of a party with the dog rather than socialize with the other humans. Dogs are so much more than “just pets” as all dog people will confirm. Dogs don’t judge, dogs don’t care about any of the things we might be insecure about or wish we were better at. Dog love unconditionally and are overjoyed to see you - Every. Single. Time.
Photographing dogs comes much easier and more naturally to me than photographing people. Dogs aren’t self-conscious or worried about their hair. They’re not camera shy and they don’t put on a fake smile when the camera comes out. They just look amazing always… even with a derp face! And let me tell you: people love, love, love their dogs.
Dog people love their dogs so much that the idea of a photoshoot for their favourite furry family member doesn’t even need a second thought. If you’d have your family photographed, of course you’d have your dog photographed! If you’d put your wedding photos up on the wall, of course you’d put a professional portrait of your dog on the wall. When a dog comes into your life it changes you for the better, in so many ways. Everyone’s story is unique but everyone can agree on this. Our dogs can’t speak to us but somehow we understand each other and they show us how to live more carefree. To appreciate the little things and to take time out of a busy day to just frolic in a field.
Our dogs are so amazing that our cellphone cameras just can’t fully capture their true souls. Trust me, I try that quite often and I’m usually disappointed in the results. But when I’m out enjoying the natural beauty of Nova Scotia with our pup and my camera, I can come home with exactly the images I was dreaming of. My camera and my experience allow me to set up the images that will look beautiful, and capture them just as I planned.
I typically photograph only dogs, but sometimes owners like to be in a few images with their pups, and I’m always happy to make that happen! As owners, we’re usually photographing our dogs from our point of view, but there are very few photos of the two of us together. And I can help with that. How big would your heart swell to see a beautiful portrait of you and your fluffy best friend up on the wall, for years to come? And every time you had friends and family over you’d get to gush about your sweet pup all over again.
Big prints over the living room couch, beautiful Nova Scotian sunsets, and special moments with your amazing dog - THAT is why I’m a dog photographer.
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