This little business grew from a passion for animals and a joy for creating art.
I was born loving animals. I grew up begging for a horse, or another dog, or a cat—basically anything that could be called a “pet.” For the longest time, I thought my calling was to be a veterinarian. But after crying through just about every episode of “Emergency Vet” that came on Animal Planet, I decided that the job of a vet was not for me. I lack the stomach and emotional fortitude for that career.
I was also born loving art. I was always drawing or writing or creating. My forte was drawing horses. Because I didn’t own a horse, I drew them, read about them, dreamed about them, and drew them some more. Throughout my school years, I tried my hand at several different classes and mediums, but it wasn’t until a camera was in my hands as a young teenager that I found my true joy in art. It just “clicked.” Literally!
Around the same time that I discovered photography 11 years ago, a big black Lab wandered into my backyard and my heart. Buddy has been my main muse and canine BFF ever since. He has patiently endured countless hours of doggy modeling so I can practice my art. But it’s about more than practicing with him—it’s about preserving as many sweet moments as I can, so I can remember every little wonderful piece of him. This dog truly has my heart in a way no other animal ever has, and probably ever will. He’s been with me through many big life adventures, from moving out as an adult, to getting married, to moving from Florida to New Hampshire, then back to Florida again. He’s my most faithful friend, quiet confidant, and treasured family member. He’s my Bud.
As a photographer, my goal is to artfully celebrate the bond and adventures we share with our best friends. I strive to capture the personality and heart of each sweet fur kid that comes in front of my lens, from the energetic hiking or beach partner to the quintessential couch potato (that would be Buddy!). Our pets aren’t with us long enough, which is why it is so important to have these memories captured and preserved for years to come, so we can look back with fondness as we remember the sweet friends who have given us their hearts so willingly. They deserve it.
I’m married to my best (human) friend, TJ, who shares a love for animals and is my much more outgoing, silly, and logical half.
As a nature enthusiast, I love to trail ride, hike, and be outside in the wild and fresh air any chance I get.
Definitely can’t go a day without chocolate.
I love to fill our home with the smell of freshly baked goodies (then go to the gym or hit the trails to work them off).
Bookworm and lover of old movies and TCM.
Like most Labs, he loves to eat anything he can get into his mouth.
Does not let me use the bathroom alone. Or do anything alone, really. He’s my shadow.
He always manages to find a spot for himself on the couch, no matter how small it is.
Unlike most Labs, he hates to swim. Ask me about the time he played “lifeguard.”
Rub his ears and you’ll have a friend for life.
He’s my childhood dream, my adult treasure, and so worth the 20 years of waiting for a horse of my own.
A total food-motivated ham, he’ll smile and give kisses if he thinks you have treats.
He is a fantastic trail partner and brave explorer.
Small but mighty (and a lot easier to climb onto since he’s short!).
Shamelessly loves to have his butt scratched.