There’s an unspoken understanding that humans and their dogs share. It’s a unique connection which merits celebration. I recognize how important it is to preserve and provide beautiful images that you can cherish for a lifetime. Pet photography allows me to capture that unique connection you have with your dog so that every time you see your images, it reminds you of what you love so much about them and how much they unconditionally love you back.
The invisible thread running through the story of my life has been my quest for experiences that lead to meaningful connections. I find myself most whole - most happy - most me - when working with animals and with young children where those connections are ever present.
I've spent most of my life as a dance studio owner, motivated by my love of little people. I’ve always cherished the innocence, candor and realness of a conversation with a three year old. Little folks rock.
Like my love for tiny humans, I’ve always been moved by animals and the way they relate with people they trust. The sheer joy experienced from a soulful animal encounter brings me closest to my bliss and my purpose. Whether it’s meeting a chimpanzee, horseback riding on the beach, or simply visiting a zoo to hand feed giraffes and rhinos, I am always honored by the privilege of a meaningful animal encounter.
For me, photographing pets and their people is all about the simple joy that the experience and the resulting artwork creates for everyone involved. It's why I do what I do.
Much of my daily joy is derived from my sidekick and the absolute sweetest English Cream Golden Retriever, Bailey. She is the grace to my grit. She injects humor, love and lends a calm kindness to my world.
MY FAVORITE FOOD
Is "all food" an option? I'm a foodie. I may be partial to seafood, but I pretty much just love food. Period.
Bananas. I "believe" she's loyal to me as her dog mom, but if you show up with a banana to share with her, I might be wrong and she may be your new best friend.
WHERE I LOVE TO BE MOST
The beach. Sound of the surf, the smell of salty air, sand between my toes. Pure bliss.
WHERE BAILEY LOVES TO
The beach. Sounds of birds to chase, smells of other dogs all around, sand deeply embedded into her fur requiring her mom to spend a LOT of time trying to shower it off. Pure bliss.
MY PERSONALITY TYPE
Total extraverted introvert. I'm exceptionally comfortable around people but need to recharge my batteries with a good amount of alone time. I love to socialize, but I'm also perfectly content quietly deadheading flowers in my container garden.
BAILEY'S PERSONALITY TYPE
People. All of the time. Who needs quiet time when there are people to meet? And she wants to meet all of the people.
PLACES I'VE LIVED
I'm a bit of a Wunderlust. I've lived in five states. I was born in Florida, moved to New Jersey then to New York City (my heart still lives there), followed by almost a decade on Martha's Vineyard and finally to beautiful sunny California.
WHERE BAILEY HAS LIVED
Bailey was born and bred in Southern California.
My fashion philosophy is, if you're not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.
~ Elayne Boosler