Have You Met Monica Henderson
Have You  Met Monica Henderson

Excited about our Have You Met series where I showcase YOU, the photographers of our community. We had over 400 photographers apply for the series in less than a week. I can’t wait to showcase the talented photographers. There is a mix of hobbyist and business owners as well as full-frame and crop sensor users. This may be my new favorite part of the site.

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  • No.
    Tell us a little about yourself and your photography journey.

    I’ve always enjoyed photography as a hobby, and am animal obsessed; I’ve worked in veterinary medicine for 16 years, and am also a certified dog training instructor at a local positive reinforcement facility. The human-animal bond is such a vital part of my job in veterinary medicine, as it is with helping people train their dogs. I’m also involved in animal rescue, and I quickly discovered that a quality photograph of an animal in rescue is key to getting them on the road to adoption. I began photographing rescue animals in 2012 and the business blossomed from there.

    50mm | f/1.4 | 1/800 | ISO 500

  • No.
    What is the best advice you received so far on your photography journey?

    Never compare yourself to others.

  • No.
    What is your favorite thing to photograph?

    Animals, for sure, though I do like to photograph animals with their people to show the bond they share.

    50mm | f/1.4 | 1/320 | ISO 200

  • No.
    Where do you find your inspiration?

    In the stories my clients tell me about their relationship with their pets. In the light that we find for our shoots.

  • No.
    What type of background do you have? Self taught? Formal training? Mentor?

    I’m self-taught. My background consists of lots of trial and error, many mistakes, hours upon hours of watching online tutorials, and reading forums, blogs and books relating to photography and digital editing.

    50mm | f/1.4 | 1/1250 | ISO 400

  • No.
    Are you currently doing any photography projects? If so, what?

    I am not, but I keep meaning to start a 52 Weeks project.

  • No.
    If you could only use one lens for a year, which would you choose?

    Ooof, that’s a tough one. It’d either be my 50mm f/1.4 or my 105mm f/2.8. Don’t make me choose!

    105mm | f/5.0 | 1/800 | ISO 400

  • No.
    Share links to 3 of your favorite photography tutorials and tell us why.

    1. www.phlearn.com is a great resource
    2. I looooooove www.creativeLive.com
    3. Digital Photography School is another site that is on my list of favorites.

  • No.
    What is your favorite image right now?

    This is my own dog, Kaia, a foster dog that I adopted (also known as a foster fail). She likes to come along and help me find new locations!
    MSP2015 6

  • No.
    What type of camera and lenses do you shoot with?

    My current body is a Nikon D7100 (crop sensor), and my trusty D90 is my backup. My lenses include a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, a Nikon 50mm f/1.4, a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 and a Nikon 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6. I am saving up for a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8!

    50mm | f/4.0 | 1/200 | ISO 400

  • No.
    Let’s light someone else’s candle, who is a photographer you think we should check out?

    Kaylee Greer of Dog Breath Photography in Boston, MA for pet photography, or Kathryn Arvanitis of Kathryn Arvanitis Photography in Charleston, SC.

  • No.
    What is your biggest challenge when it comes to photography?

    That’s a toss-up between getting and keeping the animal’s attention, and getting them over their fear of my gear. The big black box makes funny noises and there’s a bright flashy light, too! EEEK RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!

    50mm | f/1.4 | 1/500 | ISO 100

  • No.
    How do you display your photos?

    This is two of the walls in my living room. They are a constant work in progress.


  • No.
    What's the strangest thing you carry in your camera bag, and why is it in there?

    A duck call. It works nicely to get a dog’s attention.

    105mm | f/2.8 | 1/125 | ISO 100

  • No.
    What is next on your list of things to learn this year in photography?

    I’d like to learn more about lighting, both indoor and outdoor.

    105mm | f/5.0 | 1/250 | ISO 200

  • No.
    If people want to follow more of your work where should they go?


    50mm | f/2.2 | 1/1000 | ISO 200

  • February 23, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Such lovely images. You really capture the dogs personality beautifully. I’ve photographed dogs also & it’s not easy. Lots of funny noises! :)

  • Tricia
    February 23, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Hi Monica, thanks for sharing your work. In reading your interview, I just had a light bulb moment in that I should find a niche that I love. Yours is animals. It seems its your passion. Your photography reflects that. Your subjects looked loved. Keep up the good work!

    • February 26, 2015 at 4:44 PM

      Thanks for your kind words, Tricia! You hit the nail right on the head; I am ridiculously passionate about animals and I’m glad that it’s conveyed in my photographs. :)

  • February 23, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    What lovely photos. I love the light in some of them.
    Kaia is gorgeous.
    Rubi | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

    • February 26, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      Thanks, Rubi! :)

  • Sheryl
    February 25, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Where do you get your canvases made? Love the large and seamless look.

    • February 26, 2015 at 4:23 PM

      The ones on my wall are from… {drumroll}

      Canvas on Demand.

      I couldn’t help it. They were running a great special! :D

      • Sheryl
        February 26, 2015 at 4:34 PM

        Thank you! My dogs are 12 and 14, and I must get canvases of them soon. Does a Groupon for two 16x20s for $49.99 sound like “a great special” to you?

        • February 26, 2015 at 4:37 PM

          That’s the great special I purchased, so yes… it absolutely sounds great to me. ;)

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