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.01Tell 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.02What is the best advice you received so far on your photography journey?
Never compare yourself to others.
- No.03What 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.04Where 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.05What 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.06Are you currently doing any photography projects? If so, what?
I am not, but I keep meaning to start a 52 Weeks project.
- No.07If 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.08Share links to 3 of your favorite photography tutorials and tell us why.
- No.09What 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!
- No.10What 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.11Let’s light someone else’s candle, who is a photographer you think we should check out?
- No.12What 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.13How do you display your photos?
This is two of the walls in my living room. They are a constant work in progress.
- No.14What'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.15What 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.16If people want to follow more of your work where should they go?
50mm | f/2.2 | 1/1000 | ISO 200