I’m dog crazy. I know that. People tell me all the time, unless they’re dog crazy too, in which case we just talk about our dogs until we run out of time… So it was no surprise six years ago that I changed from photographer to PET photographer. Not long after that my husband and I moved across Australia from Melbourne to Perth and now, four and a half years later, across the world to the Netherlands. No matter where I go I find amazing pet loving people who really understand that pets are family.
Pets have always been a part of my life, as has photography. As a 12 year old kid I was posing and photographing the family dog, a whippet called Nikki. It was all film back then and was a very expensive hobby. Eventually my Dad told me very gently that “we probably have enough photos of the dog now”. I wasn’t deterred and used to click away without any film in the camera. I was hooked!
When I was 22 I completed a Diploma of Applied Photography at NMIT in Melbourne. In 2008 I began volunteering at an animal shelter in Woodend, the Pets Haven Foundation and it was then I knew what I wanted to do – combine my love of animals and my love of photography. A dog training course with the Delta Society helped me learn about dog and cat behaviour and these are skills I use every day.
We now live in The Hague, Netherlands with our dog Charlie Noodle and two cats, Brucey and Lady, who are all rescue pets. My husband and I are huge supporters of animal rescue and hope that more and more people see how wonderful rescue pets are. Charlie Noodle is working on this mission daily via his Facebook page and Instagram account where he does his best to entertain and spread the love. Please feel free to follow him, he’d love to meet you.
I love what I do and who wouldn’t love being around people and their gorgeous, cute, cuddly, fun pets? And the best part is photographing “fur-kids” and helping to show them off by creating personalised art to celebrate them. I hope I can do it for you too.