While dog sitting for a friend of mine, I pulled out the camera and started taking photographs. Hoss was content play and lounge while I clicked the shutter away that afternoon. I decided to take the photo’s and put them into a little album as a gift for Leah. About a month later I finally had a finished press album with photo’s of Hoss and his playmate Otto the cat. I knew my images were not on a professional level and I was nervous about what Leah would think of them and the book. In the end all that really didn’t matter.
As I met with Leah that afternoon she broke the news that Hoss had passed on that weekend. It was devastating. If you have ever lost a pet, you know what I’m talking about. I was so shocked, and in my hand was this little album with the few pictures I had taken of him. Leah and I spent hours in tears going through the album. In the end all that mattered was that she had images of Hoss to remember him by. Afterwards I thought about how I had wished to have more photos of my own dog Chilie when she passed away. Not just more photos but good quality photos.
That was my aha moment of maybe I could be a pet photographer. It was a crazy idea, and I wasn’t even sure it would work. I started to jot down ideas and do some research and learned that it wasn’t such a far-fetched idea. There was a pet photographer based out of Seattle, who had even written a book. So I researched more, and decided to take more in depth photography classes. There was so much to learn and not just about photography but about business itself. It was a few years before I would truly feel ready to launch my photography business. If not for Hoss, or the album for Leah, I am not sure if I would have started this journey. I am so glad that I did. I truly believe that pets are not just companions, they are family. They grace our lives for so short a time, but their impact on our life is forever. That is why I want to be a pet photographer.