Happy New Year and welcome to our Professional Pet Photography 52 Week Project Blog circle! This year we are starting out with a “Blank Slate”. I thought this would be a great time to tell you a little bit of how I got into Professional Pet Photography while sharing a few images of Kota since we celebrate her Birthday this week. Happy 7th, Kota!
We rescued Kota in April of 2011 when she was around 4 months old. We give her the whole month of January as her Birthday – she deserves it!
Kota was a “project” from the day we got her. She was quite “aggressive” as a puppy. Along with her challenging start to the world, we were attacked by a dog when she was 9 months old and she never “bounced back”. She’s a very sensitive girl. At the time I was a flight attendant and traveling a lot. Definitely not at home as I would have liked to have been. We went through several trainers who recommended “punishment” training methods. Hearing this turned my stomach. I decided I was going to learn everything I could about dog training and help Kota succeed. I enrolled in CATCH Canine Trainer’s Academy and spent a year learning all I could about the science of dog training. This was one of my best decisions!
Kota was a cute puppy! Aren’t all puppies? Haha! While studying “dogs” i was inspired to dust off my camera that had been sitting in the back of the closet. This was one of the Canon Rebel cameras. I started photographing Kota regularly. She was a perfect model! Since she was my guinea pig through all the dog training, she did have quite the perfect “sit-stay”! Since then I have upgraded twice and I now shoot with a Canon 5D MKIII.
After graduating with my dog training certificate from CATCH, I then began my journey in studying photography. I took several online classes with the Bryan Peterson School of Photography, beginning with “Understanding Exposure”. I’ve used Manual mode on my camera since the very beginning – that’s all I’ve ever known! From their I did a mentorship with Jill Flynn of Visual Harmony Photography. That was an amazing learning experience and I’d highly recommend working with a mentor for anyone getting into photography. Awesome!
2017 was my first full year with Pant the Town Pet Photography and it’s been exciting! I’ve met some amazing dogs and people throughout the year! I have a long list of goals for this year and I’m looking forward to a wonderful 2018!
Here is Kota – Birthday Hat and Leopard Cat Hat – this is a color I don’t use much called “Coral” from Savage Universal. It is actually a more “pink” color than it sounds – it’s fun! No smiles from Kota …. I needed to get these pictures done early since we are having a blizzard today and I wasn’t sure if we’d have electricity! I interrupted her “sleeping in”. She got a whole lot of chicken for it, though!!!
Thank you for stopping by! We are off to a great start and have 24 participants in our blog circle this week! Woohoo! Next up is Kelly with Little White Dog Pet Photography – Sioux Falls, SD. Click on the link at the end of each post to see some amazing images from Professional Pet Photographer’s around the world! Enjoy!