Every photoshoot is a completely different animal.
Because every dog, human, and connection is one-of-a-kind,
I approach each project with an openness to listen, learn, and bring that unique joy to light.
When individual needs are not only considered, but celebrated, the results can be magic
Hi! I'm Darlene. Dog photographer, canine expert, and people person.
This photography business all started with my rescue dog, Kota. Her challenges as a rescue with a difficult start in life inspired me to learn as much as possible about animals. So I became a dog trainer to positively reinforce our bond, after several other dog trainers were convinced she was a hopeless case and could only be trained through harsh punishment methods.
Patience and perseverance are interpersonal strengths I developed in two of my former careers as a middle school teacher and flight attendant, and I put these traits straight to work with Kota and my dog training. While there are quite a few obvious differences between children/people and dogs, I learned through it all that some “well timed” treats, such as cookies, can surely make the difference. And if it takes a “coyote caller” to get that perfect head tilt, I’ll be right there to capture that perfect moment with one in hand!
My goals with photography aren’t that different from my goals in dog training. My mission is to encourage and reinforce joy, and to celebrate the human-animal connection.