Welcome to week 3 of our 52 Week Pet Photography Blog Circle. This week it’s all about “Meeting the Photographer” so here I am to introduce myself and tell you a bit about my story 🙂
I am the owner of Pant the Town Photography and I’m located in Georgetown, MA. I specialize in natural light, outdoor on-location photography of pets. I’ve lived in CT, NC, Chicago, and Atlanta, but I’ve been in MA for about 16 years now. I love the New England settings and the changes in seasons – perfect for photographing all year round!
I live with my wonderful, supportive husband, Pete, and our challenging, sweet rescue, Kota. Kota got me to where I am today. She wasn’t an easy dog who came up on a transport 8 years ago from AR. After we went through several dog trainers (3) who had the idea of using punishing methods (a prong collar) of training on an innocent 5 month old puppy, that led me to learn all there is to know about the science of how dogs learn and becoming a certified dog trainer. Knowing about dog body language and working with fearful and reactive dogs has definitely helped in working with a variety of pups as a pet photographer.
The following image was taken by my husband for this post – great job, Pete! Kota is a dog who has a “bubble” of personal space. She doesn’t like anyone coming too close to her and also doesn’t enjoy being in small spaces. Here we taught her “kiss” – the only way she will get close haha!
Before I began working with dogs, I was a flight attendant for American Airlines for 16 years. I LOVED to travel! I was married in Belize, my favorite place to visit, and we visited there twice a year for quite some time. Now, I’ve become a complete “homebody” and I wouldn’t go back to the gypsy lifestyle. I left American almost 5 years ago. I haven’t stepped on a plane since. Guess what? I’m flying this coming April to the Animal Image Makers Conference in Minneapolis – wooohoo, a big step for me to get back on an airplane!
Are you wondering how 16 years as a flight attendant might make me a better pet photographer (it sure does!)? One thing would be continuous patience working with the public. Also, I will never forget those days of being stranded on the tarmac with an endless, creeping “delay” with travelers getting anxious and impatient. I learned that some “well – timed” snacks made for a much better environment for all! And those well- timed snacks work just the same for getting a dog’s attention and helping them into a “sit” or a “down”. Yes, we can train both people and dogs haha!
Along with teaching dog training classes at the MSPCA in Methuen, MA, the last few years, I’ve spent a lot of time learning and improving my photography skills. I’ve taken on-line classes and also worked one on one with a mentor. I’ve definitely found my passion in working with animals in all different ways. I spend time volunteering to photograph adoptable animals at two local rescues: MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm and Cat Tales in Seabrook, NH. I am also a member of HeartsSpeak – an amazing organization of artists/creatives using their work to help find animals forever homes.
Ready to join me on a fun photo adventure with your pet(s)?! I’d love to meet you! Click here!
Thank you for stopping by for a visit! Next up in our Pet Photography Blog Circle is Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati, the San Francisco Bay Area, and destinations nationwide. Susannah coordinates our weekly blogs, and she is an amazing pet photographer with a few adorable pooches of her own. Click on the link at the end of each post to follow along and meet some amazing pet photographers around the world. Have a wonderful weekend!