Photographing dogs is my obsession.
Growing up, it was my brother who had the darkroom; when I wasn’t playing with the family golden retriever, I was practicing my violin and pretending I owned an office supply store.
But when I got my first interchangeable lens camera in 2006 I was hooked. When I retired from my career in enterprise and startup software marketing in 2014, I bought a professional-grade camera and some higher-end lenses, signed up for the first of several photography and Photoshop classes, and turned my focus exclusively to my passion: dogs.
I live in Mill Valley with my husband and our 15-year-old rescue terrier (and most patient model), Lulu. In the summer months, I pursue my other obsession: solo long-distance backpacking in the High Sierra. There’s no dogs up there over 9,000 feet, but I’m always on the lookout for a coyote or two.
I proudly volunteer my photography services at The Milo Foundation in Point Richmond. Over the past 25 years, Milo has rescued and found homes for more than 30,000 animals that faced euthanasia in California's high-kill shelters. I have photographed over 1,000 dogs and puppies (and many cats/kittens) there, editing over 4,000 images culled out of about 32,000 raw shots. (Phew!) I'm thrilled to have a small part in helping these wonderful animals find forever homes. Please consider rescue the next time you add to your canine family.
I no longer offer private photoshoots for dogs, but I do sell greeting cards at Two Neat in Mill Valley, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Milo.