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 14-year-old rescue terrier (and most patient model), Lulu. In the summer of 2016 I solo-hiked the whole John Muir Trail: 270 miles of high-elevation backpacking over 28 days, including a summit of Mount Whitney. Dogs are mostly not allowed in the backcountry wilderness, but I did manage to find a few out backpacking with their people in areas where permits allow. (In fact, a black Lab miraculously appeared once when I was chowing down a spam sandwich at least a hundred miles from nowhere. I believe Labs can smell food from longer distances than bears.)
(I hiked the JMT again in the summer of 2018 - but that’s another story/obsession.)
I proudly volunteer my photography services at The Milo Foundation in Point Richmond. Over the past 20+ 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. I sell greeting cards at Two Neat in Mill Valley; 100% of the proceeds of those cards are donated to Milo as well. Please consider rescue the next time you add to your canine family.