i never thought 'dog photographer' would be on my linkedin profile.
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 ‘glass’ (translate: 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 12-year-old rescue terrier (and most patient model) named Lulu. Last summer 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 fact, a black Lab miraculously appeared once when I was chowing down a spam sandwich hundreds of miles from nowhere. I believe Labs can smell food from longer distances than bears.)
I proudly volunteer my photography services at The Milo Foundation in Point Richmond. Over the past 19 years, Milo has rescued and found homes for more than 25,000 animals that faced euthanasia in California's high-kill shelters. I have photographed over 700 dogs (and many cats) there, editing almost 4,000 images culled out of about 30,000 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!