My commissioned photography sessions are intimate and gently paced. Together we focus on capturing the love between you and your animal/s and your unique relationship. These genuine moments of connection might include a particular way you relate, how you often show affection, or something meaningful about your animal. It is all about feeling the LOVE.
The session can be in the animal's own environment, or a place where they are relaxed and we can be together without distractions. It’s important to be patient and wait for your animal to feel at ease. I work with natural light and so there's no lighting equipment to come between us. We just need to be mindful in choosing the best time of day for where we want to be and take into account your animal’s schedule.
This custom service has its roots in the professional portrait photography of the 1890s, when women photographers began to go to the homes of their clients for a more natural environment, rather than a studio. It's relaxed and real.
I use traditional photography materials and equipment - black and white film and a medium format camera that uses 120 roll film. One roll has sixteen frames. The film is developed at a professional photo lab and contact sheets are made for viewing the negatives.
I was trained in the photography department at Art Center College of Design (where the darkroom became my second home) and gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, before the digital age was in full swing. Working with tangible materials has remained my preference.
After the photo session, you'll receive your contact sheets (to keep). Then you can choose to come to my studio to order photographs and to view presentation options for displaying and protecting your favourite image/s with your message. Your photographs are then printed by hand on European, warm-tone, gelatin silver paper on an optical enlarger. An image appearing in developer tray in the darkroom still holds its magic for me and I find the subtle and rich tones of silver prints to be really beautiful.
My intention is to create images with the feeling of the love and bond between you and your animal. Photographs are powerful, and it is a pleasure and an honor to hand over these pieces of paper that become cherished treasures for years to come.