For as far back as I can remember, I have always loved animals. As a little girl,my companions were stuffed animals, not Barbies; and a stable filled with plastic horses was far more interesting to me than a dollhouse filled with plastic babies and miniature furniture.
Growing up, my incredibly intuitive mother continued to respect and encourage my love for animals and saw to it that our family always had pets -- first goldfish; then a guinea pig named "Pinto"; next came our two cats, "Lori" and "Star"; and finally, to my greatest joy, our first dog named "Pepper."
Pepper became a member of our family as a result of me stalking her daily at the local pet store. Each afternoon after school, I would walk down to visit her. I don't remember how long these visitations went on, but eventually my mom had convinced my dad the importance of Pepper joining our family.
My passion and deep love for dogs began with Pepper and has only grown deeper.
In 2009, I began volunteering for Camp Cocker Rescue, a local nonprofit group that rescues discarded Cocker Spaniels from the ten high-kill Los Angeles area shelters. Predictably, it was not long before I began sharing my home with rescued Cocker Spaniels, sometimes for brief periods as a "foster", other times as an adopter.
My passion for this beautiful breed of dog is what has led me to my passion for photographing all animals. In the summer of 2012, I took my first photography class, and it wasn't long before I discovered that my true talent lies in photographing pets.
On September 21, 2013, the muse for a pet photography business came into my life in the form of a puppy named Jj. From the moment we met, there has been a soul-level connection unlike any I have felt with other animals in my life. Not only is he ridiculously cute and impossibly charming, but the Light emanating from his eyes is heart-stopping. Our bond is one of the greatest pleasures in my life and inspires me to no end when it comes to photography.