Why have I become a Dog Photographer?

Hi there, I am Steve and welcome to my blog. I want to discuss a little about why I have chosen to become a professional pet photographer and then I am going to talk about why you might want to have your pet’s story captured by me.

Having spent the last 5 years or so taking photos of different subjects, planes/birds/landscapes/weddings/families, one of the things that always pulled me away from that shoot was a dog that ran past like a child – jumping and smiling.

I think the first significant time I noted I loved photographing dogs was with my own dog, Seth the springer.

What a legend he is!

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When I was around 7-8 years old (I think) our family had Heidi. A rough collie, with black, white and brown markings, such an amazing dog, but also very naughty!

Heidi taught me how to have a friendship and love for pets, something I will never forget because of her. She was so special. Several years later and I still remember the moment when my dad came to tell us that our dog had passed away, and the heartbreak of that moment. It was a significant moment in my life because I understood for the first time that the animals we love do not live forever. This memory has come back later in my years, in the relationship we have with my own pets and the joy of my photography.

Over the last few years I have cemented the skills of photography with lots of training, rather than selling myself. I have always yearned for more from my photography – the subjects I was shooting were good experience but never quite gave me that warm feeling inside when I look at the images. I wanted that to stir me up and excite me. One day I took a photo of Seth and that was it! The memory from years past came back of Heidi and the realisation that Seth won’t be around for ever – so I need to capture these moments I have with him in my life.

I invested heavily in my camera gear and have taken endless photos of him! Mind you, he’s not the easiest dog to photo – he is a springer after all! My family have always been supportive of what I do and gave me their backing to set up ‘Pawtraits’ because they knew I was onto something. I never got a photo of Heidi and I so wished I had!

There have been many more things in my life that have led me to becoming a pet photographer, but we’ll be here all day if we talk through them all!

What I really want you to know is that my love of being a pet photographer comes from an understanding of love and loss which gives me the ability to capture moments that owners and children can enjoy for many years.

So as a pet owner, what does this mean for you? Well, I want you to take a moment to think about your pet… what do you love about them? Think about the time you spend with them, what you enjoy doing together.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could capture the moment they catch the ball? Or when they come home really dirty? A symbol of the relationship you both have. Not just a snapshot, but a beautiful portrait, or a few which can then be put together into a beautiful book that you can hold onto or display as a wall image.

That is why I am a pet photographer – so you will never forget your Heidi!

Remember my memory? The hardest part of loving animals is that they don’t stay with us in this life forever. But the story does not have to end there, because with my photographic capture they can live on with you.

So now can I ask a favour of you? Please can you share a photo and something you love about your pet? Either post in the comments below or you can email me at steven@pawtraitsbysteve.co.uk

I love the connection pet owners have through the stories of the animals we love, so please share your favourite stories.

If you want to have your photo/memory captured so that your pet’s story never ends please feel free to contact me on steven@pawtraitsbysteve.co.uk