When I was a kid I knew I wanted to do something, anything, with animals when I grew up. I flipped through the same animal picture books over and over again. Watched nature shows whenever I could (ie Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom). I did school reports on animals. I was fascinated by them. While I never went into a scientific field I have always wanted to find a way to work with them.
I got my first camera when I was a little kid and never looked back. I graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with two degrees: Art History and Art Studio (Photography). I honed my photographic skills at BU; including processing film and hand printing in a true "wet" darkroom.
The combination of these two loves, animals and photography is the foundation on which Dood Dog Photography is based. My passion and my goal is to create beautiful images of your furry, four-legged friend that you will cherish for decades to come.
"I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them." -Diane Arbus
The lost, the unwanted, the forgotten... There are countless animals in shelters all over the world. They live day to day hoping the next human that walks in will be their savior, their adopter. They don't have a voice. They need help and I decided, even before I created a dog photography business, that I was going to help these animals find their "furever" homes. I regularly visit local shelters to volunteer my time and my talent to photograph "less adoptable" dogs. Whether they are a less desirable breed such as pit bulls, a long time resident of the shelter or just simply overlooked. I take portraits of these dogs to show their true personalities that may not always come through when people stroll past them during visits. Photos have the power to move people to action.
I am also an artist member of Hearts Speak. A nationally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization that's uniting art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals. This network of more than 600 creative professionals across the globe provide pro-bono services to save and support animals.
In addition to photographing shelter animals I have also committed to donating 5% of my profits from paid client packages to the local shelters.
Brutus, Adopted from PSPCA Danville, February 2020