Anyone who can say that a pet is just an animal has never felt the love and joy of being a pet owner.
Whether you have house rabbits or agility dogs, nothing compares to seeing their twitchy noses and waggy tails after a long hard day.
I believe in candid, natural portraits. Capturing them at their very best, doing what comes naturally to them. Playing, being naughty, getting muddy, running around like crazy creatures and having a great time. When we capture these moments, we capture a part of their soul, which we can cherish forever.
I grew up surrounded by animals and I couldn’t imagine a life without them. As a child, I spent many of my days at The Cattery, my grandparent’s house which also housed the local Cats Protection shelter and my mother’s boarding cattery. We had horses, a dog, chickens, an aviary of budgies and quail, rabbits and guinea pigs. One of my first “business ventures” was small animal boarding – looking after people’s pets while they were on holiday. At one point we were even rescuing rabbits from an animal testing centre and helping to re-home them.
I wasn’t a particularly sociable child, and happiness for me was sitting in with my rabbits (they had their own stable) and just watching them hop around.
So when I became a photographer, animal photography seemed like a natural progression.