In today’s world, everyone wants to find a career that matches their passion. Angie House from Elly May photography has been able to mix her love for animals with her profession as a photographer.
This week I was able to sit down with Angie and talk about her pet photography business. As well as what dog owners can expect from hiring a pet photographer. Angie is a Kansas City local like myself.
Before you read this article go check out Angie’s gallery of photos on her website, they are amazing…Elly May Gallery.
On with the interview…
How long have you been a pet photographer?
I have always enjoyed photography, especially when it comes to pets, but the official company Elly May Moments is just shy of two years old.
What made you want to become a pet photographer?
My original inspiration for becoming a pet photographer was my own dogs, of course. I really wanted studio portraits of them. Something classic with a solid color background that could make a statement piece on my walls.
What do you enjoy most about being a pet photographer?
The thing I enjoy most about being a pet photographer is being able to brighten someone’s day with photos of their pets. Nothing is more rewarding than capturing moments that might be difficult for someone to capture themselves. Especially when it comes to senior dogs or dogs that are terminally ill.
What is your specialty?
I would say my specialty is celebrating dog birthdays as well as fun tongue out shots. I think celebrating your dog’s birthday is just as important as celebrating your own birthday.
I love helping people capture these milestones and have fun with it.Angie House – Elly May Photography
Every birthday is so different, and I love seeing the dogs go after the cake. For the dogs that can manage to wear a birthday hat, nothing is more adorable.
As for the tongue shots, my favorite day of the week is Tongue out Tuesday. I try to make it a goal to capture at least one funny tongue outshot during every photo shoot.
What can people expect when hiring a pet photographer?
When hiring a pet photographer, you should know that every dog that comes into the studio is just a pet, not a trained model. This means it is entirely reasonable for a dog to take a few minutes to warm up to the space.
Even with the most impossible situations, it just takes a bit of patience. Don’t be nervous that your dog isn’t doing well, they are most likely doing better than you think.
This is where hiring someone who specializes in pet photography comes in handy. We have experienced every situation you can imagine and are very patient with all personality types. Our sessions are not timed, for this reason, however, I would say an average session for one dog takes about an hour.
What is your favorite dog breed to work with?
If I had to choose a favorite breed, it would be any sort of bully breed mix. Purebreds are all wonderful, but the mixed breeds tend to have more unique features or markings. I love dogs with shorter snouts (I have two Boston Terriers and a Frenchie).
How many pets do you have?
We have a total of 7 pets, including 3 dogs, 3 turtles, and a hedgehog. If I had it my way, I would have so many more, preferably exotics. Crossing my fingers to have a pet raccoon someday.
Anything else you would like to share?
I am always open to answering any questions someone might have, so never be afraid to send me a message. I also love seeing photos of your pets!
How can readers get in contact with you?
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