Having always had a dog in our family, one of them being trained and successfully contributing to the search and rescue team for our State Emergency Services, and following high school I have had work experience and continued education in various fields involving dog care and services.
With dog(s) sessions being my primary focus (and giving me ridiculous amounts of joy); I believe having and offering versatility teamed with being adaptable, alongside my easy going nature, makes you incredibly valuable. Which is why I don’t limit myself to only one area of photography.
JUST A DOG
From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog,"or "that's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog". Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog", but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog", and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise" or "just a promise". "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure and unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person.
Because of "just a dog", I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog", but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman". So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog", just smile- because they "just don't understand."