An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
– Martin Buber
My goal is to capture your pets personalities and the reasons we love them, frame them on your walls, not only your hearts. I want to capture your pets at their rawest, photograph the personalities that you love the most!
I grew up around animals my whole life, I was taught to respect and love them from a very young age. Both my parents worked with the RSPCA helping rescue animals, and due to that we had a lot of different types in our house growing up.
My love for animals continued to grow stronger and when I was 16 it merged with my love of photography, where I used to practice my skills on my 3 male rats, my friend’s dogs & cats and even reptiles.
In 2010 I started studying Photography in Stillorgan College of Further Education, my love for camera and craft grew and I became very passionate and determined to have a career in Photography.
In 2011 I graduated from Stillorgan as one of the top students in my class and began studying BA Photography in Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
At age 20, in my second year at IADT I fell ill with Crohn’s Disease, an Autoimmune Disease and at 22 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a Neurological Disorder. I was devastated and although I kept pushing my education forward in the last year I became too ill to continue. I spent most of the year bed-bound or in the hospital and my education & photography were put on hold.
It was a very difficult time for me emotionally and depression took over, I put my camera down and put Photography on the back burner to work on getting myself healthier again.
I slowly worked on getting myself back to normal, I had struggled mentally with the idea of leaving photography behind and my camera was always calling to me, but for almost 2 years I left it alone, only taking photographs every now and again and feeling uninspired.
It wasn’t until myself and my Fiancé moved into our own house that I really started talking back control of my health and really pushing myself to get better. I wanted more from life than just sitting around aimlessly, and after a few failed attempts of trying new things and not finding joy, I picked my camera back up.
Slowly but surely I was started to fall back in love with Photography and after forgiving myself for putting my camera down for so long I went back to practicing, this time our two bunnies, rats and new puppy had become my subjects of interest.
After almost a year of getting myself back into photos, I realized that this is what I want to do with my life, this is what I’d been missing and longing to do again for the last 2 years, but I didn’t want to do it just for myself anymore. I want to expand and grow.
My pets were a huge help to my mental and physical health over the last few years and although I will never be 100%, I’ve learnt that I can’t just let life pass me by. I need to take control of my life and this is how I want to do it.
Our animals are more than just pets, they are part of our family. They are what make us feel more complete; they bring us comfort, compassion, loyalty, love and memories that warm our hearts on gloomy days. They brighten up our lives in so many ways! And lets face it, most of us see them as our children. So why not treat them to a personal photoshoot?