So many people give me this strange look when I say that I take pictures of pets. Well I'm sure that when I say "shooting a pet" that doesn't help the confusion but I'm always shooting them with my camera.
As long as I can remember I've been surrounded by animals. I grew up with dogs, a cat, horses, and cattle. I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian for years. I set out for college with those same dreams. But sometimes things change. I applied to vet school and didn't get in. Grades, GRE score, whatever it was...it wasn't my time. So I took more classes, took the GRE once more, and applied again. It still wasn't my time. And two years later, I know why I didn't get into vet school. It's because I'm not supposed to.
I've had those moments of feeling like a failure, like the one thing in life I knew I was going to do, I didn't accomplish. I've cried, I've been embarrassed, I've been up and down and tried to make my opinion on this situation change. I was so worried about disappointing everyone else that I wasn't realizing that being a veterinarian wasn't going to be for me.
What changed? I see almost 100 students come through the LSU Vet school every year. They talk about how they don't have a life, they have debt, and the jobs that they are applying for don't pay what they originally thought they would be making. It comes down to what I'm willing to sacrifice for myself and my family. I don't want to have no life for the next 4-5 years of school. I don't want to be unhappy and stressed because of loans. I want to love life. I talked to my family and luckily no one said they were disappointed. And by family I mean, my husband, my parents, and my grandmother. I didn't want to ask everyone because I sort of thought that they would be honest but tiptoe around the truth so they didn't hurt my feelings.
Why pets? I'm not the only person who captures pets. I don't think there are a ton of pet photographers but that's not what this is about. Some people think I'm crazy....BUT aren't most pet owners a little crazy?!? You make sure you're home at the right time to take them outside or feed them. You have to set up a sitter, boarding situation, or pet friendly hotel for vacations. You enjoy the snuggles and companionship that your four-legged family member gives you.
To me, my pets are my family. I spend more time with my dogs than anyone else. Yes, I have pictures of them on my credit card, in picture frames around my house, and I have a large canvas of them two of them. I begged my husband to let me include them in some pictures because I wanted to capture my life at that time.
I'm so thankful that I talked him into it. The next day, was my dog's last. I am so thankful to remember how grumpy my husband was about having his picture taken and about how silly/crazy he thought I was for including our dogs. I don't care if I seem crazy, because I am. :o)
My dogs are important to me. I want to remember them and all their silly little habits and faces. I hope you feel the same way about your pets. Don't worry about people thinking you're crazy. Embrace it. Take all the pictures that you want/need. And if you want some extra special ones....I'd love to help you out. ;o)