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Love at First Paw: How My Feline Companions Inspired My Pet Photography Journey

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Poly Ana - January 2019

Happy National Pet Week, fur-tastic friends! Today, in celebration of this special week, I want to share my own personal love story - the heartwarming tale of how my two feline companions, Lisa-Lee and Poly-ana, paw-spired me to become a professional pet photographer and embark on unforgettable adventures together!

It all began in 2009 when I was living in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and seeking a companion for my beloved cat, Lisa-Lee. Wanting to find a feline friend that would bond well with her, I decided to adopt a kitten. However, fate had other plans as the kitten room at the local SPCA was on quarantine due to ringworm. My heart sank, but the compassionate staff suggested I explore the 1-year-old cat room instead. I wasn't too hopeful, but I ventured into the room anyway.

Always the Camera Ham - Poly-Ana - 2017

As I walked from kennel to kennel, I saw some adorable cats, but none that truly captured my heart. Just when I thought my search was in vain, they informed me of one more cat room. With a glimmer of hope, I entered the room, and there she was - Poly-ana, smiling and purring at me. It was an instant connection. When I held her in my arms, she sealed the deal by offering her belly and raising her mittened paw as if to say, "HECK YA! LET'S GO HOME!" It was love at first paw, and we've been an inseparable duo ever since.

Poly-Ana in her favorite spot - 2018

Poly-ana and Lisa-Lee became the best of sisters, sharing moments filled with love and a few with playful rivalry. When we lost Lisa-Lee two years ago, Poly-ana and I grieved for her equally, as she was an essential part of our family.

While Lisa-Lee sparked my interest in photographing pets in general, it was the sweet Poly-ana who inspired me to start photographing rescue pets after seeing her photo on the Medicine Hat SPCA website. Capturing her unique personality and charm at home made me realize the incredible impact photos could have in changing the lives of pets seeking forever homes. It was then that I discovered Hearts Speak, an organization dedicated to helping shelter pets through the power of photography. I've been a proud member since 2015, but my support for their mission dates back to 2010!

Poly Ana helping me test new studio lights - January 2019

Together, Poly-ana and I have embarked on countless grand adventures, and we're excited to begin our latest one in the stunning Port Alice. Our journey has been filled with heartwarming moments and unforgettable experiences, and I am forever grateful to her for encouraging me to follow my passion for pet photography and give back to animals in need.

My Sweet Lisa-Lee

Now, I'd love to hear your love stories! Tell me all about your furry friends and how you met! Was it love at first paw for you too? Feel free to share photos of your adorable fur-kids; they're truly pawsome!

As a professional pet photographer at Paws & Tails Pet Photography, I'm dedicated to preserving precious moments and capturing the unique personalities of your beloved pets. If you want to create timeless memories with your furry companions, I'd be thrilled to help you book a session. Let's embark on a pet photography adventure that you'll cherish for a lifetime!

A Dog Named Squirrel - Taken for Dachshund Rescue Team 2015

Happy National Pet Week, everyone! Now go hug those fur-kids tightly - they deserve all the love in the world!

Poly ana - 2018 enjoying the sunshine

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