I love all dogs, but I definitely have a special place in my heart for Big Bernese Mountain dogs.
When I purchased my first digital camera, a Cannon 7D, in 2011, I never dreamed that I would be photographing dogs, traveling to Spain, volunteering as a dog photographer, and purchasing a domain name called Big Bernese Photography.
My photography journey began when my first Bernese, Lexi, was diagnosed with cancer. Through my grieving process, I realized the power of a photograph. I envisioned using my photography to help others and began volunteering at a local dog shelter. It was during this time that I began taking photography classes and attending seminars and conferences throughout Western Massachusetts, Cape Cod and most recently, Barcelona, Spain. It was in the cobblestone village of Olivella, that I became inspired to focus on what I love most: photographing Bernese Mountain Dogs.
As an artist, I call the great outdoors my studio and I use natural light to capture the beauty, elegance and character of the great Bernese. In much of my work, you will find the Bernese sitting comfortably in a field of colorful flowers, running through tall grass, frolicking in a pond, or posed in an elegant silhouette position in front of the setting sun.
My work is pure and simple and I do very little to alter my photographs. Capturing straw on a dog’s head or the little flower petals entangled in the dog’s fur and other “flaws” adds charm and character. I feel that this type of simplistic and minimalist style enhances the spontaneity and authenticity of my work.
I am a juried artist at the Cape Cod Art Association and my photographs have appeared in newspapers, social media, specialty newsletters and featured annually in a calendar to support a fundraising event for a local dog shelter. My goal is to continue to support canine rescue through the sale of my art.
I live in Greenfield, Massachusetts with my two Bernese Mountain dogs, Haley and Chloe. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Science degree from Springfield College. I have a unique background as an Occupational Therapist and hold a specialty certification as a Certified Hand Therapist and I am currently self-employed in the field of education. When I am not out taking pictures, you will find Haley and Chloe and myself out hiking, swimming, biking, kayaking, spending time on Cape Cod, planning for a next great adventure, practicing agility, reading a great book, or swinging in our favorite hammock.
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Haley came into my life in May of 2011.
She is a gentle giant who is always very curious, playful and extremely affectionate. Haley passed her Therapy Dog Certification test when she was 1 years old. Haley is a wonderful best friend and loves taking sneakers and pocketbooks from any unsuspecting guest.
She enjoys being a co-pilot in the passenger seat of the Jeep, wading in the ocean, lying in puddles, walking through the mud, going to the bank, chasing her younger sister Chloe, and giving hugs.
Haley has visited several kindergarten classes as part of a reading program through the Kiwanis Club and loves visiting the children. Haley recently started taking agility classes and is a star student at Breeze Thru Agility in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Chloe came into my life very suddenly and unexpectedly in the fall of 2014 when a friend of a mutual friend had to make the difficult decision to re-home this special girl.
Haley and I drove across state lines and it was love at first sight. Chloe was instantly a member of our family. Chloe is super sweet and excels in obedience. She recently passed her Canine Good Citizen test which was a major accomplishment given her separation anxiety. Being separated from her “Mom” for 3 minutes as a testing requirement was a huge accomplishment but we knew she could do it!
Chloe loves riding in the car and believes that the floor in front of the passenger seat was made especially for Bernese Mountain Dogs. Chloe loves running on the beach, chasing her sister, going for long walks, posing for the camera and excels at agility where she is quickly becoming a shining star in her class.
Lexi: My Inspiration
Lexi was my best friend, most loyal companion and was the inspiration behind my photography and rescue work.
Lexi and I loved hiking and started climbing the New England 100 highest peaks together. We shared endless days on Cape Cod and she had a life that was filled with love and adventure. Lexi also loved being a big sister to Haley. When Lexi was diagnosed with cancer, we packed up the car with camera and headed to her favorite spot. It was on the shores of Cape Cod where we spent our final days together.
Lexi passed away in 2011, four days before her seventh birthday.