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 enjoy connecting with people through my photography and I always feel a magical connection when meeting new Bernese Mountain dogs and their owners. Dogs are quickly put at ease during our photography sessions and I know that amazing things will happen when “Big Bernese” meets your Bernese.
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 calendar 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 specialty certification as a Certified Hand Therapist and I am self-employed in the field of education. When I am not out taking pictures, you can usually 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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