I am most definitely that girl: the one who asks to hug your adorable dog when you’re in a hurry but too polite to say so; the one who crawls around on the sidewalk with her camera while you’re in the coffee shop and your pup waits outside; the one who gets critical text alerts from the friends who know her best (“Samoyed puppy on the corner of 5th and Hazel. HURRY.”).
While I do photograph people for both commercial and editorial clients, my passion flows most freely in the role of dog photographer. It’s a gift and a privilege for me to be able to capture a pup’s mischievous look, or the quiet dignity of an aging senior. In this capacity, I get to stop time. Deliver joy. Give a physical form to the overwhelming love that exists between you and your canine companions – the love that will fill your heart long after their always-too-soon departure.
It’s hard to fathom now, but the first two-and-a-half decades of my life were completely devoid of furry friends. Brother and sister were allergic, making a dogless home seem like a completely normal part of life. The magical paradigm shift didn’t come until my mid-twenties, when my then-boyfriend gifted me a tiny terror of a puppy – a Siberian Husky who would go on to become The Greatest Dog In The World (other than, of course, YOUR dog). The world that's unfolded since then has included stints working at a pet “health food” store, volunteering for the local Humane Society chapter, and, out of necessity, becoming a virtuoso of the vacuum cleaner. When I fell in love with photography and began aiming the camera at anything with four legs, my vocational path was clear.
Other things worth mentioning:
• An obsessive attention to detail drives me to spend hours Photoshopping dandruff off a dog, or lint from the sweater in your rockin’ new professional headshot. I swear it's relaxing. Concerned that your dog needs to be on leash? Don't worry! Photoshop can make those disappear, too.
• My gear is heavily insured against bites and scratches from overly enthusiastic models, so don’t sweat it if your pupper’s on the wild side.
• The goal is always for you, the client, to be absolutely, 100% delighted with the images you receive. I won’t settle for anything less.
If you have a project in mind, would like more information on setting up a session, or simply want to say “hello,” please drop me a line. And if you’re interested in seeing more of my work, come follow along on Instagram (@kimwishcamper), where you’ll find plenty of pups, occasional shots of mountain biking and trail running (my other loves), and regular appearances by The Greatest Dog In The World.