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A significant component of my blog is photography. I spend just as much time taking photos and editing them as I do writing content. I will also go as far as saying that taking pictures of my dog is what got me started with blogging in the first place.
Here are 10 reasons why I think pet photography is so much more than just taking photos.
1. Deepens the Bond With My Dog
Back in 2009, I got my first DSLR camera and started photographing my dachshund, Rocket, as a hobby. I created an Instagram account that exclusively featured him, and in 2017, I started this blog.
Over the years, photography has grown to be a daily activity we both look forward to. It feels like we're just two great friends working on a project together. He loves to make me happy and when I encourage him, he joyfully lights up and wags his tail.
When shooting indoors, he goes to his “spot” as soon as he sees the camera. Whether I am photographing him with a product or wearing a cute bowtie, he is patient and listens to my every command. I keep the mood positive with lots of praise and treats.
Often, my passion for photography brings us on some great adventures together. Rocket and I have traveled all over the country to spectacular destinations. Photography encourages me to get out and see the world. To hike more, to explore more, to love nature more. It's mentally and physically stimulating for both Rocket and I and in turn deepens our connection with each other.
2. Photography Tells a Story
Before I started blogging, I was a professional ballet dancer for 13 years. As performers, we tell a story through movement and artistic expression. Much like dancing, photography allows me to tell a story without saying a word. There is no language barrier. Anyone from anywhere in the world can look at a photo and feel emotion.
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3. Calms the Mind
There is something pure about focusing on the moment, being present and checked-in. When I go out to shoot, I spend time breathing in fresh air, observing my surroundings, and exploring the freedom and creativity the lens provides. It gives me a sense of peace and the energy I need to take on the rest of the day.…