Jessica Bush is a dog lover through and through. Not only is she a professional dog photographer, she also blogs about dogs and has three pups of her own: Singer, Sister and Judy. Jessica's blog is called Dogingham, and in addition to displaying the snapshots of her pet-enhanced life in the Birmingham area, it offers up general stories, tips and news that can be appreciated by dog lovers anywhere.
We think Jessica does a great job with her site and we hope we have a chance to bump into her at the upcoming BlogPaws 2010 West conference for pet bloggers! Jessica will be serving as a panelist at the event; we'll be happy to hear her expert advice on how to take great pictures of our canine companions.
When did you realize that pet photography was your passion?
I began to notice a pattern of happiness. Every time I caught the personality of a friend's pet (or my own), I was beaming inside and out. Since animals don't speak, I felt that I was somehow tapping into their “inner voices” with my camera. It was the one true way I could participate in and record that connection. After that, I was hooked!
How did you become involved in the pet blogging community?
My first motto was “Being a dog owner has been the most rewarding experience of my life. And I want to share what I have learned with everyone.” So it was really a no-brainer. I had the images. I just needed them online. Dogingham was born.
What are the biggest challenges of being a pet photographer? What do you love about it?
The biggest challenges of being a pet photographer often has little to do with pets. There are occasions when the owner can project their fears or insecurities on their pet. And your dog or cat knows when you are uneasy. It will show in their faces and ultimately, in the images as well if you aren't careful.
Two favorites: I love meeting new animals! They all have such different personalities and funny quirks. Who wouldn't love a snuggle session with a puppy? Secondly, I love to meet pet owners who are not only passionate about their pet but also treat them as a family member with their health and well-being in high regard. These pet owners don't know the meaning of an “outdoor dog or cat.”
When did you realize social media would become such an important part of the pet community, and what are a few of the best ways to use the tools we now have?
I can't think of any better way to further express my love of animals. Using social media allows me to connect all over the globe (as does the blog) but with socials, it's in real time. So I can send out a question such as “What has your pet taught you about life?” and get an instant response from all corners of the world.
What are you most looking forward to at BlogPaws 2010?
Meeting new friends who are driven to make the world a better place for animals. And learning from the other speakers!
Thanks for talking with us, Jessica!