Dog Art Photography
Contemporary dog portraiture meets interior design
Award winning, vibrant and soulful dog photography.
I have zero shame in admitting that I’m the epitome of ‘crazy dog lady’. I have a houseful of unruly rescue dogs whom I adore (seriously if you think your dog is naughty, try mine) as well as an adopted African grey parrot called Richard (he’s the worst mannered of the lot).
I love everything about dogs; their happiness, energy, vibrancy and enthusiasm for life, all qualities that I aim to capture during a portrait session. I’ve been photographing dogs professionally since 2009 and I’m loving every chaotic, slobbery minute of it. Dogs bring such joy to their owners and dog parents, so it’s always a pleasure for me to immortalise that happiness, love and soul connection during a portrait session.
My dog family includes two senior dogs, Jane and Jeremy, whose lives I’ve carefully documented over the last seven years. The best thing about my job (aside from all the dogs I get to play with) is that I get to give my clients the gift of their own visual journal. The brevity of canine lives means that as well as being an aesthetic addition to your art collection, dog portraits hold tremendous sentimental value too.
Using my work to make a difference in the lives of dogs who are less fortunate than mine is very important to me. In between client commissions, I volunteer my time to photograph shelter dogs looking for homes (great photographs dramatically increase the chances of a dog being adopted).
Every session booked includes a R350 donation to CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) to cover the cost of sterilising a township dog.
Hailing from the UK, award winning photographer Emma has been living in South Africa since 2009 and has carved out a niche with her highly sought after dog portraiture. Her work is regularly featured on the covers of Pet Prints Magazine and Canine Zone Magazine, and she’s photographed the annual Sandton SPCA calendar since 2012, a project that has raised over R1million to date. She also works commercially and has shot images for Friendship Collar, Pick & Pay and Royal Canin.
With a passion for capturing character and personality in her photographs, Emma has elevated dog portraiture to an art form. Producing large format, beautifully framed dog art prints for her discerning clients alongside storybook albums and canvas prints.
Following on from a hugely successful crowd funding campaign, Emma self published ‘Mutts’ her first book in 2017. A collection of rescue dog portraits and inspirational stories, ‘Mutts’ is available to buy in book stores nationwide, on Amazon.com and online here. Sales proceeds are being donated to Sandton SPCA and CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) two charities Emma supports.
As well as winning several awards, Emma has been featured on a variety of national new sites including Kyknet and Beautiful News SA. She is one of a handful of Nikon South Africa brand photographers and runs photography workshops from their base in Midrand.