I’m Marika, the creator behind Dirtie Dog Photography. I capture the story of animals through stunning visual artwork.
It’s not uncommon in the world of pet photography to learn that a lot of photographers have chosen this niche because they love animals, but mostly just tolerate people.
That is not what it is like for me. I love people.
The work I do is focused on photographing animals, but at the center of it all, it is about connecting with people through the stories of the animals they love.
When I first tell people that I am an animal photographer, they usually have one of two reactions if they are pet owners. Most of the time they will get really excited while pulling out their cell phones to show me photos of their pet. Other times, I will watch a look come over their face as if they are recalling a memory, and they say, “I wish you could have captured portraits of my pet before they passed away.”
This is the hardest part of having animals in our lives. They give us so many beautiful gifts, but eventually they leave us. It’s the worst part, but it doesn’t have to be the end of their story.
My hope is to create a way for my clients to connect with others, not only today, but throughout their lifetime by sharing the stories of the animals they love.
I look forward to meeting you and your pet soon, and helping you to tell their story through stunning visual artwork.