Today I want to talk a little bit about why I became a professional pet photographer, and then I am going to talk about why you might want to have your pet’s story captured.

One of the things that I notice now that I’m a few decades down the road of life, is that there are all of these moments throughout my life that connect, like a dot-to-dot puzzle.

I think the first significant dot on my puzzle to becoming a pet photographer is when my dog, Grizzly Bear passed away when I was three years old. I still remember the moment when my dad came to tell my sister and me that our dog had died, and I can still feel the heartbreak of that moment. It was a defining moment in my life because it was the moment I understood that the animals we love do not live forever.

I think the next dot down the line is when I started my first subscription to Horse Illustrated Magazine when I was 8 years old. I fell in love with the portraits of horses in the magazine, and that’s when I realized that the animals I loved could live on through photographs.

I asked for a camera soon after this, and then I pretty much shot a million rolls of film of all our pets. My family thought it was strange, but it wasn’t long before they realized I was onto something. When one of our pets passed away, I was the one they came to to get a portrait to remember them by.

There have been many more dots on my puzzle to becoming a pet photographer, but we’ll be here all day if we go through them all.

What I really want you to know is that at the core of my being a pet photographer, lies an understanding of love and loss and the ability to turn them both into something that can bring us joy for the rest of our lives.


So, what does this mean for you, as someone who has a pet that they love dearly?

Well, I want you to take a moment to think about that pet. Is it a cat? A dog? A horse? A snake?

I want you to think about all the things that you love about them. I want you to think about the moments you spend with them that you want to hold onto forever.

What would it feel like if you could capture those things and those moments not in a snapshot, but in stunning portraits that are then put together into a beautiful book that you can hold onto?

This is why I am a pet photographer.  

The hardest part of loving animals is that they don’t stay with us in this life forever.

I believe that when they pass away, their stories do not end.

They live on with us, and we can continue to connect with their stories by sharing them through photographs.


Before I wrap up this post, I want to ask you to share a photo and something you love about your pet either in the comments below or you can email me at marika@dirtiedogphotography.com. I love connecting through the stories of the animals we love, so please share your favorite stories.


If you’re feeling inspired to have your pet’s story captured by me, you can get in touch through the contact page on my website, through Facebook messenger or good old fashioned email works as well.


Thanks for taking the time to listen!






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