MEET BARB

It’s all about pets and the people who love them

My name is Barb Hays and I’ve been wild about animals…all of them…for my entire life. From dogs and cats around the neighborhood, to horses, cows and other critters at my family’s farms, as a kid I was always happiest when spending time with animals of all sizes and stripes.

Soon after I began volunteering at my local humane society as a young adult, I knew I had found my purpose in life. I left my job in the corporate world and would spend the next 25 years in the animal welfare and sheltering profession. I’ve since turned my career focus to full-time pet photography. One of the greatest rewards of photographing animals is the ability capture each unique personality and lasting memories for the people who love them.

When I’m not hanging around with my own menagerie, I’m outside exploring the world. I can often be found kayaking, hiking, biking, or working on my landscaping around the house. I also love to travel, and not surprisingly, most destinations are planned around opportunities to see, learn about, and photograph nature and its animals.

“I saw a Windhound of the rarest kind, a sort of unicorn. Magic and Mystic, in its own world, misplaced somewhere between the heavens and earth, poised for a moment on its timeless journey. Blessed are the custodians of the Windhound, for they are guardsmen of an ancient treasure.”

-Unknown

Where does the name “Windhound” come from?

I met my first Afghan hound as a young girl and I’ve been enchanted with these whimsical and elegant sighthounds since that time. These high-speed athletes run like the wind. Thus, they are sometimes called Windhounds. I’ve adopted many Afghan hounds over the years, while also providing temporary foster care for numerous rescued Afghans and greyhounds as they awaited their new homes. I love all dogs, all mixes and purebreds, but my heart belongs to the mysterious and ancient breeds known as the Windhounds. It seems fitting to pay homage to these wonderful dogs who have given me so much joy to honor their lives and memories through my photography business.

Why choose me as your pet photographer?

I speak their language.

No matter how laid back, wild, unruly or cantankerous, I’ve interacted with all kinds of animals during my career in animal sheltering so there isn’t much they can conjure up that can surprise me. I understand unique personalities and behaviors better than most and I’ll work hard to bring out the very best in your pet using only positive reinforcement and a whole bunch of silly noises, toys and tasty treats.

There’s no pressure!

Our time together is meant to be fun for you and your pet. While we’ll have a general plan in mind, your dog will dictate how we go about each session. If your pup needs frequent breaks to burn off energy, I’ll bring out the tennis ball. If he or she is more of a low-key type, we’ll find a quiet spot and have a good ear-scratching session. This is their time to shine, so they’ll be the ultimate architect and we’ll adapt to them.

I’m a perfectionist!

I use only professional-quality camera equipment and post-processing software to make your pet look his or her best. I have many years of experience photographing animals and understand how to capture their individual charm. In the post-processing phase of our session, I will remove leashes, and other distractions from the images. I will make color corrections and tone balancing as I fine-tune each image individually. I offer only the highest quality wall art and albums, so your images make your heart happy for decades to come.

I have years of experience.

I have a degree in Animal Science and a degree in Psychology/Animal Behavior. I know what makes animals tick and it certainly comes in handy with photography. I’ve also been lucky enough to photograph thousands of shelter animals over many years. There is nothing better than knowing a deserving animal found the next love of their life because of a high-quality image.

Quality matters.

This isn’t a weekend hobby or side gig for me; this is my fulltime profession. I guarantee you’ll have a fun experience with the highest level of service from start to finish, and our session will result in amazing images from a dedicated professional.

I give back.

I will always be an advocate for homeless and unwanted animals that pass through our local shelters each year. A portion of each session is donated to an area animal shelter to assist the pets in their care.