MEET BARB

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

Is your pup an urban sophisticate, or a beach bum? Is he or she a night-on-the-town sort, or more of a humble hound?  There’s nothing better than allowing a pup’s personality to shine wherever it is he or she truly lights up.

Your pet portrait session is guaranteed to be stress-free and more fun than you can imagine. Rolling around in a grassy field, splashing through water, or exploring urban landscapes with your dog as the star attraction will easily be a “best-day-ever” in the life of your constant companion. There’s no rules and no demands…your faithful friend decides how he or she would like to be portrayed.

Unique and interesting locations are custom-tailored to make your best buddy shine. An abundance of sloppy kisses and wagging tails are included (and expected!) in every adventure.

 

If you’re looking for a photographer who focuses an entire business on creating stunning pet portraits, you’ve come to the right place.

My name is Barb Hays and I’ve been wild about animals…all of them…my entire life. You can be sure I’ll be wild about your pup too.

Barb Hays, Pet Portrait Artist

With me, you’ll find a true professional with years of experience with every type of dog, from happy and bouncy to shy and sensitive, and everything in between. I haven’t yet met a pup that hasn’t been a bonafide supermodel. Your devious dachshund, your hyper husky, or your comedic cocker spaniel will be a perfect fit for professional photos and beautiful artwork you’ll be proud to display in your home.

When I’m not hanging around with my own menagerie, I’m usually outside hiking, biking, kayaking or tracking down birds and other wildlife to photograph. I readily admit, I’m a bit of a beer snob too.

 

Every pet is truly a work of art and your pet is too. If you’re ready to have an amazing and unforgettable experience, let’s get your session scheduled!

“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. 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, whether mixes or 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?

Speaking their language.

No matter how laid back, wild, unruly or just plain silly, I’ve interacted with all kinds of animals during my 25+ year career in the animal sheltering field, so there isn’t much they can conjure up that will surprise me. Understanding unique personalities and behaviors will bring out the very best in your pet using only positive reinforcement…and a whole bunch of noisemakers, 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.

Quality matters.

Capturing their individual charm is just the beginning. You’ll benefit from professional camera equipment and post-processing software to make your pet look his or her best. In the post-processing phase of our session, leashes and other distractions will be removed and every image will be individually fine-tuned. Finishing it all off with the highest quality artwork available, your images will bring a smile for decades to come.

You’ll get years of experience.

You’re hiring a pet photographer with a degree in Animal Science and a degree in Psychology/Animal Behavior. Knowing what makes animals tick certainly comes in handy with pet photography. I’ve also photographed thousands of shelter animals of all species 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.

Your satisfaction is my highest priority.

This isn’t a weekend hobby or side hustle for me; it’s my full-time profession. I promise you’ll have a fun experience with the highest level of service from start to finish and your session will result in amazing images from a dedicated pet professional.