Tumbling around with a litter of warm, soft puppies on the cool grass is one of my earliest memories. Critters of all kinds filled my early years: curious guinea pigs, confident strutting chickens, friendly and wise horses, independent cats stalking the neighborhood, returning only for dinner and some affection, dogs as best friends, confidants, and snack-sharers of the first order, and so many more. I should have known then that a career with animals was my destiny. Instead, a job as a French teacher, and later a stint as a Human Resources manager, sidetracked me for a few years; I loved teaching, but didn’t want to stay in academia, and I certainly didn’t belong in the corporate world, despite my success. Late at night, I would think to myself “It’s too bad I can’t make a living working with animals; it’s what I love to do most” until I finally woke up and realized that I *could* make my living at it. The rest is history, as they say.
Years of good old fashioned hard work built my dog boarding and dog training business (Sierra Dogs), still a source of pride and enjoyment, and over time I turned my passion for documenting the dogs’ antics through photography into its own companion business, Sierra Luna Photography . The name “Sierra Luna” is a combination created from my Sierra Dogs boarding & training business, as well as by my heart dog Luna. Vesta and Frances, my other dogs, are well represented in my portfolio. We live in Placerville, California on several wooded acres where we romp and play, although several times per year you will find me photographing wild horses and/or cowboys in Colorado, Wyoming, or some other Western spot, or seeking out horses and wildlife in far off lands.
Visit the Session Infomation page to learn about how your pet photography session will work, and what it includes. Looking to buy prints of my equine/wildlife photography? Visit Gold Country Artists Gallery in historic downtown Placerville, California for a selection of my current work on display, or contact me with specific requests.