“Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.” –Gabrielle Bernstein

My name is Bobbi Hague and I am a professional pet photographer. I grew up in Wisconsin and I’ve always had an infinity for animals. Growing up, I had the usual cats and dogs.  I also had gerbils, turtles, frogs, salamanders, and a bunny rabbit.

I was diagnosed, at the age of two, with a rare non-progressive form of Muscular Dystrophy.  While others have a tenancy to see it as a limitation, it has only given me determination work harder to prove myself.  I’ve had it all of my life, so for me it is just like having brown eyes. It just is.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, then from the University of Phoenix, I earned a Master’s in Instruction and Curriculum Design.

After college, I fell into the field of health insurance; and thereafter, consulting for health insurance companies. I’ve traveled the US, spending months to years in different places; Hawaii, Seattle, California to name a few places.

Three years ago, after living in Arizona for 15 years, I decided to come back to WI to be closer to family.   Upon moving back, I started to look into different ways that I could get involved in the community.  I read an article in a local newspaper about an animal rescue facility.  I signed up, took the orientation, and started to help clean and socialize the animals.  Shortly thereafter, I started taking pictures for the rescue.

My passion for photography and animals evolved into my business; Spunky’s Paw Prints. I love that more often than not, an image is more than just a picture. I am able to capture their personality; their soul.

Here are a few tips you can use to capture your pet’s personality:

    1. Lighting is critical to any photo. Try bringing your pet near a window with morning or afternoon sunlight. Outdoor morning and afternoon lighting also works well, as the light isn’t so harsh.
    2. They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul; the same is true with your pet. Watch their eyes to see when the light is reflecting back at you and snap your photo.
    3. Get down to your pet’s level.
    4. Be aware of your background. Next to or behind your pet, is there a pile of laundry or a pooper scooper? You may consider moving things out of the shot that are distracting to the photo; as you want your pet to be the superstar.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any photography questions or if you are interested in having me capture photos of those who leave paw prints on your heart! Each photo shoot is personalized and I come to you so that your pet is in their most comfortable environment.

See more of Bobbi’s pictures here.

Email Bobbi at: [email protected]