Niagara Gazette — Q: Your dog photos were in National Geographic. How did that happen?
A: They were interested in my underwater dogs series so I went out to shoot some photos specifically for National Geographic and they choose one to put in the section called Visions of Earth, their major photography section. My picture was the opening photo for Visions in August 2012. That was incredible. National Geographic is distributed to in every country in the world.
Q: Did you get a lot of feedback from that photo?
A: Oh, yeah. I mean the response to my book has been fantastic. That’s a dream come true. But as a photographer interested in capturing life, my number one ultimate dream was to be in National Geographic. The cool thing about National Geographic is they were interested in underwater dogs before the book “Underwater Dogs” became popular.
Q: I’m guessing you get pretty wet?
A: I’m always in the pool. In some shots I’m at the bottom of the pools with a weight belt. I’ve worked with over 300 dogs in probably a dozen states. The dogs are obviously not all Labradors and Golden Retrievers. You have your Pugs, Chihuahuas, and then you have your mixed breeds, baby dogs, senior dogs and I’ve even got a wolf hybrid in my book.
Q: The dogs look so happy? Are they always like that?
A: You have a variety of different things happening under the surface of the water. Certainly, the dogs are focused, curious and surprised but some of the shots are kind of primal, kind of wolfie and I’m very happy to show those shots. People might think they’re funny, but dogs all come from wolves. I think today dogs enjoy the benefits of contemporary society. They love to sleep in bed with their owners, they get spoiled with the best treats, and they go to pet salons, but I also think they enjoy exploring their wild instincts and the water presents them an opportunity to do that.