For this week’s photo challenge, we invited Kim Levin to join us as our Guest Photographer Judge. Kim is best known for her best-selling dog and cat photography books Why We Love Dogs and Cattitude.
Kim’s other pet portrait books include Dogplay, Frenemies, PhoDOGraphy, Pawfiles, Caternal Instincts, Catrimony, Hound for the Holidays, Why We Love Cats, Dogma, and Working Dogs. Her books have sold over ½ million copies worldwide and are published in eight languages. Kim’s dog and cat images can be seen on a variety of products worldwide including greeting cards, magnets, journals, calendars, and cocktail napkins.
Kim’s Photography Journey
I started my pet photography business is 1996. By 1998, I published my first book Why We Love Dogs and began to license and publish my images. Over the years, I have expanded my business to kids and families concentrating on the special bond between children and their pets. I really enjoy developing projects from beginning to end. I have a greeting card and magnet line called Molly & Fig™ that features my dog and cat images coupled with humorous text. The line is distributed in the U.S., Canada and Australia. I also continue to pursue work that inspires me to make a different in the animal community.
Q&A with Anna
- What was your favorite photography moment from this past year? I just recently photographed four dogs and a cat together as well as a 10 year old girl and her four dogs and bird.
- Where do you find inspiration to keep your photography creative and unique? I focus on capturing the moment between two animals whether they be two dogs or a dog and cat or a moment between a child and their animal. With the advent of digital photography, I have had to embrace the whole digital movement.
- Is there a particular photographer whose work inspires you? My two favorite photographers are Elliot Erwitt and Mary Ellen Mark. I love their raw, documentary style photography.
- Do you carry your camera with you everywhere? I wish I did! My camera – a Nikon D200 – takes up room so I tend not to bring it everywhere! Other than my shoots, I always travel with it.
- What do you love most about capturing faces? The eyes. Making that connection with your subject makes all the difference in a good shot vs. a great one.
We are so glad to work with you as our Guest Photographer Judge, Kim! We can’t wait to see which photos you choose as your favorites from our “Furry Faces” photo challenge.