My passion for observing animals has led me to both wildlife biology and photography. I have a Master’s in Ecology from the University of Alberta, and have been studying animal personality since 2010. Through my research, I’ve learned a whole lot about the noble red squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, and the nature of personality.
The hours I spent crouching in the buggy Yukon forest learning to outsmart squirrels have been instrumental to developing the patience and deviousness that’s necessary to photograph animals. I’ve applied my hard-won biologist skills to both my personal work, and to animal rescue, where I work with many unsocialized and camera-shy cats and dogs. I’ve been with Zoe’s Animal Rescue since 2012 as a photographer, cat foster, web coordinator, and graphics designer. I’ve also worked as a veterinary assistant, where I picked up a little more science and skills relating to recognizing and managing stressed cats and dogs.
Although I love doing elaborate photo projects with Hannah and Franklin, my own highly motivated dogs, candids are my favourite, because of the potential to illustrate personality. Not only are everyday behaviours important for science: they’re what make us love our pets so much. The most vivid memories of my own pets are of their quirks, expressions, and habits: in short, their personalities. I feel like I’ve done my job when my photos reflect these things.