Pets inspire us in so many ways. Ellie, the adorable (and probable Beagle) mix inspired Nicole Moyer to buy a DSLR and eventually start a pet photography business, Sweet Ellie Photography. Although her business may be new, Nicole’s photos are gorgeous! (Of course, it helps to have the perfect model like Ellie.) Although I love the historic museum of Williamsburg, these photos will make you want to visit River State Park too!
From Nicole: “This is my best buddy, Ellie. Ellie is a rescue who we adopted through Dog It Dig It Rescue in 2012. I had just completed my graduate program, and my husband was entering his second year of veterinary school when we brought her into our family. I saw her online, and we drove nearly 3 hours to get her because I had already fallen in love with her big ears and sweet eyes. Ellie was an owner-surrender to a high-kill shelter who was saved by Dog It Dig It Rescue. She was infested with fleas when she was found and soon developed kennel cough. She weighed around six pounds. We had no idea of her age or breed (but we now theorize that she is a beagle-mix). Through Ellie’s first year, she was constantly sick. I never thought she would be off antibiotic treatments, but she persevered.
Ellie has brought so much amazing love and energy to our family.
One of the most wonderful things Ellie has done is to help me discover my love for photographing animals. I had an ongoing interest in photography, but weeks after we adopted her, I finally bought myself a DSLR and started practicing. Lucky for me, I had access to a whole group of veterinarians-in-training who were willing to let me practice with their lovely pups!
It turns out that Ellie was around eight weeks when we adopted her, and we recently celebrated her eighth Gotcha Day. I am finally taking the plunge into starting my pet photography business. My favorite thing about photographing animals is that they are always unapologetically themselves, which is so refreshing. Being able to capture a pet’s personality and create artwork for their family to cherish is so meaningful. Because of Ellie and the gratitude we feel toward Dog It Dig It Rescue, I donate a portion of each portrait session to a local rescue. I only hope that this helps the next family find their perfect match!