Between work, writing grants and fundraising for Soul Dog Rescue and the holidays, I haven’t had much spare time to sit down and write for STL Dog Blog.

In early November, I did my fourth photo shoot with my favorite photographer, Lynn Terry Roulston of Lynn Terry Photography.  You may remember Lynn’s photo shoot of pit bulls in a kissing booth that went viral via The Huffington Post in February, 2014. Since this article, Lynn has published a book, titled Tails from the Booth, featuring some pretty adorable dogs from the St. Louis area, including two of my faves, Philly & Virginia Fox.

On a personal note: I see photographers group four photo frames into a quadrant and call it a photo booth and I find it annoying. The photo booth concept, which I’ve yet to see anyone execute better than Lynn, was Lynn’s creative genius and it’s a bummer to see others copy it and water it down. I digress. As they say, imitation is the best form of flattery.

I love when people use their personal and unique, creative talents to help make the world a better place, and Lynn does just this. What I love (most) about her is her dedication to helping homeless pets. She has been the event photographer and smooch your pooch photographer for Strut Your Mutt for 4 of our 5 years in St. Louis, one of which she was 20 months pregnant. She regularly does photo shoots at her studio and donates a portion of the proceeds to any number of local rescues and shelters. She has made some adorable calendars featuring pit bulls and police officers (can we get pit bulls and fire fighters next, Lynn?). She also runs a totes adorbz pet boutique called The Wagamama out of the front of her studio where you can find unique gifts for pet lovers and pets! Think Etsy meets Historic Shaw storefront and you’ll squeal like a teenage girl. Leila, Lenny and Annie are rocking some accessories from The Wagamama in our photos.

Our photo shoots are always quite the sh*tshow. My dogs are distracted by everything, they’re nosey, they’re uncooperative and I quickly turn into a literal hot mess. I get sweaty and thus, my hair frizzes. I get frustrated and wrangling these goobers becomes exhausting very quickly. Lynn is patient and gets great shots every time. She can get them to focus (as much as one can possibly get them to focus) and when you get the final product, you’d never really know that the process was difficult.

Lynn does photo shoots at her studio, can meet you at your favorite location or come to your house. She has photographed new puppy parents (think newborn photo-style), she has photographed dogs with bucket lists, she has photographed everything in between. If you’re looking for a pet photographer to capture you and your 4-legged family, I highly recommend contacting Lynn!

I know St. Louis has some really talented pet photographers. I’ve seen some really great work out there with my pet parent friends, although I can’t personally speak from experience, but if you have any pet photographer recommendations, I’d love to know whom they are and specifically why you recommend them.