At my soul, I am an artist. I always have been, but the day I picked up a camera was the day that I said; “This. This is where I am at home.” With a camera I am able to create the images that are in my head. Portraits that show the connection you have with your family, the goofy charm of your dog and the playfulness of your children or soulfulness of your cat. These bonds are deep and I love to capture tender, unguarded moments that represent those relationships that you can keep forever and take their place in your family's history because time passes quickly and before you know it children are grown and our beloved pets are never with us long enough.
When not photographing, I am lucky enough to pursue my other passion as the dog trainer at Coppell’s premiere dog daycare and boarding facility, Camp Bow Wow. I am a twenty one-year resident of Texas, the past fifteen years in Coppell where I devote much of my free time volunteering at local shelters and rescue groups and in 2012 led the effort to open the city’s first dog park. I am married to a wonderful man and we have three rescue dogs (Dingo, Gracie and Ginger pictured at left) and a cat (Jiffy, aka “Jiffy the Cat”, aka “JTC”) who are kind enough to share their home with us.
In addition to my professional dog-training certification, behavioral education and professional affiliations that provide me with unique experience and qualification to work with your pets, I am an active member of the state and national chapters of Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Photographic Society where my work has been selected to be exhibited in juried competitions.
If you're wondering where the name "Penny Whistle" came from, well it's no accident. Penny was our first "furkid" and was with us for thirteen years. I wanted to honor her in some way and loved the idea that a penny whistle was also a children's toy often found in Cracker Jack boxes back in the day. My logo was created especially for me by a very talented local artist, Meaghan Johnson (you can check out her custom, one-of-a-kind pieces of art here), with little direction other than "Every boy AND girl should have a dog, please draw that".
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- Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)
- Fully insured member Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
- Member Texas Professional Photographers Association (TPPA)
- Active member of Dallas Professional Photographers Guild (DPPA)
- Member Texas Photographic Society (TPS)
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA)
- Member Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
- Member Pet Professional Guild (PPG)