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. I love to capture tender, unguarded moments 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.
2018 marks my 22nd year in Texas. It's the longest I've ever lived in one place so that says a lot for the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex. I moved here for work in 1996 and when my job moved out of state four years later, I didn't move with it! I started out in Valley Ranch (Irving) and settled a whole 2 miles away in Coppell in 2002 where we've lived ever since.
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. For the past sixteen years we've lived in Coppell where I devote much of my free time volunteering for 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 and Jiffy the Cat (yes, that's what we really call him, or sometimes just "JTC" for short) 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".