It's week 3 of our pet photographer blog circle and the theme is "Meet the Photographer". I write about why I do this on the "Meet Tracy" page of this site, but here are some additional known, and unknown facts about me and my family of furries. I am a Certified Professional Photographer specializing in pet, family, couples & engagement and senior portraits as well as commercial photography services. I have a studio in historic downtown Carrollton and regularly photograph on location in both park and urban settings in and around the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex.
I am an escapee from the corporate world, retiring from my position as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at a software company on December 31, 2013 so I've been quite busy in my "retirement" (the quotes are from husband, who always uses "air quotes" when he tells people that I'm "retired" LOL). I've lost count of how many countries I've traveled to, but suffice it to say that Antarctica is the only continent I've not YET visited! Besides traveling and photography (yes, photography is my hobby too - if you'd like to view my personal photojournalism, documentary and macro work, you can visit my Flickr page), I enjoy reading, cooking (and the fine food and wine that goes along with that!), gardening and hunkering down at home on the evenings that I'm not working and binge watching TV and movies with my husband and the furries.
In the Studio
I'm not good at cellphone selfies as clearly evidenced here, but the smile on my face is real - the studio is my happy place. I love being behind the camera, meeting everyone's furry children (and even the ones without fur!) and helping the shelter and rescue community doing something I love. As I wrote about in an earlier blog post, I earned my Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2018.
In the Classroom
What you may not know about me is that I'm also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge and Skills Assessed (boy, that's a mouthful, so CPDT-KSA for short, which actually isn't much better) with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the most widely recognized certification body for dog trainers world wide. The "KSA" means that I have taken both the knowledge test - a 4 hour, 250 question test covering everything from husbandry to ethology that you can only take after you've logged 300 hours of training - as well as passed the submission of videos of myself training dogs and working with clients to train their dogs to evaluate my skills accomplishment. I am proud to be one of less than a dozen dual-certified trainers in the state of Texas. I am dedicated to positive reinforcement training techniques and in December 2017 I graduated my 100th group obedience class at Camp Bow Wow in Coppellwhere I'll celebrate 5 years of service in April 2019!
Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography is a Certified Professional Photographer with the organization Professional Photographers of America; a designation held by fewer than 2,500 photographers nationwide and a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry and professionalism. Penny Whistle specializes in both natural light and studio photography providing pet, couple & engagement, family and high school senior portraits as well as corporate headshots and commercial photography services in her studio located in historic downtown Carrollton as well as on location in Coppell, Grapevine, Southlake, Flower Mound and surrounding communities in Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas.