Who Am I?
Hi there! My name's Haven, and I'm the pet photographer behind Fetch Photography. For as long as I can remember, I've always loved animals, but my true loves were dogs and horses.
Growing up, I couldn't have a horse, but I did have three Jack Russell Terriers whom I loved dearly. One Easter, I left my Easter basket where my dog could reach it—you know the ones, full of chocolate and other goodies that are definitely not for dogs. She ate everything in the basket before I caught her!
Instinctively, I grabbed my digital camera (circa the late 90s) and started snapping hundreds of pictures of her because I feared that I wouldn't have anything to remember her by if the worst happened. I vividly remember choking back sobs and tears streaming down my face as I ran around our living room taking pictures of her.
Thankfully, my dog made a full recovery and lived to be over 15 years old. Promptly after this incident, I recall doing a "photo shoot" at my house with two of my dogs and printing out pictures to frame. Those photos are still framed and hanging on the walls of my childhood home, and after many computer crashes, moves, and technology changes, they are the only photos remaining of my Jack Russell Terriers.
Why fetch photography?
On New Year's Day 2011, I adopted my best friend, Maurice, and he has truly been my inspiration for Fetch Photography ever since.
I decided to start an Instagram account for Maurice, but at the time, I didn't do it amass followers or create an online presence for my dog. I simply had been spamming my personal Instagram account exclusively with photos of Maurice, and I thought my friends were getting tired of all the dog pictures in their feeds.
So I figured, why not make one just for him where I can share as many pictures as I want? And just like that, @MauricetheCorgi was born. Over the next few years, I became obsessed with taking photos of Maurice. I took him all over Santa Barbara and Los Angeles to get different sorts of pictures of him, even when I only had an iPhone camera. Soon, I had purchased a professional quality DSLR camera and was asking friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and friends of friends if I could photograph their pets because I simply couldn't get enough.
These experiences make me think about why pet photography is so important to me. Looking back, I have realized that in the face of a terrible, unpredictable situation with my dog, my young self was forced to come to terms with the fact that I had no tangible mementos of my best friend, and it was a heart-wrenching realization. This is an even more real fear in today's digitally-driven society where everyone has a camera phone, and as the technology is constantly changing, beautiful, printed photos are becoming more and more of a rarity. I hate to admit it myself, but I probably have thousands of photos of Maurice in my phone or in the cloud where I will not only never look at them again but also likely forget they even exist.
That's why I am so passionate about Fetch Photography and pet photography in general. It is so important for all pet owners to have at least one, stunning photograph of their pets. Tangible mementos of the impact our fur babies have had in our lives are treasures every animal lover should have.