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Rising Stars: Meet Amy Marshall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Marshall.  

Hi Amy, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
While I was attending college back in early 2000, I worked at Picture People a studio located in a local mall near me. This was my first real work experience taking photos with a professional camera. I took pictures of families, newborns, high school seniors, and even large family reunions that we’re able to squeeze into one of the rooms. The process of taking photos back then was quite simple compared to the technology today. We had a roll of film, where we were able to get a few shots of each pose and we processed the film on location with a large printer. There was no editing and no color adjusting. We were able to lighten some of the photos, but that was it! The pictures were printed after the photo shoot and we picked out the best ones to sell. Today in the digital world, I find myself spending hours editing photos. I enjoy perfecting each image and always learning new skills. 

I have always enjoyed photography as a hobby since my late teens taking pictures while traveling, anything nature-related, and of the pets, I have owned. In recent years I have become focused on starting my own business so I can share my passion of taking photos of pets with their families who will have happy memories captured of them. It took me a couple of years to really get things started and once it did things happened quick. I was welcomed by local dog sporting events to take pictures of dogs running agility courses or catching frisbees at updog events. I also volunteer to take pictures of rescue dogs and cats at local shelters, along with private portrait sessions of pets in families’ homes and at parks. I enjoy meeting new people and spending time with their furry family members 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Things have been smooth, but slow. I feel there is a small niche of people who are wanting to spend money on professional portraits of their pets. Those that do are thrilled with the experience and results of the memories I am able to create for them. I am hoping to have more clients in the future and to be steady with portrait sessions throughout the year. I am thankful for those that find me and invest in my business. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a photographer that specializes in pet and family portraits. Most of my photo sessions involve families getting pictures with their pets and photos of just the pets themselves. I also volunteer with quite a few rescue groups taking portraits of adoptable animals hoping to find their forever homes. 

I am proud of myself for thinking on the spot at my portrait sessions. Most of my portrait sessions are at a new place not knowing how the dog or pet will behave, which requires me to think of poses and ideas as they come. 

What sets me apart from others is the connection I have with the families and their pets. I enjoy spending time getting to know them and also making a positive and stress-free experience, especially for families who do an end-of-life session with a pet that is terminally ill. 

Who else deserves credit in your story?
I feel like the biggest support I have gotten is from my dad. He has seen me grow over the years with my photography skills and has been really excited about me starting my own business. I always call him after a photo shoot or send him pictures since I know he has an interest in what I do. 

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Precious Pet Photography

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