Grace Chon, the name behind the lovely pet photography studio, Shine Pet Photos does rockin cool pet photography of the incredibly stylish variety.  Found her via one of my new hangouts, twitter.  I’m not sure exactly how I found her but I think it was via a follow Friday shout out, which is when people suggest fellow tweeters for you to follow (read their updates) based on some commonality (profession, personality, interests, lifestyle).

I was hesitant, no offense to pet photographers, but when I saw pet in her twitter name @ShinePetPhotos, I thought, hmmm, probably not the type of photography that I’m drawn to.  I have learned to check things out regardless of first instinct, and sure enough, I was blown away by her jaw dropping take on our four pawed pals and their owners.

Each photo is unique.  Grace describes her process best on her website by saying, “If you like studio lights and fake backdrops, I’m not the photographer for you.  I aim to capture your pet in their natural environment, in gorgeous natural light, doing their favorite things.”  

I think her take on capturing our pets is nothing short of brilliant.  Grace is a multi-talented busy lady. She also serves as an art director for an award winning ad agency in Los Angeles.

As if that isn’t enough, she spends part of her weekends taking headshots of dogs for the rescue group The Pawd Squad.

In addition, Grace maintains a blog as an offshoot of her photography website, where she shares, among other things, photos from her shoots, the process, the out takes, a bit about the experience.  You can soak in her methodology and get a great sense of her style, and of the unique pet/owner relationship she documents by spending a bit of time there.  

Grace Chon’s work quite frankly, is bound to make you come away smiling…regardless of the mood you were in when you clicked on her blog or her website.  Seriously, this is good stuff for the soul.  

Had I known this type of photography existed for pets, I would have certainly engaged her during the days of Hannah and her sister.

I had bookmarked Grace’s web pages to feature here, but it had slipped my mind of recent.  Today, while making my twitter rounds, I noticed that Darlene (another talent I’ll share with you in another post) of Flax & Spindle, was tweeting about something like.  ‘he snores,’….then right after that, ‘I think I’m in love.’  I remembered her sharing this and the light bulb went off…she got her puppy, her puppy, her freakin small, wonderful puppy breath having man pup face of a pug puppy.  So I replied to her and she sent me a link to this.  See how cool it is.  In this life of bills, overhead, deadlines and recession filled moments that can terrorize a self employed family, this, and this make all the difference.

Sometimes you cannot afford not to indulge in a photo session, just to remind yourself about what is important and how blessed you are. 

In some small way, this honors the four pawed friends that have graced my life and the lives of so many I love.  Thank you for being here.

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  1. flax and spindle on May 6, 2009

    Holy cow!! I think my heart just melted! fantastic pics…

  2. modernemotive on May 6, 2009

    Isn’t her work delightful? Been Twitter buds for a bit and like you, I work leaves me jaw dropped. I can only wish to be half this good one day!

  3. littlem on May 6, 2009

    Oh my what a bunch of cuties. I want a doggie :-)

  4. Grace on May 6, 2009

    It is such an honor to be featured on your blog, in the midst of so many pretty, stylish things. Thank you so much for the blog post and for featuring so many of my favorite photos!

  5. Rebecca on May 6, 2009

    What a treat! Your choices in features is starting to keep me on my toes! I never know what to expect~
    I loved, no, really, LOVED that picture of the elderly black lab. I wonder if my black lab will get that gray someday. My golden retreiver could never be photograhed (never say never, right?!) She is soooooo stinking afraid of the camera

  6. Alisa on May 7, 2009

    These are really great! Dogs have so much personality in their eyes. I love these images!

  7. jana on May 9, 2009

    Hi everyone, omg I know, Grace’s work is absolutely amazing. Thanks for being here; I really do appreciate it.

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