I am proud to be part of an international network of professional pet photographers. This network is a group of photographers who wanted to participate in a project, a 52 week project. Each week a theme is chosen and posted, then we all go out and take a photograph or series of photographs to fit the theme, then we all post onto our own websites and form a ring by linking all the websites. That means you can look at my images and then follow the links all over the world to see what other pet photographers are capturing.


The theme for week 2 is from the lessons within a book called “The Visual Toolbox” – which we will be working through this year – the brief we have been given is – “We all make photographs for different reasons.” ~ David Duchemin, “The Visual Toolbox
We see the world differently and use the camera to express that vision. The photographs we take do not always have to be technically perfect, because it comes down to what we see, what we want others to see…our vision.
“Consider Your Vision” by looking at your favorite photographs you’ve taken to determine what you are trying to express. What are you going for with the images you take? Don’t look to hard or overthink. Look at the common elements in your work as clues. You are looking for your vision or your “style” as we might call it. For this week, feel free to share some past images expressing your vision and take and least one new image to share that is representative of your vision or style. The goal of this lesson is for you to find your vision and learn to express it with your camera. As Duchemin says “Perfect photographs are overrated. The images that will always captivate others, and mean the most to you, are the ones made in that tension of learning to express your vision.”

Ok, I have to admit, this one really had me stumped! I really struggled with this theme – I mean I know I have a vision – my vision since I was in high school (over 25 years ago) was to run a successful Pet Photography studio – but how did that relate to this theme? How did I ‘show’ you my vision?

I asked a few Friends for help, what did they think….what was my style and vision? One Friend, Karen, gave me my answer. Karen told me that what she thought was my ‘style’ and my ‘signature’ images were the connection images – the looking straight down the barrel of the lens – connecting with the pet images, she said that is the shot she always expects and looks for when I post and share images from a session!

So, I went back through my archived client sessions and there is was, in every session, the intense connection image, where you can feel the pets eyes connecting with you through the image!

Lets start with a selection of older images dating from 2010 through to 2015….






And an image from my latest session this week – the first session in 2016…..


(Please excuse Kuta sporting his ‘mudpack’ – he had just finished wallowing – there will be another blog post with plenty more images of this awesome boy soon)

Karen also asked me why and how I had managed to capture ‘that’ image consistently, well, I don’t know, I guess having spent so many years loving, owning caring for studying and working with animals, that I just understand them, I know what to look for, I suppose. My family will tell you that I connect better with animals than I do with people!!

Now as I said, this is a blog ring, so sit back, grab a cuppa and follow the links, starting with Trina Bauer Photography, State College, PA, to see everyones take on this weeks theme.

I hope you have all enjoyed week 2’s instalment of the 2016 Pet Photography Project 52.

See you all next week.

~Sharon Stokes APP~

Central Coast Pet photographer.



  1. I love the connection in all of your images (including the snake! Love it!) but I absolutely adore the last one of Kuta. I love his handsome, muddy nose!

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