Bio

Bio

WHO AM I?

A lawyer and business owner for 25 years, in 2008, I decided to make a change. I sold my business and enrolled in the New England School of Photography (NESOP) and the DeCordova Museum School. For the next three years I studied both the artistic and technical aspects of photography. I opened Dee is for Dogs Photography in 2011.

WHAT DO I DO?

I specialize in Pet and Child Portrait Photography. Obviously my clients love their children. In fact, many of my clients consider their pets to BE their children. Dogs (cats, horses, etc) and kids--what a perfect match. I can't think of a better way to spend my day than creating custom portraits of animals and the children who love them. These portraits are works of art to hang in your home and enjoy forever.

2014 MARY O. FRITCHIE ART SHOW POSTER WINNER

One of the hightlights of each summer in Westhampton Beach is the Mary O. Fritchie Juried Art Show. Held the first weekend in August, the annual Art Show showcases the work of 150 juried fine artists from both the United States and abroad.

The Art Show traces its origins to the 1930's when artists in smocks filled the Village for a week exhibiting their work by leaning canvases against the shop fronts and sometimes doing impromptu paintings while their visitors watched. In 1970, the organization and management of the Art Show was turned over to the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce and in 1972, they formally named the show after long-time supporter Mary Ocame Fritchie. In the late 1980's the Chamber introduced a Poster Contest to promote and commemorate both the Art Show and Local Artists. The tradition of the Poster Contest is now in its 25th year. 

I am honored to have won the 2014 Poster Contest with my photograph of a Bideawee rescued dog running on Lashley Beach (aka Jetty 4) in WHB. The poster finalists are chosen by public vote. The winning poster, chosen from the finalists by the Chamber, is supposed to depict the artist's view of something wonderful about and specific to Westhampton Beach. I can think of nothing more wonderful that witnessing the unbridled joy of an abandoned dog whose life has been saved by an animal shelter like Bideawee that found him a loving family who delights in taking him to one of our Village beaches to fetch his ball. I hope my image, entitled, "Dog Days of Summer," will bring a smile to the viewer and encourage people to consider adoption the next time they are ready to ad a pet to their family.

The poster currently is on sale at the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce office at 7 Glovers Lane in WHB. The image can be seen on my Home Page.

PUBLICITY

My photography has appeared in the following:

  • SportsIllustrated.com,"Backstage at the Westminster Dog Show"
  • Sports Illustrated 
  • Passport to Greater Westhampton (cover)
  • Hamptons Vacation Guide
  • Hamptons Pet 
  • New York’s Channel 12 News
  • The Southampton Press 
  • Newsday
  • Hamptons' Designer Showhouse Journal
  • The National Geographic Traveler’s website
  • The PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, VT

ANIMAL RESCUE WORK

I love helping animal rescue organizations increase their adoption rates. One of my favorite rescue groups is Bideawee. Celebrating it's 111th anniversary, Bideawee is the leading pet welfare organization serving metropolitan New York and Long Island. You can read more about my work with animal rescues in the Giving Back section of my website.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?

I spend my summers (which I loosely define as May-October) in the Hamptons. As I am in Boston during the winter, you can find me in Palm Beach &/or Naples for several weeks to escape the snow. I have assembled a loyal group of clients who enjoy having their private photo sessions in one of my studios (Eastport, NY or Newton, MA), on the beach or at their homes.

CONCLUSION

I love what I'm doing. What could be more fun than spending my time capturing the unrestrained enthusiasm and unconditional love of pets and the children who love them? If you would like a custom designed work of art featuring your children (human, canine, feline or equine) to hang in your home, please contact me so we can start the process of creating your memories. Children grow fast and pets lives are too short to wait. I can be reached at: dee@deeisfordogs.com Thanks for looking at my work.