Troy, Michigan – This Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m.our Kim DeGiulio takes you to Ruff Life Photography to meet one of the winners of our Vote 4 the Best Pets contest.
She quit her 9 to 5 job for the dogs…
Christine O’Brien, from Troy, has a love for animals, and capturing images of them as companions and friends is important to her.
What started out as a hobby to help animals get adopted has now become a business.
A good friend brought Christine into dog rescue by asking her to take pictures of some of the dogs she was rescuing. Her photos were so good that they helped dogs get adopted faster.
“When adopters started noticing these dogs and loved the pictures, they started hiring me to come and do family photos with their dogs,” Christine said.
This led Christine to quit a full-time job in the state government to photograph people’s animals and pets.
“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made in my life,” Christine said.
After 8 years, she says it still doesn’t feel like work
She describes herself as easy-going, but when it comes to her photography, she moves fast and works hard to get the best shots of her client’s furry friends.
With over 15 years of experience in photography, and eight of those years devoted to pets and their owners, Christine has photographed a fair share of animals including cats, birds, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, snakes and even a praying mantis named Princess. Sophie.
Ruff Life Photography offers both domestic and commercial animal photography. Christine will travel for in-home sessions or on-site pet-friendly spaces like parks, barns and pet stores.
Christine values her family, friends and people more than her possessions. And says she loves her two dogs, Mollie and Boomer, more than food. Now those are lucky dogs… haha.
Christine is an active member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and PPM (Professional Photographers of Michigan). And she is also a member of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce.
Watch Kim DeGiulio’s 4 vote for Best Feature Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on Local 4 News.
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