HEY, I AM HOLLY!
Did you know that the “about me” page is the most read page on most websites? I mean, you’re here right now so…
What that means is that I have one page to make a big impression on you, dazzle you with my charm and whit and tell you all the wonderful things about myself. The thing is, no one likes writing about themselves. Well, some people probably DO enjoy it, but those people aren’t the people I am typically friends with!
How do I sum up everything in just one page? Well, I have never been one of those people that knew what they wanted to do with their life from the time they were teeny tiny. I knew I liked animals, but back then that meant you became a vet. And, I never did like the idea of putting animals to sleep. Nah, I didn’t think I would like that much at all.
So logically, I became a dental assistant <INSERT SARCASM HERE>. I remember my first day of my assisting course, I opened my textbook to find photos with blood in them and remember being surprised and appalled that my newly chosen career would involve seeing and touching blood. HAHA. I don’t know what I thought – teeth were magically removed with no fuss, no muss?
Needless to say, that was not the career for me so I obtained a Bachelor of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship, with a major in Computer Information Systems. B.A.B.E. for short. I shit you not. Holly Montgomery, B.A.B.E. at your service! I didn’t last too long in that career either. There are only so many times you can say, “did you try turning it off an on again?” before you start to lose brain cells.
Then the opportunity to manage a Health Food Store for pets came up, and surprisingly with the generous staff discount, and all the cash I saved NOT paying for parking downtown, I actually didn’t make much less money than I did in my fancy computer job. AND it was a lot more rewarding.
FINALLY!! I found something that fed my heart (and my dogs, literally). I actually got to see the positive results that my advice had helping people get their pets healthy! Who would have thought that diet had so much to do with health? (That was a bit of sarcasm too. Its role is definitely under appreciated!) This lead me to buying my very own pet food store that gave me the opportunity to help even MORE cats and dogs with my knowledge and experience.
So the pet photography thing started when one day in 2005 while assisting in a dog training class (oh yeah, I did that too and learned a lot about dog behaviour, body language, and reward-based training) one of my trainer colleagues told me I should start selling my photography. So I did that alongside running my pet food store. And it was always fun having to explain to people what a dog photographer was. “You mean you only photograph dogs?” YUP, only dogs! People know what dog photographers are now! No more explaining and weird looks… often. And to this day, I still own and operate both businesses!
What I have been told about myself and would agree with is that I am genuine and honest. I have also been told I am generous and have a big heart, which makes me turn all red-faced. I have won some photography awards, and that’s cool but I don’t think you need awards to be a great dog photographer. More than anything you need patience, and the ability to make people and dogs feel comfortable and maybe have a little fun in the process. And THAT I can do! Wiggly dog, shy dog, bratty dog, I can photograph them all!
So if you are the type of person that loves your dog enough to hire a photographer for them, then you are my kind of people and we’ll get along just fine! Get in touch and let’s make some memories!
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