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Reflections on Inspiration: Nature, Art, Dogs and Healing

As the clock ticks past another birthday, I find myself reflecting on the journey that has shaped me as a pet photographer. As I celebrate another year, I want to share the profound sources of inspiration that have fueled my passion for capturing the beauty of dogs and the world around them.

Nature’s Palette:

The majestic allure of mountains, the comforting presence of pine trees, and the soothing sounds of babbling streams have always held a special place in my heart. As a quiet child, I often found myself seeking the quiet and peacefulness of nature. Yet, even in nature, I could feel many things besides peacefulness. The craggy summits and torrent waterfalls belie the peacefulness below them. I soon learned that these were a reflection of our lives. We all experience peaks and valleys, torrents and calm. It helped me understand that sometimes you need to go through these things to get to the other side. I soon discovered Ansel Adams iconic landscapes and they had the power to transport me to those magical places and the lessons they held. Ansel Adams, the iconic landscape photographer, has been a guiding light with his mastery of black and white tones, effortlessly revealing the full spectrum of emotions within a single frame.

Bucktail falls in B&W, influenced by Ansel Adams B & W
Bucktail B&W

While I am captivated by the timeless elegance of black and white, i notice that I tend to reserve black and white for those moments that evoke a powerful emotional response. In using this monochromatic pallete at these times it creates a visual narrative that goes beyond the surface.

Dogs, Everyday Miracles:

Dogs, with their unconditional love and unwavering companionship, have been a constant source of inspiration. Andrew Wyeth’s portrayal of dogs in everyday scenes, such as a dog peacefully sleeping on a bed, resonates deeply with me. It’s a reminder that the simple moments with our canine friends are often the most beautiful. The everyday presence of a dog, whether they are playing with us or simply being by our side, reflects a unique and enduring love.

husky giving and adoring look to his female owner
husky giving and adoring look to his female owner

The Healing Lens:

Reflecting on my own journey, I can’t ignore the pivotal role breast cancer played on my choices. The path was a bit winding, but it took me on an exploration of nutrition and then led me to the therapeutic release of creativity by capturing moments through my lens. Photography became my sanctuary, a creative outlet that allowed me to channel stress into art.

On this birthday, I celebrate not just the passing of time but the evolving chapters of inspiration that have shaped me. From the grandeur of nature to the everyday beauty of dogs, and even the challenges that sparked a transformative journey, each element has left an indelible mark on my work as a pet photographer.

Grateful for the experiences that have woven themselves into the fabric of my art, I look forward to the year ahead. A year filled with more moments of inspiration, growth, and, of course, the joy that comes from capturing the essence of our four-legged companions.

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Who can resist this face!!! Freddy is around 1-2 years old and you can’t help but smile when you meet him. This wiggle butt loves everyone he meets. He enjoys playing with other dogs, and doesn’t mind the feline friends either. Freddy would love to go for a walk, play with is favorite toy and then cuddle up on the couch with you!

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Capture your journey with your pet. Nancy Kieffer is a pet and nature photographer serving  Central New York, the Adirondacks and Beyond.  Capture how you share your life with your pet! It may be a vacation adventure or curled up on the couch. Travel assignments welcomed.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Elaine

    I think it is interesting to read what has inspired you in your photography journey. I feel much the same about nature and animals in mine.

  2. Sharon

    Nancy, Happy Birthday!
    Thank you for sharing your inspiration in pet photography.

  3. Darlene

    Nancy, thank you so much for sharing your story, your inspiration in pet photography. Happy Birthday to you! Cheers to health and another amazing year in your journey!

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