Today, we're happy to feature Sharon Whitehall of Whitehall Photography, and talk about her beautiful work!
Where is Whitehall Photography located?
I am located in Ballwin, Missouri, west of downtown St. Louis.
How did your pet photography career get started?
I have been a photographer since high school. I worked in the tin type at Six Flags, and got my first camera and darkrooms equipment at that time. Then life happened, but I kept taking pictures: photographing events, weddings and my kids. Then the digital age began. My skills grew and the spark to see the world through the lens lit on fire. It has been almost 15 years since then. Capturing a snapshot of people’s lives for them to treasure. I found that it was something I enjoyed and was good at.
In 2013, we got a new pup, Millie…there were LOTS of pictures of the new pup. I realized I really liked taking pictures of dogs and she made it really easy. She loves being in front of the camera, and I started taking pictures of other dogs. I took some pet photography classes and my niche was created.
These days, my favorite things to photograph are dogs, kids and families. And I am in pure heaven if I can put all three together. Millie is my heart dog, she gets me. I realized that there are lots of people like me that their dog is a big part of their life and they need to be included in the pictures that go on the wall. That is what I want to for my customers, include the WHOLE family. Four legged ones included.
Would you say most of your work is in the studio, or on location?
I’m a combination. I have a beautiful backyard so I can do part in the backyard then pop out to the yard.
Do you have a favorite place to shoot?
We have amazing parks in the St. Louis area. I love to photograph in many of them. Forest Park is probably my favorite since it is over 1,200 acres and everywhere you turn is different. Faust Park with all its barns and old building is my second favorite.
It looks like you’ve had a number of group sessions with multiple dogs. What’s the biggest group you’ve ever photographed?
The large adult dog group I have photographed is 4. The largest group of puppies is 6.
If you weren’t a photographer, what other job do you think you’d have?
Well in my other life I am a software Quality Engineer. I test software. But maybe I’d be a painter and paint pictures of dogs. I rather be independently wealthy so I could photograph all the dogs and cats to help them find homes. And I’d have more dogs.