Photographer Sharon Montrose first picked up a camera in a high school photography class. During a time when most most adolescents are confused and searching for their true selves, Sharon had a passion and drive that gave her clarity: she knew she wanted to be a professional photographer. After a series of failed attempts doing head shots, weddings, and family portraits, she decided that she needed a break from photography in order to maintain her love for the medium. She grudgingly went back to waitressing.
It was around this time that everyone in Sharon’s family acquired a dog. Sharon started shooting portraits of these new additions and soon realized that she had finally found her ideal subject: animals. This was a new kind of challenge with considerably less control than shooting people. You can’t pose or style an animal: you just have to go with the moment and capture the best image they present.
This revelation led Sharon down the path toward commercial photography for pet food companies and industrial advertising, but she continued to conceive and style personal projects as a creative outlet.
At Etsy, Sharon found an audience for her work, as well as a community of like-minded people. Sharon prides herself on selling small prints of her fine art at affordable prices and hopes to continue this animal series as long as she can find new and interesting animals to shoot.
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