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Handmade Portraits: Sharon Montrose

Apr 8, 2010

by Tara Young

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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.

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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.

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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.

Enter our Sharon Montrose sweepstakes! Comment below to enter to win a large print of Stanley, the baby giraffe. At 11:59:59 p.m. ET Wednesday April 7, 2010 we will pick at random one commenter.  (We apologize in advance that this sweepstakes is only open to U.S. folks over 18. Void where prohibited. Download a PDF of the full Rules and Regulations.)

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Update: Congratulations to ModernPop and Cashmandra, winners of the Sharon Montrose Sweepstakes!

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389 comments

  • SunshineGirl16

    SunshineGirl16 said 7 years ago

    I have admired Sharon Montrose for the longest time. In fact, she was one of the reasons I signed up! - Just so I could heart her shop. :)

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 7 years ago

    What wonderful work she does. I've loved her animal portraits for a long time. :)

  • kimbo5303

    kimbo5303 said 7 years ago

    The photos are presented so simply, but so elegantly. I can't stop looking at these animals!

  • NomadCraftsSupplies

    NomadCraftsSupplies said 7 years ago

    How Sweet! I LOVE all of the photos! What talent! Thank you!

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 7 years ago

    I love cow and bunny pics.

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's work. So amazing!

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 7 years ago

    I've been a fan of Sharon's photography for a while - I especially love her pillows & bookmarks. & I really admire her ethical approach to animal photography!

  • jrzygirlphotography

    jrzygirlphotography said 7 years ago

    As a student photographer, I truly admire her work. Its amazing that she has access to these amazing animals so up close and personal. I would love to spend a day in her studio! When I first saw her work, I had no idea they were real live animals - such a unique opportunity.

  • TessaKim

    TessaKim said 7 years ago

    she is so talented!

  • farstarr

    farstarr said 7 years ago

    Please enter me in the drawing. Sharon's critter are fantastic!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 7 years ago

    I just LOVE her shop from the moment I first saw it! Makes me smile every time I see them :)

  • shopKCQ

    shopKCQ said 7 years ago

    that basset hound puppy melts me everytime >.<

  • crankbunny

    crankbunny said 7 years ago

    love love love this portrait and what she has to say about work vs hobby. the baby giraffe blew me away.

  • leesia

    leesia said 7 years ago

    LOVE sharon's work! i have a handful of her prints in my house already. :)

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 7 years ago

    She is so talented !

  • bekawatts

    bekawatts said 7 years ago

    Love Sharon's work - and now love her story, too! Thanks for holding this drawing :)

  • TheSplendidStarling

    TheSplendidStarling said 7 years ago

    Oh. I SO love her work. It's fresh and playful. My husband has promised me a whole wall of her photos for my kitchen. :)

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor said 7 years ago

    WOW! This is very impressive!

  • hilarymays

    hilarymays said 7 years ago

    I have always been a fan of her photos and her blog. The giraffe print would be perfect for my sisters nursery.

  • 1dream

    1dream said 7 years ago

    Amazing..I love it.

  • JillCrystal

    JillCrystal said 7 years ago

    i love sharon's work. it would be an honor to own one of her big pieces. great doc it is so fun to hear and see people that you only know through photos and words on the interweb.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    I have long since admired Sharon Montrose's work. She's great! Thanks for sharing such a nice story!

  • heartfeltoriginalsi

    heartfeltoriginalsi said 7 years ago

    What amazing photos!!!

  • KatHannah

    KatHannah said 7 years ago

    love them - they are all so precious.

  • lovelybud

    lovelybud said 7 years ago

    so fun!

  • heartworksbylori

    heartworksbylori said 7 years ago

    Oh My! I'm so in love! What a purist in every sense...makes me want to reach out and kiss each little face!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 7 years ago

    Sharon is so creative, I just love her work! (-:

  • lovelybud

    lovelybud said 7 years ago

    we have the same name:) i do portraits too - but i draw them and mostly of people...

  • trafalgarssquare

    trafalgarssquare said 7 years ago

    I absolutey adore Sharon's work! I'd love a flashcard set of her animals for kids!

  • pigwidgen

    pigwidgen said 7 years ago

    How could you not love these photos... They make your heart smile. :)

  • GiantJewels

    GiantJewels said 7 years ago

    Adorable! What personality in each of these portraits! Fabulous work!

  • misssimoneanne

    misssimoneanne said 7 years ago

    oh my gosh this is sooo cute! :D Love ittt!

  • AndrosCreations

    AndrosCreations said 7 years ago

    I dig it...

  • camamiel

    camamiel said 7 years ago

    Oh,the baby Giraffe...

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 7 years ago

    ugh, what a treat to see behind the scenes and learn some of sharon's story, thank you.

  • meganfotog

    meganfotog said 7 years ago

    I love her work! So fun.

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 7 years ago

    I'm so in love with her store! Photographing animals in such a unique way! Love! oxox.

  • Rabattuee84

    Rabattuee84 said 7 years ago

    Like most of the other commenters here, I've admired Sharon Montrose's photography for a long time. I love the restful composition of her photographs (and obviously, the subject matter is charming).

  • emilyhickman

    emilyhickman said 7 years ago

    These photos are super awesome.

  • aliloveyduvie

    aliloveyduvie said 7 years ago

    I am waiting until I find my niche. It is inspiring stories such as this that make me continue to search and stay positive. Giraffes are my favorite animal and I just got to feed one at the zoo!! Absolutely amazing creatures and what amazing talent to capture the true essence of one. :)

  • ModernPop

    ModernPop said 7 years ago

    Amazing work and a really fantastic person!!

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 7 years ago

    Really amazing work! So inspiring!

  • ashleywhitejacobsen

    ashleywhitejacobsen said 7 years ago

    so very wonderful!

  • misslieze

    misslieze said 7 years ago

    This is just amazing and adorable. I love the giraffe! I wish she would mix up the animals though, more like they are in a natural habitat. Like put a little bird on the butt of the giraffe. Just something to think about. :D

  • TatterTotsByBirdie

    TatterTotsByBirdie said 7 years ago

    simply beautiful...what a blast that must be!

  • jellenp

    jellenp said 7 years ago

    Love love love. Fascinating to see the behind the scenes process.

  • objecked Admin

    objecked said 7 years ago

    I wish I could be eligible for the sweepstakes! I've seen that baby giraffe print, and can say that it is magnificent. Another excellent addition to the Handmade Portraits family.

  • cashmandra

    cashmandra said 7 years ago

    These pictures are so sweet! They're so tasteful.

  • julieincharge Admin

    julieincharge said 7 years ago

    Great video, Tara! I loved getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Sharon Montrose's process.

  • MarchelloArt

    MarchelloArt said 7 years ago

    I love the baby giraffe!

  • superheroemu

    superheroemu said 7 years ago

    So exciting! This is such a cool video and I would love to win this print.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    oh i am so happy you posted this article! i always assumed the animals were photoshopped. it's amazing to see the actual photographs being taken with live animals.

  • semfox74

    semfox74 said 7 years ago

    I love Sharons work and have featured it a few times on my blog, apothecaryfox.blogspot.com I am blown away by how she seems to capture animals essence with such a simple style, but really it is anything BUT simple!

  • leighzimm

    leighzimm said 7 years ago

    What a cutie patootie giraffe!

  • StarRedesigns

    StarRedesigns said 7 years ago

    The animals are so cute and the pictures are superb!! I love the baby racoon pictures. :)

  • KBShimmer

    KBShimmer said 7 years ago

    What beautiful pictures! Wroking with animals has to be a challange, but one you excel at!

  • GersonCurse

    GersonCurse said 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I always wondered about her processes! Just makes her photos all the more endearing!

  • LundStudios

    LundStudios said 7 years ago

    I have admired Sharon's work for a long time, and I really enjoyed reading this article! Thanks so much for posting it! Every animal shot is simple and VERY well done; I love them all and the baby giraffe is SO cute.

  • urbanitejewelry

    urbanitejewelry said 7 years ago

    So so adorable!

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 7 years ago

    She's like Doctor Dolittle only with camera...

  • indexicon

    indexicon said 7 years ago

    Sharon, thank you for sharing your story -- it is inspiring and gives me hope.

  • JoshUrsoDesign

    JoshUrsoDesign said 7 years ago

    We love love love Sharon's work! It's a really modern and sophisticated take on animal fine art photography. She elevates the medium beyond the camp and kitsch. And Stanley is so darn cute he makes our hearts ache!

  • WoodstockByNature

    WoodstockByNature said 7 years ago

    Amazing photos. You have captured their hearts.

  • Countessa

    Countessa said 7 years ago

    Stanley the baby giraffe is the bees knees!

  • LiquidConfetti

    LiquidConfetti said 7 years ago

    Here I am looking for a giraffe to decorate my office, and you offer a large print of one! Perfect! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • galit

    galit said 7 years ago

    Great video! makes me smile :)

  • bakedbyjoanna

    bakedbyjoanna said 7 years ago

    What a talented photographer! I love pictures of animals and her's are so unique. I hope I win. :)

  • luxeandjacs

    luxeandjacs said 7 years ago

    oh oh! i just bought a few of her prints for my baby nursery! i love her work! :)

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 7 years ago

    So wonderful to hear Sharon Montrose's story! Thanks Tara (and great music from P.G. Six and Steve Gunn!).

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 7 years ago

    I'm a fan!!!

  • safieh

    safieh said 7 years ago

    This is so exciting and so freaking cute!

  • GwenDelicious

    GwenDelicious said 7 years ago

    stunning work!!! beautiful!

  • Huismus

    Huismus said 7 years ago

    Lovelovelove Sharon's work! Great to see a bit of behind the scenes, thanks!

  • Anabeth420

    Anabeth420 said 7 years ago

    These are amazing, I love the raccoon! So glad she found her niche.

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    i embedded the video in my blog - just love it!! (esp the baby giraffe!!) http://lynnkrestel.typepad.com/by_lynn_krestel/2010/03/inspired.html

  • MollysMuses

    MollysMuses said 7 years ago

    Oh My can I relate. After completely burning out in weddings, people practically fighting me the short lady to take their own images when I was paid to be there, I set my camera down for quite a while. I realized that I didnt take shots I wanted to take anymore, I was taking shots that I thought people would buy and I hated it, I came back as an exhibitor in fine art and I am SO much happier, SEEING YOUR STORY maked me feel so good:) CONGRATS TO YOU! your work is awesome

  • KnotOriginal

    KnotOriginal said 7 years ago

    What amazing experiences, thank you for sharing a glimpse into Sharon's work and thought process!

  • shopsewfetching

    shopsewfetching said 7 years ago

    I have long been a fan of her work! Her photographs are simply stunning.

  • ballandchain

    ballandchain said 7 years ago

    Wow. Very inspiring & beautiful.

  • soule

    soule said 7 years ago

    Sharon is amazing.... everything about her is great!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    What a great article!

  • VisioniAlterate

    VisioniAlterate said 7 years ago

    These are so adorable. I really love the raccoon.

  • balletbug2000

    balletbug2000 said 7 years ago

    Please enter me!! I love these photos!!

  • allweneedissleep

    allweneedissleep said 7 years ago

    Oh, how great. Sharon speaks so well about the marriage of art and career. Wonderful job!

  • coyotbeck

    coyotbeck said 7 years ago

    I bought a barn owl print last year and the detail is amazing in person. You just can't get the full effect on screen. Now I think I need the vulture.

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne4eyes said 7 years ago

    Sharon knows how to capture her subjects...I love the donkey pic...will be getting it for my friend's bday!

  • thelooksee

    thelooksee said 7 years ago

    love this video! i'm really impressed by her work. she really does capture the essence of each animal in a unique way.

  • OxfordHeaven

    OxfordHeaven said 7 years ago

    I adore her photos! So wonderful!

  • askalice

    askalice said 7 years ago

    As a struggling photographer selling coffee for a living, I am always happy to see talented people find a way to make their passion their livelihood! Thanks for the inspiration. Rebecca Graham

  • kagtastic

    kagtastic said 7 years ago

    I love the simplicity of these photos. And given how hard I've had to work at getting pictures of pets I have a huge amount of respect for what Sharon has been able to do.

  • Gemmarose

    Gemmarose said 7 years ago

    I love, love, love Sharon's photographs. Enjoyed the video- very cool!

  • ThePixelPen

    ThePixelPen said 7 years ago

    My new heart, absolutely love these photographs.

  • TheLittleRooster

    TheLittleRooster said 7 years ago

    Aww I'd like to be the winner of the giraffe, how adorable! Congrats to Sharon; she has a lovely shop and an awesome job! :)

  • TheLittleRooster

    TheLittleRooster said 7 years ago

    I love her work! What an adorable giraffe! I'd love to win that :P

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    great photos - love the giraffe.

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 7 years ago

    I've been admiring Sharon Montrose's work for a long time now, checking her store to see who's she's recently photographed. So hard to pick one! I love all animals! One friend immediately comes to mind when I look at that giraffe- she'd love to have it! And I'd love to give it to her.

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 7 years ago

    Great video! Love her photos!

  • blackviolets

    blackviolets said 7 years ago

    Wonderful photos..I love the prairie dogs, they are adorable!

  • aprillemayhem

    aprillemayhem said 7 years ago

    I've had her shop on my favorites list forever now. I think the baby porcupine is my favorite. She's so amazing at what she does.

  • aprillemayhem

    aprillemayhem said 7 years ago

    Actually, I think the lamb is my favorite. It's so innocent looking.

  • TheEnchantedSquare

    TheEnchantedSquare said 7 years ago

    What a wonderfully inspiring video. Thanks for sharing!

  • safronia

    safronia said 7 years ago

    lovely

  • southernpaper

    southernpaper said 7 years ago

    Love your photography!

  • BBasom

    BBasom said 7 years ago

    I'm a HUGE animal lover and these portraits are so candid and such a simple setting that it creates magic! great video and I'm so excited to check out all her portraits now!

  • LadyDean

    LadyDean said 7 years ago

    Great work, Sharon. The giraffe is great. All the things we bought for my baby have giraffes on them...this print would be a great piece for his room!

  • WoodstockByNature

    WoodstockByNature said 7 years ago

    Beautiful and moving.

  • caseysharpe

    caseysharpe said 7 years ago

    Those knobbly knees are so adorable!

  • luckylife

    luckylife said 7 years ago

    Oh! Oh my....I love this so much! I am such a fan of Sharon's work and what a fantastic job she has! She is adorable and has an amazing eye for capturing these amazing animals hearts. Thank you so much for sharing this! My favorite so far! xo Melis

  • myzoetrope

    myzoetrope said 7 years ago

    I love love love this video!

  • rctees

    rctees said 7 years ago

    Being an animal lover myself I truly appreciate the beauty of Sharon's work. Thank you Sharon for sharing your passion and love for animals with the world!!

  • trinakruger

    trinakruger said 7 years ago

    Loved the video, and this contest is too cute to resist.

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 7 years ago

    I've been a longtime fan! Thanks for the story!

  • Sonnie1

    Sonnie1 said 7 years ago

    I am a huge fan of Sharon's work; she has such a great eye for these shots. A very talented artist - beautiful work!

  • renatom

    renatom said 7 years ago

    i bought 4 prints for my baby's room, they are the best part!

  • LunaKatt

    LunaKatt said 7 years ago

    This is my first time experiencing Sharon's art, and let me say I think it's absolutely brilliant! I love all the bunny photos. Sharon has a way of capturing the essence of every subject she photographs.

  • TheFancyLamb

    TheFancyLamb said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's work and this Handmade Portrait made me actually feel connected to it. Bravo to all involved!

  • aemcdraw

    aemcdraw said 7 years ago

    This was such a great video. Thank you for sharing the behind the scenes with us. :)

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 7 years ago

    Who can resist animal photos?

  • rhayashilts

    rhayashilts said 7 years ago

    I love LOVE Sharon's work and attitude towards the animals. Great video.

  • Lavatican

    Lavatican said 7 years ago

    A baby!

  • mck254

    mck254 said 7 years ago

    wow- another fantastic video Tara! I love what Sharon says about making your passion into your business and how it changes everything.

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 7 years ago

    I LOVE seeing a photographer's story. I've been following her work since I discovered Etsy, and I'm just blown away by it. I think she made a valid point about having good connections. She pointed out that she's able to get these shoots together because of her work with trainers. I think that networking is something I should DEFINITELY work on. Thanks so much for this! Sharon, if you want to critique a student photographer's work, I'm your girl :)

  • SummerSaylor

    SummerSaylor said 7 years ago

    i absolutely love her work....and all of those cute animals! love the baby deer.

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle said 7 years ago

    I have long been a fan of Sharon Montrose's work! It seems like many of us here have.

  • littledirtlane

    littledirtlane said 7 years ago

    Oh I just love the little giraffe fellow - well - I love all of her work...just lovely...great giveaway - thanks!

  • jarabas

    jarabas said 7 years ago

    What a wonderfully candid and open piece. I feel inspired, having gone through some low points in my work recently. Thank you.

  • kannekat

    kannekat said 7 years ago

    I want them all! I just got all prints of all the Audubon birds in my area, now I'd like to juxtapose them with these photos of live animals! THESE PHOTOS ARE STUNNING! I'm sending links to my animal friends!

  • oyster

    oyster said 7 years ago

    Have come across these many times - always struck by the ultra-realist but 'painterly' feel. Love, love, love.

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 7 years ago

    Talented Sharon =)

  • caminadora

    caminadora said 7 years ago

    I love her photos! She captures such personality in each animal.

  • fuzzonme

    fuzzonme said 7 years ago

    Baby Porcupine is so cute. I love all other photos too!

  • littlesaplingtoys

    littlesaplingtoys said 7 years ago

    Sharon's shop is one that I go back to over and over to just sit and enjoy. This was a fantastic Handmade Portraits, thanks.

  • anniepatterson

    anniepatterson said 7 years ago

    I love how the simple backgrounds really show off the animals. Stunning!

  • chessgrant

    chessgrant said 7 years ago

    these are the best! i have been obsessed with them for a little while now.

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    Thanks Tara for bringing another great story and another Great Artist! Sharon Montrose is awesome!!!

  • masaoms

    masaoms said 7 years ago

    Her photography is amazing, she's one of my favourites. Great interview!! ;-)

  • vibeGirl

    vibeGirl said 7 years ago

    I simply adore Sharon's photos... Thank you for giving me a behind the scenes glimpse of an amazing artist.

  • postporterphotoworks

    postporterphotoworks said 7 years ago

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Sharon's work!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 7 years ago

    what a beautiful handmade portrait (my fave etsy series) - I don't think you've ever featured photography before :) Such a wonderful topic animals - I wish Sharon a lot of luck to come!!

  • Harem6

    Harem6 said 7 years ago

    Wow!!! Her photos are amazing!We adore animals and throufh her art she makes us love them even more!

  • Harem6

    Harem6 said 7 years ago

    Her photographs are amazing! We adore animals and through her art she makes us love them even more!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    WOW! I haven't heard of her before. Such wonderful work she does.

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 7 years ago

    An outstanding artist - thank you for sharing!

  • RetroRenovation

    RetroRenovation said 7 years ago

    Oh my, Sharon's work is amazing. And Tara: So is yours. You constantly amaze me, with your videos, in how you capture a person's... heart and soul. You have an incredible talent. Thank you, etsy, for these wonderful videos.

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    Candid creatures photography really nice

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story and beautiful photos.

  • Craft0logy

    Craft0logy said 7 years ago

    a·dor·a·ble & su·per cute!

  • eireanneilis

    eireanneilis said 7 years ago

    Love, Love Sharon's work!! Been a fan for awhile :)

  • MWNaturesAntiquities

    MWNaturesAntiquities said 7 years ago

    Great works of art,animals are one of my all time favorites. You must have great patience, a good eye for the right moment,which you capture often.

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

    Sharon, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos and have for awhile... nice work!

  • leighadactyl

    leighadactyl said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon Montrose! We put her on our wedding registry and got two beautiful prints, an ostrich and an egg. I'm happy she seems to be getting so much press lately!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    I love the simplicity of your photos! Great story!

  • BirdonWireStudio

    BirdonWireStudio said 7 years ago

    I would love a print of her work. Her bunnies are just so plump and adorable. I wish I could work that closely with such amazing animals every day! :)

  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography said 7 years ago

    I've always admired her work and the animals always look so sincere. Thanks for sharing.

  • 13threads

    13threads said 7 years ago

    Great video, wonderful story and beautiful photographs. Loved this!

  • PinkMoustache

    PinkMoustache said 7 years ago

    Love this! What a perfect way to welcome spring!

  • milemarker

    milemarker said 7 years ago

    I loved this video. It was so great to get the sneak peek behind the scenes in Sharon's studio that I've been wanting to see. It was also so fun to see Sharon's excitement about the baby giraffe. What a great niche Sharon has carved out for herself :)

  • ennaweena

    ennaweena said 7 years ago

    Stanley is definitely my favorite by far. Sharon seems to bring out the best of the animals through her pictures. I have been following her work since I purchased a small owl print for my husband. Sharon, thank you for sharing your passion with us!

  • KColucciPhotography

    KColucciPhotography said 7 years ago

    So so beautiful! Love the behind the scenes on how the photographs were made. The animals seem so calm and serene. The Raccoon shots just make me all giggly and happy!

  • ponypaintings

    ponypaintings said 7 years ago

    Sharon Montrose is one of my all-time FAVORITE photographers. I've been following her for some time now and I absolutely love this video of her. I love being able to see a little more insight to her work and why she loves it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • butashadow

    butashadow said 7 years ago

    Adorable. I love the simplicity of her animal series.

  • DominiqueD

    DominiqueD said 7 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE giraffes! a baby one is even better..

  • chambowda

    chambowda said 7 years ago

    I love her photography - kind of makes me wish I had pursued it as a profession.

  • AmyErene

    AmyErene said 7 years ago

    I bought four duck prints for my fiancé’s wedding present (we call each other duck and goose) and can't wait for the "big move in" so we can agree on a larger critter print. These photos are so charming, I love them!

  • betsybaxter

    betsybaxter said 7 years ago

    her prints are the first ones i'm ordering when i decorate my nursery (in a few years..) i've been in love with them forever!

  • PaperInkPress

    PaperInkPress said 7 years ago

    Sharon is one of my favorite photographers! How fun to get a glimpse into how she got started and how she works. I embedded the video on my blog: http://handworkchronicles.blogspot.com/2010/04/baby-giraffe.html My finger's are crossed that I can win Stanley's photo! :)

  • sevenpictures

    sevenpictures said 7 years ago

    I love love love her prints. I am an aspiring photographer, and I love taking pictures of animals. I can only hope that some day I will be able to create work as special and unique as Sharon's has been. :)

  • alilynch

    alilynch said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's work - just ordered a lamb in honor of a trip to New Zealand and would love to start a collection of her adorable critters!

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 7 years ago

    I love Sharons work, she is very talented.Congrat

  • gator48

    gator48 said 7 years ago

    I think Sharron is one cool, brave chick for sharing her story. It inspired me to purchase the happy little piglet photo I have had my eye on for some time.

  • princessmarlys

    princessmarlys said 7 years ago

    I love her prints!

  • allknitup

    allknitup said 7 years ago

    Sharon's work is so lovely, and such an inspiration!

  • clarissa004

    clarissa004 said 7 years ago

    I love her work - love the way she brings out the personality of the animals!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    These are great!!

  • Zaky

    Zaky said 7 years ago

    Magnificent! I have a giant wall that is empty and lonely and needs a baby giraffe to keep it company. Love all of Sharon's work.

  • erindell

    erindell said 7 years ago

    I am continually amazed and in awe of these photographs and Sharon's ability to capture something unique and precious in each animal subject.

  • sirkus

    sirkus said 7 years ago

    So great to get to see Sharon and all the behind-the-scenes action. Love her work!

  • kheatherg

    kheatherg said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's photographs!

  • littleloveblue

    littleloveblue said 7 years ago

    love this artist! i often look to her work for inspiration when i'm thinking of new animals to make:)

  • chewybrains

    chewybrains said 7 years ago

    oh my. i just love her photography and throughly enjoyed watching the video. i can't wait to add another photo to my growing collection!

  • brookmanharris

    brookmanharris said 7 years ago

    sharon-- i hope one day we can work together! been meaning to pop you an email for quite some time. i love shooting with animals (i am a prop stylist in nyc)... i've worked with dogs, chickens, and turtles so far! most of which is in my portfolio-- www.brookmanharris.com when i read this on your blog: "being in FRONT of the camera and talking about myself that scares me most! I'm an open book around the people I love and know well–to be honest, I'm sometimes downright sarcastic and bold. But out in the world, I tend to be private and shy." ... i thought, man, we should be friends.

  • Hollene

    Hollene said 7 years ago

    I loved your portraits before, but now I am IN love with the whole thing! I'll be sharing on FB and on our local Humane Society page. I can't wait to buy another photo, they are so wonderful! More than words can describe.

  • TheCorduroyCat

    TheCorduroyCat said 7 years ago

    Oh! This photo is wonderful! Giraffes are one of my favorites!

  • adam Admin

    adam said 7 years ago

    soooo amazing.

  • maddielou

    maddielou said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's work and have several of her samll portraits - just wish I could afford her larger ones. I wish she would sell some of her dog work especially the French Bulldogs.

  • mandinka

    mandinka said 7 years ago

    oh boy, oh boy! I'm a big fan of Sharon's work. Especially her Dog Photo Booth project.

  • ashgphoto

    ashgphoto said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's work so much! She has such a wonderful job... love her style.

  • ChristinaPerdue

    ChristinaPerdue said 7 years ago

    I absolutely loved this video! For the longest time I thought she was photographing tiny animal figurines (silly, I know).

  • threesmellydogs

    threesmellydogs said 7 years ago

    I have always loved your work Sharon!

  • lakeruby

    lakeruby said 7 years ago

    I have been loving Sharon Montrose's work and blog for a while now. It's so neat to see her in motion like this! What a fun job!

  • jessicalmagee

    jessicalmagee said 7 years ago

    This is incredible! It's so great getting to see how these images are created. Amazing!

  • animalsandicons

    animalsandicons said 7 years ago

    Great Handmade Portrait of a truly innovative artist. Being animal enthusiasts ourselves and photographers to boot we envy Sharon's fortune in working with all creatures great and small. But we really appreciate her low cost prints that afford all folks to enjoy these incredible beings.

  • emmymgreene

    emmymgreene said 7 years ago

    I adore these photos, they are indescribably beautiful.

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 7 years ago

    Great work! Love the giraffe.

  • LolaBean

    LolaBean said 7 years ago

    I just adore Sharon's work, and the video makes me like her even more!

  • thewaltz

    thewaltz said 7 years ago

    I am such a fan of Sharon's! Love her piglet photo. :)

  • micabelle

    micabelle said 7 years ago

    I love her passion and her beautiful photographs.

  • e3robbins

    e3robbins said 7 years ago

    I love all of Sharon's pictures and can't wait to have a wall of beautiful animal portraits by her.

  • avrilkuo

    avrilkuo said 7 years ago

    So incredibly cute! I could look at these photos all day

  • JANKYcantankerous

    JANKYcantankerous said 7 years ago

    Giraffes are my favorite...haha so typical since I'm 5'1. :)

  • butrfly09

    butrfly09 said 7 years ago

    I absolutely love the photos!!

  • LauraSu

    LauraSu said 7 years ago

    just amazing. what a great video feature!! i am loving all of these photos.

  • silversyren

    silversyren said 7 years ago

    love the photography and the glimpse behind the scenes.

  • evah2007

    evah2007 said 7 years ago

    Great video, thanks for sharing all the great pictures, I can´t even pick a favourite...the puppy, the smiling piglet, the lamb and the little porcupine are a tie with that knobbly-kneed giraffe baby (I have a thing for giraffes, they´re amazing). :o) Eva

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 7 years ago

    this is so awesome. Thank you for sharing this story with me (& us). {smiles}

  • tekaandzoe

    tekaandzoe said 7 years ago

    I have tears in my eyes to see her excitement over the precious baby giraffe. That is why we are artist's!! But my favorite was the hedgehog. So inspiring. I think I must get to work and create something.

  • strpdsnk

    strpdsnk said 7 years ago

    I love your work! Awwww, the baby giraffe is so sweet and well behaved!

  • love4rocks

    love4rocks said 7 years ago

    Just awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  • max12300

    max12300 said 7 years ago

    Amazing. Beautiful. Brilliant. They are all truly wonderful!

  • alysonjenk

    alysonjenk said 7 years ago

    Love!

  • MatildaLuk

    MatildaLuk said 7 years ago

    Listening to passionate people talk about their creative projects is exciting and inspiring. I love Sharon's work--I have her owl portrait and the closeup of the goat hanging in my house. I hope to add more!

  • cowbark

    cowbark said 7 years ago

    love love love love love. love love. and love some more. I bought her Wallaby print for a friend whose nickname is Wallaby (she's little and Australian, it works) and have had to restrain myself from buying every other print in her store since I discovered her. love love love love love.

  • curranm

    curranm said 7 years ago

    So wonderful. I love her photos and her passion. I don't know if I'll ever feel that way about my job, but I am so glad some people can!

  • bugduds

    bugduds said 7 years ago

    Elegant and striking - love the negative space and just looking at the aesthetic and expression of the animals. Oh that owl!

  • pearliegirlie

    pearliegirlie said 7 years ago

    What a great interview about Sharon and the process that she goes through to capture the essence of these sweet animals. I am in awe of the giraffe! How amazing!

  • SerasHusband

    SerasHusband said 7 years ago

    Sharon - you are a beautiful talent. Thank you.

  • lbrideau

    lbrideau said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for this video! I love her work, it's fabulous to see a shoot happen!

  • handmadejoywithlove

    handmadejoywithlove said 7 years ago

    I have always been in love with all types of animals and these photos just speak to me! They are breathtaking!

  • ApricotPlum

    ApricotPlum said 7 years ago

    I've been admiring Sharon's work on etsy for about a year now. I visit her site frequently just to see the cute animals and their intriguing expressions that have been so artfully captured. What amazing talent! I'd be honored to have one of her pieces in my home.

  • jcreiger

    jcreiger said 7 years ago

    How wonderful, great interview and delivered by a sensetive, talented photographer/artist clearly in touch with her passion and focused on making her a dream a reality. Great job.

  • isabellsumbrella

    isabellsumbrella said 7 years ago

    Sharon is so talented, and I have admired her work for a long time. It must be amazing to work in the studio with her.

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's work, especially the the dogs on her blog. Great video thanks for jumping out of that airplane. That giraffe is amazing.

  • doodlefactory

    doodlefactory said 7 years ago

    wow, I just stumbled on Sharon's etsy page tonight and wondered things like - are those animals real? are they alive? how did she take those amazing photographs? And Viola! Within the next few clicks I stumbled further onto her blog and onto this very enlightening video.

  • afiori

    afiori said 7 years ago

    I luv these photos! I'm planning to order a print of the little racoon...

  • elyseindc

    elyseindc said 7 years ago

    i'm in love. My grandmother and I both collect giraffes, and this would fit in perfectly! Fantastic job, Sharon!

  • fayeina

    fayeina said 7 years ago

    these are amazing! i love seeing animals being photographed in new and interesting ways

  • staceys

    staceys said 7 years ago

    Beautiful! I love how she captures the animals sweet personalities- you can see so much in them.

  • jbartistic

    jbartistic said 7 years ago

    I'm really glad I happened upon this article, beautiful photography!

  • sdg16

    sdg16 said 7 years ago

    I absolutely love Sharon's photographs. Thanks for this opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at her work.

  • SnuggleHerd

    SnuggleHerd said 7 years ago

    wow, that is a beautiful video. Sharon is so cool & great at what she does. and I almost cried (happy, amazed, wondrous tears) when they brought the giraffe into the studio - giraffes are so amazing & other-worldly!

  • arielrose

    arielrose said 7 years ago

    I've long been a fan of Sharon's AMAZING animal prints. One day when I have kids, I want to decorate their room with pictures from her baby animal series. LOVE! I just blogged more about it over here http://arielgordonjewelry.blogspot.com/

  • TickledPinkKnits

    TickledPinkKnits said 7 years ago

    Count me in, please!

  • ibuytoomuchstuff

    ibuytoomuchstuff said 7 years ago

    It goes without saying that Sharon is a talented individual. I really admire her. Her animal photos may appear simple and minimalist, but coming from a photography background myself I know A LOT of work goes into what she does. I dream of a day I can wake up and work with animals every day. So rewarding, exciting and fun!

  • Lillian717

    Lillian717 said 7 years ago

    I have been tracking your blog for a while now, and each set is more beautiful than the last.

  • tinawittmer

    tinawittmer said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's photos - I have a goose on my wall at home.

  • pcampfield

    pcampfield said 7 years ago

    just magical!

  • rimax0

    rimax0 said 7 years ago

    These are incredible! I cannot wait to buy some as gifts for friends :]

  • Kathryn27

    Kathryn27 said 7 years ago

    I loved the behind the scenes video. Sharon's work is an inspiration.

  • photogirl73

    photogirl73 said 7 years ago

    Thank you for reminding us that we have to lose ourselves to truly find ourselves sometimes. Your story is great inspiration in being true to oneself in order to put our best out to the the world.

  • cali0121

    cali0121 said 7 years ago

    So amazing. I loved the behind-the-scenes look at her work.

  • ninandaviva

    ninandaviva said 7 years ago

    Sharon's work is beautiful and amazing, and this video shows that the person behind the images is what infuses her photos with such warmth, spirit and life. Sharon, I really appreciate the candor with which you tell your story. As someone who has been frustrated, at times, 'making a living' from my passion, your message was both encouraging and inspirational. Thanks for sharing your work, and now, yourself with the world! Best wishes always :)

  • hahnanan

    hahnanan said 7 years ago

    I've loved Sharon's work from afar for a long time but I hope to finally purchase one when I move in to my new apartment

  • stacygmac

    stacygmac said 7 years ago

    Three separate baby crowned crane portraits adorn my bedroom. They make me smile whenever they catch my eye. The hardest thing about buying one of Sharon's pieces is deciding WHICH one! And now, giraffe's? They're my favorite -- mostly because they don't have vocal chords. Everything they need to say,they do with their eyes. Sharon has captured this innocence so beautifully!!

  • Liesal

    Liesal said 7 years ago

    They're all so adorable!

  • snickles

    snickles said 7 years ago

    Sharon's work is truly beautiful and I am so pleased that you decided to do this video blog of her....Congratulations Sharon!

  • wittliz

    wittliz said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's prints. I wish she had a dalmatian print!!

  • skilz2paydabills

    skilz2paydabills said 7 years ago

    please enter me to win a print! I love Sharon's work.

  • Hullinder

    Hullinder said 7 years ago

    I'm so glad you jumped out of that airplane and did the video! I so appreciate getting a glimpse of how it's done. Your work is just magical-thank you!

  • vmaldini

    vmaldini said 7 years ago

    Adorable, I want it!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 7 years ago

    Thanks for all of the wonderful comments! Sharon and I had a fantastic time shooting this video. Stanley the giraffe was gorgeous and sweet and completely surreal. It was a very special shoot indeed.

  • lisa0438

    lisa0438 said 7 years ago

    Love the baby giraffe! Gorgeous.

  • AllThatIAm

    AllThatIAm said 7 years ago

    I adore Sharon's work and am thrilled to see this video! Thanks so much to all of you:)

  • ametz12

    ametz12 said 7 years ago

    oh my! i ♥♥♥ these baby animal portraits so much!! i just moved into a house that has an iron sculpture of two giraffes grazing in an aspen tree outside my front door!! this could be my giraffe week if i win this amazing photograph!! thanks for the opportunity!

  • labwear

    labwear said 7 years ago

    Oh, these animals make my heart hurt with their cuteness.

  • tlparisii

    tlparisii said 7 years ago

    Beautiful--I love the simplicity and authenticity of her style.

  • bethoram

    bethoram said 7 years ago

    Sharon is one of my favorite photographers! awesome to see behind the scenes...

  • lynnromano7

    lynnromano7 said 7 years ago

    These are amazing and so beautiful!

  • jilsy

    jilsy said 7 years ago

    cannot resist her photos!

  • GroundSquirrel

    GroundSquirrel said 7 years ago

    I am still in love with each shot, regardless of long how it has been since I last visited her site.

  • Vivavivant

    Vivavivant said 7 years ago

    Love it! Her photos are so clear and beautiful!

  • ModishVintage

    ModishVintage said 7 years ago

    amazing artist, and work, she's an inspiration.

  • giulianahazelwood

    giulianahazelwood said 7 years ago

    Stanley = LOVE. Sharon = BRILLIANT!

  • mollyp116

    mollyp116 said 7 years ago

    These are terrific and so inspiring! Thanks for introducing me to such a talent!!

  • davis1652

    davis1652 said 7 years ago

    such a fresh take on animal photography, i'm a huge fan!

  • SilverFillyShoppe

    SilverFillyShoppe said 7 years ago

    She does very beautiful detailed work of these wonderful animals. Very inspiring and talented artist and animal lover!

  • sourire83

    sourire83 said 7 years ago

    I'm a huge fan of Sharon's work. I loved watching the video. It was so inspirational and put a huge smile on my face!

  • chgnad

    chgnad said 7 years ago

    Count me in! I'd love to win a beautiful print. The video inspired me: http://christymemos.blogspot.com/

  • kellaroot

    kellaroot said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the cool behind the scenes video. Big fan of Sharon's work and in fact have 4 prints from the animal series hanging up in my apartment! Can't wait to see future animals!

  • heatherkingdesigns

    heatherkingdesigns said 7 years ago

    That giraffe print is adorable!! I love her work, it was a great idea to do a video feature on her :) I always enjoy seeing the behind the scenes action.

  • amietron

    amietron said 7 years ago

    Stanley the baby giraffe is quite possibly one of the cutest things I've ever seen. So precious!

  • HighStrungBead

    HighStrungBead said 7 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • chocolateandsteel

    chocolateandsteel said 7 years ago

    this was the BEST handmade portrait yet. That giraffe took my breath away too. Sharon is the best!

  • ohmissemma

    ohmissemma said 7 years ago

    Sharon, your portraits are absolutely stunning! Each one seems to captures the essence of the subject without being 'cutesy' or trite. I'm in love.

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign said 7 years ago

    THIS VIDEO IS WONDERFUL FROM ALL POINTS OF VIEW!

  • smposto

    smposto said 7 years ago

    I absolutely love her work! I have 12 of her images and would love to own 12 more. Absolutely stunning!

  • ShopClementine

    ShopClementine said 7 years ago

    What an amazing portrait! So inspiring--the aha moment of realizing what she was meant to be doing. (and what a treat to see Sharon photographing the giraffe!)

  • littlemebigyou

    littlemebigyou said 7 years ago

    I love this video! Hope I win a photo of Stanley! :)

  • mezo

    mezo said 7 years ago

    Stanley took my breath away. Her blog is amazing too. I am seriously in love with Sharon!!!

  • buddhaness

    buddhaness said 7 years ago

    i loved sharon sharing her journey and that it was a discovery. this was really helpful because often times i forget the creative process is indeed a process and assume i should just know what i should create right away. i am in love with stanley.

  • JCStilesArt

    JCStilesArt said 7 years ago

    Very creative. I love the studio setting, it makes a nice composition.

  • laynemarie

    laynemarie said 7 years ago

    I love these! Especially the baby dear and the alligator. Oh my.

  • AriaPhotography

    AriaPhotography said 7 years ago

    Sharon's a new Etsy favorite of mine! This video was SO much fun to watch!

  • xrockatx

    xrockatx said 7 years ago

    I want to kiss that Giraffe!

  • desertnana

    desertnana said 7 years ago

    Your passion and Joy shine forth as brightly as your amazing images! I just had my hubby watch this and he is grinning ear to ear. I'm going outside to find a giraffe =) Thank you so much for sharing a peek into your beautiful world ~Hugs

  • BarkNutImages

    BarkNutImages said 7 years ago

    I absolutely, positively adore your work. The simplicity of it speaks volumes!

  • KentonBeadworks

    KentonBeadworks said 7 years ago

    I've been a fan of Sharon's work, so it was really fun to see how the shoots go! How frickin' cute was the giraffe?!

  • sweetpotatoink

    sweetpotatoink said 7 years ago

    I think Sharon's work is so wonderful - clean, sweet, innocent - just lovely!

  • hikatie

    hikatie said 7 years ago

    oh i love these so much - i would love to win!

  • margaretlillian

    margaretlillian said 7 years ago

    So great to be able to go behind-the-scenes and see the artist do her thing! Very inspirational! Thank you!

  • prettyinprint

    prettyinprint said 7 years ago

    Great video! I've been a fan of Sharon's animal series for a while now. It was really great to see them being shot... That "tiny" giraffe was great!

  • andrea97

    andrea97 said 7 years ago

    What a cutie! Love this one and so many others!

  • camstudiostore

    camstudiostore said 7 years ago

    beautiful work.....the little giraffe is so sweet!

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage said 7 years ago

    I have long been a fan of Sharon Montrose and her beautiful animal images. She captures the expression, essence and souls of her subjects, like no one else! I also like to see that she shoots freely and is not bound by a tripod as so much of the conventional wisdom suggests. It's always wonderful to see others living their dream! :)

  • chickabug

    chickabug said 7 years ago

    I love the farm animal prints best. Just wonderful! : )

  • GardenBeads

    GardenBeads said 7 years ago

    Wow! Something so simple can be presented in such a beautiful manner. Wonderful!

  • blanksmith

    blanksmith said 7 years ago

    so inspiring! Love these behind-the-scenes looks. Her porcupine portrait cracks me up! thanks Etsy!

  • sandma1half

    sandma1half said 7 years ago

    This is amazing work. I love the interview and Sharon's notes about it on her blog. She is so candid, and makes everything a little bit more magical.

  • avquilts

    avquilts said 7 years ago

    Oh - that Macaw looks like a dancer straight out of Alvin Ailey or Pilobolus - breathtaking... The video was great - thanks for sharing a window into your history and process. How lucky you are to be in the presence of animals in such an intentional and focused way - I would love to know what that baby giraffe was thinking!

  • disneychick

    disneychick said 7 years ago

    Amazing! Stanley just grabs your heart!

  • radish1

    radish1 said 7 years ago

    Stanley is about love, faith, and trust. Stanley knows that all is good. People are good, life is good, and he is all about love, being in the moment, and enjoying life. Stanley knows that the secret of life is just to be, to enjoy the sun, the clouds, the food, especially the food. Stanley knows that life is too important to waste time on the negative. He is all about love, enjoying the sun, enjoying the grass, the leaves on the trees, a good back scratch from a tree, and being with other giraffes. Stanley is the essence of giraffe and he knows that life is good, all is good, and that Sharon is good.

  • seVen7EleVen11

    seVen7EleVen11 said 7 years ago

    love all your photos!

  • elainecreates

    elainecreates said 7 years ago

    love sharon's work - so beautiful!

  • EliseMebelDesigns

    EliseMebelDesigns said 7 years ago

    love, love, LOVE her work! the giraffe is stunning and i adore the fact that she lets the animals dictate the shots. stunning!

  • Johnlang

    Johnlang said 7 years ago

    I'm a business man. 24x7 business. There are less than 10 blogs in my RSS reader and Sharon's is one of the few ... because every picture makes me appreciate that man cannot make things more beautiful than what we can find in nature.

  • yayitskate

    yayitskate said 7 years ago

    I've seen her work somewhere on the internet previously and loved it. So glad to find it on here!

  • minneswiss

    minneswiss said 7 years ago

    Sharon's work is amazing! I always eagerly await her new shots, and am particularly anticipating the flamingo portraits she's teased us with on her blog! Of course, I love the baby giraffe featured here, too.... :)

  • craftyfanny

    craftyfanny said 7 years ago

    Her work is incredible and this baby giraffe is the cutest thing I've ever seen. Can't wait to win it!!!

  • BlackSheepDesign

    BlackSheepDesign said 7 years ago

    I so enjoy your work. You are a master at unveiling the true essence of your subjects.

  • sunriseriver

    sunriseriver said 7 years ago

    in LOVE. my love for animals is beyond measurable! would love more than anything to win this print. have been a huge fan for a long time!!!

  • Kar5252

    Kar5252 said 7 years ago

    so very cute! Would be perfect in my baby's nursery!

  • halfbirthday

    halfbirthday said 7 years ago

    Those are so beautiful.

  • wolfcreeker

    wolfcreeker said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's reaction when the giraffe comes in.

  • charitygoodman

    charitygoodman said 7 years ago

    These are amazing! She's gotten such great blog-press lately.

  • PhotoJill

    PhotoJill said 7 years ago

    That giraffe is to die for!

  • everydayebullience

    everydayebullience said 7 years ago

    Sharon - you are so very talented ~ and the giraffe is adorable! also, I've been eyeing the adorable little piggy for a while now :) congrats on 20x200!

  • HeartlessArts

    HeartlessArts said 7 years ago

    I love work like this that is so simple, but still brilliant and beautiful.

  • jennygolata

    jennygolata said 7 years ago

    Love her work so much!

  • caroxo

    caroxo said 7 years ago

    Sharon's video portrait is such an inspiration to me to get back to making art for myself. Thanks!

  • AnitaSix

    AnitaSix said 7 years ago

    Every time I look at one of her photographs, even the same ones over and over, I say, "awwwww." This baby giRAFee is too sweet. Thanks for the warm heart sensation.

  • jbee

    jbee said 7 years ago

    Lovely!

  • donkeytiara

    donkeytiara said 7 years ago

    ...sharon's ability to capture the little twinkling of a thought that's going to an animal's mind in a strange place and still have it look natural is uncanny. Beautiful photography that honors each critter.

  • ashleyjae

    ashleyjae said 7 years ago

    I am in LOVE with these!!!

  • krtemplet

    krtemplet said 7 years ago

    I am so in love with your baby giraffe! cutest thing in the world.

  • juliab26

    juliab26 said 7 years ago

    Beautiful pictures! What a lovely way to capture animals.

  • catherinehosack

    catherinehosack said 7 years ago

    I am planning to decorate a baby's room with Sharon's baby animal prints - it will add a really unique and sweet look. I love the baby porcupine in particular!

  • paigeelizabeth

    paigeelizabeth said 7 years ago

    How could you not comment?! Looooove these!

  • Manx

    Manx said 7 years ago

    My husband and I asked our family to get us a selection of these prints for our new baby's bedroom. They look great and as he gets older we are just going to change out the frames and put them around our house. I love the fact they are ageless in appeal and we are looking to add to our collection soon (Can you say baby porcupine? It would look great with the older one we already have). Wonderful to see a little of the behind the scenes.

  • robyn117

    robyn117 said 7 years ago

    Sharon, I've been pining for a print for some time now, and have not gotten anything because I simply cannot pick a favorite. Your work is incredible--your eye and perspective really highlight the animal, and its "animal-ness", and not our interpretation. Thanks for sharing this inside look into your studio! Robyn Hahn, DVM

  • Chimpeach

    Chimpeach said 7 years ago

    Sharon's work is brilliant! I adore it.

  • Lealer

    Lealer said 7 years ago

    Just beautiful. She truly captures each of her subjects' singular animal spirit. And Stanley is so cute!

  • GrayFlannelDesign

    GrayFlannelDesign said 7 years ago

    I've been a huge fan of Sharon's and now I love her and her work even more! And how lucky is she to photograph such amazing animals?!

  • audie2002

    audie2002 said 7 years ago

    Wow!

  • humboldtstreet

    humboldtstreet said 7 years ago

    Loved hearing Sharon's POV. Her photos are so simple and beautiful.

  • bonbonatelier

    bonbonatelier said 7 years ago

    So heavenly!

  • ackiejay

    ackiejay said 7 years ago

    So glad I found you and your talent! Your work is beautiful!

  • umarlene

    umarlene said 7 years ago

    i love each and every one of her prints. so amazing.

  • tinyfootprint

    tinyfootprint said 7 years ago

    Yum yum yum. Thanks for sharing.

  • lharpaz

    lharpaz said 7 years ago

    I love your work! It is so inspiring & just makes me smile!

  • jendowner

    jendowner said 7 years ago

    sharon's work stops me in my tracks every time i come across it. i have wanted to order a print or two for a long while, but i can't decide WHICH!!!!! her words about her work really resonated with me as well. thank you for the awesome feture!!!

  • violetlovesgum

    violetlovesgum said 7 years ago

    I have always loved animals and currently work at a zoo! This picture would be amazing to display my passion!

  • princessness

    princessness said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's photos so much. It's impossible to choose a favorite, especially since they look so amazing displayed in large groups!

  • futurowoman

    futurowoman said 7 years ago

    I love your work! I have 8 prints so far, but seeing this makes me want more! :)

  • starrykick

    starrykick said 7 years ago

    Love it! The giraffe is only one of my favorites.

  • tarajeans2000

    tarajeans2000 said 7 years ago

    The photos are lovely!

  • reiter8

    reiter8 said 7 years ago

    What a fantastic portrait! I've been a fan for a long time and it's a real treat to see her in action and hear about her passion. Thanks!

  • Sproag

    Sproag said 7 years ago

    Love the animals! I received several for Christmas this past year and absolutely love them!

  • sarahandbendrix

    sarahandbendrix said 7 years ago

    love the video, and Sharon's work....just beautiful...

  • Bopplecat

    Bopplecat said 7 years ago

    Your work is beautiful!

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 7 years ago

    Spectacular and straight from the heart!

  • kevinshaw

    kevinshaw said 7 years ago

    I love it! This is a comment!

  • taintedthought

    taintedthought said 7 years ago

    this made my day.

  • ladaworks

    ladaworks said 7 years ago

    I love it!!

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 7 years ago

    Some very special artists on Etsy -- and Sharon is surely one of them -- become so recognizable that they almost become part of the Etsy brand. Her work is truly iconic and memorable!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    She is obviously an animal lover & incredibly talented, but still it's hard for me to see a giraffe on a rope in a studio enviornment.

  • RenataandJonathan

    RenataandJonathan said 7 years ago

    We love it !

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    I just love her work!

  • littleseeta

    littleseeta said 7 years ago

    i love all of her prints! her photography is so lovely. i have all of her books as well =)

  • emsstudio

    emsstudio said 7 years ago

    love love love!!!

  • theLostEarring

    theLostEarring said 7 years ago

    Simply beautiful. I completely lost it when I saw the giraffe--seriously if I were in her position, I wouldn't even be able to shoot through my tears :) Great video and wonderful work!

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann said 7 years ago

    Amazing video! Thank you for sharing it.

  • pegasong

    pegasong said 7 years ago

    Great article. The images are lovely!

  • branda

    branda said 7 years ago

    Great Artist Sharon!! Congratulations!! :-) :-)

  • rocio126

    rocio126 said 7 years ago

    I LOVE Sharon's animal series. They just make me so happy :)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Genius.

  • AngiesIris

    AngiesIris said 7 years ago

    I have loved your work from the first time I saw it. Now after seeing the video..... When the Baby came into the room, it brought tears to my eyes. Lovely, just lovely

  • CheersToJuly

    CheersToJuly said 7 years ago

    Love them!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 7 years ago

    Her work caught my eye quite a while ago. I love it! She definitely stands out in a croud.

  • themopshop

    themopshop said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous! That baby giraffe is so serene.

  • FebystanDesigns

    FebystanDesigns said 7 years ago

    Sharon makes amazing job that always makes me smile! Congrats!

  • lizroca

    lizroca said 7 years ago

    Lovely portrait--my children watched it with me and were enthralled.

  • JasonJobst

    JasonJobst said 7 years ago

    Great photos. So clean and great use of negative space.

  • janesglassart

    janesglassart said 7 years ago

    I love Sharon's excitement over the giraffe coming into the studio!!!

  • veryvintagecouture

    veryvintagecouture said 7 years ago

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your work. I am a photographer myself, and you are so very inspiring. You prints have beautiful tones and I love the in-your-face composition, because it really brings your attention to each individual animals expression and gestures. Bravo.

  • Sommersbreezeantique

    Sommersbreezeantique said 7 years ago

    I love all of them. The raccoon is too cute!

  • PierogiPicnic

    PierogiPicnic said 7 years ago

    I have been following Sharon's work on Etsy for some time now - and it is absolutely breathtaking. I just wish there was a disclaimer from the Humane Society that the animals were being treated ethically by their trainers.

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 7 years ago

    Beautiful photographs! You are so talented!

  • mommysosweet

    mommysosweet said 7 years ago

    Wow! Now this is cool!

  • saradowle

    saradowle said 7 years ago

    How incredible! Such an interesting project, and the giraffe was gorgeous, so innocent!

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe said 7 years ago

    I want the racoon! too cute! xo

  • ZenBrush

    ZenBrush said 7 years ago

    Wow. Love baby animals and love to paint them!

  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa said 7 years ago

    So cool. I'm in love with the giraffe!

  • 1byliz

    1byliz said 7 years ago

    love this story! i have one of sharon's prints that i absolutely adore. thanks for sharing!

  • sfgirlbybay

    sfgirlbybay said 7 years ago

    yay! so great to see you here sharon. and this video is amazing and inspiring!

  • ladibugzfly

    ladibugzfly said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story! ... tho sorry to say the choice of background music just didn't work (for me) with this video. It was distracting - especially while you (Sharon) were speaking. But I do love the work and process/journey by which you found your love.

  • Debbs4

    Debbs4 said 6 years ago

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

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