Kim Longstreet’s journey into pet photography all started when she adopted her dog, Nyla, from The Humane Society of Sarasota County.
“She has taught me how to live life in the moment and is a constant source of inspiration. Not to mention, she makes me laugh out loud on a regular basis”, Longstreet said of her pup.
At the time Nyla was adopted, Kim already had over 10 years of professional photographic experience under her belt, working in several aspects of the business from commercial production to portraiture. While these were instrumental and career building – they were not to be the long term path for Kim.
Now as a professional pet photographer Kim is not only is using her photographic skills and experiencing the joy of working with animals.
“I am truly blessed and thankful to be able to do what I love for a living. I believe I have the best clients in the world. It is so gratifying to see the expression on my client’s face when I hand them their beloved pet pictured on an oversized canvas, or in a coffee table book filled with images of their photo session.”
Kim’s passion led to volunteering at our local Humane Society, photographing the shelter’s pets for the HSSC’s website. Truly a labor of love, the beautiful images she creates can mean the difference between adoption or not.
Originally from Ohio, Kim and her husband moved to Sarasota in 2001 so that she could attend Ringling College of Art and Design. Over the past 10 years they have set down roots here and made their home in the SRQ-Bradenton area.
Kim’s husband Steve Phelps, an Executive Chef is about to open a restaurant in the downtown neighborhood of Sarasota called Indigenous. The restaurant will feature seasonal American cuisine, is set to open in August 2011. Will Indigenous be dog-friendly? You bet.
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