I’ve been an admirer of Kerry’s work for some time now and so jumped at the opportunity to visit her when she kindly agreed to an interview. As we sit around her kitchen table, in her beautiful Surrey home that she shares with her husband, Alex and their five gorgeous Whippets, Kerry tells me she feels amazingly fortunate to be doing something that combines all of her life long passions … enjoying the outdoors, being creative and of course dogs.
Kerry hasn’t always been a dog photographer, in fact she started out working in the City as a PA and subsequently, as a self taught photographer learnt her craft in the tough world of wedding photography. Not an easy job most would admit and Kerry soon realised that she preferred the more intimate and creative aspects of this job rather than the big group wedding party shots; and so moved into the direction of family portraiture. By this time Kerry had two Whippets in her life and started photographing her hounds and those of her friends; demand for her dog portraiture blossomed and ‘Whippet Snippets was born. Establishing her credentials as a top dog photographer, in 2014, when one of her images was placed in the finals of “Dog Photographer of the Year”
Today Kerry still offers family portraiture through her brand “Boo Face” and dog portraiture via “Whippet Snippets”, but it is the dog photography that constitutes 85% of her work; and despite the name, her dog portraits aren’t exclusive to Whippets or Sighthounds, Kerry is happy to, and accomplished at, photographing all breeds. It is perhaps partly due to this brand confusion that Kerry has recently decided to create an umbrella brand “Fur and Fables” to encapsulate all of her photographic work and other business activities under one roof. Many of these areas overlap with clients and collaborators being part of the same community; which has lead Kerry to create this most beautiful mission statement or summary of what she is about …
‘If you are of ferns & forest & sandy toes,
If you are of breezy days & golden skies,
If you are of Fur & Fables
Whether 4 feet or 2
We should meet, because I’m just like you.”
Kerry is certainly not a photographer content to sit back on her laurels, she is keen not only to share her passion with others but also support those on their own small business journey. In addition to offering commissioned shoots, Kerry also offers product shots and social media support for other companies in the dog business and creative communities. If she finds a product she loves and believes in, she will happily champion the brand and become a brand ambassador. And for the amateur dog photographers amongst us, wanting to improve our own snaps of our furry friends, Kerry has created an online dog photography course, brilliantly named Furdography.
The “Fur and Fables” website is due to launch before the end of this year, but Kerry isn’t content to stop there. She is already planning future initiatives, which may include travelling further afield by offering mini shoot roadshows around the UK and even overseas photo shoots.
Whilst visiting Kerry, I took the opportunity to experience one of her mini shoots for my hound Ralph. Watch out for a follow up blog on this shoot coming soon, but suffice to say it was an amazing experience and Ralph absolutely loved being a model for the day! I think Kerry was a bit smitten by Ralph but then I think Kerry falls in love with all of her subjects, that’s how she manages to produce such wonderful images with such depth of soul and feeling.