Dogs are among my favorite subjects because of their spontaneity and lack of ego. Because of this most shoots involving dogs are completely serendipitous affairs and I’m their to catch the moment. Lately, I’ve been focusing on anchoring those moments with a sense of place and this collection represents that effort in San Francisco as well as Pleasanton.
I’m a professional pet photographer based in San Francisco. My style is very contemporary and candid with a focus on capturing animals’ individuality and uniqueness with a few dashes of humor and action thrown in for good measure. I work on location as opposed to studio because I find pets feel more comfortable and can act like themselves in that sort of environment.
I got my start in pet photography 9 years ago when I began photographing protective custody dogs in the Give a Dog a Bone (GADAB) program based out of San Francisco’s municipal animal shelter. In 2006, after enough people told me my shots were different and better than what they’d seen before, I started Mark Rogers Photography. Since then I’ve stayed actively involved with rescue organizations and animal welfare groups and am the primary photographer for Pet Food Express’s popular My Mutt program which promotes animal rescue groups all over Northern California.
I work with private clients as well as commercial ones and my pet photography has appeared in a variety of books and magazine, including the SPCA’s award-winning Our Animals. I’ve been named Best Bay Area Pet Photographer in both SFGate (2008-2010)and Bay Woof (2009) and also received the grand prize in pet photography by American Humane in 2009. Since 2008, I’ve hosted a popular photo caption contest on Dogster’s For the Love of Dog blog.
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