Today we’d like to introduce you to Kirsten Krupps.
Kirsten, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I am a photographer located in Austin, Texas who specializes in pet portraiture. I’ve always had an affinity for animals and when photography became my “thing” in college, I was naturally drawn to photographing pets. After a couple of years of photographing any and everything I could, I honed in on the types of shoots that I felt most passionate about, one being pets. So in December of 2013, the Shutter Hound brand was born and I started using that to show off all my pet photography. I absolutely adore working with animals and their humans. It’s a much more collaborative type of shoot since they know their animals best.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I moved to Austin in January 2020 and was just getting settled in and ready to explore right about when everything shut down in March. Photography has always been my side-gig or passion project, so I took the misfortune (but also the opportunity) of getting laid off from my day job to focus on updating and polishing off some items for my pet photography like upping my social media presence, tweaking the website, and writing more content for the blog.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I love that Austin is a very animal and dog-centric city, so it’s been exciting to have a steady stream of sessions on evenings and weekends. I think what sets me apart from others is that I really love getting to know you and your pet prior to and during the session. I love working with the owner to get that perfect shot of their fur baby. I’m proud to offer a hands-on experience altogether, but especially so for pets that are nearing the end of their life. It’s an especially hard shoot, but the amount of love that I witness and the trust that is given to me to photograph such a precious time for my clients means the world to me. And yes, I think I’ve cried after every single end of life or Celebration Session as I like to call them, that I’ve ever shot. All in all, I think people like my photography style but also the fact that I try to ensure we capture their pet’s personality during their session.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
It’s been interesting to see how much more important our pets have become to us! So many people got a pet during COVID-19 due to being home more or ended up spoiling their existing pets extra. I think our pets made the quarantine times so much more tolerable and were a huge source of comfort for us all. The pets definitely experienced some positives from the COVID-19 scenario in general by being able to spend more time with their humans.
- Signature Session – $200
- For pets only, up to two pets
- Up to 30-45 minutes of shooting on location
- Online Gallery of your photos to order prints and products
- 10 high-resolution digital downloads + print release to print as you please
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.shutterhoundphotos.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shutterhoundphotos/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shutterhound
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shutter_Hound
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/shutterhoundphotos
Kirsten Krupps – Shutter Hound Pet Photography