Member Spotlight: April Ziegler

11 Aug

April Ziegler
April Ziegler Photography
Pet and Wedding Photography

Are you a morning or evening person? Evening. Without a doubt.

Coffee or tea? A whole lotta coffee. My favorite is Harry & David’s Moose Munch.

Something that’s overrated: Twitter. I tried to get into it, I really did.

Something that’s underrated: Gratitude. It seems that ‘thank yous’ are hard to come by these days.

What’s your favorite comfort food? Just one?? I have an unhealthy love for Peeps. I stockpile them.

Website/blog(s) you visit daily: Facebook and my ever-growing list of blog addictions on my Google Reader.

Who is the photographer that inspires you most? Erin Vey. When I first came across her work back in 2007, I fell in love with both her amazing talent and the idea of pet photography. I just adore the artful way that she captures pets and their people.

Tell us about your very first shoot: My very first pet session was with a very energetic Jug (Jack Russell+Pug mix) named Cody in January. It was FREEZING and even started snowing. I was terrified. Fortunately, Cody was easy to bribe. Despite the numb fingers, I was so happy photographing that smooshy pug face, head wrinkles, and curly pig tail. After that session, I knew that I had to photograph pets. It remains one of my very favorite sessions and the black and white pug tail photo here belongs to Cody.

What is the one thing in your bag you would throw yourself in front of a speeding train for? If anything, I’d say my 35L because it’s my favorite.

I am passionate about: My family… my hubby, our furbabies, and our little nugget that’ll arrive in December.

To tweet or not to tweet: I try and fail. My life just isn’t that eventful.

What are the top 5 things on your “photographer’s wish list”?
1. TIME – It’s so hard to find a good work/life balance. It’s so easy to let this business consume you.
2. An assistant
3. The 24L

What do you find most difficult about being a photographer? The most rewarding part of this job? It’s FUN! I get to play with puppies as part of my work. I’m a lucky girl.

What do you find most rewarding? The most difficult part of what I do is when clients lose their pets. It’s heartbreaking, and I can only hope that the images that they have are a little comfort during a very difficult time. We all know that pets are with us for far too short of a time, so it’s an honor to be able to give people something to look back on to remember the pet they love so much. Obviously, my clients are huge “dog people” and have a very deep bond with their pets. Many of them have had their pets through deaths, marriages, divorces, moves, so many life changes… And that pet is their one constant. Last year I photographed a Weimaraner with stage 4 cancer. It’s an honor, and a huge responsibility, to be the one chosen to document what may be some of the last images they will have of their pet.


One Response to “Member Spotlight: April Ziegler”

  1. Caitlin Scott Photography August 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    I love this about April! She’s such a sweet person and you can really tell how much she loves pets (…and people!) through her work! Love this story about her!!

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