About Me


From a very young age growing up on a South Texas cattle ranch, I've always been fascinated with wild places and wild things. Before pet photography, I dedicated over 20 years in the wildlife conservation field. Despite working with some of the rarest animals on the planet, I have always found myself returning to my first animal loves — dogs and horses. The most rewarding part of my job is creating images where your pet’s true personality and character shine through and seeing the smiles from those who view them.


When I'm not working or being mom to my own rescue pups, I actively volunteer with local dog rescues around the Houston area. I'm a proud member of HeARTs Speak, a global organization of professional artists who donate photography services to dogs in animal shelters and rescues.

Photo of Houston pet photographer Kelly J. Russo Photography

Quick Facts About Me


  • I consider chocolate it's own food group.
  • I once won a jalapeno-eating contest.
  • When not photographing, I'm usually hiking or on a bike of some kind.
  • Have been described as having a dog obsession and will even wave at dogs while driving by in my car.
  • Fangirl of all things Star Wars and Star Trek.
  • I am unapologetic about telling people that I have read all of the Game of Thrones books.
  • Besides dogs, I have a large freshwater aquarium with some fish over 10 years old!


Kelly J. Russo with terrier in Texas

Kind Words

Carrie R.

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"Kelly is such an amazingly talented and creative photographer. Her love and knowledge of animals is evident in her reactions with our dogs and getting them to be calm in order to capture the best pictures of them. The hardest part was deciding which picture was our favorite since they are all so amazing!"

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