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 love — dogs. 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.

Kelly J. Russo with camera

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

Let's Talk

A successful portrait session is an investment in both time and money, so it's important to make the right choice for yourself. Do you have questions and would like to schedule a no-obligation discovery or zoom call? 


Join my VIP Mailing List

As a subscriber, you will be the first to hear about special seasonal sessions, model calls and events. 

Follow me on Instagram