2021 was a fantastic whirlwind. Despite all the craziness that abounded, there were many (many!) great moments from last year that I cherish. I met so many beautiful dogs, horses, and cats plus their wonderful owners. I'm very grateful and lucky that I have a business that allows me to interact with so many devoted animal lovers and kindred spirits. Here's a quick recap of my year!

Dog Photo Sessions

One of the biggest stories for us personally was having a puppy in the house again. It's been many years since we raised a puppy so was quite an adjustment! We rescued Winston right after Christmas and so 2021 gave me the opportunity to photograph him as he grew throughout the year and to a whopping 76lbs!

This year gave me the opportunity to photograph some dog breeds that were a first for me! I enjoyed it so much I'm starting a Breed of the Month contest to increase the variety of dog breeds in my portfolio. You can check it out here and enter to win a free photo session with me!

Equine Sessions

I photographed 13 horses (and one foal and a mule!) last year! I was honored to be asked to photograph horses for the High Meadow Ranch Horse Club in August 2021. It was blazing hot but the horses looked amazing!

Fine art equine portraits Houston
Horse and rider portraits Houston Texas
Silhouette of mule and rider Houston Texas
Mule and owner portraits Houston Texas
fine art black background equine portrait Kelly J. Russo Photography
fine art black background portrait Kelly J. Russo Photography

Charity Work and Fundraisers

As always, I make sure to carve out time to give back to local charities, especially dog rescue. I started volunteering weekly with the HSPCA photographic their new weekly intakes.

I also participated in a few fundraisers this year including a Ball Pit Portrait event and my first pet calendar contest. All told, I helped raise over $6,000 for these non-profits and hope to exceed that number in 2022!

Looking ahead to 2022...

I've got some new and exciting things in the works for 2022 - so stay tuned! I'm so glad you are here and are part of my small business journey. My books are now open for 2022, so if you've been waiting to book your session, now is the time! I'll help you plan the perfect session to tell your love story.

Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope

that you will have many blessings in the year to come.