Hello! I’m Nicole, an animal trainer turned pet photographer. I’ve been obsessed with all things critter since I was a little girl. I used to spend hours just hanging out with my childhood dog, Sadie. She would walk me to the bus stop and be waiting for me every day when I returned. When I started riding horses at 8 years old, I spent every spare moment at the barn.
Prior to starting Nicole Begley Photography in 2010, I spent 13 years as a zoological trainer working with everything from aardvarks to primates, and seals to free-flight birds. I trained those animals to participate in their veterinary care with voluntary blood draws and injections, as well as show behaviors like teaching a parrot to fly around an urban park before flying back to my hand. Every interaction with those animals was a blessing and it showed me just how incredible the human – animal bond is.
That is why I photograph pets and their people. Those of us that know animals realize that each and every one has a personality, and, tragically, their time with us is short. My goal is to have each animal’s unique personality shine through in their images for you to remember these moments for a lifetime.
Why choose Nicole for your pet’s photography session?
Nicole specializes in photographing pets and their people. Photographing pets requires a certain set of skills and patience, and her years as a zoological animal trainer have prepared her to work with a wide range of animal personalities. Creating stunning custom artwork of your beloved companion is not a weekend venture for her, this is Nicole’s full-time profession.
Nicole is an international award winning photographer, having been named Platinum, Bronze, and Silver Photographer of the Year through the International Print Competition in 2014 through 2016. Nicole has also earned her Master of Photography degree, awarded for photographic excellence, and her Photographic Craftsman degree, awarded for her dedication to teaching other photographers.
She is also one of fewer than 100 Certified Professional Photographers in the state of Pennsylvania. In order to obtain this certification, a photographer must pass a comprehensive technical written exam and submit a portfolio of images for approval.
I’m sure that you trust your tax return to a CPA. Aren’t your memories of your best friend worth the same investment?
Meow. I’m Emma and let’s be clear, I run the show around here. I spend my time napping on the fresh laundry, chattering at the birds outside the window, sleeping on Nicole’s desk, and sometimes I knock things off of the counters just to watch the world burn.
It's simple, really. Animals first. Nicole Begley Photography creates authentic portraits of Pittsburgh, PA's most fabulous pets.
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