She stood at the head of the room dressed as the adorable ambassador for primary colors; bright red hair, deep blue coveralls, and striking yellow rubber boots, each the colour of a kid’s crayon. While talking about why it is she photographs dogs, she let her guard down and let slip a bit of honesty (that’s not true, she doesn’t bother to guard her words, she’s as open and honest as the dogs she photographs) and said “I can’t think of anything more boring than doing corporate event photography. Wait, there aren’t any event photographers in here are there?” to which I raise my hand. “I’m so sorry; I’ll give you a hug later!”
The next day, while she and her partner Sam had lunch with a few of us, I teased her about the event photography comment; she was suitably mortified and gave me a hug. I’m still not 100% certain whether the apology was for saying mean things about event photography, or condolences for shooting events.
If you ever get the chance to see her in person, I highly recommend that you do. She and Sam are thoroughly loveable people filled with live, love, and energy.
The more accessible way to see her though, is on her new TV show Pupparazzi, which premiered last week on Nat Geo Wild TV. The first episode is streaming on the Nat Geo Wild website. I’d love to tell you if it is any good or not, but it is currently geo-blocked in Canada. The best I can do is find this trailer on Facebook. If anyone knows how I can watch it legally in Canada, please leave a comment!
After Kaylee’s talk, I was really inspired to get back into rescue dog photography (something I did a bit of years ago, but haven’t done in a long long time). I promised Kaylee, Sam, and a half dozen other people that I would get back on it. I’m ashamed to say that after 5 months, I still haven’t shot a single puppy portrait. I’ve contacted two local rescues, but haven’t managed to get anything lined up. So, if you know of a rescue in the Ottawa region looking for some photography to help their pups find forever homes, please have them e-mail me. I’d really appreciate it.
Oh, and the photo up there: That’s Walter, he’s not looking for a forever home, but he is adorable.