I have so many memories of dogs from my youth; they were my best friends and playmates. However, to my knowledge, no pictures have survived of these old friends, other than those tucked into the recesses of my memory, which seem to fade away little by little as I age.
In a past career, I actually was a dog trainer for a decade and a half. It did not take long for my love for photography to merge with my love of dogs; and, of course, the fact that I was expert in working with dogs was a plus. When my own sould-dog, Alie, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, my love of dog photography became a mission. They just do not live long enough, and the pain of losing them can be horrible. I wanted to do what I could to help people preserve those precious memories. And I still do. I always will.
It's amazing how many of these beautiful portraits I've been commissioned to create. They truly capture the personality and intelligence of dogs. I typically print them on archival glossy metal, creating beautiful art pieces that literally will last a lifetime and beyond.
I also love to do outdoor shoots with dogs, capturing them either goofing around with their people or bounding along on their own. Either way, outdoor shoots never fail to capture some memorable and beautiful moments.
The Alie Project - Remembering Soul Dogs
When my dog Alie died, I did a volunteer project focused on creating timeless black-and-white portraits of people with their sould dog's. Here are a few of the images from that project. Some of these dogs are no longer here, but their memory always will be, and that has always been important to me.
Some Fun Videos
Interview of Thomas Aaron
Thomas Aaron is interviewed in this video by Frederick Van Johnson of This Week in Photo.
The Fence-Jump Composite
See how I worked with the dog to create this cool image.