I've been a dog photographer since 2005. I love dogs and have two of my own - yellow labs. They are quite old now (16 1/2 and almost 13), but they are my constant companions. The older one, Zoey, was my model dog for many years. She's retired now and spends her days napping nearby. Always nearby. I'm sure going to miss her when her time comes. But how lucky to still have her at 16 1/2! She's the one that started me on this journey. One day I was photographing her at the beach when she was as a puppy - she was in full run coming directly at me. This was before digital cameras were the norm. Anyway, when I got the photo back from the processing lab it was in focus, which shocked me because it's very hard to do with a fast moving dog running at you. My first thought was, "Wow, I have to do more of this." And Sam Allen Photography was born.