Q&A: Sarah DeRemer
Professional Dog Photographer
Sarah DeRemer uses her camera to express her love for life, animals, and people. She’s one of the most gifted dog photographers, and her photography goes beyond beloved cute fur friends.
Sarah has quite a unique foundation that makes her extra special. Please welcome, Sarah DeRemer!
Thank you for giving us some of your time. We know you’re super busy during the holidays.
Where did your love for animals, especially dogs, stem? Did you have any pets while growing up?
I’ve always loved dogs, and I found ways to work with them at an early age. I didn’t have dogs the entire time I was growing up. As soon as I was old enough to work in rescue, I did it because it was a way to spend time and connect with dogs again. I think that planted the seed for a career with dogs.
It all makes sense now that you are a photographer now. Yet, having been a veterinary technician for almost 10 years and equipped with a fine arts degree, how did you become a photographer? When did you realize, “Hey, I will make this my living!”
I fell into a dog photography career. It all started with a one-time gig that a friend recommended me for, and that snowballed into the dog photography career I have today. That initial gig made me realize what was possible, and I just went for it!
How did your travels abroad shape your photography?
Travel gives me a dose of curiosity and adventure that inspires my photography and makes me view the world through a new perspective. Travel is the ultimate inspiration.
What other life experiences have influenced your work?
People have commented on my special energy around dogs. I have a unique understanding of dogs that comes from loving them so much and also from my past rescue work, and this gives me a unique perspective for capturing each dog’s unique spirit.
How do you get dogs to be so chill? I’ve only seen dogs be as focused in movies; how do you lead them to be so real life?
You have to get on their level—literally, get on the ground with them, and respect their energy. It should be a fun experience for the dog. They shouldn’t leave the experience feeling conflicted or confused. My ability to put a dog at ease while also making it fun allows me to capture the best images.
What’s your favorite part of photographing dogs and your job?
I get to roll around with dogs and my camera all day–what’s not to love?!
What do you love most about animals?
I love their pure, unconditional love. Their happy innocence. Their ability to soften people and make them reconnect to joy and a sense of play.