Celebrity dog owners such as Jennifer Aniston, Kathy Bates, Oscar de la Renta and Lara Flynn Boyle have all been his clients, but it's a safe bet he didn't pay them much attention. When Jim arrives, he likes to hang with your dog. Seriously. Maybe go for a walk. Sit and chill. It's unique and heartwarming, and there's something that transpires in those moments that manifests itself in the photographs. His website features hundreds of amazing shots - if you're like me you will end up spending well over an hour perusing the galleries. I couldn't imagine a better way to spend some time this afternoon. . . the ones below are my personal favorites.
Jim is just as happy taking pictures of your other pets - dogs, horses, cats, gerbils - he loves all animals, and they always love him.
I gave a session to my father two years ago - Jim loves to do a shoot in the park - and gifting a session with him is a great idea for someone who loves their dog more than anything else in this world. Our Golden Retriever Ben passed away last year, but here he is, forever young. I love this photograph. I miss him.
Jim is also the author of five books that can be accessed here, but my favorite is A Dog For All Seasons for two reasons. . .
I love the name because it reminds me of one of my favorite movies, A Man For All Seasons. The story of Thomas More was a play first performed in 1960 at The Globe Theater in England, and the movie won't blow you away immediately. . . it's one of those linger-in-your-mind-long-after-it's-over deals and a month or two down the line you find yourself wanting to see it again. Men - anyone, really - who speak their minds are increasingly rare, and Thomas More defied a king in order to stay true to his convictions. Caesar said it best: "Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once." Word.
Back to Petography - and the second reason I love this book. Harold is in it! He sits and stares at it for hours every day - Harold believes that Back to A is back to narcissism. I'm okay with that.
We both love the inscription Jim wrote for us - Harold thinks it's quite baller of him to be a shitzu and a muse. . . very few people get to be muses in their lifetime.
And there he is, captured perfectly - prone to paranoia, highly unpredictable, with the manner of a very old man. That's Harold indeed. He brings absolute joy into my life.
Jim's packages also come with options to have holiday cards, sterling silver jewelry and a variety of gift items with your favorite photos - you can see all the options here. Book Jim Dratfield today - for yourself or for someone you love. And please tell him Harold Moscowitz said what up.
If you happen to live in Okinawa (you never know - the internet is like Alladin's magic carpet) I think Pamela Oliveras's photography rivals Dratfield - on the other hemisphere so no competition! Here's an amazing shot of hers I absolutely adore - you can access her site here.
Here's to the men and women who take pictures of animals for a living - doing what you love for a living, or even in life - is, after all, the foundation of Back to A.