Jo Lyons of Jo Lyons Photography


I’ve been a photographer since I was a teenager (and loved animals since before I could crawl), but it wasn't until 2011 that I got serious about following my passion. Sometimes it takes a kick in the pants.

Jo Lyons - Dog Photographer
Image Credit: The talented Sam Haddix
Kid Jo and Patsy the black poodle
Me as a kid with my dog Patsy the Poodle
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Sometimes all it takes is serendipity

For me, serendipity came in the shape of a stray dog (at least I thought he was a stray). “Jack”, as his named turned out to be, stopped me in my tracks. He literally stood in the middle of the road, so I scooped him up, put him in my car, took him home, and gave him a good bath. And that night, while searching for his people through a Facebook community for lost pets, I found my future.

As it turned out, I’d picked up Jack right in front of his own house. So really, he had a bath, met some new friendly faces, and then his life happily resumed, as normal. His people were relieved to have him home, and they secured the gate to their back yard, so he wouldn’t take himself on walks alone again.

Jack - The little lost JRT dog who started Jo Lyons vocation in shelter photography
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My life, however, changed for more than just a day

Crossing paths with Jack opened my eyes to the world of orphaned companion animals and the great need to help them find homes. I began photographing animals in one of Sydney's largest pounds.  I spent my days photographing all the dogs and cats who needed the world to see who they were, where they were, and just how much love they had to give.

Today my pro-bono rescue photography continues to be an integral factor in who I am and I’m blessed to be able to support an animal shelter closer to home and with amazing staff and volunteers who have the same vision as I do, and that is for our shelters to become empty in a world where all pets are loved and cherished, and not bred for profit.

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My journey always brings me home

My husband Neal, and our #3DogKateers (that’s Daisy, Luna, and Harvey – all rescues) and our newest family member Henry who we recently adopted, are my world. I’m blessed to come home to them every day. We live on a serene farm in beautiful Wootton in the Great Lakes Region of NSW.  Here we are creating our outdoor/indoor studio, where Australia's most cherished dogs will have the best adventure during their photography experience.

Jo Lyons Photographer and Family
Image Credit: Craig Turner-Bullock of Furtography
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Jack - The little lost JRT dog who started Jo Lyons vocation in shelter photography

Where is Jack now?

If you’re still reading, perhaps you’re wondering if Jack and I ever crossed paths again. We sure did. You can read all about Jack’s big “rescue” here.

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Jo Lyons Pet Photographer and her Jack Russell Terrier Daisy

What's your dog's story?

I'd love for you to tell me about it.

How did they come into your life?

You can’t imagine your life without your dog. I get it. If you're anything like me, you'll have hundreds, if not thousands of snaps of your pets on your phone, but do you ever go back to them, do you ever print them, or worse still, have you ever lost them when you haven't backed your phone up and something went wrong?

If you've read this far, let’s get together to honour your best friend by capturing who they are, forever.

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Two Silver Awards at the 2019 AIPP NSW State Print Awards

Selected as one of 11 of Australia's top pet photographers to be part of the Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro #WDPets campaign

Curated and co-hosted the "Remember Me" Exhibition in partnership with Maggie's Rescue as part of Remember Me Thursday

Official photographer for the "Dog Zone" at the Cruelty Free Festival in Sydney

Hosted the inaugural Volunteer Photography Workshop at Animal Welfare League NSW

Received a Humble Hero Award by Shine Lawyers

Image Credits: Thank you to Alvina Narayan Photography and Elna Kubur Photography for the images of me at the pound.