MEET JO

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I BELIEVE ALL DOGS DESERVE LOVE, SO I PROVIDE HOLISTIC INSIGHTS AND DOWN TO EARTH PHOTOGRAPHY TO FAMILIES WHO REALLY CARE

I love to work with people who cherish their  dogs. Dogs are referred to as our best friend for a reason, they have unconditional love for their humans and they deserve the best that life has to offer.  My love for dogs and all animals began before I could crawl and my life has, and always will, include dogs first and foremost.  They are my world and I have chosen to dedicate my life to photographing them and telling their unique story.

I have been a photographer since I was a teenager but it wasn't until 2011 that I got serious about following my passion and I started photographing animals in one of Sydney's largest pounds.  I travelled out there every weekend and spent the day photographing all the dogs and cats who needed the world to see who they were.  Then once I was home, I'd spend hours lovingly editing their photos and sharing their stories on social media.

Today my pro-bono rescue photography continues to be an integral factor in who I am and am 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.

What's your dog's story?

I'd love for you to tell me all about it.  How they came into your life. How they have changed your life.  How you can't imagine life without them.

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, your dog means the world to you, but they're in your world for such a short time, and by having beautiful photos of them archivally printed and on display in your home, you are honouring their existence in your life. They enrich your life immensely, so honour them by capturing who they are forever and over time.

Jo Lyons Family
Image Credit: Craig Turner-Bullock of Furtography
Image Credit: Sam Haddix
Image Credit: Sam Haddix
Jo and Rusty

MY FAMILY

My own family consists of my husband Neal and our #3DogKateers... Daisy, Luna and Harvey who are all rescued dogs. They are our world and our lives revolve around them. The love I have for each of them is the same love that any human has for their child.  They bring so much joy to our lives which is why I love to photograph dogs so much.  We live in a humble little cottage in Kogarah and our dream is to move out of Sydney where we can have some acreage to create a getaway for dogs and their people, a home away from home for cherished dogs during the times when their family can't take them on holidays, and a photographic studio of our own.

THE WONDER OF DOGS

Their love for their humans is unconditional and they are always excited to see us, even if we’ve only been gone 10 minutes! I photograph dogs who are loved, and also dogs looking for love and awaiting adoption.

ALL ANIMALS WELCOME

Oh, and although my main focus is on dogs, I love to photograph all kinds of animals and birds, both domestic and in the wild, so if you have a different kind of pet, I’d love to hear from you too.

GIVING BACK

As anyone who follows my work knows, giving back is a huge part of who I am and what I represent. You can see all the animals I help on the Sutherland Shire Council Animal Shelter page.

LOCATION

I’m based in Kogarah, NSW which is 14km south of Sydney’s CBD and I service a 30km radius around Kogarah before a small travel fee applies.  From time to time I'll be travelling and offering photoshoots in country NSW and possibly interstate, so make sure you join my list to find out first.

GET IN TOUCH

To find out more, please get in touch. If you would prefer to speak with me to find out more about having your dog, or other pets, photographed please feel free to schedule a complimentary 15-minute call with me.

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

I was selected as one of 11 photographers to be part of the Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro #WDPets campaign

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

I was invited to be the official photographer for the "Dog Zone" at the Cruelty Free Festival in Sydney

I was invited to host the inaugural Volunteer Photography Workshop at Animal Welfare League NSW

I was honoured to receive the 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.

Professional Association: I am a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.