Friends Forever Portraits is a family run business conceived and run buy John and Tracy. With over 50 years combined experience of photography and a lifetime of experience with animals, our aim is to capture special images of your pet(s) that you’ll treasure forever.
Although specialising in animal photographing for many years in a home environment, we developed the ‘charity event’ aspect of our business thanks to our eldest daughter who asked us to help with a charity event in a local Pets at Home store. It proved so popular that after a very stringent approval process we were passed by Pets at Home to spend weekends in any of their 300 plus stores throughout the country, helping raise money for their own in-house charity; ‘Support Adoption for Pets’. This then developed into us attending all types of dog shows and as the saying goes…the rest is history.
John started working as a professional photographer over 35 years ago, primarily specialising in portraiture because of his specialist knowledge of lighting. Having worked for modelling agencies in the early 1980’s he found that he far preferred working with animals as generally they are far easier to work with than many of the clients he had worked withbefore. It is often said that “you should never work with children and animals”, but day after day John and Tracy manage to dispel this myth by somehow managing to capture stunning portraits of even the most shy or troublesome animal.
John and Tracy met whilst John was heading and teaching in a photography and video community art project in Portsmouth during the mid 1980’s. Tracy too became a talented photographer and eventually took over running the project when John left to go onto pastures new. Despite her knowledge of photography the most important skill that Tracy brings to the ‘team’ is a natural affinity with any type of animal.
Tracy was raised with animals and throughout her life they have played a very important part, having owned and raised everything from mice to horses, and possibly because of this Tracy is usually able to settle even the most nervous animal and receives countless compliments from our customers who are stunned as their pet soon settles down as she gains their trust.
Rest assured that your treasured pet(s) are in the best possible hands with John and Tracy.