For over eleven years photographer Teresa Berg has been creating portraits of homeless animals to speed up the adoption process. Based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, she frequently travels and teaches other photographers both professionals and amateurs on how to manage pets and get great pet portraits. Partnering primarily with Dallas Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue, Paws in the City, Road Trip 4 Paws, and Operation Kindness to get dogs out of shelters and in to family homes, Berg has had substantial success. She also teaches photographers from all over the country in small group workshops held at her studio in Dallas.
Her photographs have helped speed up adoption rates and cut down time in foster care from 3-6 months to 8 weeks –making room for more homeless animals. She publishes calendars and greeting cards showing the beautiful faces of adopted animals to raise awareness for their quality and beauty. Berg and Erin Hannigan, Principal Oboe for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra co-founded Artists for Animals in 2012. A 501(c)3 which raises money for various pet-related animal welfare organizations and gives artists who love animals a voice in the fight against animal homelessness.
Berg’s work has been featured on the CBS Early Show, CBS News Sunday Morning, The Today Show online, BBC Radio, The Dallas Morning News, The Toronto Star, Professional Photographer Magazine, Country Living Magazine, Doxie Digest, and numerous blogs. Her volunteer efforts have saved hundreds of dogs and raised thousands of dollars for animal rescue.
She is a graduate of the Elkins Institute of Photography and a member of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).
Berg co-authored the book: DOG SHOTS | Tips & Tricks for Pet Photographers, which serves as a guide to helping professional photographers. Additionally, she offers webinars which teach both professional and non-professional photographers the intricacies of photographing dogs. She also shares her efforts with animal rescue groups and provides tips on how others can do the same.
See her dog photography website here