Hi there! I’m Jessica Wasik, the snap-happy and somewhat (OK, completely) obsessed dog mama to my husband and mine’s fur kid Hunter, a Siberian retriever and Bark & Gold Photography’s Frisbee-catching, bed-hogging Head of Shed.
Since the day I first held this big-headed, floppy-eared boy at just 11-weeks-old, Hunter has been the best part of my life. I remember asking my husband with an I-can't-believe-this joy if he was ours to keep forever.
And so began our forever. Days of exuberant curiosity toward all things new and unusual morphed into months of puppy-tooth shark bites and later years filled with chin scratches, adventures, snugs, and laughter. My world is a better place because of Hunter.
When Hunter turned 10-years-old, it hit me hard. Despite his puppy-like playfulness and good health, celebrating those double digits came with the reality that, as pet parents, we are not privileged to forever.
When Hunter turned 10-years-old, it hit me hard. Despite his puppy-like playfulness and good health, celebrating those double digits came with the reality that, as pet parents, we are not privileged to forever. Hunter is my heart dog, the one who made me a pet photographer.
What Else You Should Know About Me
I'm a southern-born and Pittsburgh-bred black and gold girl at heart who makes no apologies for the amount of dog hair I may be covered in or the silly sounds that come out of my mouth when I'm behind my camera. I love sunflowers, gluten free macarons, the color pink, and eye-roll-worthy puns/bad jokes (seriously, the cornier the better). I believe there's nothing in life that a slobbery kiss can't fix, that our perfect companions are those whose heartbeats thump at our feet, and that no outfit is complete without the iconic paw print signature of a happy-go-lucky dog jumping with joy upon making a new friend.
You may be surprised to learn that I'm also a multiple U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist, Canadian ice dance medalist, professional figure skating coach, and American Ice Theater certified choreographer who's been skating since eight-years-old. (Yep, that's me competing at the 2007 Eastern Synchronized Team Skating Championships.)
My extensive training in competitive figure skating, coupled with nearly 20 years of coaching experience, translates into an ease of handling the fast-paced fun of pet photography, a relaxed approach to your session, and a results-oriented drive sure to exceed your expectations.
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