The who. The What. The Why. Basically, the whole story.

The Beginnings

I’ve always wanted a sister. Someone to share outfits and take selfies with on all our fun adventures. Unfortunately, my parents said one daughter is daughter enough, and that dream never came to fruition. So I got a dog. Or rather, I met a boy who had a dog. His name was Paunch—the dog’s that is—and he just so happened to be about my size and also looked fabulous as a redhead.

When the boy went to visit family for Thanksgiving, somehow I ended up alone with The Dog for an entire week. I sat at one end of the couch and he sat on the other. And stared. I’d throw one of his toys and coax him to go get it. But he just sat there. And stared. I got a cookie for him which he gobbled up instantly without budging. And stared. What was I going to do with The Dog for a whole week? How was I going to impress The Boy that I liked if I couldn’t even win over The Dog?

Then it clicked. He was the perfect subject! He just sat there. And stared!

I called upon my years of experience as an art director, designer and videographer in the ad world. How can I captivate my audience—The Boy—while engaging the subject—The Dog—by bringing out his innermost ROCK STAR that I’d heard so much about? I dove into my wardrobe and styled a glam ensemble that was as kickass as Paunch was: a tutu, a wig and some too-hip-to-be-square shades. Then, with the help of a drool-inducing glob of chunky peanut butter, I was able to lure the gaze of Paunch and his new look into my camera lens.

After sending The Boy the results of the first of many, many photo shoots, he could clearly see Paunch was in good hands and my new sister-from-another-mister and I were having a blast.

Unfortunately, Paunch's chapter has since come to a close and I will treasure those goofy photos for the rest of my days. He helped me realized my deep love for all animal friends and I ended up making him my husband—The Boy that is.

Apawture Studios was born.


Carol and her "Sister" From Another Mister


Early Days, Paunch

The glamorous photo of the glamorous dog that planted the seed for the glamorous wall art business.
Luckily both my camera and my eye for composition have improved drastically since then!

I have my doubts...

I get it. You see a super cool piece of pet art and think "how well-behaved!" Well, the reality is that most animals I work with are normal bundles of energy. I only need a fraction of a second to get the perfect shot.

I feel the same way! Luckily all dogs outdoors are shot on leash and with the magic of Photoshop, it's edited out. Even in the studio, a leash can help them stay in position.
way more than
wags of a tail
  • Lights

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  • ART!