Kelly Schulze is an award-winning Certified Professional Photographer who specializes in studio and environmental animal portraiture. She has spent her entire life in the company of animals. She began volunteering at her hometown animal shelter in 9th grade and has worked as a groomer, kennel manager and vet tech. She also has extensive experience with horses, dairy cattle, and other livestock. Despite starting the path towards veterinary school, Kelly knew she wouldn't be happy. It wasn't until after she graduated from UVM that she took photography seriously and began pursuing a career as an animal photographer.
"I want to show respect for all animals in my work. As humans we treat them differently... pets, livestock, and wildlife all have different meaning to us. But they should all have our respect. When working with animals I try to put myself in their situation. How would they react to me, to my equipment, and to the space around them? They don't understand how important a portrait is to us, so I at least try to make it a fun and rewarding, if not interesting, process for them."
With her love and understanding of animal behavior, years of technical training, and a fast shutter finger she consistently wows her clients with stunning, heartwarming portraits and an unforgettable experience. Kelly is based out of Monkton, Vermont and travels throughout the northeast for on-location portrait sessions.
Kelly and her husband Ian have volunteered at the Humane Society of Chittenden County every Thursday for nearly four years to photograph adoptable animals. To date they have worked with over 1800 animals at the shelter.