My name is Tracy Bodeo and my passion for photography began as a little girl when I was put in charge of the family camera. I was the one who took the pictures of important moments and I was the one who would talk my sister into dressing up and posing for me in the back yard. Besides pictures of my sister, our pets and other family members I also have many photos of flowers and bugs. Even back then I enjoyed seeing what I could capture on film! In high school I took two black & white photography courses and joined the yearbook staff. It was here, with the help of an excellent teacher, that I began learning how to turn snapshots of friends into artwork.
In college and graduate school I majored in Biology and Entomology because of my love of animals and the natural world, but I also took as many art classes as I could fit into my schedule. In the years following I was able to take several more art and photography classes that helped to expand my creativity and technical photographic knowledge. I also completed my photography certification through the New York Institute of Photography. While working as a Naturalist for the Monmouth County Park System and in my free time, I began using photography as a tool for capturing and “collecting” wildlife. However, the birth of my children and the adoption of my many pets renewed my passion for portrait photography. In 2006, in Bethlehem, PA, I opened tracy bodeo photography, specializing in children and pets.
I have a special place in my heart for animals and always have. I am not a photographer who takes pictures of pets just because a family portrait client asked me to add them in. I love working with animals and my background has allowed me to feel comfortable working with most any pet. I am happy to be down at their level where I may be licked, jumped on or get fur in my face! At the present time, I share my home with 3 dogs, 2 rabbits, a ferret and a cat (all rescues) and I volunteer at the Center for Animal Health and Welfare as a dog-walker, cat-socializer and photographer. I am also a proud member of Professional Photographers of America and HeARTsSpeak, http://heartsspeak.org/ (artists working together to promote a deeper understanding for the voiceless). I am truly an animal-lover and I believe that pets make our lives better.
I would love to work with your beloved pet and capture their unique personality and the bond between you. I do formal studio portraiture, but for pets, I genuinely enjoy on-location work in a park or at your home, where I can really capture your pets being themselves. I hope you will allow me to capture this time in your pet’s life and preserve these precious memories.