Grace Chon is a commercial and editorial animal photographer, recognized for her highly expressive portraits of animals, and authentic images of people with their pets. She's also the author of 2 dog photography books. Grace's clients include ad agencies, pet brands, magazines, publishing companies, celebrities, and TV shows. In her spare time she loves veggie gardening and taking walks with her dogs.
If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?
Don't doubt your greatness, no matter what anyone has to say about it.
What is the most unique or special place you’ve worked/done a shoot?
I once had to set up a makeshift photo studio in cramped, dark basement of a dog rescue facility in upstate New York, to take photos for a magazine article. It was summer and so sticky and hot! Our celebrity model, Clinton Kelly, had to wear a cashmere sweater because it was for a holiday story, and despite the heat he was so gracious and kind. The animals all ended up getting adopted, and the story raised thousands of dollars for the rescue group.
What inspired you to become an image maker?
I was a stressed out art director working insane hours at an ad agency. I had recently adopted a dog, and realized how great images of adoptable dogs could help people connect with them in the adoption process. I started taking volunteer photos for a rescue group, and the group started seeing an increase in interest for their dogs. That turned into a side hustle pet photography business, which eventually turned into the career I have today.