Tamandra Michaels felt a deep camaraderie with dogs her whole life, but it was her relationship with her current dog that inspired her to pursue fine art pet photography. With a background in painting, she got a digital SLR to take reference photos, and fell head over wheels in love with the medium. With her passion for dogs and telling their story in artistic images, Heart Dog Studios was born, named to honor her "heart dog", Borias. It brings Tamandra great joy to use her talents to give others images of their beloved companions that will be cherished forever. She also uses her skills to donate to various pet charities.
Tamandra's photograph "Heartmates" is featured on page 33 of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book."I'm happy and honored to take part in the Paws FOr Charity Art BOok. My mother is a two time survivor of breast cancer, continuing to show that she's stronger than it is. Being able to used my work to contribute to charities and "paw it forward" brings me great joy." - Tamandra