About me - Karen Smith Photography

Our dogs are our everything!

Capturing the essence of your pet is what I strive to do, always.

Those eyes staring up at you above belong to our late dog Henry, my “heart dog”, who I shared my voyage into pet photography with until he passed away in 2017. He was the most sweet natured, loyal, loving, playful boy, and I’m so grateful to have some much cherished images of him to remember him by.

So that’s what I want for you too.

I specialise in creating natural, authentic images of your much-loved pet in beautiful local outdoor locations in the Northamptonshire area, surrounding counties, and beyond.

My aim is to capture your pet's personality, and the incredible bond that you have with them, creating something that you will treasure forever, whether that is a stylish piece of wall art, an elegant gallery of framed prints, or a fabulous memory book.

Developing my skills and exploring creativity is important to me, and I have been lucky to have attended workshops with incredibly talented, award winning dog photographers including Andy Biggar, Elke Vogelsang, Claudio Piccoli, Monica van der Maden (MoNoa Photography), Alicia Zymslowska, Andreas Ronijn, Alice Loder and Linda Johnstone. 

Photography is a journey and you never stop learning. 

I joined The Guild of Photographers as a Professional Member in 2018 and was awarded several Bronze Awards in 2019 for both studio and location canine portraiture.  In 2019 I won through to the Top 100 International Dog Photography Awards in the Action category.

Our dogs


"Ruler of all he surveys"


Rugby playing muse with the most expressive eyes

All-round top dog



(Umwinslidale Alfie)

"Wise" (ok we got that one a bit wrong!!!)

Black labrador

Football crazy, pogo-ing pup who lived life in the fast lane!

2009 - 2016

and Reggie...

"Powerful ruler"


High performing scent detective (currently working at Level 7 Scentwork UK)

and swimmer, professional ball chaser, snuggler and Instagrammer.

Happiest Dog in The World.

Born 6th December 2017.

And our latest addition, introducing Lily, our beautiful Romanian rescue.

Lily was brought to the UK with her little brother Buddy by the wonderful people at Northampton Homes for Hounds, after having been found on a school playing field by teacher and animal-rescuer CarmenMela.

Lily was named by the rescue, and it's a really beautiful name, after the flower which is a symbol of innocence, purity and beauty. 

Oh well, the intention were good, but the reality is that our Lily is an underwear-stealing, bird-chasing, tomboy who loves chasing after Reggie's tail when he's trying to retrieve his tennis ball, and generally spending most of the day wrestling him! 

Love her! 

What I'm passionate about

I care about lots of things really, but it was only just recently that I started piecing them together in my mind.

As a long time volunteer with Samaritans I care deeply about people getting the emotional support that they deserve when facing difficult times in their lives.

As a dog lover I am fascinated by the emotional connections we have with our canines, and how they can enrich our lives (and vice versa!).

So when it came to looking for a dog charity to support, I felt an immediate affinity with Dogs for Good, whose mission is to "bring trained dogs and people together to help them overcome specific challenges, in order to enrich and improve the lives of both". 

This amazing innovative charity provides:

  - Assistance Dogs, supporting adults and children with a range of disabilities and also children with autism

  - Community Dogs and their specialist handlers, working in activity and therapy in communities and schools

  - The Family Dog project, providing advice and support to help people get the most out of their relationship with their pet dog

  - Dementia Dog a charitable collaboration between Dogs for Good and Alzheimer Scotland, exploring ways that trained dogs can help individuals and communities live well with dementia.

I'm proud to support the Dogs for Good MK Supporters Group who in 2017 raised an incredible £32,094, yes THIRTY TWO THOUSAND POUNDS, and raised the profile of the charity in the local area. 

So far in 2018 I have helped at the charity's 30th anniversary garden party and sponsored and supported online pet shows (find out more here). 

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