About Hannele



I love how dogs see the world...

To a dog, a ball is not just a ball. That shiny, slobbery plaything is an opportunity, a challenge, a steadfast companion. In my dog photography—often down on all fours—I strive to glimpse life on their level: A bowl of food is love and comfort. A warm bath is the ultimate back rub. A knock at the door is a chance to prove courage and loyalty. Therein capturing the reality of dog ownership—a reminder to enjoy the small things. 

My journey with animals began as a child in the wilds of Maine, surrounded by pine forests and freshwater lakes. Much of my time was spent exploring the countryside or playing fetch lakeside with one of my family's loyal Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

As an adult, my love affair with dogs grew through Annie, my intensely brave and loving Boston Terrier rescue, followed shortly after by her adopted brothers Murray and Ollie, who are just as full of life. This wild trio keeps me laughing and from taking life in the city too seriously. They also inspired my passion for matching the click of a camera with the wagging tail of a happy dog.

My life in photography has been a wild ride. In addition to the chaotic world of canines, I pursue projects and assignments dedicated to my intense love of the natural world and exploration. I'm a contributing photographer to National Geographic Creative and a photo graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. When I’m not making photos or chasing after the pups, I enjoy spending time in the great outdoors and practicing my downward dogs. 

Each year, I support local animal rescues through pro-bono photography and charity shoots. If you manage a shelter or rescue and would like to partner, please reach out.