Cody a puppy

Mary Jo has been photographing rescue dogs for many years. This heartwarming photo of little mutt puppy Cody connected him with his forever family

Award-winning photographer Mary Jo Cox opens new photo business in Big Canoe

By Bonnie Plikaytis

Mary Jo Cox bears playing

Mary Jo Cox is well known for her wildlife photos such as this one of grizzly cubs playing in Alaska.

Most people know Big Canoe resident Mary Jo Cox as the bear photographer because she has traveled far and wide photographing bears; Grizzlies in Alaska, Black bears in Minnesota, even Sloth bears in India. What most do not know about Mary Jo is that for over 10 years she has volunteered her time and talent to several animal rescues in the Atlanta area including Big Canoe Animal Rescue to photograph the animals for adoption. Her years of experience photographing wildlife and rescue dogs and cats have allowed her to fuse two of her passions: photography and love of animals. Mary Jo has a gift for connecting with animals even in a stressful situation like an animal shelter where the dogs are scared and confused by their surroundings.

There is a saying, “Eyes are the windows to the soul.” Mary Jo captures the true spirit of her animal subjects by focusing on their eyes. With her new business, Mary Jo Cox Photography, all now have access to her talent and can have their furry companions photographed. It does not matter if your furry friend is calm and likes to cuddle or energetic and likes to play, she can capture their spirit. To see her portfolio, make an appointment, view her pricing, or learn about her process visit her website https://www.maryjocoxphotography.com

horse jumping

The photo sitting can include environmental portraits or action photos such as horse jumping.

Mary Jo has been generous with her time and talent to Big Canoe Animal Rescue and other animal shelters photographing the dogs and cats available for adoption. Her heartwarming photos speak to the hearts of those seeking a furry companion. Many adoptive families have said they felt an instant attraction to an animal through one of her photos. I know this personally because her sweet photo of a little mutt puppy stole our hearts and was our first introduction to our cherished canine companion Cody.

Mary Jo’s experience as a wildlife photographer makes her adept at environmental portraits as well as capturing those moments of movement that define our pets, whether it be catching a tennis ball, diving off a dock, or jumping a fence. Also, her images are perfect for holiday cards to share with friends and family. The sitting fee includes an on-location session of photography with your furry friend and a private web-based gallery of the best professionally edited photos showcasing your pet's personality as well as artistic renditions such as black and white, watercolor, or chalk drawings of some of the images.  The client will also be given a high-resolution copy of all digital images included in the web gallery that can be shared with friends and family or printed.

Residents of Big Canoe love their pets, so this is a welcome business to have within the gates.

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Artistic renditions of photos—Elizabeth Taylor and Lexie are good examples—will also be included in the web-based gallery of photos.

 

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