What is your drink of choice? (doesn’t have to be alcoholic)I love Coconut water! It’s so refreshing and I like to mix it with sparkling water or flavoured mineral water for a twist.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m originally from Indonesia but I’ve lived in Canberra for 25 years so I consider myself to be a Canberran. I feel like creativity has always been a part of me even though my parents wanted me to pursue a successful corporate job. I have been working in the public service for over 10 years but I am planning to transition and go full time in my business in the next 6 months. I love dogs and have 3 of my own, James, Pippa and Rosie. They are my family and a big part of my life. I also love travelling and photographing beautiful landscapes throughout my travel, but unfortunately, coronavirus has put a pause on my travels. This has allowed me to focus my time on growing my pet photography business which combines both my passion and love of photography and animals.

Tell us about Ina J Photography and how it came to be

I have always loved photography since high school when I learnt film photography and processing in the darkroom. I didn’t pursue this though as I was expected to do something more practical like accounting. After I graduated from university I bought a digital SLR and since 2010 I started my business as a side hustle. I’ve been doing the business on and off as a side hustle but it wasn’t until 2019 where I found my passion in pet photography that I seriously started pursuing my business with the aim of going into it full time.

In 2019 I lost my dog Mac to heart failure, he was only 9 years old. After I lost him, I made the decision to focus on pet photography, knowing first-hand how much I cherish the photographs and memories I have of Mac. I want every pet owner to have these lasting memories of their pet and have beautiful artworks and keepsakes they can cherish their pets by. Since then I have photographed more than 100 dogs, I’ve helped raise funds through projects for local pet charities and I’m doing something I love and I’m passionate about. I photograph pets outdoors in beautiful Canberra sceneries as the backdrop and each session is more like a fun afternoon playdate with your pet. My clients are mainly dogs but I have photographed cats and a bunny. My photography style is vibrant and colourful and I aim to capture the personality and essence of the pets I photograph.

I love supporting local businesses and charities too and run projects every now and then. Currently, I’m running the Canberra Paws 2022 Calendar contest and all proceeds will go towards raising funds for ACT Pet Crisis Support.

How can we support Ina J Photography?

The best way to support me is to book your pet for a photography session with me. Get in touch with me via my website or social media and I’d love to get to know more about you and your pet. Make sure to follow me on social media too as I have projects I run every now and then like the Tails of Canberra book project that I’m currently working on. If you have a cute dog, be sure to also enter them in the Canberra Paws 2022 Calendar contest. There’s still time to enter and vote.

I can’t wait to meet you and your pet, capture their personality and create beautiful memories and keepsakes from the photographs.

Website: https://inajphotography.comInstagram:

Any advice for those who are thinking about turning their dreams into a reality?Pursue what you love

  • Don’t compare yourself to others – this has gotten in my way in the past and blocked me from pursuing a goal. Focus on yourself and only compare yourself with your past self to see how far you’ve come
  • Don’t worry about what other people think.
  • Take small actions each day. Imperfect actions and small actions are better than taking no action at all. You don’t need things to be perfect to release it into the world, you can always refine them later on. Otherwise, you’ll never get anywhere if you wait for everything to be perfect.

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