Capturing Personalities

| February 3, 2011
Beth Andrews

Beth Andrews.

It wasn’t hard for Beth Andrews to walk away from her full-time job as a meteorologist.

“I just came to a place where I wanted to do something I loved,” she said. “It’s a very consuming job. Television used to be the best thing for me, but I was trying to raise a son and realized it’s time.”

A self-taught photographer, Andrews quickly saw an opportunity to wed the skills she’d acquired over the years with her affinity for animals. “I was the kid with 12 pets,” she said with a laugh. “At 16, the first place I went in my (new) car was the pet store in St. Matthews.”

Andrews now travels from place to place, making a living as the sole proprietor of Hound & Hoof Photography. Her job? To,  capture the personalities of creatures great and small.

“Our pets don’t last our lifetimes. They don’t live that long. So to be able to capture them, there will be times when an owner sees the photos and they’re just so grateful,” she said.

Yellow LabAndrews specializes in large portraits and consults with owners on where they’d like to hang the piece of art prior to scheduling the photo shoot.

It’s hard to pick a favorite pet – “They’re all fun” – particularly when each shoot offers something different. But some breeds do stand out.

French Bulldogs are incredibly expressive. “You can’t be in a bad mood around them. They’re like little old men,” Andrews giggled. During a previous appointment, one bulldog reacted exactly the way Andrews had hoped while his brother promptly fell asleep.

Greyhounds and sporting dogs are gorgeous to shoot.

Fearless little dogs are inspiring and sometimes silly.

Horses have small windows of opportunity, though sometimes that’s when the best shots occur.

Horse in Motion“You totally base everything you do on that dog or that horse. I just have a blast. I love the whole process, from meeting to envisioning to shooting to unveiling (the photographs) at the end.”

Andrews vividly remembers the day she proved to herself just how much she enjoyed her role as a photographer.

Hired to shoot two black labs in a field that housed longhorns, Andrews focused on the dogs through her lens as the canines lumbered toward the fenced-in cows. “I was following the dogs, trying to get down on their level and shoot-shoot-shoot,” she recalled.

Shoot is right.

Andrews was so immersed in the process, she wound up diving through a mess of manure, shooting all the way. “It was one of my most favorite photographs that I’ve done,” she said.

Family

Beth lives in Prospect with her husband Bruce Perkins; son Jake, 13; horses Max, 8, and Whinney, 2; dogs Henry, a 13-year-old corgi, and Daisy, a 4-year-old white shepherd; and a bearded dragon named Phineas, who is about 6 months old.

Flex time

I have a teenage son, so my job is really ideal because I usually work in mornings or evenings. It’s a much more flexible schedule than I’ve had in the past.

Workout routine

Normally, I do cardio by hiking with the dogs or the elliptical. I lift weights religiously.

Model student

I studied broadcast journalism and meteorology in college, but I was editor of my high school yearbook. (Laughs.) I’m mostly self-taught.

Out “˜n’ about

I like doing anything that’s kind of adventurous: hike, camp, fish. I love to go explore places I’ve never been. I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro almost a year ago.

Weather bug

Beth previously worked as a full-time meteorologist for WHAS11 “and loved it.” Now that she owns and operates Hound & Hoof Pet Photography, most of her time is devoted to photography, but she hasn’t shaken the weather bug yet and works as a freelance meteorologist for FOX 41.

Work wish

I want to photograph polar bears and the Northern Lights.

Work woes

I’ve gotten a black eye from a dog who jumped up and hit the camera while I was holding it. I’ve also had a dog pee on my camera.

Cats or Cards

Definitely, we cheer for the University of Louisville. Bruce is diehard.

Website

www.houndandhoof.com.

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Angie Fenton
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.

Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.

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