Pat Trotter

I’ve had a passion for photography since college when I took some photography courses while finishing my degree in political science with a minor in communication. After college I worked for a small local newspaper and then went on to graduate school at the Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University to study photojournalism. Life took a different path and it was several years before I seriously took up the camera again.

Over the last 15 years I have been back at it honing my skills and finding my niche. I have attended flash, studio and location workshops at Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and Maine Media Workshops. I developed an interest in studio work over the past couple of years and in doing portraits of people in their environments.

My passion for dogs has also led me to concentrate on pet portraits. I have trained dogs for many years in obedience, rally, agility and currently nosework and have a keen sense of how to work with dogs. So often people see photos I have taken of dogs and say “I wish I had a good picture of my dog” or “I wish I had gotten a picture of my dog before he died”.

Photographing dogs and people requires patience and empathy. I try to have a relaxed atmosphere in the studio and get to know the people and dogs who come in for a portrait so they can relax and feel comfortable in front of the camera. People often tell me that they “never take a good picture”. Working together we find a way to get that great shot that everyone has.

Bonus Points

• I was raised in an Air Force family and have always had a passion for travel. I spent most summers on Long Beach Island in our family home which was built in 1955. This has now become my permanent residence and I wonder why I waited so long!

• I have a strong media background which complements my photography. I spent 17 years doing marketing and public relations for Thoroughbred and Harness racing. This included co-hosting a weekly television show on the Chicago CBS affiliate and producing features for that show.

• I then spent 14 years in education policy and managing innovative programs for the Kentucky Department of Education. I also spent time working with hazard mitigation programs with FEMA which led me to become more aware of the problems of flooding and other natural disasters.

• I believe all of these varied life experiences contribute to my photographic work and my ability to work with a variety of people in a variety of locations.

• I am a volunteer for the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, the Lighthouse International Film Festival, St. Francis of Assisi Parish and the New Jersey Organizing Project so I am active in my community on LBI.

• I have travelled a lot – Europe, Asia, South America and the US. Recently participated in a photographic workshop in Cuba with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and worked with Cuban photographers in Havana.