Hi, I'm Tonya


I am a professional pet portrait photographer based in the Northern California Bay Area. I help proud pet parents capture the beauty, joy and spirit of their dogs and cats. I’m San Francisco born. A city girl with a soul called to nature. I was the little hippie-kid whose pet rat was her best friend and knew her innermost musings. The one that fed and named the stray cats and dogs. Horses were my first love.


I feel grateful to call the Bay Area home. I enjoy the diversity and vibrant energy of the city but you will most often find me in nature, exploring the trails of the East Bay Regional Parks with one of my dogs.


I fell in love with the magic of photography as a child in my parent’s darkroom, fascinated by the images and stories coming alive in trays. My love of animals and photography merged when my soul-mate kitty, Valencia, was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and I wanted photos that captured how much he meant to me. It became my mission to do the same for others.



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GIVING BACK


As an animal lover, I am passionate about giving back. Since my dogs are all rescues and I would fail 100% at fostering,  I’ve found the best way for me to help animals in need is to donate my photography services to various local, national and international organizations. This includes rescue groups, shelters and disaster relief funds (hello California wildfire season!). Whether I'm photographing pets in need of a home, donating a photo session gift certificate to a fundraiser or volunteering my services for an organization with a photo event fundraiser, each year I participate in events to help raise thousands of dollars for animals in need.  Friends of the Alameda Animals Shelter (FAAS), Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), East Bay SPCA, Berkeley Humane, Northern California Weimaraner Rescue (NCWR), Rocket Dog Rescue, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR), Guardian's Light Dog Rescue, Napa Humane, Humane Society of Sonoma County, Firefighter Relief Funds, Family Dog Rescue, Humane Dog Trainers Advocates.

"Tonya has all the tricks up her sleeve when it comes to getting your dog to pose and look adorably at the camera. It is not easy to capture my hyper lab and get tons of perfect photos in a short amount of time like she does... it's magic."

—Chelsea T.