Hi I’m Kate Shephard, the chica behind BowChickaBowWow. This is my story…….
I’m a child of the 80’s, and was born and grew up in a small town called Bromsgrove in Worcestershire. I was lucky enough to grow up in a home constantly inhabited by super cute puppies (my family were Guide Dog Puppy Walkers). Even as young children, my sister and I actively took part in their training and I’m very proud to say that some of the puppies that grew up with us are still working as guide dogs today.
In 2004 I went to university, and studied photography. I trained to be a photographer with an old manual focus 35mm camera and a real darkroom (it feels pretty darn sweet to own a pro digital SLR now!) Of course, mine and my friend’s dogs featured in nearly all of my uni projects. I very quickly decided that my dog photography wasn’t going to be about static, bored, dogs in unnatural settings or stressful situations. I decided quite early on that my work should be about letting dogs…..be dogs. Telling their unique stories, capturing their adventures and having that keepsake of their characters that you can treasure forever.
Since then at least one furry 4 legged companion has still shared our lives and our adventures. One of these companions is an energetic, willful, clever collie called Tilly. She was my first dog after moving away from my parents, and the first dog I trained to compete at dog agility. It turned out that she was pretty darn good; I managed to catch up, eventually. In 2012 I qualified as an official kennel club agility judge and so several times each summer I will be found in a field in the middle of no-where, surrounded by hundreds of very excited dogs……I guess it’s not so different to where I usually am.
I live with the kindest, funniest person I’ve ever met (and he’s a darn good wedding photographer too! Check him out here www.richardshephard.co.uk). We take photographs that we are really very proud of. We like to go camping when we can and spend our evenings watching movies when we can’t.
I really like baking and fortunately, long walks. I flew an airplane for my birthday last year (it was amazing) and am hoping to climb a mountain next time. I always enjoy taking part in adventures, however big or small they are.