While exceptional talent, as well as a keen eye for composition clearly abounds, one professional photographer from Sarasota, Florida, has propelled her career beyond local and regional boundaries, earning recognition for her work internationally in prestigious books, calendars and magazines with worldwide circulation

Connie Summers was raised in Chicago and has lived in Colorado and Louisiana. In each of these places, she has always taken photographs, and she has always had pets. Her early work captured the beauty of her surroundings— from Lake Shore Drive to the Colorado Rockies to the Louisiana landscape— but when she moved to Sarasota, Florida, her true passion for pet photography became apparent. Connie has pursued this path while raising two boys, who often appear alongside the pets in her work.

Connie’s photography has appeared on the cover of Dog World and Rottweilers magazines. Her work also has been published in Dog Fancy, the breed books in Barron’s Educational Series, and both calendars and books published by Willow Creek Press and Brown Trout Publishing. One of Connie’s own dogs, Angel, has appeared on the cover of a Labradoodle handbook and also on the cover of one of Brown Trout Publishing’s calendars in 2009.

Receiving a first-place award as the “Best Local Pet Photographer” in Sarasota Pet’s Choice Awards in 2012, and first-place as the "Best photographer/artist" in the Nattie Awards, Connie’s work frequently has appeared on the cover and in the pages of Sarasota Pet and Manatee Pet magazines.

Connie's passion for pet photography has led to a fulfilling and award-winning career. In addition to photographing pets, Connie has extensive experience photographing weddings, sporting events, and portraits.

Connie's work is featured in Baron's Educational Series, Brown Trout Calendars, Willow Creek Calendars to name a few.

Awards 2012:

***Best Pet Photography Sarasota Pet Choice Awards
***#1 Pet Photographer/Artist Nattie Awards