Updated: Dec 26, 2019
Meet Darlene Woodward - Owner of Pant the Town Photography.
Member of the Georgetown WBL Chapter
Tell us about YOU!! (Who are you & What do you do?) I am Darlene Woodward, avid coffee drinker, snow fanatic, dog lover, and I capture the bond between pets and people through photography. Eight years ago I rescued a "project" dog that changed my world. I left a 16 year career as a flight attendant to start my own business and be home more. I became certified to train dogs, and while I trained and ran a dog walking business, I studied photography through taking classes and working one-on-one with a mentor. I've been doing pet photography for 4 years, but as of January of this year, I am dedicated to pet photography full-time. My husky mix, Kota, inspires me every day! I am a member of HeartsSpeak, a group of artists that volunteer to help get animals adopted. I photograph adoptable dogs at the MSPCA Nevin's Farm and adoptable cats at Cat Tales rescue in Seabrook, NH.
What makes you different/stand out in your industry? There is a lot more to pet photography than just snapping images of adorable pups - that IS a perk, though! Being a dog trainer is extremely helpful in working with dogs. I can tell if a dog is stressed or fearful and will do my best to make a dog feel comfortable. Also, as a photographer, I feel I would not be doing my job if I handed over digital files to a client. I am a "full service" photographer meaning we plan the session, discuss our goals, and I work on designing custom art for a clients home - everything from framed prints and metals, to albums. I believe that pets are family and their images should be displayed BIG in the home to cherish over the years.
What do your clients love about you? They love that I get right down in the dirt/mud to capture an image haha - that's what it's all about! Also, patience and flexibility, which is definitely needed with pets. I do my best to make a photo session fun and relaxing at the same time.
What is the best advice you can share with others? If you have a dream and a passion to do something, go for it! I made a huge career change to do something that I love. I've had many challenges, but I keep moving forward. It's all a learning experience!
How has Women's Business League helped you? Women's Business League was a welcoming group from day 1. They are extremely supportive, motivating, and inspiring. They care about the success of each and every woman involved. I've been a member with the Georgetown chapter for just a few month and the experience and connections I have made are only positive. I look forward to each meeting, and I admit, attending that first meeting was out of my comfort zone! One meeting was all I needed, and I'm so glad to be a part of the group!