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Melanie Gillis graduated from The University of Toronto in 1995 with a BSc in Social Psychology. For the following year she taught psychology at Sheridan College while pursuing her photography on the side.  In 1997 she combined her passions for social psychology, fine art photography and people in general, and opened her studio in Guelph, where she built her career as a photographer. She moved to Hamilton in 2004 where she currently lives and works.



“I am a portrait artist, and my main incentive is to connect with my subjects to reflect their personalities and emotions. Dogs are honest, intelligent and highly sensitive to our feelings, in many ways more so than people. Dogs are pleasers. They are protectors. They are known to save lives. They can melt your heart with their eyes. This is what inspires me.”


Each session is unique, based on a dog’s age, breed, temperament and motivational style. The key to a great portrait shoot is to be patient and calm, and to wait for the right moments to present themselves. Find out more about how to prepare for your session here, and contact us for quotes and bookings.

Photographs by Melanie Gillis
Hamilton  Ontario  Canada

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