About

Meet the Photographer

Ann O'Neill Deal, M.Photog., Cr., CPP, APAI

My Name is Ann O'Neill Deal and I am an award-winning photographer and owner of Green Paws Photography. I have been a professional dog photographer for 12 years. I have earned my Master Photographer degree, Photographic Craftsman degree, and Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation through The Professional Photographers of America (PPA), as well as my Accredited Professional of Animal Imagery credential through Animal Image Makers (AIM).

 

I grew up in Canada, though I was born in London England, and as you can tell from my name, I am of Irish descent. After earning my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physical Anthropology with a specialization in Primatology (Primate Behavior) at the University of Alberta, I worked in Academia and research for many years. I moved to California in 2009, where I married my awesome husband Ron and became more and more interested in turning my photography hobby into a career, so I took a chance and established Candid FX Photography in 2010 and specialized in outdoor dog photography, as well as weddings. In 2015 we moved to Houston, Texas, where my focus shifted to studio dog photography. In January 2019 we relocated to the Austin area, where my business underwent a rebrand and a new name!

 

My husband Ron and I currently share our home with two rescue dogs; Jax (long-hair Chihuahua mix) and Cooper (Pomeranian). Though gone, my two biggest loves and inspiration for becoming a dog photographer - Loki and Kiko - will always be in my heart and thoughts. Scroll down to learn more about my extraordinary dogs!

Why Choose Green Paws Photography?

Exclusivity - Experience - Education - Expertise - Empathy

Exclusivity: At Green Paws Photography we exclusively photograph dogs, and that's it! My goal is to capture the individual personality and beauty of each animal and creating fine art portraits of your beloved dog. If you are like me, your dogs are part of the family; they hang out on the couch, sleep in the bed, go on vacation, enjoy special treats, and are loved beyond measure. You treasure every minute of the unconditional love they provide and will cherish those memories for a lifetime.

 

Experience: I have been working with and photographing dogs for over 12 years. I have worked with a variety of different breeds and personalities, as well as special needs dogs, such as blind, deaf, paralyzed, etc., and have extensive experience and knowledge of dog behavior, body language, and safety.

 

Education: I am currently the only Master Photographer in the Austin area that specializes in dog photography. I also earned my Photographic Craftsman degree through speaking and mentoring other photographers. In addition, I am a Certified Professional Photographer, and I am one of the first 12 animal photographers in the US to have earned the Accredited Professional of Animal Imagery. I have an academic background in animal behavior with a BA and MA in Anthropology, with a specialization in Primatology (Primate Behavior). My experience and keen interest in animal behavior, particularly dogs, has given me a considerable understanding and insight into their behavior, which allows me to work with dogs of all personalities and temperaments.

 

Expertise: Through education and print competitions, I am continually learning and improving my craft. I use professional cameras, lenses, lighting, and other equipment, so I can provide the highest quality images to my clients. Choosing a professional photographer that specializes in animals will help you get the best results. Your photographer should have experience working specifically with animals in order to create a safe and positive experience. A knowledgeable and experienced dog photographer will be able to engage with your dog and create stunning portraits that capture their beauty and personality.


Empathy: Animals are my passion, my life, and my world. I love to create beautiful artwork that celebrates the story of each dog and the unique place they hold in our hearts. I also understand the importance of capturing those special moments, so we can cherish those memories for years. Dogs are amazing animals and unique in their ability to connect with humans. I think dogs are pretty much the most perfect creature on the planet! I value the lives of all animals, which is why I am an ethical vegan and an advocate for animal rights. I believe it is possible to create an ethical, compassionate, and sustainable world for everyone; humans and the animals with whom we share this planet. I also believe that beautiful artwork does not have to come at the expense of the environment and other living creatures. My goal is to preserve your precious memories, while still preserving the environment. To read more about our specially selected products, our cruelty-free and Eco-friendly approach to dog photography, and the Green Paws mission, check out "About Green Paws Photography."

 

Meet The Crew

Colonel Jax O'Neill

In August 2016 we welcomed Jax to our home; full name Colonel Jax O'Neill (if you are a Stargate fan, you will understand). Jax is a Chihuahua/toy fox terrier, and possibly Russian Terrier mix and he has quite the personality! Jax is affectionate, energetic, alert, and playful. I flew out to Sacramento, California and drove up to Redding to get him from a rescue there. Jax become fast friends with Loki, who was missing his buddy Kiko. Jax has become a bit of a mascot for the business, as he loves being in front of the camera! Follow Jax on Instagram @coloneljaxOneill

Cooper

Also in 2016 we adopted another little rescue dog named Cooper. Cooper is a uniquely colored Pomeranian. His coloration is what first caught my attention and that curiosity landed him in our home within the week! Cooper is a fluffy bundle of lazy! He loves food and napping, but on occasion he becomes a tiny bulldozer when he decides to play. If I am in the kitchen, you can be sure to find him right below me smiling. I even got him a chef's outfit so he fits the part!

In Loving Memory

“It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch.” – Unknown

Loki

2005 - 2021

Loki was two weeks shy of his 16th birthday when we had to say goodbye. He was a gorgeous Belgian Tervuren and my protective shadow; always by my side looking out for me. Every part of my day involved him and his beautiful smile and my life is empty without him.

 

Ever since the first time I saw this breed, I knew I had to have one in my life. Belgian Tervurens are intelligent, attentive, loyal, and protective. Bonding with a Tervuren is something that is beyond family. I had Loki from when he was 9 weeks. He grew up with his best bud, Kiko, who was only a year and a half when I brought Loki home.

 

Loki and Kiko inspired me to become a dog photographer and were the heart and soul of everything I did. Not a day goes by that I don't miss them terribly. They each took a big piece of me with them, when they left. 💔

Kiko

2004 - 2015

Kiko was a Papillon/Pomeranian mix and my little side kick and muse. He was always ready for the camera and sparked my passion for dog photography. I lost my little Kiko to cancer, which devastated me beyond words.

 

I saw Kiko in a pet store when he was only 8 weeks old. I was there for fish food, but could not resist the allure of this precious little guy. As opposed to pet store's selling dogs as I am, I still could not leave without him. Probably a good thing, since he was plagued with health issues through his life, of which many would not have borne the expense.

I miss that smart and cheeky boy every day; his wiggly butt, the smell of his fur, his crazy snuffling, his many tricks, but mostly just holding him until my arms ached. 💔

Credentials

Achievements

PPA Master of Photography (M.Photog.)

PPA Photographic Craftsman (Photog.Cr.)

PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)

AIM Accredited Professional of Animal Imagery (APAI)

Awards

Professional Photographers of America

 

2022 PPA International Print Competition

Platinum Medalist Photographic Open

Silver Medalist Artist Open

3x Imaging Excellence Recipient Photographic Open

1x Imaging Excellence Recipient Artist Open
Elite Photographer of the Year

2022 PPA SW Districts Print Competition

2 x Top 10 Finalist - Animals

2 x Top 10 Finalist - Artist

2022 PPA Grand Imaging Awards (GIA)

GIA Top Ten Finalist - Animals

2021 PPA International Print Competition

Diamond Medalist of the year

4x Imaging Excellence Recipient Photographic Open

1x Imaging Excellence Recipient Artist Open

Elite Photographer of the Year

2021 PPA SW Districts Print Competition

4 x Top 10 Finalist - Animals

2020 PPA International Print Competition

Silver Medalist

Imaging Excellence Recipient

2019 PPA International Print Competition

Gold Medalist

2x Imaging Excellence Recipient

2019 PPA SW Districts Print Competition

2nd Place Animal Portrait

2018 PPA International Print Competition

Bronze Medalist

Texas Professional Photographers Association

 

2022 TPPA State Print Competition

Gold Medalist

2 x Texcellence Recipient

Judge’s Choice Award

2021 TPPA State Print Competition

Best Portrait of an Animal

Diamond Medalist

Gold Medalist

6 x Texcellence Recipient

2020 TPPA State Print Competition

Gold Medalist

2019 TPPA State Print Competition

Diamond Medalist

Distinguished Image Award

Top Ten of Texas Award

Animal Image Makers (AIM)

 

2022 AIM Annual Print Competition

3rd Place - Baby Animals

2 x Top 10 Finalist - Dog category

Top 10 Finalist - Baby Animals category

2021 AIM Annual Print Competition

3x Top 10 Finalist - Dog category

2019 AIM Annual Print Competition

3x Top 10 Finalist - Dog category

 

Publications

Professional Photographer Magazine: Feature “2022 Diamond Photographers” February 2022, p.48

Professional Photographers of America Imaging Excellence Collection: Volume XXIV, Marathon Press, 2021, p. 7, 490, 491, 492, and 459
Professional Photographers of America Showcase Collection: Volume XXIV, Marathon Press, 2021, p.292

Professional Photographer Magazine: Article “We Should Talk.” June 2021, p.23
Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection: Volume XXIII, Marathon Press, 2020, p.252
Professional Photographers of America Showcase Collection: Volume XXIII , Marathon Press, 2020, p.238
Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection: Volume XXII , Marathon Press, 2019, p. 111 and 112

Professional Photographers Guild of Houston (PPGH) Viewfinder Magazine: November 2018, Cover

Professional Photographers of San Diego County (PPSDC) Focus Magazine September 2012, Cover

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