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CONTACT INFORMATION

Barbara O'Brien Photography
Barbara O'Brien
http://www.barbaraobrienphoto.com/
barbara@barbaraobrienphoto.com

612 812 8788 phone

N616 130th Street
Stockholm, Wisconsin 54769





COMPANY PROFILE

Hello there!

I'm photographer Barbara O'Brien. I'm based in Stockholm, Wisconsin (population 63) - not too far from Minneapolis. I live on a farm with my family, three dogs, eighteen cats, ten rescue Morgan horses, two ponies, seven sheep, thirty-some chickens, five ducks, and three very naughty goats. And as luck would have it, I'm not just an animal photographer, but a trainer as well. I know where to find animal actors - most are in my own backyard - and more importantly, I know how to properly handle them.

My love for animals began early. As a kid, I used to sneak stray cats into my house, and since I wasn't allowed to have a a puppy of my own, I walked the neighbors' dogs instead. At 19, I eloped to have a horse. (Horse people get this.) I'm happy to say that yes, we're still married…. and yes, I still have horses. Shortly after that I created The Animal Connection, an agency providing trained animal actors for film, television, and advertising. Nowadays, I'm both a professional shooter and trainer.

During my career I've tackled a range of assignments, including obtaining a polar bear from New Jersey, capturing 17 cats in one shoot, and photographing a 1500 -pound cow in my studio. (Did I mention I have my own on farm studio? Clients love it!) I personally audition all the animals I photograph, and I truly love them all - and they know that I love them. This creates mutual trusts that allows me to get close and produce emotive natural photographs. But I don't just shoot animals! I photograph people too. And people with animals. And kids with puppies. Actually, kids and puppies aren't all that different - its all about finding out what motivates them, and then keeping them happy. I am so lucky that I get to play with animals every day. I really do have the best job ever.

If you'd like to see my book or meet in person, give me a call. I promise to bring triple chocolate homemade brownies, chock full of real Wisconsin butter and eggs from my own hens. I guarantee it'll be the most delicious meeting you've ever had.

- Barbara

Helping out -
I donate my time, my images, and fostering on my farm to Forever Morgans- West Monroe, NY, Animal Humane Society - Minneapolis, MN, and Humane Society of Goodhue County - Red Wing, MN

 

FOCUS AREAS

Photography : Animals
Photography : Agriculture
Photography : Children

CLIENTS

• Nestle Purina
• Pfizer
• 3M Ace
• Iams
• Cargil Nutrena
• Purina Mills
• 3M Pets
• Zoetis
• Pappas Group
• I4C Innovations
• Smith Gifford
• Voyce
• Target
• Buckeye Nutrition
• Fallon Worldwide
• Colle McVoy
• Vet Street
• Your Dog Magazine- UK
• Periscope
• Yankee Magazine
• Bader Rutter
• Penguin Random/Viking Press DOGFACE book
• The Telegraph - London
• The Stylist - London
• Country Living Magazine
• Space 150
• Smart Pac
• The Hotel Bel Air - Los Angeles
• Outdoor Magazine
• Farm Boy Brand
• Wisconsin Department of Tourism
• Swanson Russell
• Dogs Today Magazine -UK
• Omega Fields
• Bearport Press
• Lerner Publishing
• & Smith
• Haberman
• Ideas that Kick!
• Workman Publishing
• Willow Creek
• Brown Trout
• Yarn Maker Magazine - UK
• Country Living - UK
• National Cooperative Growers Association