We’re big-time animal lovers over here at Cedar Mountain Studios and like to immortalize our furry family members with photography and art. When it comes to pets Sarah Bourque is hands down one of the best photographers we’ve ever met. We discovered her on Instagram and instantly fell in love.
Sarah lives in Victoria, British Columbia and has been photographing four-footed creatures for over a decade. She’s inspired by their adorable, furry faces and joyful, goofy personalities. She’s a self-taught artist and has a creative spirit that loves to push boundaries and try new things.
Her artistic muses are of course her two scruffy rescue pups, Walter and Rupert. They make her belly laugh daily, are expert snugglers and are very demanding about toast crusts.
We’re featuring Sarah’s photos on the Cedar Mountain Facebook and Instagram feeds in April and May and we hope they bring you as much joy as they brought us when we first saw them.
Now let’s hear from Sarah!
Tell us the best things about where you live?
Victoria is so lovely. I moved here with my family when I was thirteen. Over the years I’ve come and gone quite a few times, experimenting with living in other parts of Canada, but I always come back here. I feel most inspired in the outdoors and Vancouver Island has it all with its ocean, beaches, forests, and mountains.
What is your dream vacation?
Like everyone right now I am dreaming of traveling a little bit while we are in quarantine. I like rugged places so my dream vacation would be to someplace wild like Iceland or the Faroe or Shetland Islands.
What is your favorite thing about your profession?
This is an easy one! My models of course. I fall in love with every single furry face that I photograph. The puppies, the seniors, the serious faces and the zoomy goofs. All of them. Every animal has such a unique personality and I love capturing it with my camera.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Doing what I love as a full-time job.
Tell me ten things I'd see if I walked through your front door?
The first thing you see is a large white fireplace mantle. I found it twenty years ago beside a dumpster and carried it up to our apartment. It's massive and solid walnut so it’s very heavy but the adrenalin of the find gave me strength.
You’d also see artwork by my dad and uncle, an antique tea trolley that belonged to my grandma, a Papasan chair that the dogs sleep in, a selection of antique lanterns that belonged to my husband John’s dad, a huge black and white photo of a llama that we met on our friend’s farm, two large fancy portraits of Walter and Rupert where they look like admirals, an old suitcase we use as a coffee table and a slew of chewed up dog toys and tennis balls that are always scattered everywhere.
What is your favorite thing to create?
I love to create art in many forms. Before I was a pet photographer I was a toy designer and before that, I refinished furniture and painted. Photography is my number one passion though.
What's the silliest thing you've ever done in public?
On my first day of university, I was looking at a cute boy and walked into a lamp post.
What’s the most memorable lesson you learned from your parents?
Work hard and do what you love.
What memory instantly makes you smile?
Walking through the streets in Inverness, Scotland. That city touched my soul.
If you had to get a tattoo tomorrow what would it be and why?
I already have three tattoos, all of which I recently saw on a list of the cheesiest tattoos from the ’90s. So, I don’t know if I’d trust myself to get another one.
What can’t you live without?
My husband John, our dogs, Walter and Rupert, my camera and good coffee.