Grace Chon is a commercial and editorial animal photographer, recognized for her highly expressive portraits of animals and authentic photos of people and their pets. Her clients include ad agencies, pet brands, magazines, publishing companies, celebrities, and TV shows.
Grace has been photographing animals for nearly 10 years, but before she stumbled upon the greatest job in the world, she was an art director in advertising working for brands like Volkswagen, Panda Express, General Motors, Shutterfly and more.
In 2008 she started a side hustle business as a pet photographer, which grew faster than she could have imagined. By 2009, despite the massive economic downturn, she quit her day job to focus full time on animal photography. Now as a commercial and editorial photographer, Grace works with clients like Purina, Milkbone, Fancy Feast, Woman’s Day Magazine, Men’s Journal, and celebrities like Chris Pratt, Chelsea Handler, Clinton Kelly, and Boo the Dog.
In 2014, her photo series “Zoey and Jasper,” featuring her son and rescue dog, went viral around the world, with mentions by The Huffington Post, Mashable, Good Morning America, Buzzfeed, Kathie Lee and Hoda on The Today Show, and countless mentions by the international media.
In 2016, her photo series “HAIRY,” featuring dogs before and after their wildly cute haircuts, went viral again, with mentions by The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Refinery29, HelloGiggles, INSIDER, Yahoo, O the Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fair Italia, and a number of international press from around the world.
Her first book Waggish: Dogs Smiling for Dog Reasons will be released October 2017 by Countryman Press. In October 2018, she will be releasing her next book featuring dogs from the HAIRY photo series.
Grace believes the key to life is tuning in deeply to what makes you really happy. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and 2 rescue dogs.
View her work at www.gracechon.com.