How it All Began
Adam’s love of pet photography began at the Humane Society of Broward County, where he was originally hired to manage the shelter’s social media and website. He knew nothing about photography when he started, but spent months watching how-to videos online and practicing at the shelter. The goal of each photoshoot was to bring out the personality of each pet to help increase their chances of adoption.
Adam quickly become an expert at putting pets at easeand capturing their unique
and lovable personalities in every picture
His pet photos were helping the shelter animals get adopted faster, and he began to train other volunteers in the art of animal photography.Adam’s work was noticed by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, and they asked him to take photos for a Pet Photoshoot Fundraiser.These fundraising events became so popular that they sold out quickly and Adam, and his wife Mary, started traveling the country hosting similar events and raised over $250,000 for 50+ animal shelters and rescues, but more on that later.
Not only did Adam find his love for shelter pet photography and fundraising at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, but he also found his wife Mary there too. Mary worked for the shelter’s advertising agency and was the Art Director assigned to the Humane Society's account.The shelter asked Adam to photograph a special project and Adam and Mary met on the day of the shoot. The two spent 5 hours together taking photos of GP, the Guinea Pig — and the sparks started flying!
Adam and Mary got married on March 1, 2019 and even had their dogs walk down the aisle! It was their love of rescue animals that brought them together.
Adam and Mary’s original business model was focused on hosting Pet Photoshoot Fundraisers all over the country. When the pandemic hit in March of 2020 and they could no longer travel, Adam and Mary decided to open their own pet photo studio in Tampa instead. In addition to Adam and Mary, AGoldPhoto has two full-time staff, and the company is growing faster than ever imagined. Today, you can still find Adam and Mary taking adoption photos once a month at the shelter.When you book a photoshoot with AGoldPhoto Pet Photography, you support our mission of taking better adoption photos of shelter pets.