AGoldPhoto was born somewhat accidentally when Adam was asked by the staff at the Humane Society Tampa Bay to host a Pet Photo Shoot Fundraiser in July 2016.

Adam had been volunteering on the weekends, to take adoption photos, after moving to Tampa from South Florida. The goal of each photo shoot was to bring out the personality of each pet, to help increase their chances of adoption.

Prior to that, from 2013-2015, Adam worked for the Humane Society Broward County where he taught himself photography. He knew nothing about photography before that and was originally hired to manage the shelter’s social media and website.

After 6 months of watching videos online, practicing and training volunteers, Adam quickly excelled at taking photos of pets and fell in love with shelter animals.

The Humane Society Tampa Bay also asked Adam to take photos for an upcoming fundraising campaign that their advertising agency came up with.

Mary worked for the shelter’s advertising agency and was the Art Director assigned to the Humane Society's account.

On the day of the photo shoot, Mary and Adam spent 5 hours together taking photos of GP, the Guinea Pig, and really hit it off. They left a lasting impression on each other and they have been inseparable ever since.

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.

AGoldPhoto Pet Photopgraphy's orginal business model was focused on hosting Pet Photo Shoot Fundraisers all over the country. When the pandemic hit in March of 2020, Adam and Mary could no longer travel and 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 then ever imagined.

Better Adoption Photos

In 2016, Adam started taking photos of shelter pets at Humane Society of Tampa Bay to help them get adopted. You can still find Adam and Mary taking adoption photos a few times a month at the shelter.

When you book a photo shoot with us, you're directly supporting our mission of taking better adoption photos of shelter pets.