Local Profile | "4 Questions with Suzanne Demaree"

1. Where (and how) did you grow up? 

My father was an officer in the army. Our family, my parents, three kids, a dog and cat, moved often. Being a mom myself I do not see how my mom moved so often. She really seemed to enjoy the adventure. Decorating each new home with curtains and things even if we were there for only one year before moving on.

2. How did your upbringing affect what you do for a living?

Still wanting to travel, I pursued a career path to become a photographer with the idea of traveling the world photographing people and places. I attended East Texas State University, now Texas A&M Commerce. I have a Bachelors Degree with a Major in Photography; Minor in Journalism. Having a family kept my career closer to home photographing people, places and animals.

3.What brought you to Rockport-Fulton (and how does it differ from where you previously lived?

We vacationed in Rockport-Fulton often and decided to build a home here. 2 years ago we made the move from Dallas, Texas to Rockport-Fulton. The lifestyle here is much more relaxed and I love the Art community. My husband loves the fishing.

Suzanne's Great Dane "Duchess"

4. What are your passions? 

Family, Animal Welfare, Photography, Education and the Environment. My eldest daughter introduced me to the world of Animal Rescue in 2004. She needed to gain community service hours for high school and picked The SPCA of Texas to volunteer. I have been involved ever since. I am told the photographs I take of the shelter animals play a big part in many homeless animals finding forever homes. That makes me happy! In Dallas I worked closely with the SPCA of Texas and Second Chance SPCA. The SPCA of Texas asked me to create photography to hang in their new shelter, The Jan Rees-Jones Campus. These works are up to 10' x 15' black and white images of primarily shelter animals.

I now volunteer with The Humane Society of Rockport-Fulton and love it! In addition to photographing the animals to be placed on WWN Rockport, Petfinder, Facebook and Shelter Manager, I have recently taken on sending in the weekly pets of the week pictures to the Rockport Pilot. Thanks to the generosity of WWN Rockport and The Rockport Pilot, weekly ads are run introducing the animals available for adoption right here at the Rockport-Fulton Humane Society. I am a professional photographer in Rockport-Fulton available for commissioned portraits of animals and their people.


Tracy Felux said…
Incredible woman! She helps all of our shelter pets find their Furever Homes out at the Rockport Fulton Humane Society! The pictures she takes, she captures personalities unseen by the naked eye, she is amazing! We ♡ her!
Anonymous said…
Suzanne is a life saver for homeless pets. Her skill is remarkable as she captures each cat and dog personality. Cats are particularly known to be difficult to photograph but she does wonders with them. You can see her work every week in the Pet Adoption section of WWN and by going to the Humane Society's Facebook Page, click on Photos, then Albums and then the individual Cat and Dog Adoption Albums. Gayly Opem
Anonymous said…
A picture CAN say a thousand words, and for the animals that you help find homes for, your pictures of them ARE their voice. Thank you for all you're doing for these orphaned babies.
Anonymous said…
Sue's dedication to animals and her artistry as a professional photography has saved countless numbers of animals and mended many broken hearts (heart of animals and humans alike). Sue puts her artistry in motion when she captures the looks that lure us in and make our heart race when we connect with an animal through her lens. Sue also spends many hours behind the scenes. Her photography involves much more than meets the eye. Thank you Sue for your love and compassion, from me and many critters.
Anonymous said…
Please excuse my poor grammar "artistry as a professional photographer" - (hearts of animals and humans alike) - so much for English 1302 :-) Anonymous post above 7/18/2014 - Karen
Deb Navin said…
When Suzanne showed up at the shelter that first Tuesday morning, none of us knew how much this pretty lady with the big camera was going to affect our lives. Due to the "Glamor" shots of the animals that we get to publish, the adoption rate has soared! Everyone feels badly for the poor dirty pup behind bars, but they don't want him in their home. The happy, "come and get me" pictures that Suzanne takes tug at the heart and warm fuzzies abound. Thank You Suzanne, from ALL of us at the shelter! We don't tell you nearly enough, but we do appreciate everything that you do for us - and that includes our super chaotic Christmas picture.
Anonymous said…
Way to go Sue! I'm so happy that you've made such an impact at the shelter for the humans and the animals!!!! - Karen Hayden

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