GRACE CHON is a commercial and editorial animal photographer, acclaimed 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 11 years, but before she stumbled upon the greatest job in the world, she was an art director in advertising working for brands like Saturn, Panda Express, Shutterfly and more.
While working in the ad industry in 2008, Grace started a side hustle as a family pet photographer, which grew faster than she could have imagined. 9 months later, despite the massive economic recession, she quit her day job to focus full time on animal photography and has never looked back.
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. Her work is featured in advertising, magazines, greeting cards, calendars, books, and television.
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, 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.
In 2018, newly photographed images from the “HAIRY” series went viral yet again, with mentions around the globe.
Grace is also the author of 2 dog photography books - Waggish: Dogs Smiling for Dog Reasons and Puppy Styled: Japanese Dog Grooming Before and After.
From creating award winning, viral ad campaigns to personal photography work that has gone viral multiple times, Grace knows how to craft ideas that get noticed. She believes the key to life is tuning in deeply to what your natural gifts are and sharing them others. She is passionate about empowering and teaching others how to do the same.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and 2 rescue dogs Maeby and Zoey.
View her photography work at www.gracechon.com.