For most of my life, I was never quite a dog person. That changed the day I met Chopper — my now in-laws' pit bull/American Staffordshire Terrier/American Bully mix. He's a huge dog, and (I admit) a bit intimidating when you first meet him. But he also has a huge heart, and I ended up warming up to him fairly easily. I began photographing him about a year and a half ago; he was my original canine muse.