We are Kerrin Winter and Dale Churchill, a husband and wife team with a passion for dogs, horses and photography. Both long-time professional shooters, we met in Dallas, Texas in '92 at a pro shop while returning equipment from our days' work. At the time Dale was shooting human models for the Dallas fashion industry as well as working as a Lighting Director on motion picture sets.
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|Kerrin was already working as a dog and horse photographer through the famous sporting art gallery, Collectors Covey in Highland Park Village. Although she loved her clients and subjects, she was often frustrated with the limitations as a lone shooter. In college she'd majored in Television production (she was a TV producer and news anchor before deciding to "do what you love") and understood the importance of good lighting and directing. So it was natural for her to want more from the pictures than she was getting. "I dreamed of dogs and horses lit professionally and of having the freedom to art direct my subjects.|
|Of course, these things can only be obtained through true partnership but my order was pretty tall. I was looking for a kindred spirit. Someone who had the same production sensibilities, work ethic, ambition and an even greater working knowledge of professional lighting and commercial production. Luck was with me that day as Dale drove up to Pro Camera in an old '52 Ford pick-up truck - the truck of my dreams." After returning our equipment, we struck up a conversation about engine valves and the rest is history. Together we have traveled the country since 1992, working as a team producing images as varied as the needs of our clients and having the time of our lives.|
In 1998, our book, "How to Photograph Dogs" was released to critical acclaim from reviewers at three major dog magazines, the AKC Gazette, Dog World and Dog Fancy. |
The book was so popular that the original press run of 20 thousand has sold out. It is now scheduled for a second printing in summer 2008. In order to keep up with current demand we have produced a CD ROM version that right here.
Inspired by our written success, Kerrin has continued writing, concentrating on magazine feature stories as well as penning the Performance column for the AKC Gazette.
Click HERE for a list published stories.
|Growing up near Cleveland, Ohio, Kerrin and her sister began showing dogs when a next door neighbor asked them for help showing Saint Bernard puppies at a local match. Handling classes began in earnest the next summer and by 1972 the sisters were showing their homebred Shorthairs in both Open classes and Junior Showmanship.|
|As teenagers they were the proud owner/handlers of several champion Shorthairs of the old Fliegen Miester bloodlines. Later, their interests evolved to Wirehaired Pointers, with several Stutzer Stumper children who kept the girls-turned-college students, active in the dog world.|
|Nowadays Kerrin and Dale share their lives with a tribe of English Cocker Spaniels, a Giant Schnauzer and a Chihuahua as well as 3 Welsh Mountain Ponies. To meet our family, Click Here.|
|Still very interested and involved in dogs, Kerrin considers herself an all-breed historian and will often spend hours researching breeds before an important shoot. Her knowledge of the individual breeds of dogs and her feeling towards them is part of the defining style of Winter Churchill Photography.|
|Known in the motion picture business as a Gaffer, Stills Photographer and Lighting Technician, Dale Churchill has worked on such programs as Walker Texas Ranger and the award winning PBS programs Wishbone and Barney and his Backyard Gang, as well the feature films Bottle Rocket, Blank Check and even music videos for Billy Dean, Chris Ledoux and Ricky Lynn Gregg. As a stills photographer, Dale has been shooting professionally since 1979.|
His set lighting ability and his familiarity with cameras of all formats has provided him with clients as diverse as Neiman Marcus,
Coca-Cola and Capital Records and Fossil Watch.
|In recent years, Dale has turned away motion picture and commercial stills work in lieu of his latest passions of dogs, horses and Digital Image Manipulation. A self described computer junkie, Dale spends hours each day in PhotoShop, Java script, and good old- fashioned html. He runs the server that you are connected to right now to get these pages, as well as over 30 other websites. He has totally embraced web technology and has a very clear picture of the digital future. Although the Look is a team effort, Dale designs and implements our website. When he's not chained to the big screen monitor, he's often in the workshop inventing gizmos to use on our shoots. Always smiling on set, Dale is famous for his friendly manner and his ability to fix ANYTHING with just what-ever happens to be on-hand. He uses light like Rachel Ray does salt. With an easy manner born of long experience, he'll tweak the lights "to taste" adding a pinch more, where ever it "feels good" to him. Combined with his wife's knowledge of the Canine and Equine, our style is unique in our field.|
From our pages, you will see that we love dogs, horses and photography. We are experts in our craft and take our business and art, very seriously. If you have a project that involves dogs, photography and image manipulation you have come to the right place. We're friendly, knowledgeable and lots of fun. Please drop us e-mail, leave your number and lets "talk dogs".