Sam DiChiara’s first foray into dog photography was an act of altruism. While a student at Auburn University, he volunteered to take photographs of orphan dogs for a local humane society.

That’s how John White first learned of his great talent.

“I was totally knocked out by Sam’s work. I’ve seen a lot of great outdoor photography through the years, have known some pretty famous photographers, but Sam not only is a highly gifted technician, he’s an artist. He captures a dog’s personality.”

John soon asked Sam to accompany Zula the Dog and him on bird hunts and field trials. Sam even learned to ride a horse to follow dogs being trained for the trials.

The resulting work beautifully portrays genuine hunting dogs in action. Many of the photographs on this website are by Sam DiChiara.

Sam DiChiara with series host John White.