David Sutton, Portrait Photographer

As a very young animal lover, David Sutton wanted to be a veterinarian. By age nine, he had set his sights on becoming a photographer instead.

Little did he know that his ultimate calling would be a mashup of these two loves. The catalyst for this unexpected fusion was a Border Collie mix named Zane!–an Energizer Bunny of a dog fully worthy of his exclamation point.

One day, after finishing some portraits for a business magazine, David called Zane! over to the backdrop and, using an ancient Rolleiflex and a roll of Kodak Plus-X, shot a roll of twelve pictures. That spontaneous exercise launched a career that has spanned nearly three decades.

David began delighting other dog lovers (and the local media) by demonstrating a keen eye for the bond between people and their pets. Their shared humanity continues to entrance him to this day.

Active in his hometown of Evanston and the greater Chicago area, David’s charitable work has raised over a $1 million for more than 100 animal and human welfare agencies over the course of his career. He is a proud father and he and his daughter share a shelter cat named Leah.