Debra Bell, owner of Bell’s Furry Friends Photography located at 890 Coldbrook Road in Hermon, was named Bangor’s Best Pet Photographer by Market Surveys of America for the ninth year in a row.
“As a pet photographer my job is to capture the relationships of pets and their people,” Bell said. “In return it’s always rewarding to see the connection between my business and the community. This award is especially meaningful because the people who I work with and have impacted are the ones who voted.”
Market Surveys of America is a survey company that is independent of newspaper or magazine publications. Their annual “Best of the Best” winners are determined by tallied public ballots for a particular region and taken online through their website (bestofsurveys.com).
Bell’s Furry Friends Photography is a division of Bell Imaging & Design LLC. It has been operating since 2013. Before 2013, Bell offered pet photography at Bell Imaging & Design LLC. The business offers photography sessions for people and their pets throughout Maine at their homes or businesses.
“It’s important to give back to the community and I do this by being present at events where there are pets, by supporting shelters and rescues and their important work and by being an active member of the community,” Bell said. “We are all part of something bigger and have a duty to do more than just business as normal. We must make a difference. I happen to use my camera to do that.”
She is also a member of several organizations dedicated to enhancing the bonds of people and pets, including the Pet Professional Guild, HeARTs Speak and the Shock Free Coalition of Maine. Bell is also a member of the Professional Photographers of America, the International Society of Animal Photographers and the Paul Bunyan chapter of Business Networking International.
Information on Bell’s Furry Friends Photography’s 13th annual pet photo events in October for Furry Friends Food Bank will be coming out soon.
Photo by: J. Klein Photography