The photographs in this exhibit were originally made as part of The Arc’s 2017 “Service Dogs of Middle Tennessee” calendar; a project that raised funds for people with disabilities in our community. Each service dog has a moving and unique story about how they provide individualized tasks to assist their owners with varying disabilities. These photographs showcase the personal account of each service dog team as well as educates the public on etiquette, the law, and often-misunderstood aspects of service dogs. The goal with each photograph was to capture the dedication, loyalty, and spirit of each dog in a way that reflects their unique personality.
Jen Vogus is photographer, educator, and disability advocate Jen became passionate about photography several years ago when she began taking pictures of her son, who has a disability and is non-verbal. She photographed the things he was doing and what he enjoyed so he could share this information with peers and teachers at school. It gave him a voice; sharing his interests and helping others realize all that he was capable of doing. Jen’s infatuation for the technical, artistic, and humanitarian aspects of photography soon developed and has been her true passion ever since.