September 11, 2017

About

Hi! I’m Sammy, a writer and photographer with a passion for helping animal-focused businesses, animal welfare nonprofits, and wildlife conservation organizations improve their digital presence. I do this by assisting them with photography, website updates, article writing, and social media management.

I currently write for a variety of businesses in the animal industry including a wildlife website, a pet care services company, and a site dedicated to responsible dog ownership. I’m also the wildlife expert for a travel company, and own an animal photography business where I help shelters and rescues tell their stories through imagery.

My Background in Wildlife Conservation and Animal Welfare

Before stepping into the media field, I worked directly with animals in veterinary clinics, shelters, and rescue/rehab facilities. I also assisted with marine animal research and conservation efforts. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Maine with additional coursework completed at the University of Hawaii and the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I’ve worked, interned, or volunteered with the following:

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (Manatee research, Photography)
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Sea turtle rehabilitation and care)
University of New England Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center (Seal and sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and care; Photography)
Marine Mammals of Maine (Seal rescue and rehabilitation, Social Media, Photography, Board of Directors)
Center for Whale Research (Humpback whale research)
NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine Turtle Rescue Team (Terrestrial and aquatic turtle rehabilitation and care)
Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (Sea turtle research)
Bangor Humane Society (Animal care, Photography)
Kennebec Valley Humane Society (Photography)
Old Dogs New Digs (Photography)
Scarborough Animal Hospital (Veterinary Assistant)
Westside Animal Hospital (Veterinary Assistant)

While I absolutely love working directly in animal care, I’ve realized that the work that brings me the most joy is the creative kind — sharing the stories of the animals, capturing beautiful images that tug at heart strings, and promoting the important work of organizations.

My Work in Content Marketing + Digital Strategy

I have experience serving as an Editorial Director, Social Media Manager, and Digital Content Manager; I also consistently stay up-to-date with the latest trends in digital marketing, and have completed several courses on best practices in digital media, marketing, and communications. Relevant courses include:

Digital Marketing Masterclass with Diego Davila and Phil Ebiner (in progress)
Hubspot Content Marketing Certification
Storytelling to Influence with Digital Strategist, Jeff Tan
INFLUENCE with Business and Publicity Strategist, Selena Soo
Success coaching with New York Times bestselling author, Jen Sincero
Animal Photography with Rachel Hale McKenna

Get in touch

Need a hand with your digital media, or just want to connect? Use the contact form on the homepage or email me directly at sammy@animalambassador.org. I can’t wait to meet you!