Hiya I am Jonathan Mbu, or Pura Vida Exotics Photography as I’m known in the pet industry! Over the course of my photography journey I have been fortunate enough to have worked with organisations such as Just For Pets and All Dogs Matter and been able to work at official events such as the Suffolk Dog Day as a professional photographer!
Having kept a wide array of pets all my life, from dogs to crocodiles (believe it or not!!), it’s safe to say I’ve been animal mad for as long as I can remember. This passion lead to me getting a degree in zoology. Initially I started photographing animals at zoos and during field trips in the British countryside.
These photographs are what got me recognised and resulted in me working with zoos such as Tropical Wings and Linton zoo, and eventually photographing the Flights of Wonder event at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Florida. It wasn’t till I started photographing my pet reptiles that I realised I could offer my photography to other pet owners and that’s when I was contacted by Just For Pets and the rest is history as they say!
Since I started photographing pets I have done charity work and offered my services as prizes for raffles and competitions to raise money for dogs and cats in need, I hope to continue this work as I feel that through my photography I can make a real difference to those less fortunate pets that do not have a voice to speak out for themselves!