Image gone viral changes Northland photographer's life

By KBJR News 1

July 28, 2014 Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Northland photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson's image of Schoep the dog and owner John Unger in Lake Superior went viral nearly two years ago.

Monday night the talented photographer explained to people in the community how that photo has changed her life.

The photo has had millions upon millions of views on everything from Facebook to Twitter.

Just months after Hudson took the photo in 2012, it had already been viewed over 3,000,000 times.

It's because of this experience Hudson has decided to explain the ups and downs of the social media chaos and how she has managed her life and business since.

She spoke on Monday to a group at the Duluth Photography Institute.

Hudson told the audience she can now do her same work on a much larger scale, traveling around the world, all because of this image and the story behind it.

"I had no idea that this would happen and I had no idea I was being set up to effect so much positive change and it's... I, I can't explain how powerful that is to me, that I get to do that," said Hudson.

She says when something goes viral it's always important to remember to not get distracted by the attention, and to never lose your purpose by getting sucked in to all the hype.

Hudson says she plans to travel to shelters around the country to teach workshops on taking better photos of adoptables.

She will also be teaching about resilience and social media to other private groups.

Elsa Robins