isa Cuchara remembers the first time she photographed a frog. It was 2012 and the biomedical sciences professor was visiting a butterfly farm in Massachusetts. She was instantly smitten when the owner brought out a red-eyed tree frog and allowed her to take pictures.
She’d already established a reputation as an up-and-coming shutterbug. A serious academic during the week — Cuchara teaches courses like Infections of Leisure and Transplantation Immunology — she spent many weekends shooting weddings alongside her photographer husband, Tom.
But after the farm visit, Cuchara and three of her photography pals decided to buy a red-eyed frog of their own from a breeder.
“It would spend a month at my house and then rotate around,” said Cuchara. “The problem was, I got lonely when I didn’t have the frog.”
Cuchara’s husband suggested she buy a few frogs of her own. “He would live to regret those words,” said Cuchara with a laugh.