A couple of weeks ago while taking dog photos at Longmont Humane Society, I was faced with super bright sunlight or a bush that was partially dead. So I looked around for a new background and found that the sidewalk and wall of the building would make a simple and neutral gray background. I like the effect and the dogs really pop out. As an added benefit, it was close to the dog kennels so I was able to take more dog photos than normal in a short period of time. Dog photography can be challenging but mostly a lot of fun and photographing shelter dogs to help them find homes is super rewarding.
Mrs. Pibb (above)
Lola (above) feeling a little shy at first, came around and was a great dog model!
Marsha Steckling, owner of Evie Photography is a family, kids and pet photographer based in Boulder Colorado and photographs homeless dogs for Longmont Humane Society to help them find forever homes. She is available for private commissions in Boulder, Longmont, Denver, Louisville, Lafayatte and surrounding areas.
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In October I was invited by Laurie Kaufman of RE/MAX to join forces with her to do a fundraiser for Longmont Humane Society. She would bring her clients with dogs in to the office where we set up a photography studio and I would photograph them for Halloween. It was a great success! Many people came with their dogs, and even one cat for photos, although none of the animals were thrilled about wearing costumes. I took lots of pet photos and gave out lots of treats and I received lots of tail wags, licks and kisses.
Eager to Pose for the Camera!
Serious Old Guy
Will work for Treats!
This is a really well written article by Scott Smith of Consumers Advocate, located in Puerto Rico. Click here to read the article.
The article is about Hearts Speak, an organization that I am a member of that connects artists like photographers, videographers, painters, graphic designers, etc. to animal shelters to help get pets adopted, among other great projects.
This kind of organization needs this kind of well deserved praise and exposure. There is a lot to say about but I will say no more…….. just read the article and you will be thoroughly educated on why Hearts Speak exists and why they are making a difference in the animal rescue world.
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Here are some new faces and some old faces at Longmont Humane Society. A couple of these dogs were adopted before we even had a chance to post their photos, like Randall here. Most dogs do get adopted quickly, but once in awhile you have dogs like Blanca and Grace who take longer to find their forever homes. It’s not their fault though. It’s usually just because they don’t get along well with other dogs or cats. Otherwise, they are perfectly loving and personable dogs. I’m glad I volunteer at a shelter that gives them all the time in the world to find their perfect match!
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This is Porgy. I have photographed him four times over the past several years (maybe five years?). He is one of the most amazing dogs I’ve ever met. Porgy came to Longmont Humane Society after spending nine months in a Chicago shelter while his owner was awaiting trial. Porgy had been neglected, abused and abandoned. LHS is well known for their training program so the Chicago shelter wanted to send him there, to help rehabilitate him. Porgy was a great student and learned many things to help him be a good dog for the right family.
It took awhile to find a home for Porgy because he does not like other dogs. He does however love children. Sadly he was adopted and returned several times, for reasons not having to do with him. I believe that over a five year period, he was adopted and brought back three times. Porgy is now nine years old and waiting for his next family to come and get him – hopefully for keeps this time.
What amazes me about him is his on-going positive attitude. He is always smiling, happy to see anyone who wants to say hello or take him for a walk. And each time he comes back to the shelter he doesn’t get sad and depressed. He smiles and wags his tale, seemingly happy to see old friends and looking forward to his next stop. We so hope his next stop will be his last stop and that it is the best home any dog could ever hope for.
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Occasionally we like to get some of the shelter dogs out on a field trip for a special photo shoot. The goal is to show off more of their personalities and to take photos in which the viewer can imagine the dog living a fun life outside of the shelter, hopefully with them. The dogs we choose to take are dogs that have been at the shelter for a long time, usually 3-12 months. Most of our long timers, or patient pooches as we like to call them, have been at the shelter a long time because they may be reactive to other dogs and need to be the only dog in the home. Sometimes they get over looked for no reason at all. So, we (myself, another photographer, and four dog handlers) took 12 dogs from Longmont Humane Society to Golden Ponds for some fun. The dogs had an amazing time eating grass, playing in the water, interacting with people and just relaxing in the sun. Of course the humans had an amazing time too watching the dogs have so much fun. The extra exposure can really help dogs find new homes and it gives them a break from the shelter. I will post more photos of the other dogs soon!
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