My name is Marsha Steckling, owner of Evie Photography. Some of my friends call me Mara.
This is a blog about photographing dogs with the occasional cat cameo. I have several categories in which I love to photograph dogs. First are the shelter dogs. I started photographing shelter dogs in New Orleans in 2007 at Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO). Although it was two years after Hurricane Katrina, many dogs and cats were still roaming the streets and shelters were overcrowded. Streets were still deserted and houses abandoned. While at ARNO, I adopted my two dogs Jackie and Jesse, who were born feral and lived for a year roaming the streets in mid-city New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina. They spent one year on the streets before being rescued by ARNO and then were cared for by ARNO for a year before I adopted them.
After returning home I started photographing at Longmont Humane Society in Longmont, Colorado right next to my hometown of Boulder. Studies show that better photos help shelter pets get adopted quicker and creates a better portrayal of the shelter that one may visit. I photograph dogs at LHS every Sunday and lead a team of other photographers that photograph the dogs, cats and other animals at the shelter.
Other categories include Street Dogs and Dogs Around Town. Street Dogs are dogs that live on the streets with their people who are either homeless or who are street travelers. I also create posts about dogs I meet when I’m in other cities or traveling lastly dogs of my clients, family and friends.
In May 2013 I was accepted as a member of HeARTs Speak. Their mission is “to save the lives of animals in need by supporting artists, animal welfare organizations and communities”. I am honored to be a member of this group and I look forward to helping more animals!