WOW! what wonderful responses I have had from so many wonderful animal lovers across the country. You inspire me!
If you haven’t sent me an email and you’ve just stumbled upon this blog – please watch our wonderful news clip. A big hug to Steve Hartman, a wonderful journalist with a heart AND a brain for doing this story. We need more media professionals like him!
just a few notes:
If you’re a professional and feel competent with your DSLR and are
ready to start selling your work — our Focus On Rescue workshop will
not teach you marketing, sales, and professional photographic techniques
using professional equipment. We have a wonderful book written
specifically for pros called DOG SHOTS: Tips & Tricks for Pet Photographers which is available on my PETS website. Click on “For Photographers” It
covers equipment, camera settings, location shooting, etc. It’s a
shooting/creative guide to making beautiful portraits. It does not cover
the business end of things. You can see sample pages and read reviews
on the Unleashed | fine art of pet photography blog.
If you are interested in a fine art pet photography workshop in Dallas
with me, to learn marketing, sales, studio lighting with live models,
etc. please let me know. If there is enough interest, we can set up a
two day workshop and really do some hands-on work with live models and
studio equipment, and get down to business!
The FOR (Focus On Rescue) workshops are for beginners and rescue volunteers who are using point and shoot cameras and photographing pets specifically for their online
adoption listings, i.e. Petfinder.com. In these workshops we often have
people show up with DSLRS, but please don’t think we’re going to be
able (in 2-3 hours!) to teach you pet photography. We can teach you to
greatly improve the quality of the photographs you take with the
equipment you have on hand. These workshops are offered for a
non-refundable fee of $20 to cover the cost of handouts, etc. We offer
these in Dallas only (at this time) and will publish the dates of the
upcoming classes on this blog.
If you’re unable to attend a workshop in Dallas and still want to learn
how to make better photographs and work with animal rescue and pets, we
will be offering a webinar towards the end of this month for a nominal
fee (like $50). I honestly have tried to have some sort of kit or
manual available for download but found that it was really difficult to
teach lighting from basic drawings on paper. At least with a
webinar I can take your questions and narrate the diagrams. We will
have you sign up online and pay the webinar fee by paypal.
The webinar will also go over working with rescue organizations, and we’ll
have an opportunity to answer your questions re: props, backgrounds,
In the mean time, target the rescue group you want to work with
— some great tips on the Getting Started page of this blog.
When you’re ready to approach them and volunteer, I suggest you offer your services
GENTLY. Don’t walk in the door and tell them their photography sucks
and you could do better, because the person behind the counter has
probably worked very hard to get those photos online and he or she works
for little or no money doing it. PARTNER with them, volunteer to
photograph their events and join their fund raising efforts –become a
part of the team before you try to take over the photography. And
hopefully by that time, you will have some new skills to offer them!
Finally, you may want to join a group of professional photographers that is
organizing to support animal rescue around the country, take a look at Hearts Speak They
also have a facebook page. They do not train beginners, but they are a
growing organization of professionals that are making a difference. They might even be able to match you up with a pro in your area for some mentoring.
So thank you! and I hope to see you on our Webinar next week.