We’re busy selling votes for the 2017 Tiny Dog Calendar. This is our annual fundraising project and the each vote costs $1. Only the top 13 vote-getters make it in to the 2017 calendar, but each and every little model has fun in the process.
This year we collaborated with a wonderful local florist, Sheila Johnson of FLORAL CONCEPTS to create something colorful and spectacular for each of our models. No tired silk flowers for these babies! We think the results are well worth it. Our goal is to have a traveling display that will go up in several area public spaces to show off just how beautiful our furry friends are. And maybe inspire people to adopt or donate.
Most of the models are local rescues, but ALL of the voting money goes to a local charity — Artists for Animals — to help them save more homeless pets. The calendars will go on sale in the fall — as well as some limited edition greeting cards. So keep an eye on our Etsy shop for greeting cards, but you can PRE-order your calendars now.
If it’s one thing we always find at animal shelters and around our neighborhoods, it’s concrete. Instead of passing it over for the grass or dirt — make it work to your advantage. Concrete makes a great natural reflector! Putting a black dog on a sidewalk or driveway can make a huge difference in your final shot. And it’s one reflector they are sure not to be afraid of! If you can find a spot of color in the background (like the row of pine trees in the photo below) you’ve got a little bit of magic. What you don’t see is that there was a parking lot behind the pine trees –which we neutralized by throwing the background out of focus (this was shot at f2.0 with an 85mm lens) and laying flat on the ground to shoot slightly “up” at the puppy. So take your fastest lens with you and use the concrete to have some fun!
We still have three spots left for our Portfolio Shooting Day in Minneapolis in August. Leave a comment on this blog if you’d like more information.
Animal Sheltering Magazine interviewed me recently and they wrote a great article, complete with before and after photos and all sorts of tips. If you haven’t seen their publication, you can subscribe online – it’s a great magazine. It’s published by The Humane Society of the United States and the people that read it are serious in the world of animal rescue. They run shelters and rescue organizations all over the country!
The real reason I’m mentioning the article is that I constantly hear from people who have taken the webinar and are trying to get started with their at shelters and they meet with resistance from the shelter employees. So NOW you have some printed information to walk in the door with — ask them if they receive the magazine (they probably do) and suggest that they to read the 4 page article that starts on page 44. Hopefully, they’ll at least listen. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t appear on their website, just in their magazine — so I can’t link to it for online readers. But it’s well worth the price of a subscription 🙂
If you’re interested in the April webinar, we still have some room — see more info by clicking the “webinar sign up” tab above.
These are the emails I love to get:
Just wanted to let you know Casper and Ginger were adopted tonight to a wonderful family!! After a week of having your pictures up I have gotten 3 applications for them! That’s amazing as I had not had but two apps in five months for the two! 🙂
Thank you sooooo much for what you are doing! It DOES work!
Casper and Ginger were a bonded pair. Ginger was Casper’s guide dog, and as many of you know, it’s really difficult to find a home that will take two dogs. But they got lucky. So I’m posting their adoption portrait. They’re my happy ending of the week!
Such a wonderful opportunity — I talked about photographing rescue dogs with Emmy Award winning journalist Steve Hartman of CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. His story about us will be part of Assignment America (stay tuned for a date). I was thrilled and excited to have the chance to see these guys work. And with their help, I know we’re going to have a lot more people out there adopting and photographing homeless dogs. Thanks, Steve and many thanks to Jamie Brown Public Relations for pulling this all together — and a HUGE thank you to Dallas Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue for the endless hours of coordinating and driving and arrangements made.