Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Volunteering Is Fun

May 31, 2012

Volunteering for Austin Pets Alive! has brought so many wonderful animals and people into my life the last two years. Last night, I got to meet a fellow volunteer in-person for the first time after many months of emailing back and forth and friendship on Facebook. We visited over coffee, watching people in grass skirts walking giddily down the sidewalk on their way to see Jimmy Buffet, and then we traveled to APA! to take some pictures and shoot some video footage of some dogs who needed to have their profiles beefed up. It was pretty much an awesome evening.

Look at these beautiful faces. We got to spend time with all of them yesterday evening.

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In T.J.’s Memory

August 16, 2011

Rest in Peace, T.J.

A few weeks ago, I met a sweet ol’ pittie named T.J. who was looking for a forever home. He was being fostered by a sweetheart named Cathy and her husband, as well as their three dogs. I took some pictures of him for his online profiles in the hopes that someone would see them, fall in the love with T.J. and adopt him. After losing our own T.J. just a few months ago, this T.J. had a special place in my heart before I even met him.

This T.J. was a gentle giant. There is no telling what went on in his life before Cathy came along. From the looks of his scissor-cut ears, it wasn’t pretty. But he still walked with a soft step and looked at Cathy and his four-legged housemates with a great and playful love.

I found out this morning that T.J. passed away earlier this week. Cathy was his forever home, and I’m so glad that he had her to show him what true puppy love is. And I’m thrilled to have been able to give her some photographs that will always show his sweet face, healthy spirit and goofy tongue sticking out.

Today, in T.J.’s memory, I encourage you to take a picture of someone you love. It doesn’t have to be technically perfect. Just capture a moment, a memory or a tongue sticking out. I hope that looking at it makes you smile.

Visiting Sheila

May 17, 2011

As I do every Tuesday during my lunch hour, I went to the Brodie adoption location today to take pictures and videos of the Austin Pets Alive! dogs. My little sister, Sheila, was there today, lounging in the sun with about three toys and a swimming pool full of fresh water. I think she knew who I was as I started walking toward her from the parking lot and she wagged her tail faster and faster the closer I got. That’s such a good feeling!

She is a such a happy girl! She was tossing a little yellow bear around her pen, wagging her little nub of a tail, pressing her cheek against her pen for anyone and everyone to say hello. I hope she finds a great home soon. I can just picture her curled up at the foot of someone’s bed, on a big comfy bed of her very own.

Sweet Sheila

Who Are You Calling Old?!

March 18, 2011

This is Gramps. He’s new to Austin Pets Alive! and is looking for a great home. I’m kind of in love with him.

Don’t let the name fool you, though. This boy has lots of life left in him. He’s a happy and spunky old man, and who can resist that crooked smile?

Gramps

Spoil ’em Rotten

March 15, 2011

I love the Austin Pets Alive! Big Brothers/Sisters program! I met my new “little” today, Candy. It makes my heart smile to know that she’ll find a loving home soon after being on a euthanasia list just last week. She’s a true beauty, part French Bulldog from the looks of it. Her coat is amazing, she’s not a big fan of the camera, and I can’t wait to see her continue to blossom.

Sweet Candy

And then there’s Mangy Max, my other “little,” who is making great progress every day. He’s a lanky, almost clumsy boy, with probably the longest legs at APA! right now. He’s a friendly boy, loves treats and loves to bark at birds to get away from his food.

I know some volunteers and visitors are hesitant to love on him because of his mange (which, again, is responding very well to treatment), but I talked to our family vet about that last week, worried about bringing it home. She said the possibility is incredibly slim. That by sanitizing before and after loving on each animal and keeping things clean, we’re doing just the right things. She pointed out that with all the mange she’s come into contact with, she’s never taken it home to her pets. That’s good, because Max deserves just as much love as anyone else.

Handsome Max

I hope they both get adopted soon, but until then, I’m giving them treats, making them new blankets, taking them on walks and giving them all the bellyrubs they can stand.

Mangy Ol’ Max

February 18, 2011

I have a new little brother, a dog to spoil and love and cuddle until his forever family comes along. His name is Max. He looks a little rough right now, but he’s getting healthier and more handsome by the day. He’s a friendly dog, a good sitter and a curious nose-to-the-ground hunter. Max likes peanut butter treats and is up for adoption through Austin Pets Alive!

Sam Likes to Laugh

February 1, 2011

So, a dog walks into a bar…

Sam: He's fun!

Sam is a sweet, playful pup. He’s available for adoption from Austin Pets Alive!

Four Pre-Session Tips for Pet Photographs

November 9, 2010

Buttercup: Recently adopted through Austin Pets Alive!

I take pictures of our dogs every year on their birthdays. I also take pictures of adoptable dogs every Tuesday during my lunch break and anytime that a foster dog in the Austin Pets Alive! system needs some updated portraits. Along the way, I’ve had to wake dogs to take their pictures, clean their faces, bribe them to sit still and try to find just the right angle to get their good sides.

If you’re getting your dog ready to have his picture taken for a modeling gig, a visit to Santa or even just for a new picture to show off on your desk, I encourage you to consider the following:

  • Take a damp cloth to the face. Some photographers can do amazing things with photo-editing software, but a clean face is a clean face. Using a damp cloth, give your pup a quick once-over to get rid of eye boogies, dirty noses and loose hair.
  • Hit the streets. I’ve taken dozens of pictures of the same dog that all end up just a terrible blur. If you have an energetic dog, consider a long walk right before the photo session. He’ll be calm and relaxed, probably a little more in focus as well.
  • Show some personality. I’m not one to dress my pets from head to paw, but a little something definitely helps an animal stand out and show some personality. Whether it’s a studded collar, a pink ribbon or a Texas bandanna, a little detail can really show some individuality.
  • Keep a treat close. For a dog who is motivated by food, a treat is a necessary piece of photography equipment. Hold a treat up close to the camera lens, or have a friend hold it just over your shoulder. The resulting pictures will make it look like that dog is looking right at you like the perfect model he is.

Ever Seen a Dog Laugh?

August 30, 2010

Boss: A Sweet, Happy Dog

Boss is such a playful pup, and he’s available through Austin Pets Alive! This video shows a bit more of his personality. If I could bring him home, I would. Heck, I’d bring them all home!

What’s In a Name?

August 24, 2010

Her Name Says It All

A couple of times in the last few weeks while taking photos for Austin Pets Alive!, I’ve come across a dog that I just couldn’t shake. Sweetie is one of those dogs.

Her name couldn’t fit her better! I’ve been around her a few times now, and she’s always been incredibly gentle, patient and sweet. Her tail wags ever so gently when she thinks you might be coming over to talk to her. My guess is that she would be a perfect companion for a jog around the lake, and then she’d be just as happy to relax by your feet with a toy during the big game.

She’s spayed and microchipped, about 10-11 months old, and I know she’ll be eternally grateful when she finds her forever home. Rescued dogs know