Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

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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Meet Babs

October 20, 2011

Oh, goodness. At least once a week — while photographing adoptable dogs for Austin Pets Alive! — I fall in the love with a new face.

This week, it was Babs. I mean really, look at her!

She’s a 3-month-old lab/hound mix with the most beautiful coloring and playful disposition. I hope she’ll find a wonderful home soon.

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.

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.

Otto Finds a Home

July 29, 2010

Sweet Otto

I found out today that Otto has been adopted!

Now, I don’t know if the photos that I took of him less then 48 hours ago had anything to do with it, but I couldn’t be more thrilled for him and his new family. I know the power that a single photo on the Internet has when it comes to pulling at your heart strings, and it was my hope in volunteering for Austin Pets Alive! that I could help make that connection for a sweet dog along the way.

His cute and cuddly brother, Otis, still needs a home if you’re interested though!

A Single Photo

July 26, 2010

More than three years ago, a picture was all it took to make us fall in love. Long story short:

Cole and I were in Nashville around Christmas 2006 and had planned to attend a bloggers’ luncheon and meetup. There was no fee to attend, just buy your own lunch and bring a bag of dog or cat food which would be donated to the Nashville Humane Association. We ended up missing the lunch meetup, but we hit the blogosphere later to get the stories about what went on.

It sounded like everyone had a great time, and our friend and fellow blogger Kerry Woo had been tasked with taking all of the donated food over to the NHA. The nice folks over there brought out a dog to have his picture taken with Kerry and all that food. Without even really thinking about it, we asked Kerry more about this dog and then visited NHA’s website to learn more about him. And there it was — a single picture of his face. Fast forward a few weeks, and we’re on a plane from Austin to Nashville to adopt him and drive him home.

Yesterday, I signed up to volunteer for Austin Pets Alive! with my camera. It’s my hope that one or two of the photos that I take will have the same impact, that they’ll speak to someone who will then open up their heart and home to a pet that needs it most. I encourage you to check them out. And if you’re interested, volunteer, make a donation or help them take something off of their wish list of needs.

It’s Slinky, It’s Slinky

May 4, 2010

Sweet ol’ girl

Half-blind and totally deaf, Slinky is living the life in a nice retirement community in Surprise, Ariz. At 15 years old, she’s diabetic, has had back surgery, and has survived colon cancer and the surgery that came with it. She’s now the spoiled “only child” in Cole’s grandparents’ house, both of her sisters passing away in the last year.

And I think she is loving this “only child” lifestyle! G’pa and G’ma are at her beck and call. She barks and one of them is right there to make sure she is happy and comfortable and well-fed. She loves to be scratched around the ears. And I think G’ma has cooked more than one meal just for her…

Lucky 13

November 19, 2009
Happy Birthday, T.J.

The Teeter Baby

T.J. turns 13 today. Like Bugsy, I’ve had T.J. since he was a tiny thing, all of two pounds at just 6-weeks-old.

It was a cold January evening when I first met him. He was so tiny that I was able to tuck him into my jacket and go into a restaurant with him. No one ever noticed him, and he stayed asleep and dreaming the whole time.

He was so quiet as a puppy. He would play and wrestle with Bugsy, and the whole time Bugsy would growl and bark (in a playful way, of course) and T.J. wouldn’t make a sound. Then one day, I had a kitchen towel draped over the balcony railing outside the backdoor of my apartment. The wind blew it down and T.J. went nuts barking at this yellow kitchen towel on the balcony. He hasn’t stopped barking since. Just ask the UPS man.

Happy Birthday, Bugsy!

September 7, 2009

The Notorious B-U-G

The Notorious B-U-G

Our oldest turns 13 today. I can’t believe it.

Mom always tells me that my birthdays make her feel older than her own birthdays do, and today I understand that feeling.

I’ve had Bugsy since he was six weeks old. He was the one male in a litter of seven, and when he pranced up to me like he owned the joint, I knew I had to have him.

He loves to cuddle on the couch. He loves to take walks around the neighborhood. And he loves to run off with your socks while you’re trying to put them on.

Happy birthday, Bug-man!