What better way to start blogging again than to start with my latest, and most favorite shoot to date? This client wanted some shots of him and his rescue pit-mix (adopted from Rifle Animal Shelter), after seeing some shots I had already done for the Rifle Animal Shelter fundraising calendar, in the junkyard (more on that later!!).
The day could not have been more perfect, the light was incredible and he (the dog) behaved impeccably, made even more impressive because he is, in fact, completely deaf. He has learned hand commands and is so calm and eager to please, he was a real pleasure to work with.
I wanted to get a deep feel to the images, and really show both the owner, and the pup’s personalities. We had a great junkyard guide, who showed us all of their classic cars and the jeep below.
I want to say a huge thank you to Trade Center Auto Recycling in Rifle, Colorado for allowing me to shoot there and for helping me find good spots to shoot at on their property.
If you would like to see this shoot in its entirely, please head over to this link.
They say never work with kids or animals, whoever ‘they’ are, they are dead wrong. Meet Matthew, the kindest sweetest little pitbull pup. When I first met Matthew, I wasn’t sure whether we would be able to get him to play the part, but, as usual I was wrong and he rocked his shoot.
Admittedly it did involve me remote-triggering my camera white tossing treats at him. Look at that face – how can anyone have treated him so badly? He is covered in scars and underweight, but all in for cuddles, and love.
A big shout out to the folks at Garfield County Libraries for making this shoot happen, being patient while I fiddled around and got Matthew used to the library, and giving Matthew cuddles after his shoot.
As of writing, Matthew is still available for adoption at Rifle Animal Shelter. If I hadn’t already got a house full of pets, and no more space, I would have taken him home.
Let me tell you, I have had THE BEST week ever this week. Not only am I booked up for the month, BUT, I am shooting a calendar for my favorite local non-profit! (for those of you who don’t know – it is Rifle Animal Shelter)
The shelter staff and I had talked a while back about doing a calendar, but this month, we decided to make it a reality. I came up with the concept “Dog Town”, which is pretty much what it says on the label. A town run by dogs. I shot my first session on Monday with the New Castle Colorado Police Department, who very kindly lent me their cop car, and themselves to make my idea a reality.
I went and dog-napped two gorgeous bundles of fluff from the shelter – namel Chewbacca (the boy in the front), and Chinook (the girl in the back), crossed my fingers and headed off.
As you all know, wrangling puppies is no easy feat. Check out one of the outtakes below – the Police Chief is in the back in full gear, ducking his head down and lifting Chinook up, while the policeman in the front tries to sit as far back as possible.
Obviously I can’t show the final edits for this shoot, but, please join me on my facebook page or instagram for behind-the-scenes, out-takes, and images that didn’t quite make the cut!
Next up… “The Librarian” with a wonderful pit-bull called Matthew.
Animal rescue has always been something very close to my heart, having grown up in Africa surrounded by waifs and strays. Particularly memorable was my mother rescuing a pair of geese from the side of the road – after they literally fell off the back of a truck. These geese were mean little assholes, but that’s a story for another day!
When we moved to Colorado from Dubai, I really wanted to get involved with an animal rescue group and came across Rifle Animal Shelter. They agreed to let me come and photograph their adoptable animals once a month to help them find homes – those photos are also now part of fundraising efforts. I have loved being part of these animals journeys to find forever homes, and we have adopted a dog from the shelter ourselves.
One of the most memorable was Popper, a bundle of energy with a loving heart. She was passed over so many times and became a long-term resident at the shelter.
One of my photos of Popper was featured on a billboard in Times Square in New York, and she was adopted!!! What a double whammy of awesomeness!!!!
How many photographers can say their images has bee projected dozens of feet high in one of the worlds most recognisable tourist spots AND that it resulted in such a fabulous outcome for Popper.
So, if you are a creative professional, why not give a little of your time to a cause you care deeply about. The rewards are so many and varied, including making your heart happy.
Until next time!
Your almost famous Coloradan pet charity photographer. ❤️
I am super excited to announce that I will be taking the photos for the Rifle Animal Shelter’s fundraising calendar! The shelter is located in Rifle, Colorado. The calendar theme this year will be “Dog Town” – basically a town where everything is run by dogs.
Our first shoot next week is with the lovely police officers over at New Castle Police Department, where we are photographing one of the rescue pups from the shelter on a ride-along. We have a number of gorgeous businesses lined up, offering their premises for the shoot, and I am so excited to get shooting!
Each month will have a shelter dog (either past or present) doing a human thing – getting their hair done, checking the engine of a vehicle as a mechanic, and more!
However, to make the calendar a reality, Rifle Animal Shelter needs sponsors. They need to raise $1200 to get the first 100 calendars printed. The shelter is asking any businesses who want to be part of this or to help out to contact them for more info on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 625-8808.
All proceeds from the calendars go to the shelter, which, as many of you know, is trying to raise money for a new shelter building.
If you have been to the shelter, they are currently using shacks, trailers and whatever they can get their hands on to look after the animals they have in their care. It is a far cry from the beautiful premises of the shelters in Glenwood Springs and up-valley. Add to this that the adoption fees are the lowest in the area, currently just $14 because of sponsorship from Wags and Menace Make a Difference Program. So, if you are looking for a new fury family member, please go and visit and lend a helping hand if you can to make this fundraiser a reality.
Here are a few of the pups currently up for adoption at the shelter:
February has been my busiest month yet – which has definitely led to a slow down in the blogging.
You may recognize this home from my last interior/real estate shoot. I was invited back after that shoot to take some family shots. Since I am not a huge fan of very posed shots, especially when there are small children involved (who get bored pretty easily), I suggested a cookie baking lifestyle shoot.
Lifestyle shoots are simply the photographer capturing your family doing something, it can be baking (this is always a fantastic shoot), making a snowman, or just hanging out. The sessions can be as long as you want, but at a minimum I always suggest an hour.
Lifestyle photo-sessions are often harder to shoot because you are moving around in the home through different lighting scenarios, and shooting around different bits of furniture. However, they are definitely my favorite style of photo shoot. It’s fun watching the kids get messy and really play – I am able to capture such great expressions and emotions, while the family actually has fun.
It’s time for me to head off to my favorite charity, Rifle Animal Shelter, and grab some photos of their adoptable pets. I can’t wait to share them with you, and, who knows, maybe one of you readers will find your forever furry friend.