Many years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the animal rescue group she fostered for (Angel of Hope Animal Rescue). That was the beginning of my love for helping animals in need. The best way to help get these deserving animals adopted is to give them online exposure with eye-catching photos. Anyone can take a cell phone pict nowadays. In fact we are all overwhelmed with photos because of it. But that doesn't mean the person behind the phone has the kind of training and experience in photographing animals in a way that makes one want to adopt them. I've had extensive photography training, education and experience which gives me an advantage in this area so I enjoy using my skills to help animals find loving homes.
It's an art to get animals to look directly at my lens and at the same time not to show their fear and anxiety. When animals are in a stressful situation, I must try to make them feel as comfortable as possible and get them to focus on me so that in the final images it's as if the viewer can see into the soul of that animal and know that it could be the right companion for them.