View Full Version : Something productive to do with my Photographic passion...

01-29-2011, 08:39 AM
Like many of you I always want to take photographs that have an impact...right?
We think of National Geographic landscapes or photojournalism and then I had a bright idea that appealed to me.

I volunteered with my local animal shelter and rescue group to take some good quality photos of the animals that they have up for adoption! They need to have good photos to show in the local newspapers, pet stores, veterinarian offices etc.

If you think about it your photograph could be the reason someone finds a longterm companion and "TRUE" friend. You could be responsible for saving the life of the animal and bringing joy and companionship to someone.

Yesterday I did my first shoot with the "Walton County Animal Guild" in Walton County, GA. This is my local community. I took photos of about 20 different dogs that are looking for good homes.

I don't know if my creative vision and skill will ever develop to the point that I make awe inspiring fine art photographs...but I may save the life of a great animal and help someone find a great friend.

I hope some of you will get involved in your local communities and uses your knowledge for something other than taking shots of trash cans, fire hydrants, and stop signs.

01-29-2011, 08:48 AM
I like that idea and it's a very noble cause. I have rescued two dogs that were destined to be sent to the local animal shelter. Those dogs and cats do not ask for the fate that "we" condemn them to and they can use our helps to find homes.

I applaud you for your service and the idea.

01-29-2011, 09:00 AM
Photographs are one of the most powerful marketing tools available. Face it these shelters are "marketing" these animals trying to make them appealing so peopl will come adopt and give them loving homes. Our ability to take good quality photos will certainly improve their success rate. Someone usually takes a P&S snap with poor lighting or background. All of the technical stuff we work on can now go to work making good "marketing" photos for these groups.
They do not have the money to pay a professional photographer with high quality gear to come in and take good photos.

I hope this idea catches on????

01-29-2011, 09:39 AM
I have several students who have been doing this for years.