Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Why I started..
I immediately loved it- and I quickly learned that the better the picture, the more likely it was their profile would be looked at, which in turn made it more likely the animal would be adopted, the ultimate goal.
Unfortunately, this is not an easy task!! Have you ever tried to photograph a cat that has been cooped in a cage for days? They really do not want to hold still for a photo. They would rather try and jump up on cages, run around checking things out, smell plants, etc. It is pretty tricky and challenging to photograph cats! Dogs are so easy in comparison. They just stand there and let you take their pic. For the most part. Sometimes you get that dog who wants to leap straight up in the air, or constantly has their nose to the ground sniffing and smelling. It usually takes me two hours a week to photograph the animals in the pound, and that is with an assistant to control the animal or make sure it doesn't run away. If I don't have an assistant, the photos are not as good, since the animal has to stay in a cage. Which means it is less likely to get looked at, and so on. I usually leave with 300 some photos, that needed to be sorted through and edited- then uploaded online to two different adoption sites. This all takes hours - but it is all worth it when an animal is adopted. :) We recently had a cat come in as a stray, and the picture was online not even 24 hours before the owners saw her and came to get her. They had been looking a whole month, and they said when they saw the photo, they knew it was her- that I had captured her personality.
I urge anyone who is interested in photography, whether they are pros or just beginners, to check with your local shelters and rescues, to see if they need any assistance with photos for Petfinder. It is a great opportunity for you and for the animals!! And if you need a photo challenge, just wait until you start taking pictures of shelter cats!
This is another good article about photography and animal rescue. http://jezebel.com/5841613/pet-photographer-says-better-photos-save-shelter-dogs-lives