I believe in giving back to my community and do so by volunteering my photographic skills to animal shelters. Since 2011, I have been photographing dogs for Longmont Humane Society's (LHS) website. I take great pride in and receive abundant joy in doing this work. Creating beautiful images of dogs in need helps them find forever homes more quickly by showing their true personalties in a realistic setting.
I also train other photographers and assistants to do this same kind of work at LHS with both dogs and cats, expanding our efforts to not only take beautiful images of pets but also to convey to the public that an animal shelter can be a great place to visit and the right place to find your new family member. Please visit them at www.longmonthumane.org.
HeARTs Speak In May of 2013 I was accepted as a professional member of Hearts Speak. HeARTs Speak is an organization that support artists helping animals. Their mission statement is " to save the lives of animals in need by supporting artists, animal welfare organizations and communities". I am honored to be a member of this group and look forward to helping more animals! www.heartsspeak.org.
Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) is where I adopted my two dogs, just two years after Hurricane Katrina, and where my love of photographing shelter pets started. I have visited ARNO just about every year since 2007. During these visits I volunteer a lot of elbow grease for most of the day and then take some time to photograph the dogs and cats. During my first visit with my sister, we spent a week photographing the shelter as well as the devastation still apparent from the hurricane all around the city. We then presented our work in Boulder at an art gallery, sold some of our images and donated the money to ARNO. You can visit their website at: www.animalrescueneworleans.org.
Red Rover is wonderful rescue group that rescues animals from situations such as natural disasters, animal hoarding, and puppy mills. I have been a volunteer with them for several years and assisted on a rescue effort in Montana, removing 96 dogs from a hoarding situation. I also photographed part of the effort and Red Rover was able to use these images for their newsletter and public relations efforts. You can learn more about them at www.redrover.org.