I've spent the past several months traveling and visiting animal shelters teaching staff and volunteers how to make excellent images of their animals. As a Shelter Art Foundation Mentor, I help them set up a studio in their facilities and teach them how to use the studio light, review basic photography concepts and techniques, and then delve into the difficult part of the process - wrangling the animals! My goal when I leave a shelter is to help photo teams have the confidence (and techniques) to make beautiful images to help get more animals adopted.
One thing that I learned during these travels is that 'the public' responds to dog images differently than cat images. One shelter outreach director told me that the her photo teams' dog portraits get roughly five times the views and shares as the cat portraits. I found this to be a pretty consistent observation at the shelters I visited. So, my goal this summer is to experiment with some different photography techniques to see if we impact that disparity.
One of my first efforts was this photo. Which, if you judge by social media shares and likes, is the best photo I have ever taken! So people liked this. I'm going to play around with this rim light effect and see what other shapes I can get.
I'll keep you posted!