i got the opportunity this past Saturday to attend a group photo shoot at a local shelter. the group organizes through the MeetUp site. a friend recommended it to me some time ago. i've never used it for anything before other than getting their emails about local events pulled together by individuals. i like to play with photography but, like all things me, have a very short attention span so struggle with focus - haha pun completely intended.
when i saw the Portraits for PAWS, they got me! anything animal related & i'm there. it was enlightening (pun not intended) to say the least. a lot going on at one time & varying levels of experience & equipment by members. i may not have learned a lot about photography specifically, but i certainly got my feet wet in a photo shoot. jockeying for position, waiting for that "right" shot, working with multiple levels of energy (the pets, not us), etc. i'm so glad i did it! besides, it will help me better prepare for this year's Portraits With Santa shoot that i know is being planned as we speak. i also hope it will allow me to feel more confident in volunteering my time at another local shelter that could use the photography help!
so here are just a couple of photos, unedited. i elected to shoot in black and white even though that may not be what works best for the shelter, i like the personality that it brings to a photo. besides, there were several other people shooting in color so i wasn't worried about what the shelter will be able to use for their site.
you can see more photos from the group HERE. i hope you will consider a rescue in the future. there were lots of great pets that really do deserve good homes!