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September 26, 2011

A Photograph That Could Save a Life?

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They usually say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. But what if that picture was actually worth a life? Could it be possible that one simple picture can actually have such an impact that it could save a life?

Most of us don’t think about how much pictures change our perception. Take for example marketing. Next time you look through a glamour magazine, look at the makeup ads. Do you think that if the pictures of the models weren’t taken with such care, the company would actually sell as much as they do? Probably not. Good photographs are what drive sales.

The same concept is now being used to market rescues. Shelters all over are taking notice of just how much of an impact a good photo can have. Typically, shelters invest all their money into the health of the animal, so their digital cameras are in no way top notch. The bad pictures weren’t exactly reeling in the adoptive parents.

Several professional photographers have sat up and taken notice. There has been a spike of selfless, generous photographers that have lent their services to animal shelters in hopes of higher adoption rates. And guess what? It’s worked!

A Dallas, Texas photographer, Teresa Berg, has actually raised shelter adoption rates by 100%! Her efforts as a volunteer photographer took the shelter’s adoption rates through the roof.  Teresa started working directly with a dachshund rescue group and every dog she photographed was adopted in record time.

Dressing the dogs up in pearls and bows can make the difference between life and death. By seeing good photos of the animals, people can actually picture them in their home. Their sweet personalities and loving natures can be seen without having to meet the pooch in person. Switching the marketing from photos of dogs behind bars to dogs with smiling faces can make all the difference in the world.

Jennifer Hague, another volunteer photographer in Kansas City, has donated her services to help save our furry friends. Jennifer is persistent, shooting in temperatures as high as 100+ or as cold as negative 10. Nothing seems to stop this devoted volunteer t bring a voice to the abandoned. Devoting her time to photograph dogs at KC P.A.W.S.,

Jennifer finds great comfort in the fact that she can capture the innocent spirit, unconditional love, and unique personalities of dogs that would otherwise go unnoticed. By selflessly donating some of her time and camera skills, she has been able to save countless lives.

If every professional photographer found it in their heart to take up donating their camera time to just one shelter, think about all the dogs that could be saved! By simply switching the lighting and throwing on an accessory or two, pets could be more adoptable. A photo is worth more than a 1,000 words, it can be worth a life.

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Hague 

Video coutesy of CBS news

Devri on September 26 at 3:41 PM said:

Jennifer is my photographer, too, and I drive over 3 hours for her to take our pictures. Her dedication to her clients, as well as to the shelter animals, is to be commended highly. I am honored to have my furkids remembered in photos by her. There is no one better.
Tracey Taylor on September 26 at 4:30 PM said:

I am a professional photographer in the greater Austin area and I would LOVE to do this!! I have mentioned it to the Pflugerville, TX Shelter, and they have never called me!!!! Just bring the pets to me, and let them shine!!!!
Tracey Taylor on September 26 at 4:32 PM said:

Forgot to list my contact information if anyone is interested in contacting me to do this for them. [email protected] 512.494.4267
Nicole on September 26 at 4:35 PM said:

I want to do this!!! I'm a photographer and my favorite subjects are pets. What a fabulous idea and something I plan to look into further.
Deanna on September 26 at 5:04 PM said:

First off, all of you are amazing!!!!! The work you guys are volunteering is so touching and so many lives can be saved! Tracey, I contacted the Animal Control Supervision to that shelter. Hopefully I will hear something back and get you in business with them.
Tracey Taylor on September 26 at 5:22 PM said:

Deanna - Thank you so much!!! I did get that email and will be in contact with her as well! I just want to help!!! I think the hard thing for them is getting the Animals to me, but just like with Teresa, the images will be so much more powerful if they are done in the studio!
Deanna on September 26 at 5:27 PM said:

Tracey - you're so very welcome! I also contacted someone else higher up in the shelter. Hopefully we will hear something! We are all hear to save our fur babies! Thank goodness for great people like you guys, Teresa, and Jennifer!!!! The work they do is amazing and we can't thank all of you enough for your volunteerism! Those innocent little hearts need us and your work is appreciated more than you know - from the furry side and the human side.
Deanna on September 26 at 5:29 PM said:

Devri, I couldn't agree with you more! She truly is a blessing! Nicole - I hope you can get in touch with someone soon! Thank you so much for your efforts and keep us updated on your work!
Jennifer on September 27 at 1:40 PM said:

Thanks for your support all! Tracey, I never use a studio. Teresa may offer this, but I am a natural light photographer only and find the most beautiful photos of dogs are out in their true element, not in a stiff studio environment. It's much easier for on the shelters if photographers come to them, versus make people bring the dogs to you in a studio, which just isnt feasible most of the time. Just my perspective.
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You have taught me very well. Keep up the great work. Really good to be here. Thanks for sharing.

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