Dogs, charity and photographs
I've supported St Francis Animal Welfare before. I've done a few photos of some of their animals for rehoming and attended several of their fundraising events, so when I got asked to go to Pets at Home Shirley and help out by taking photographs I jumped at the chance.
I really enjoy pet photography. It's usually good fun, we get to meet lots of animals and their owners, make a fuss of them (mostly the pets that is), take their photo and then hand over a print to the owner. Simple eh? Good grief no. Shows and events usually mean an early start to set up in time. Then a lot of hanging about (usually in the cold) before several clients arrive at once. Suddenly it's a flurry of activity to get the animals posed, owners out of shot (if they are not posing with their pet) while keeping control of the creature. Once everything is perfect, lighting is great, pose is spot on, that's the moment the pet proves the old adage of never working with animals. It'll wander off, bark, etc. So we get all set up again while hopefully not losing the waiting clients. Shots taken, onto the computer for clients to admire and decide which one(s) they want printing after a quick edit to make it that little bit better. Next client in the chair and repeat until finished.
Anyway, back to the weekends event. Saturday was a washout. It was a quiet day in store and the weather was terrible. Who wants a picture of their pet looking like it's been half drowned? Several of them did come back on Sunday for a photo though.
Sunday saw the staff taking it in turns in the dog suit, as well as Gareth from St Francis in the cat costume. It didn't take long before we had a few people take up the offer of a pet portrait. Take the Beagle photo at the begining of this blog, The's Jeremy... Yes, he's Jeremy Beagle.
It wasn't just animal suits and photography, there were cakes and raffle tickets as well as the shop being open for business and not to forget the vets at the back.
Many thanks to the staff, customers and their Pets of Pets at Home Shirley for raising £500 for St Francis.
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