So for my final photography project, we could take photos of anything we wanted, there just had to be a theme. I thought for days and days on what the heck I wanted to take pictures of. I had finally sort of decided that I would try to take pictures of people and their pets. I was trying to make a list of 10 people I knew with pets when I realized what a possible nightmare this could be.
“Hey…can I come over your house for an hour and take pictures of you and your dog?” times 10.
Yeaaaa…that wasn’t going to work. I also had the idea to take pictures of every place I have ever lived. This is something I still might do someday, but when I pulled up the house I lived in in Greene County and saw that it was almost 2 hours from my current house…yea, not going to happen.
Every day, I drive past the Animal Rescue League on my way to/from work. I finally had the bright idea to see if I could go there and take pictures. Tons of animals in one place! It took a while to actually get someone on the phone to ask if that would be okay, but when I finally did, they were incredibly accommodating. I went down a few times and was almost given free reign on which dogs I wanted to photograph.
Since Daisy is so attached to my hip and so used to having her picture taken, I may have underestimated a bit how difficult it would be to get other animals to actually want anything to do with me. Most of them were just thrilled to be out in the yard so they would just want to run around. I was armed with a bag of training treats though, so I could get their attention for a moment here and there. I also went one night to take photos of cats and they were actually way more cooperative! It helped that I was in a room with them, not a giant yard and it also helped that my friend Chelsey (who volunteers there) was there to wave toys around/wrangle cats.
So, without further ado, here are the 12 images I chose to print out for my final project. I am thrilled with how they turned out.
My purple kitty picture actually became semi-famous and made it onto both the Animal Rescue League facebook and the front page of the Consumerist.
My dog photos have also been used on the Animal Rescue League’s website which makes me incredibly happy. Overall this was a very rewarding project.