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Hair of the Dog Wine Tasting and Art Show

This past Friday evening, I had the wonderful privilege of participating in the 8th annual Hair of the Dog Wine Tasting and Art Show. The evening was a benefit for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. The MSPCA is an amazing organization that I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work closely with – and I was thrilled to be a part of such an important cause.

The show took place at the gorgeous Essex Art Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts. I was one of many artists, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, and painters who were present with booths showcasing their work…

My incredible father came out to support my little business venture. I couldn’t have been happier to have him.

Oh, and also – there was my  ridiculously amazingly huge wall sized prints!

An overwhelming Thank You to David Sarracino of Burnsides Photography and Imaging for printing those for me!

I had various prints and products for sale and about a gah-zillion business cards to give out!

And my fancy new vinyl sign had just finished printing the day before! I was so thrilled to get to use it!

A few weeks prior to the show, I was asked if I would be interested to get involved in the MSPCA’s ‘Angels for Animals’ campaign.

And of course the answer was, ‘absolutely yes.’

So, I spent some time at Nevins Farm photographing the various animals in the adoption center who are  in need of surgery and/or medical attention.

My heart melted for them all. It all comes back around to why I do the volunteer work with shelter animals that I do — I want to be a voice for the voiceless.

These sweet, helpless animals need us – and they have no way of expressing that with their own voice.

I photographed specific cats, birds, rabbits, dogs and even guinea pigs that are in desperate need of medical attention.

For the ‘Angels for Animals’ display,  the animals’ photos and individual stories were set atop easels and displayed in the center of the room.

Nevins Farm utilized these images to collect donations from attendees to go directly towards the care of these animals and their unique problems.

I have to say – in regards to working with shelter animals – that I have never done anything more rewarding in my entire life.

To be able to help save the lives of animals in whatever small way I can is the best reason for living.

And here I am with some of the amazing staff members of the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.

These are the faces that are the driving force behind the success of such a wonderful organization…

(We’re lucky to have such great, dedicated people in the world, aren’t we?!)

It was a truly wonderful night. If there was any other creature that I would want to hang with besides animals – it would be animal lovers. And that’s exactly what this event turned out to be – an incredible night full of warm-hearted, generous people coming together for a common cause.

To all of the folks involved with putting this event together – Thank You so much. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this memorable night – and for all that you do for the animals that need us most. (Heather Robertson of the MSPCA, and Karen VanWelden-Herman of the Essex Art Center – that’s YOU!) 🙂

Signing off until next time!

-Kaylee

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Project 52 – The Colors of Spring

It’s Friday again, which is the best day of the week for both of the following reasons:

1. Tomorrow is Saturday.

2. It’s Project 52 blog post day!

This week’s theme was ‘The Colors of Spring’! And man, I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have these Spring colors back in my life! I think the hardest part of living in New England are the extended periods of dull and drab skies and the general lack of color that the long winters bring.

In case you weren’t already aware, I have the lucky privilege of photographing the adoptable dogs weekly at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen. The grounds at Nevins Farm are absolutely beautiful and offer many different serene locations to sit quietly with a canine and enjoy the world. But even there, amongst all that beauty, the colors disappear in the winter. They leave dead brown matted ground and plots of dirt where gorgeous green grass used to thrive.

But, alas! April has rolled back around and with it has come incredible yellow sunlight, warmth and amazing colors!

I took these photos of the beautiful Miss Sky earlier this week. And as soon as I uploaded them into my computer and viewed them full size I squealed with delight at the gorgeous spring colors that are finally making their way back into my images. And this pup just looks so perfect among the pastel green grass and baby blue sky.   (ahhhh. who am I kidding? She’d look good anywhere. But nonetheless!)…

Sky is waiting for her forever family and you can learn more about her here.

Don’t forget this is a blog ring! And if you click forward I can promise you all kinds of colorful delights! Now head on over to Skyy Blue Photography in San Diego to see what Spring looks like in her neck of the woods!

Until Next Time!

-Kaylee

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Project 52 – From the Ground Up

Yay! It’s Friday! And that can only mean one thing – time for another Project 52 blog post!

This week’s theme was ‘From the Ground Up’. The idea behind it was to shoot up towards our subjects from ground level. The fantastic thing about shooting like this is that it changes up the usual perspective of the way humans typically see dogs. (or animals in general.) Very early in my pet photography career I learned that its not terribly interesting to photograph an animal from a standing position – a vantage point that is pretty consistently 3 to 4 feet above a dog’s head, depending on the size of the dog. In order to make a photograph really special, one must gain an interesting perspective to see something usual in an unusual way. That being said, I take about 80% of my photos lying on my stomach or my back.

Case in point:

(I know, I know … not a very flattering angle for me. But for my fuzzy subject, Maddy – who I shot with just a few weeks ago – it was amazing! In case you missed that session you can find it here.)

 

This past week has been super exciting and filled with all kinds of waggly, furbutt photoshoots! Here are a few ‘ground up’ shots I took throughout the week while photographing for private clients as well as the MSPCA. I love how the super low vantage point makes the world feel so big. 🙂

 

The best part of this whole Project 52 thang is that you get to experience some of the most wonderfully talented pet photographers from around the globe! So click on over to Charleston Pet Photographer, Dana Cubbage to see the four-leggers of the world from her unique perspective! Ill see you when you come back around!

-Kaylee

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Project 52 – Grace

Another Friday means another Project 52 post! This week’s theme was ‘Grace’. I go to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm to photograph their adoptables once a week – and this week I was lucky enough to utilize those beautiful faces as my models for this post! They were so proud to show off their grace and charisma for the camera. Cooper, the yellow lab mix with the gorgeous honey eyes, was especially eager to show me his gracefulness as he flew past me through the air with his prized tennis ball. Then there was Lucy – the goofy Labradoodle with the proud march and heroic stance…

And then I just had to pull one of my favorites from the archives! Meet Kaiser, the incredible American Bulldog with a heart as big as his head! He too, showed me his graceful Swan Lake ballerina moves during his photo session a few months back.

Now hopefully they don’t all let their grace and good looks go to their heads! 🙂 Next up in the blog ring is the lovely Liz Young of Liz Young Photography in Birmingham, Alabama. Click on over to her blog to see what kind of grace is happening there! If you click all the way around you’ll end up right back where you started – with me and these gorgeous adoptables! Enjoy!

-Kaylee

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Meet Kendrid.

Today was an unusually warm February day in New England. And I spent it the best way I know possible – kissing, cuddling and rolling around in the grass with the adoptables at the MSPCA.

But, this week – there was one particular dog that just shined brighter than all the rest. I couldn’t forget his incredible eyes if I tried. I reveled in his warm, wonderful spirit. I always know the special ones when I see them. 🙂

Kendrid is a young, beautiful pit bull terrier that was found as a stray. The people who found him even kept him for a while – letting him sleep in their bed until circumstances changed and they no longer could. Now, he sits, waiting patiently at the MSPCA for his new forever family to walk through those doors and scoop him into their arms. I sure hope it happens soon. He was made to be cuddled and loved.

And here we are together! I couldn’t help myself but to put down the camera and spend a part of our photo session cuddling!

To learn more about Kendrid and the other incredible adoptables at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, click here. Until next time –  may your canines be fuzzy and your kittens be cuddly! 🙂

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Project 52 – Mood

It’s finally Friday again and that of course means another Project 52 post! This week’s theme is ‘mood’. And as soon as I heard that – I knew I had just the character to star in this blog! And since his name is the mood – he’s just perfect for this! His name is Happy. And well, he is exactly that – consistently and overwhelmingly happy! He is one of many sweet, sweet adoptables at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm where I volunteer each week.

Scroll down for a dose of Happy’s wonderful mood!

and here’s one peek at his serious ‘Hey wait – is that a treat you’ve got behind your back?’ face:

Now click on over to Peggy Mundell at DogBreedz  to see what kind of mood she’s in! 🙂 Click all the way back around and end up right back here with Happy and I!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day! The day for all things sweet, mushy, cute and cuddly! And since I love things that are cute and cuddly, it probably comes as no surprise that Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year. And in honor of things that make you go ‘squeeeee!’, I have the most perfect thing to share with you for this wonderful occasion.

At the very end of January, I was flattered to be asked to photograph a special Valentine’s Day campaign for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. The initiative was to be called ‘Find Your Sweetheart at the MSPCA’. The goal was to create awareness about the animals at Nevins Farm who are waiting patiently for their forever homes. Oh, and they were so tolerant of our silly, non-sensical human ideas – we dressed them in everything from scarfs to tiaras to bobbly ears and even ballerina tutus! Not even Thunder, the 2,000 pound steer, was left out of this Valentine’s Day adventure! He wore his flowered hat and handmade cape with fluffy red feathers like a proud young man. Scroll on downward and I dare you not to giggle.

Junior didn’t mind his festive garb one bit – as long as the treats kept comin!

And our darling equine friend from the stable looked just radiant in his cape and festive bobbly heart headwear.

Thunder is quite the handsome man in his colorful outfit. (Don’t tell him that he’s wearing a ladies hat! He thought it was very classy and gender neutral himself.)

We even met royalty during our escapades photographing at Nevins! A real live princess!

And don’t forget the little ones!

Everyone got an ‘A’ for participation and an ‘A+’ for cuteness!

No day is ever complete without a squishy little pig butt!

How Rude! Okay, Okay – We’ll get the ridiculous clothes off of you, sir!

Miss Gracie the Pit Bull Terrier and Buster the pig are fashion industry professionals and were very cooperative for their photoshoots.

I mentioned before that no day is complete without a pig butt – the same can be said for a fuzzy hamster butt!

There you have it! The cuddly stars of the MSPCA at Nevins Farm! And the best part?! Some beautiful news has come from all of this! Since these photos were taken just a few weeks back – our sweet and gentle friend Thunder has finally found his forever home! That’s right! After 4 years of patient and hopeful waiting at the MSPCA – Thunder has been adopted! He will live the rest of his life at a sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York with other cow friends just like him.

It really is a Happy Valentine’s Day.