events, MSPCA, Uncategorized

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Signs S. 2192!

Yesterday morning, I had the privileged honor of photographing a piece of history. I was invited by the MSPCA to photograph Governor Deval Patrick as he signed S. 2192 into law. The air was hot and filled with an energy of joy and celebration as a crowd full of legislators, lawyers, senators and animal control officers waited outside of the Ashland Animal Control facility for Governor Patrick to arrive.

As I looked around at the faces in the expectant, smiling crowd – I realized that it would be impossible to be surrounded by better people. These are people who are selfless. People who have fought, day in and day out, against all odds for something that they believed in. These are people who are guardians for the helpless – voices for the voiceless. And yesterday, they were people who had won.

If you are unfamiliar with S. 2192, here is a summary of the main points of the bill, as quoted from http://www.mspca.org:

Summary of the bill:

  • Create a statewide spay/neuter program to reduce the number of homeless animals in the Commonwealth and would, in turn, also reduce the cost to cities and towns for housing and sheltering these animals. This would be funded by a voluntary tax check off.
  • Add enforcement provisions to section 139A (the spay/neuter deposit law for animals adopted from shelters and animal control facilities) to ensure these animals can’t reproduce.
  • Require animal control officers to receive training. People are often surprised to learn that their local animal control officer is not required to receive training for the complicated work they do to keep the people and animals in their community safe. This would be funded by the tax check off.
  • Prohibit carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide gas as a means to “euthanize” dogs and cats.
  • Reduce dog bites by improving the dangerous dog law in a breed neutral manner.
  • Allow pets to be included in domestic violence protection orders to protect both animals and people.

 I am honored to have had the opportunity to be present at such an incredibly important turning point in the history of Massachusetts and it’s legislation in regards to animals.

I can’t accurately express my gratitude to the people who have worked tirelessly for a brighter, safer and more just future for our animals. It’s these people –  people like Kara Holmquist (MSPCA’s Director of Advocacy), Linda Huebner (MSPCA’s Deputy Director of Advocacy), Senator Jehlen (Sponsor of S. 2192) and many others –  that make fighting for a dream worth believing in.

Oh, happy day!

Until next time!

-Kaylee

*Contact Kaylee Greer at kaylee@dogbreathphoto.com with any inquiries regarding any of the above photographs.

photoshoots, Project 52, Uncategorized

Project 52 – Selective Focus

It’s Friday once again and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be back in the Project 52 ring. Summer is by far the busiest season for Dog Breath Photography – and for the past 3 weeks I have been so outrageously busy with events, shoots, editing and ordering that my head is spinning! (No complaints though. Busy is wonderful.) The only negative side effect of my wacky schedule is that I haven’t been able to devote time to participating in the Project 52 blog ring posts. (Bummer!) But this week, I made it a point to put aside a few moments to reconnect with my fellow pet photographers and with you all and share some of my most recent work!

This week’s theme for Project 52 was ‘Selective Focus’. The goal of selective focus is to isolate the subject in an image so that it is the only thing in sharp focus within the frame.

Well, this past week, I had the lucky opportunity to shoot with Miss Lily the 4lb Chihuahua. It was one of the most unique and beautiful photo locations I’ve ever shot at  – on Rattlesnake Island in the middle of New Hampshire’s gorgeous Lake Winnipesaukee. An incredible thunderstorm was brewing in the clouds above the island and Lily and I wrapped up our photo session just as the first raindrops were falling. The dewey atmosphere allowed for the most brilliant color tones. And when shooting wide open (stopped all the way down at f/1.4) the warm, wet colors created the dreamiest blur and depth of field, thus isolating Lily as the sharp subject in the foreground. All in all, it was a perfect day…

(Don’t let Lily’s small size fool you! She is the sassiest, spunkiest little fuzzbutt I’ve ever met. And she fits nicely into a shirt pocket.)  😛

Now don’t forget this is a blog ring! Click on over to to see what Kelly Ladouceur (Fort McMurray Pet Photographer KLAD Photography) focused on this week! Click all the way around and end up right back here with Miss Lily and I!

-Kaylee

events, MSPCA, Uncategorized

Dog Days of Summer – Part 2

And we’re back with Part 2 of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ event blog post! In case you missed the first part of the post (which can be found here) – Dog Breath Photography recently had the wonderful opportunity to have a booth at a local dog event that was put together to benefit the MSPCA at Nevins Farm! The day was full of sunshine, ice cream and incredibly good-looking fur babies! (which is the best kind of day!) … To pick up from where we left off.. here I am in all my blue haired glory behind the Dog Breath booth. (What am I smiling at back there? I have literally no idea.)  …

This next face made me audibly squeal with delight! Seriously, this is like ‘bowl-you-over-backwards-knock-your-hat-off’ cute…

I would argue that puppy yawns make the world an exponentially more wonderful place to be..

Smolak Farms is just a dream. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day..

This is a face made for kissin’ …


..and how bout this little Sweetie? I just want to squish him and kiss his little fuzzy forehead!!

And yup, there were these..

This is one happy little puppy. Would you just look at that smile?

And this sneaky little goober face was posing for pictures while his Mom was hangin’ with the Dog Breath crew..

This sweet guy was ridin’ in style! ..

WHEN does the cute end?! (hint: not for a while.)  🙂 …

Well, hello Good-Lookin’!! ..

The local Glee club came out to provide some entertainement!

Uh-oh! We might have a contender for ‘cutest customer of the day’! Check this fuzzy little darlin’ out! ..

TREATS?!

And the best smile award goes to…

How about this gorgeous face?! Little gray eyebrows make my heart melt all over the ground! ahh!…

hamming it up for the camera! ‘Hey! Check out my good side!!’ ..

The wonderful staff of bluedog pet care of North Andover was also out to support the MSPCA! And boy oh boy did they have some gorgeous little four-leggers with them! (You can find out more about bluedog and what they do here!)

Oh, and this face. What a show stopper. (Can you tell I have a weakness for Pitties? I just can’t stop clicking the shutter button) …

The guy was the perfect embodiment of the general mood of the day! It was a ‘get-down-and-roll-around’ happy sunshine dance kind of day!..

Um, excuse me? Your little goobery face is so cute my heart is all achey…

Isn’t this the kindest face you’ve ever seen?

Giving a close inspection of my lens! .. (and leaving me some puppy snots in the process!) haha

If you visit Smolak Farms you just have to take a hay ride! It’s tradition!

Oh, hello Jenny. I am having a hard time believing that you are a real, living thing. Your cuteness makes my brain hurt …

What a wise face. I love me some golden smiles..

There he is! The man himself. My wonderful Dad and his dog Sam. You will literally never meet a kinder, more supportive person on the planet. I mentioned to Dad that I especially liked his suspenders. I thought they were a nice touch..

and how about the gooberiest, most ridiculously kissable face of the day?…

I wasn’t kidding when I said there was ice cream! I leave you with a perfect pittie and her puppy cup complete with mini bones! YUM!

But wait! There are more! The final installation of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ blog post will be coming within the next few days! I have about 50 photos left to share from my wonderful day behind the Dog Breath booth so don’t fret if you didn’t see your fur baby in this post! Keep an eye on the blog and catch the final part of the adventure!

And as always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re interested in booking a Dog Breath Photo Session or are wondering if there are more photos of your pup to be seen. In most cases, I do have more images of each pup. In some, I don’t. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask! I’d be happy to share them with you via a private viewing gallery. 🙂 Bark at kaylee@dogbreathphoto.com with any inquiries/questions/comments! Until next time! (Which, if I had to guess, should be in about 48-72 hours.) heh.

-Kaylee

events, Uncategorized

Something to Wag About!

I had the most incredible yesterday. I spent the day behind the Dog Breath Photography booth at the ‘Something to Wag About’ dog event at the Roudenbush Community Center in Westford, Massachusetts. The event was held to benefit the Lowell Humane Society.

I kept my fingers crossed all week long that the sunshine might come out and give us a visit on the day of the show. And lucky for us – it did! It was absolutely gorgeous outside. And all of the canine furbutts rolling joyfully through the  grass all around me told me that they appreciated it too!

The event was a wonderful success! There were all kinds of dog-related vendors, an agility training course, a K-9 officer and even adoptables from the Humane Society! I met all kinds of amazing new friends – two leggers AND four leggers alike!

I had an incredible crew behind the Dog Breath booth. I absolutely couldn’t have done any of this without you guys! Thanks to Doug, Sam and my lovely Mom for coming out to help! Your love, support and remarkable tent-building skills are so very appreciated!

The enthusiasm could just be felt in the air and this happy little girl sure had a lot of it to show off! ….

And I got to meet so many waggly little fuzz machines that about 90% of my day was spent audibly squealing with delight! …

I got the privilege of seeing this four-legged canine Officer demonstrate his impressive skills …

(Brains AND brawn?!  What more could you ask for in a pup?)

The Lowell Humane Society was present with some of the sweetest, most beautiful adoptables I’ve ever seen! And not just dogs! There were also bunnies and kittens out soaking up the generous May sunshine.

Oh. My heart might as well have melted right there at my feet. Would you just look at these faces?!

 And behold! By far Dog Breath’s best-looking customer of the day….

(just shopping around for some nice new prints to hang on her dining room wall!)

Biggest smile of the day award goes to…

A good part of my day was spent handing out snacks. Cmon! How could I resist that face ….?  (hint: I couldn’t.)

There certainly was plenty to wag about at this event! Just ask this guy ….

Okay…we may have another contender for that ‘best smile’ award …

Coneheads need kisses too!

Just hanging out at the Dog Breath booth…

Amazing handmade collars by ‘Winnie Wear’! (If you look closely,  you can see Winnie’s butt in this photo)! Yup, you got it – the namesake of this wonderful little business!

This sweet sunshiney Pittie is adoptable from the Lowell Humane Society! How could you not want to spend the next decade or so with that face?!

Mmmmmm! Cookies!

Making new friends…

All in all it was an absolute dream of a day. There were more adorable canines in attendance than I could count. (which of course, makes any day a good one.)

If you stopped by the Dog Breath Photography booth to say Hello – thank you so much! It’s always so wonderful to meet you all! It’s not everywhere I go that I can talk endlessly about my love for pups without being dubbed the crazy dog lady! haha!

If I photographed your dog at this event and you’d like to see more (and believe me, there are more!) just let me know! You can contact me anytime at kaylee@dogbreathphoto.com. I would be happy to put a gallery of your pet’s images up on my website for you to check out!  All you have to do is ask! 🙂

Special Thanks to the Roudenbush Community Center and the Lowell Humane Society for organizing such a successful event! I am thrilled to have been lucky enough to be a part of it all!

Until Next Time!

-Kaylee