One of the things I love to do, and normally dedicate at least 2 weekends a month to, is going to a shelter to help photograph animals in the shelter that need to be adopted. I do a lot of this work through United Hope for Animals at the Baldwin Park Shelter. That particular shelter is a high kill shelter, so we go in there, take high quality photographs and videos of the dogs, and combine them with a bio of the animal, and then network them through places like Facebook and www.adoptapet.com. We have a 96% success rate of getting those animals adopted.
When we do the shoots at Baldwin Park, we have 15-20 volunteers, and we utilize 3-4 ez-ups with individual photo and video stations. It is a pretty amazing set-up we have. But recently, I have been asked to help the Best Friends Animal Society keep up with their backlog of incoming animals.
They provide some volunteers to pull animals for me, but I wanted to show you how simple these set-ups can be. I bought a $10 blanket from Kmart to use as my backdrop, and I use it either in the Best Friends car port or under an awning in front of some cages. All I need is a spot shaded from over head. So here is what it looks like:
And here is a picture of the throw taped to the cages:
And finally, the finished product:
If you have any want or need to help out at your local shelter, always remember, great photography brings people in. Even if you don’t want to do something like this, at least take away the bars. It makes all the difference in the world.