In Tallahassee, I shoot for both the City of Tallahassee Animal Service Center and for Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue. I do the photos for the city shelter in the play yard so I'm able to let the dogs off leash and play, which really makes for some great shots. All Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue animals are in foster homes. TBDR does adoption booths at PetSmart every other Saturday, so I'm normally taking their photos in a little green space behind PetSmart. Because of that, they have to stay on leash. This past weekend, I went to the home of TBDR founder DeeAnn Maxfield to photograph all the dogs she was fostering. We were still on leash since we were only taking out one dog at a time, but we got some fun shots just the same. This is my favorite of the day, sweet Little Red loving up on my daughter Olivia. Little Red was rescued from the Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael along with several other dogs. She's a super sweet Pointer/Lab mix about a year old. She's available for adoption!
Happy Friday, and welcome back to Free Bling Friday! Congratulations to Aubree from Jacksonville, Florida, the recipient of April Free Bling. I'm continuing with my #100daysofshinythings, my #the100dayproject project, this month. What is that? Artists and makers the world over are busy creating their little hearts out, whatever they choose to create, for 100 days and posting their creations on Instagram. You can read more about it here. The lucky winner of May Free Bling will be able to choose her pick of any piece posted in May that has not already been scooped up on Instagram, like this beauty above! If you are on Instagram, be sure to follow me @kellynwarren. If you are not on IG, no worries, you can still view all the pieces here. When the challenge is over, I'll be posting all the pieces on my website and in my Etsy shop. I'll be doing a weekly round up on the pieces here on the blog as well.
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Days 22-28 of my #the100dayproject, which I'm calling #100daysofshinythings... Follow along on Instagram @kellynwarren. What is #the100dayproject? Check it out here! You can see all my shiny things shared so far in the project here. And for you shelter dog picture lovers, I'm also doing a #100daysofshelterdogs on my shelter Instagram @shelterpetsuperstars. If you aren't on IG, you can see those pictures here!
Days 15-21 of my #the100dayproject, which I'm calling #100daysofshinythings... Be sure to get your name in the hat for April Free Bling Friday here for a chance to win your pick of the #100daysofshinythings posted in April. Follow along on Instagram @kellynwarren. What is #the100dayproject? Check it out here! And for you shelter dog picture lovers, I'm also doing a #100daysofshelterdogs on my shelter Instagram @shelterpetsuperstars. If you aren't on IG, you can see those pictures here!
In my years of being a volunteer animal shelter photographer, I've photographed nearly 3,000 dogs and cats, along with a few pigs and rabbits, but this, my friends, was a first: my first rooster! Meet Cluck Skywalker. I will say this was no easy feat. Shelter staff shared with me that Mr. Skywalker was not very nice to humans, so they wanted me to photograph him through the kennel cage door. No squeaky ball and treats for this fella! So I squatted down in front of the kennel door and shot through the fence, just hoping to get something useable. I finally got lucky with this lovely profile he graced me with!
While giving Cluck his glamour shot, I learned from shelter staff that in the City of Tallahassee, you may have one rooster as long as you have hens. Who knew!? I photographed Cluck on Wednesday, shared his photo on my Facebook page Wednesday night, and by Thursday he had been adopted by a friend of a friend who shared his picture. She contacted me to let me know Cluck is now happily living with a harem of three hens! Support your local animal shelter! Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate. Educate.
Days 8-14 of my #the100dayproject, which I'm calling #100daysofshinythings... I'm really enjoying this project as it's really forced me back into my workshop almost daily, which has been nice. Be sure to get your name in the hat for April Free Bling Friday here for a chance to win your pick of the #100daysofshinythings posted in April. Follow along on Instagram @kellynwarren. What is #the100dayproject? Check it out here! And for you shelter dog picture lovers, I'm also doing a #100daysofshelterdogs on my shelter Instagram @shelterpetsuperstars.
Happy Best Shot Monday! Meet sweet Chica! This girl is a super mess in her kennel. She barks like crazy and jumps around like a ping pong ball, but take her outside and she's a dream. Look at that sweet face! She's affectionate and gentle with a very goofy side. Next time you are at your local shelter and see a dog that looks a little too much to handle because she has poor kennel presentation, take a chance on her! Don't let a dog's kennel presentation sway you. How'd you feel if you were locked up in a 3' by 8' kennel 23.75 hours a day? You just might meet a sweetie like Chica here! She is available for adoption at the City of Tallahassee Animal Service Center.
Support your local animal shelter! Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate. Educate. If you love seeing my shelter photography and are on Instagram, I have an IG channel devoted to these pictures and post daily @shelterpetsuperstars. I'd love if you'd follow along!