I think it’s so important to give back to the community. I have several charities and organizations I volunteer with on a regular basis. One is HeARTs Speak. I love animals. I love photography. What better way to contribute? Combining my 2 passions.
Last week, I photographed some mini pins that are in need of a home. Picasso’s Place is a great group dedicated to finding homes for homeless pups. Here is a behind the scenes look at a rescue dog photo shoot.
A little more about HS:
HeARTs Speak’s mission is to unite the individual efforts of animal artists and animal rescues into collective action for social change.
- Provide the framework, tools and resources to support animal artists working to help animals in need.
- Disseminate messages that inspire a better understanding of and compassion towards animals.
- Connect rescues and shelters with artists to break down the myth that animals from rescues and shelters are inferior. Professional photographs greatly improve adoption success and ultimately, will increase the number of animals adopted and reduce the numbers that are unnecessarily euthanized.
HeARTs Speak provides an online community for its artist members which gives them resources to develop their skills and businesses. HeARTs Speak believes artists should be paid a living wage for their work and provides grants for artists who spend time in shelters helping them to take photos or create art that features adoptable pets in their most flattering light. HeARTs Speak members serve as global ambassadors of our mission, assisting and educating their community on the importance of animal adoptions.