Posts Tagged ‘pets’

Tips for Photographing Pets

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

This time of year we create special memories with the ones we love while keeping those less fortunate in our hearts. For many of us, pets are valued members of our families and play a big part in our lives. There are many opportunities for capturing these memories to enjoy for many years to come- family gatherings, warm nights inside or playing outside in the wintery weather. Professional Photographer, Shannon Locker, specializes in unique animal portraits. Her beautiful work can be seen in this year’s PAWS calendar (currently on sale at benefitting the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society’s lifesaving efforts on behalf of Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. Locker offers some simple tips for photographing your pet.

Let the animal take the lead. Capturing a portrait is more about sharing something with your companion animal and less about realizing what you want to achieve. Be flexible and let your dog or cat’s unselfconscious nature lead the way. Allowing the animal to behave as themselves, engaging in play or simply following your dog or cat around with the camera will give you a greater chance at creating natural looking photographs.

Point of view: try all angles. Move your body with the dog or cat, get down on their level. Playing, running, and lying on the ground will force you to take a different point of view. Your dog or cat will love you for it!

Emphasize features that are unique to your cat or dog: This includes physical characteristics (markings, eye color, paw size etc.) as well as gestural ones (head tilt, a certain way the body curls during sleep, ear response to specific calls etc.) Pinpointing the things that we find endearing about our animals is what makes the resulting portrait meaningful to us. Keeping this in mind will help in making a photograph that displays the specific to the relationship you have with your companion animal.

Photograph in memorable locations. For example: hogging the bed, sitting on your desk or at your feet, fetching in the yard or lounging on the windowsill. Ultimately the resulting photographs will remind you of your dog or cat’s essence and this will be something to cherish for years to come.

About Shannon Locker Shannon Locker is a fine art photographer who resides in Bucks County, PA. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Photography from Kutztown University. Shannon currently specializes in creative, unique portraiture of animals as well as humans.

PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is the city’s largest no-kill shelter and operates a high-volume, low-cost clinic serving pet owners and rescue organizations that lack access to affordable basic veterinary care. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year. PAWS is working to make Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home.

Top 200 Places: Mt Bachelor Cross Country Skiing

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Mount Bachelor Ski Resort
13000 SW Century Drive
Oregon 97709

As one of North Americas’ largest ski resorts, skiers, snowboarders, and Nordic skiers will find great conditions with plenty of snow, a large terrain, short lift lines, great value, 4 different terrain parks, and an Olympic size superpipe. Mt. Bachelor is nearly 3700 acres of varied terrain atop the high desert of the Central Cascades in the Deschutes National Forest. They also offer tubing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and they host the North American Pond Skimming Championships each year. They are open from mid-November to Memorial Day for the ski season, and from July 1st through Labor Day for summer sightseeing. Dogs of all sizes are allowed throughout the year. In the summer, your pet can even ride the chair lift, and is allowed throughout the park. In the winter, there are some ski trails and trails that dogs can be on. Dogs must be leashed at all times, and cleaned up after. Dogs must be friendly and well behaved.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

The blog entries can be found at, our Facebook page, or Twitter.

New Dog “Beer” Available

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

A Seattle Based Company has Brewed “Bowser Beer” for dogs. It has no alcohol, instead it has meat broth with barley, vitamins and healthy-joint-promoting glucosamine. See this link for more information.