Giving Back I am very passionate about animal rescue, and I spend much of my free time volunteering my photography skills to help shelter animals get adopted. First impressions are everything, and as most people start their search for a new pet family member online, it’s vital to have a great image of the adoptable pet that captures the attention of potential adopters and compels them to make an appointment and meet the pet face to face. Nothing makes me happier than getting an email from a family saying it was my photo that led them to their newest family member! I started working with the ASPCA in NYC in 2005, and for several years I photographed the adoptable pets at their shelter every week. When I moved to Rye, NY, in 2008, I quickly got involved in the Westchester-Southern Connecticut rescue community. I have several shelters and rescue groups I for which I photograph adoptable pets, adoption events, fundraising events and galas and calendar images. I also host mini-sessions for the shelters’ supporters: I donate the sitting fee to the shelter/rescue group and offer reduced prices on prints and other products. Some of the many groups I work with are Adopt-A-Dog (Armonk, NY), SPCA of Westchester (Briarcliff Manor, NY), Westchester Humane Society (New Rochelle, NY), Mount Vernon Animal Shelter (Mt. Vernon, NY), Stamford Animal Care & Control (Stamford, CT), Bully Breed Rescue (New Canaan, CT), Pitstop NY (Greenwich, Ct). In 2013 I was thrilled to learn about and join Hearts Speak (heartsspeak.org). Hearts Speak comprises more than 600 members worldwide – we are a global network of photographers and other creative professionals who donate our time and services pro-bono to local animal welfare organizations; together we are helping create a ‘no-kill’ world in which no shelter animal goes unseen. In 2014 I became a member of the Hearts Speak ‘Perfect Exposure Project’ (PEP) team as a trainer. Thanks to grants from our sponsors, we are able to donate photography equipment to shelters around the country and give two-day seminars at these shelters on how to use the equipment to take better photos of their adoptable animals; we also teach them best practices for writing bios and for using social media so they get maximum exposure for these wonderful pets. I’m super-proud to be a member of the PEP team – working with this group of fabulous, like-minded artists is the most rewarding work I do. They inspire me to give more and to be a better photographer. Please visit www.heartsspeak.org to learn more.