I’m so happy to finally share with you the 2012 annual Christmas card for Five Acres Animal Shelter!
The planning of the Christmas card starts early. Kim, the Executive Director of Five Acres and I started discussing the shoot back in July. The photo shoot took place in early August and since studio Good Dog is without an actual studio we utilized the conference room at Five Acres. Kim, Brittany and a few of the wonderful volunteers helped clear the space and braved the extreme heat outside to help me and my two assistants load in.
My two assistants, volunteers as well, were my good friend and animal advocate, Trina (she made the bandana that Bailey is wearing and has a store on Etsy called Belly Bands by Trina, where she donates many items to rescue groups across the country) and my beautiful thirteen year old niece, Paige. I thought it would be fun to share images with you from behind the scenes so I handed Paige a camera and asked her to take pictures of whatever was happening. So here is the shoot through her eyes.
This is Kim, the Executive Director at Five Acres, helping to wrangle Bailey into place.
Bailey had other ideas and decided to come see me.
Bailey thought visiting around the set was much more fun than posing.
This is Sasha, and although she didn’t make it on the card, she’s a natural in front of the camera. (One of the best things about photographing these wonderful rescue animals are the hugs!)
That’s a rare image of me in front of the camera on the left and Paige on the right. Little Girl was a bundle of kitten energy and lots of fun!
This is Rita, the Feline Coordinator, with Brandi. I believe Rita is a cat whisperer – all the cats love her and migrate to her voice!
Unfortunately we don’t have any behind the scenes of Shadow. He could be nervous around others so Paige & Trina took Brewster for a walk while Kim and I worked with Shadow. He was a sweet dog and was very attached to Kim. Sadly, not too long after this shoot, Shadow was diagnosed with Lupus and had many complications. He is now at peaceful rest. This image is an outtake – see how adoringly he looked at Kim. Such a beautiful example of the love that Five Acres provides these wonderful animals.
Brewster was a bundle of Terrier energy! He wanted to play and play and play.
Thanks to all the people that helped pull this together, as you can see, many were involved. Also a special thanks to Treats Unleashed for donating the toys for the shoot and allowing the toys to remain with the shelter for the dogs to enjoy. Teresa and the gang at all the Treats Unleashed stores are amazing!
The cards can be purchased at the shelter and all of the Treats Unleashed locations around town. Additionally the cards can be purchased at Canine Cookies and Cream in Old Town St. Charles. All proceeds from the Christmas card sales go to help the animals at the shelter. The card is a fun way to spread holiday cheer as well as help out a wonderful organization!