Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"One Picture Saves a Life"

   Last week I wrote a review of John Paul Pet Wipes.  Before I wrote the post, I read about the company.  Not only do they have great products, they also support some wonderful animal causes.  One that has interested me since I started featuring adoptable pets is “One Picture Saves a Life.”  I’m not sure where I first saw this group but they definitely stuck in my mind.
  “One Picture Saves a Life” is an organization devoted to helping animals improve their chances of finding a family.  The site has several instructional videos that every shelter across the country should make a must-see for their photographer.  Most shelters are hard pressed for their volunteers, so being a great photographer is not a requirement.
As pet owners, we know how difficult it is to get a fabulous shot of our own dogs.  They look away, come to smell the camera, and become rambunctious 2-year-old children.  Imagine how hard it would be to take a happy photo of a scared pet in its new environment.  A quick snapshot is one of the first procedures an adoptable dog or cat goes through upon their arrival at the shelter.  That is where “One Picture Saves a Life” comes in to help.  http://www.onepicturesaves.com/


   We have all seen “before” and “after” photos promoting weight loss, wrinkle-crème, and
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other products.  The “after” pictures are the ones that sell the product.  The same holds
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true for pets.  Most adoptable pet pictures range from a bad prison mug shot to a good driver’s license shot.  Sadly, this means there are some beautiful pets available that are stuck with bad headshots!
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   The before and after photos shown here are from the "One Picture Saves a Life" gallery.  I also checked out some photos that were taken by the talented Jessie Keating of JAK Photography.  You should check out her photography at http://jakphotographyaz.blogspot.com/, she does excellent
work.  This photo of Gotti is from her website.  That's a great way to draw attention to his plight!   




You can see more of these before & after photos at http://www.onepicturesaves.com/gallery/ 



  The learning videos show how to set up your camera, safety/location/lighting, how to photograph dogs, how to photograph cats, how to photo pets the complete version, taking better in-take photos, and post-production with Photoshop elements.  Each of these videos contains a wealth of useful information.  It is

helpful for shelter pets or learning how to take better photos of your pet.  Award-winning photographer Seth Casteel, the author of the N.Y. Times bestsellers “Underwater Dogs” photo series books, leads the videos.  http://www.onepicturesaves.com/learning-videos/
   John Paul Pets offers a full product display with special pricing for shelters and rescues.  This allows shelters to retail the products to their adopters and raise much needed money to continue their important work.
  “One Picture Saves a Life” works with the Petfinder Foundation, The Animal Rescue site, and GreaterGood.org.  The organization receives sponsorship from Halo Pets and FreeKibble.com.  The site has a shop where you can purchase an autographed book from Seth, John Paul Pet products, photo gear, and this cool tee shirt. 

The shirt reads on the front: “To my dog, This I promise you: I will love you, unconditionally; for who you are, not who I’d like you to be.  I will protect you and keep you safe.  Always.”  The back reads: “I will teach you with kindness and patience.”
   I want thank “One Picture Saves a Life” for their amazing work.  I hope that this information helps make it easier to capture that perfect picture of deserving shelter pets.

I also want to thank Dogs N Pawz for hosting Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop.  Before you hop over to these other wonderful blogs, please check out the PetSavers Adoptable Pets tab at the top of my page.  These adorable dogs are STILL available at PetSavers  http://www.petsaversshreveport.org/index.php/ 

Remember, a dog’s unconditional love is the same whether you receive it from a rescue or a $4,000 purebred with a pedigree.




13 comments :

  1. Great post. I do believe a good photo will help a dog get a home much faster. Kudos to these folks.

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    1. Thank you. The difference is remarkable, isn't it?

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  2. Great info! Thanks for joining the blog hop!

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    1. Sure! I hope it helps get some better pics out on some sites.

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  3. Oh, I'm going to go check it out!!! Thank you for sharing Melissa!! OMD I can never get a good photo!!! I always end up taking a million of them in a row and choose the best one out of the bunch!
    I can never get them to pose!! Grrrr!
    Have a great day!
    ((Husky hugz))
    Frum da pack

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    1. Mine intentionally turn their heads when they see the camera. They like it when I beg! LOL

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  4. This is a great post. I think it's great what they are doing.

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    1. Thanks Stephen. They are making a difference. : )

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  5. I will check them out too and thanks for telling us about them. Pictures really can get the love to shine through!

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    1. A photo can certainly make you fall in love with a dog. The ones on their site are awesome!

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  6. I absolutely love "One picture saves a life". Be sure to follow them on Facebook!

    Although it can sometimes be sad, volunteering to take pictures at an animal shelter is very rewarding!!

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    1. Thanks! We are hoping to try our hand at it soon.

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  7. Thanks for sharing all this great information. I have heard of that company and of underwater pets but didn't know they did so much.

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