Adoption Event

I volunteered for my first adoption event this Saturday and it was so much fun! We had six dogs get adopted, which was so rewarding to see them find new homes! The best part is I even got to sneak in some time to snap some pictures. I really look forward to helping more this summer!

Ruff Patch Rescue - Puppy

Ruff Patch Rescue - Snow

Thinking ahead

Lately, my lectures seem to be telling me the same thing – to think ahead. At least that is the message I am taking from them. Too often I get caught up in the moment of what’s happening and I forget my visual language. I forget the elements I know that I need to make a good photograph. So with that said, I tried hard to keep these things in mind with my last shoot with Ruff Patch. I think this is one of my favorite photographs from the shoot. What do you think?

Ruff Patch Puppy

Stephanie and Jessa

I want to talk more about photographing other people. I have always been quiet, and shy. I have struggled to come out of my shell around new people, and even worse, finding something to talk about. When I find someone who has a dog, all of that seems to melt away. For a while, I thought I was the only crazy dog lover out there. Oh, how I was wrong! I love taking those photographs of people with their dogs that make them look as crazy and happy with their dog as I feel with mine.

PappillionLove

Delilah

Now that we talked about Charlie, let’s talk about the other one. Her name is Delilah and she came to me during a hard time in my life. She is, with out a doubt, the reason I want to photograph dogs.

When you first meet Delilah, she is not very friendly. If we are in public, she will hide behind me and cower. If we are at home, she will bark at you fiercely! Reminding you that she will protect her family to the death if you make her… Until you sit on our couch. Why? I don’t know. After sitting down, she is instantly in your lap and will love you forever.

Every day when I come home, she acts like I have been gone for weeks! She acts like she is barely able to contain her excitement. And every day, she leads me straight to couch where she shakes uncontrollably until I sit down and let her crawl onto of me.

It is this kind of devotion, love, and passion that truly inspires me. Not only as a photographer, but as a human being.

Delilah

Sweater Dog!

So, I love my dogs… but why? There are a lot of answers to this question, but lets start with how they make me laugh. There is something about this photograph that I just can not look at with out giggling. I feel like it captures Charlie’s personality perfectly. The look of hope in his eyes…. the dorky sweater…. It’s just perfect.

Aside from the subject matter of this picture, I find myself baffled at other peoples love for this photograph. I can’t put my finger on why it was so successful, especially when I feel like it is outside of my typical style.

Also, I should mention how much Charlie really does hate sweaters…

Jocelyn Callahan Photography