Thank you for viewing our shelter photography. In October, 2011, we started taking pet portraits - using whatever resources were at hand - at the Orange County, Florida, Animal Services Pet Rescue and Adoption Center, located at 2769 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839-2162.
We have posted a few short tutorials about various aspects of how we do what we do. One is a short, comprehensive video on how to process photos to achieve best results for the pets we photograph, with a main emphasis on Photoshop. It is found here. Two others explore both Lightroom and Photoshop and explain topics such as cropping, exposure, catchlight, and leash removal in one video, and in another video, how to resize and export from Lightroom. A fourth discusses another method of cleaning a white backdrop using adjustment layers in Photoshop. We hope that this information is of use to all of our volunteer photographers and anyone who wishes to emulate our work elsewhere.
Recently we were asked by Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine to tell the public how to help us accomplish our mission. After some thought we decided to publish a list of some of our favorite rescue organizations and to encourage you to generously give money and materials to them. They work tirelessly to save homeless animals from the euthanasia assembly line and to find them homes. I'm sorry if that sounds harsh but it is true. Each day these dedicated people work frantically against the clock to place pets with limited time into situations where they can live in relative peace and comfort and hopefully find medical care, if needed, and a loving home and family. We will update this list periodically.
If you have specialized photographic or retouching skills, or are an experienced animal handler and wish to work us, please contact us using the contact links on this website or via the Facebook or Twitter links provided.
We hope you will share our pawsitive vision and our inspiration. Pass the word, adopt a pet, make a friend, save a life.
Pawsitive Shelter Photography ("PSP") is a volunteer organization operating in the Orlando, Florida area. Our mission is to use photography to present shelter animals to the public as appropriate and deserving pets and companions. By maximizing adoptions and emphasizing the need for shelters to better market available pets, we hope to reduce abuse and neglect of domestic animals and lower rates of euthanasia.
Our long term goal is to create an economical photographic system and workflow that is easily transferable to rescue groups and shelters with scarce resources; one which can be used by persons of all skill levels to present their charges in the best possible light.
We use a combination of photographic best practices, speed and hard work to show the compelling personalities of available animals. We endeavor to provide our work product to the shelter at the earliest possible moment so as to give each animal the longest possible time before the adopting public.
Donations of ideas, manpower, money, equipment and supplies are welcome and all donations will be used solely to save shelter animals. You are welcome to use our photos as long as the use is not commercial in nature, you include an attribution to Pawsitive Shelter Photography and include a link back to this website. Also, you must keep at least the same quality as the original photos. We invite bona fide rescues to use our photos to assist in placing the animals we photograph.
To learn more about us, see this video, produced by the Orlando Sentinel in July, 2012. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/multimedia/os-video-animal-shelter-photographers-20120726,0,5049819.story
On December 9, 2013 Orlando television station WKMG featured PSP and its social media outreach efforts in its "Making a Difference" segment, which can be viewed here: http://www.clickorlando.com/social-media-helping-to-save-pets/-/1637238/23408894/-/s6cjyez/-/index.html. In August, 2015 the same station revisited our work and again felt we were "Making a Difference." View the video here: http://www.clickorlando.com/glamour-shots-help-dogs-find-homes/34591322
On July 30, 2014 Orlando Weekly awarded Pawsitive Shelter Photography its "Best Do-Gooders Doing Good Award" for 2014, an honor we are truly pleased to have received from a class publication. Thank you.
In July, 2015 Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs honored the collective dedicated and hard working members of Pawsitive Shelter Photography with Orange County's 2015 "Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award."
In April, 2016 the local Fox affiliate ran a story about Pawsitive Shelter Photography and its efforts to reduce the homeless pet population of Central Florida.