Tips for Photographing Black Animals

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There’s nothing wrong with working what your mama gave you. In fact, here at HeARTs Speak, we encourage it of our furry and feathery subjects! Alas, despite their best modeling efforts, this task presents some challenges for animals of the raven-coated persuasion. At any shelter or rescue you’ll occasionally hear murmurs that black pets sometimes seem…

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Artist Grant Recipient: Valerie Bruder

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A devoted HeARTs Speak member since October 2012, Valerie Bruder is also a tireless advocate for the homeless pets in her community. We’re delighted to introduce her as our June ‘Helping. Artists.’ grant recipient! The list of animal welfare organizations Valerie regularly helps is staggering and includes Camden County Animal Shelter, All They Need is Love Animal…

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Featured Artist: Sophie Gamand


Sophie Gamand is a fine art photographer with a dog obsession, and in 2010 she gave in to her obsession and began photographing dogs exclusively. Since then, Sophie has created some unforgettable series’, including Wet Dog, which won her a Sony World Photography Award this year. Her most recent series, Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution,…

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