Back to Basics: Shelter Photography 101

A quality photograph has the power to form a connection that can change a life. It’s a little theory we’ve lived and grown by here at HeARTs Speak since our inception, and it’s helped us unite a global community of creative professionals who believe the same! It’s also the foundation for our Perfect Exposure Project…

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Inclusive Stock Photos: People and Pets Together

The free inclusive stock images for animal services organizations were donated by Portsmouth Humane Society after they made an effort to diversify the images they were using to tell the story of their organization’s work in a way that more accurately reflects their community. These images are not exhaustive, but we hope they serve as…

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Found Pet Photo Tips

Help keep community members informed by sharing these quick tips for snapping a good photo of found pets. We know that good photos make all the difference to facial recognition, as well as catching the attention of searching owners and community members who can share far and wide. Download or print this one-page tip sheet…

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10 Tips for Better Senior Dog Photos

Getting photos of shelter or rescue pets can feel hard – sometimes the lighting isn’t the best or our four-legged friend has a case of the wiggles. And sometimes a pet can be camera shy. But thankfully a few small adjustments and the use of a handy cell phone can make a world of difference…

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10 Tips for Great Foster Pet Photos

Getting photos of foster pets can feel hard – sometimes lighting in our home isn’t the best or our foster has the case of the wiggles. And sometimes a pet can be camera shy. But thankfully a few small adjustments and the use of a handy cell phone can make a world of difference. In the…

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Tips for a Stress-Free Photo Session

A photo shoot has lots of moving parts but, with a little planning and care, they can remain stress-free and comfortable for everyone involved. In this downloadable PDF guide, Brittany Muscato, former Digital Marketing Specialist at Humane Society of Broward County in Florida, shares her tips and tricks for photo shoots that keep your models safe and happy,…

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DIY Photography Tip Cards

A beautiful shelter pet portrait can happen in any environment — even unexpected ones! These tip cards share a range of shelter pet photography setups using studio lighting and natural light and incorporate some handy tips and tricks for making the best of any environment.  

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Shelter Photography Basics, Part 3 Getting Great Photos Anywhere

As we become more familiar with an environment — from play yards, to offices, to cat rooms and dog kennels — it’s natural to overlook their potential as stellar backdrops for adoption portraits. But beauty lies waiting in unexpected places, and this third installment of our Shelter Photography Basics series covers how depth of field and…

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Shelter Photography Basics, Part 2: The A Team

Teamwork makes the dream work when it comes to efficiently and effectively photographing shelter pets! Because shelters and rescue environments can be unpredictable, busy places and personalities can vary greatly among adoptable models, here’s a team setup solution to help you make the most of your time and resources. You’ll come out the other side…

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