Tips for a Stress-Free Photo Session

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I really don’t like getting my photo taken. Professional headshots, family photos, and even selfies with friends — it’s not always a natural-feeling experience to be the focus of attention. The pressure of the photographer staring at me, trying to figure out what pose doesn’t make me look 5lbs heavier, holding a smile for what…

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Out-Of-The-Box Event Ideas to Build Loving Community

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Do you have cute puppies and kittens at your shelter? Have you ever thought about creating some exciting events where those animals can be featured to promote your foster program and bring in much-needed funds or supplies for your organization? There are some fun opportunities to feature these adorable pets and to bring in support…

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7 Tricks for Photographing Guinea Pigs

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Guinea Pigs are notoriously adorable – their teensy lips, their fuzzy cheeks, their penchant to demand treats five seconds after they’ve already been given one – but they’re also notoriously difficult to photograph. That is, unless, you know how to bribe them. I started photographing guinea pigs 5 years ago after adopting my first pair,…

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Saving Time With New Instagram Post Scheduling

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Instagram lovers rejoice! In a long-awaited and much-celebrated move, the app recently made pre-scheduling content possible for business accounts — and it has the potential to transform social media strategies for organizations with limited resources and operating budgets (ie; all of us working and volunteering in animal welfare)! It couldn’t have come at a more important…

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5 Shelter Photography Tips I Discovered Accidentally


When I first started running the volunteer photography team at the Humane Society of Broward County, I felt a sense of duty to capture the most beautiful images possible. Images that would truly help animals get adopted. Now, after two years of taking and editing animal intake photos every work day, I have stumbled upon…

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Where Do Your Stories Go?

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Have you ever noticed that long after your body comes home from helping animals, your mind is still there with them, working through what you experienced that day? Or maybe you feel anxious or sad, but you can’t put your finger on why exactly. The answer, in part, is tied to the stories you’ve absorbed during…

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Live, Authentic, and Imperfect The Power of the Live Stream

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I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t back out. I told EVERYONE the day and hour I was going live: my kids, my parents, my followers and colleagues, and the baristas at my favorite coffee shop. In a word: I was terrified. The day came — August 5th, 2015 — I stuttered through my intro, fumbled with…

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4 Successful Giving Tuesday Campaigns to Inspire

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Every year since 2012, a day of dedicated support for the non-profit community has soothed the retail hysteria of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and the non-profit answer to the post-Thanksgiving consumerism that has gained momentum over recent years. It’s a feel-good exclamation mark for the season and can be…

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Tips for Taking Better Cell Phone Photos


There’s a reason they say ‘the best camera is the one you have on you’. These days, smartphones are fixtures of our day-to-day lives and are the most widely used type of camera in history. They’re also rapidly improving with each update — so much so that Apple is showcasing the possibilities with their inspiring ‘Shot on iPhone’…

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