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Doodling out Pet Portrait Location Ideas for my Next Project

I have a new opportunity that is exciting, if not a little daunting. I have joined with a number of other pet photographers from around the world for a global book project to support animal rescue not only in my community, but around the world. Since I have been selected, I have been busy doodling out locations for some of the photo sessions.

Drawing on community

Pet photography started as a need to help pet parents have the images  of themselves and their pet.  It was something that I missed out on.  Images of our pets interacting and loving us as well as those showing off their own personality.  

Over the years it became much more than that.  Not only did I see that I could help pet parents capture those precious images.  I could also help unite those dogs in need with pet parents searching for the pet that was going to make their lives whole. I started volunteering at shelters and have found my home at Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter.  I have been so blessed to know that some of my images are what enticed some families to come to the shelter to look for their next fur-baby.

Not only did volunteering and photographing help me form new bonds between pets and their new fur families, it has helped me form important relationships with my fellow volunteers, local community and has grown to my virtual community of pet photographers.  It is wonderful to find a community that is willing to share ideas on how to help fundraise to shine a light on pet rescue and bring them the support that is needed.  

Now, I find that I have the opportunity to not only help my local community, but also help globally.  To get to the goal, I need the support of my local community- YOU!

Sketching out the book details

In 2022, professional pet photographers around the world united to raise US$25,000 for animal rescue by publishing Tails of the World. This year, with the addition of some photographers, the goal is to raise $35,000 for charity.

We need YOUR help!

Would you like to see your fur-baby in the pages of Tails of the World: Volume Two (and make a difference for pets in need?)

These photo sessions will take place in the heart of Central NY Capturing it’s unique beauty during the months of mid May- mid July. 

100% of the session fee of these $100 Artisan sessions are donated to Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter (Jamesville, NY) and one photo from each session is guaranteed to be included in the book.

All proceeds from the book sales are donated to Second Chance Animal Rescue, Inc. (Australia). You’ll also have the opportunity to view and purchase keepsake photographic artwork from your unique pet photoshoot.

10 Artisan Sessions Available


~ Dates available Mid May thru June in select locations 5/27, 6/11, 6/24

~ 100% of the Artisan Session Donation goes to Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter

~ Sessions take place in Central New York

~ Limited to one pet per session

~ One image from each session will be included in the Tails of the World book (available to order online in March 2024).

~ Prints, products and digital files are not included. View products at

Creating a complete experience

There is a one pet limit per each artisan session for the book. I know though that this isn’t your whole family. and I am all about you having photos with your pet. Remember that this is your best friend, don’t you deserve to have pictures of your bond together?

Choose to upgrade your session to a full session experience for an additional $89. This upgrade will allow you to have the full session experience, include yourself, and other human or pet family members from the same household. It will also allow you to choose a date and location that suits your needs as well as the for the book. Photo sessions must be completed by July 15th. This is also a good option for families with reactive dogs that need more time, patience and quieter settings.  

You will also receive $150 credit toward purchase of products as well as a consultation appointment to discuss the nitty gritty on what you would like to achieve for your artwork.

Those Doodled out locations!

Locations for the Artisan sessions are:

  • Thornden Park
  • Upper Onondaga Park
  • Onondaga Lake Park

I have some other sessions under consideration for those upgrade session, but will discuss with those participants for what is appropriate for their pet.

Only 10 sessions are available . Are you ready to apply?

It’s an International circle!

Join the fun! This group of International Professional Pet Photographers bring you information on our weekly topics. While we focus on one broad subject, we may each have a different spin on it or provide you with additional information from our world of pet photography. Follow the next link to view how the next amazing photographer tackles this weeks challenge.  Follow each link at the end of each blog until you return to me. Then you have successfully completed our blog circle. Enjoy!

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Elaine Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography in Northeastern PA shares some pointers on photographing doodles.

Meet Boston James!

Boston James is 2 years old and this special guy is very smart, eager to please and loves to play with toys. He is looking for a home that can give him the daily exercise he needs, and then won’t mind when he cuddles on the couch with you at night. A cat free home without small kids is best for Boston James. 

Please contact Friends of Second Chance.

Friends of Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter
6660 E. Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078

Capture your journey with your pet. Nancy Kieffer is a pet and nature photographer serving  Central New York, the Adirondacks and Beyond.  Capture how you share your life with your pet! It may be a vacation adventure or curled up on the couch. Travel assignments welcomed.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Tracy Allard

    Good luck with your project! I hope lots of pet parents in the Syracuse area will take advantage of your talent in support of this great initiative.

  2. Darlene

    Great to see you in the Tails of the World Project!!! Woohoo!!! Good luck! (and love it as a “doodle” theme lol!)

  3. Elaine

    Here’s to a successful Tails of the World experience for you, Nancy! Great approach to the “doodle” theme!

  4. Nicole

    Love everything about this post!

  5. Cahlean

    Awesome that your are part of the Tails of the World book series! It will be fun to see your book brought to life!

  6. Kim

    I love your different take on “doodle” this week!

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