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Pet Photography; Capturing What Words Can’t

Growing up, I was always the quiet one in the family. The shy one who sat in the back of the class, afraid to raise my hand to speak out. When I did speak, I often stuttered and struggled to express my thoughts. However, I’ve always been an observer, aware of subtle looks and gestures in interpersonal relationships that others might overlook—or perhaps choose to ignore. Perhaps that’s why I was drawn to photography from an early age. While I could sense emotions unfolding, my camera had the power to freeze those moments—capturing the images that words couldn’t adequately convey.

My journey began with shyness, and then, just as I was about to enter 8th grade, my family moved to a new town. This threw me into unfamiliar surroundings—a new school, a new community, and the daunting task of making new friends. It was during this  time that my parents gave into my pleas for a dog. Enter Smokey, my collie/german shepard mix who became my anchor. With his carefree demeanor and boundless happiness, Smokey had the ability to cheer me up after a challenging day. He communicated through silent gestures, his eyes filled with love or joy  expressed volumes without uttering a single word.

The Subjects

The Pet:

Your pet is your steadfast rock, expressing unwavering love. Regardless of your mood, he remains dedicated, providing you with unreserved affection. He’s the constant that offers  solace after an arduous day. His eyes hold a language beyond words, communicating understanding and empathy.

The Human:

You, too, are resilient, navigating life’s challenges with grace. Returning home, your pet’s exuberant greeting—whether through joyful tail wags or gentle whinnies—renews your spirit. The connection you share is life-changing, fostering self-assurance and bolstering your sense of self-worth.

Your Connection:

I do not think of myself as just an observer; I am a witness to this exquisite bond you have with your pet.  My ultimate goal is to capture the essence of your connection.  I strive to spend time with you both in environments you cherish, engaged in activities that bring you joy whether you are on an epic adventure together or cozy at home on the couch. These familiar places foster comfort and authenticity, revealing your true selves as a harmonious team. It is within these moments that your genuine connection surfaces. While I may offer initial guidance, my true purpose is to immortalize these authentic moments with your pet. As a dedicated pet photographer, I am committed to capturing these intimate and genuine moments that celebrate the unbreakable bond you share.

The Results

The payoff  is an exclusive  collection of artwork that provides a visual narrative of your journey together. When you lovingly display  these photographs on your walls, you are creating your own evidence of your shared history, surrounding you with memories  that not only kindle a feeling of self-worth and purpose but also continue to brighten your spirit even in the absence of your cherished companion.  

Let us unite to create artwork that resonates on a profound level—more than words could convey. We will design your distinctive story of love, acceptance, and enduring companionship between you and your pet.

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Meet Augie

Sweet Augie is around 12-18 months old and was found as a stray. This boy loves everyone he meets and enjoys playing with other dogs. He is the happiest being by your side, and getting a belly rub. Augie would love a family to grow up with. Could that be you?

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.

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  1. Nicole

    I was the same shy kid, and moving was brutal! I remember my dad took me to work once and I cried and didn’t want to get out of the car to meet people. I guess not much has changed. lol

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