This blog Circle is generally used to profile our pet photography. This week however, I am going to go a little wild.  The topic for this week is silhouettes, but weather, timing and a head cold hindered my completing a new image.  Instead, I am looking back at some images I took of the wild horses of Assateague Island.  Silhouettes can add mood  to an image or highlight a detail that you drew your attention in the first place.  Generally when you think of a silhouette, you think of a very dark image on a bright background.  I find that partial silhouettes can be just as dramatic and add a little interest about the subject you are focusing on.

My first image is from Assateague Island.  We came along this trio on the beach.  One of the horses is standing and in full silhouette, while  the other two had just enough light to show off some of their features.  The second image was taken another year in Assateague.  While a silhouette would best be taken from a lower angle  framing the subject against a brighter background,  I was at a disadvantage being on a hill with the horse walking up toward me.  I loved how the rising sun lit up this horse’s tail as if it was on fire.

horses at dawn
Dawn Awakening


red tail shining in morning light
Tail afire

My last image is of a horse that was up for adoption a few years ago at a local rescue.  I was drawn to how the light entering the stall contoured this animals body.

horse, black & whiite
What’s out here?



Project 52-Blog Circle

This post is part of Project 52 which challenges Professional Pet Photographers to focus on a particular topic/assignment each week. There are photographers from all over the world participating.  Follow the next link to view how the next amazing photographer tackles this weeks challenge.  Then follow each link at the end of each blog until you return to me.. Then you have successfully completed our blog circle. Enjoy!

+++++ NOW let’s see how Elayne Massaini Pet Photos in Sao Paulo, Brazil  tackled this weeks subject+++++



Nancy Kieffer is a photographer serving  the Central New York and Adirondack Region and beyond.  Travel assignments welcomed.   If you would like to book a lifestyle session for your pet,  Please email me at or call 315-469-8807


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Lessons from a Senior Dog

Nancy Kieffer

Working as a pet photographer as well as volunteering in a rescue, I have been blessed with getting to know a number of senior dogs. While I lost my Midnight at a young age, I was very fortunate to have Shamus with me for many years. Shamus was my clown, but boy did he know how to live! His wisdom grew as the years pressed on. I learned that each day spent with my senior dog was a lesson on the importance of living in the present, cherishing our bond and embracing our everlasting friendship.