Thursday, May 26, 2011

Featured in the Kansas City Star - Helping Homeless Animals Put their Best Paws Forward - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

I am excited to announce I was featured in Monday's FYI section of The Kansas City Star. Columnist Jenee Osterheldt interviewed me and compiled a fabulous article that highlights what I do for the local rescue community. Scanned article and link to the online version are below.
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/22/2894184/she-helps-homeless-animals-put.html

Jennifer Hague helps homeless animals put their best paws forward
By JENEÉ OSTERHELDT
The Kansas City Star

You’ve seen that ASPCA commercial. You know, the one with Sarah McLachlan singing “Angel” in the background while abused and abandoned animals flash across the screen.

I wince when it comes on. It’s torturous. Yes, it makes me want to donate. But I’ve never made it through a commercial long enough to want to take one of those beautiful fur babies home.

Those images tell us sad truths, but they don’t do those pets justice. We see them shaky and bewildered, but they are more than that. That’s the bad rap that shelter animals get. They become their pasts.

But what if those pets had portraits, beautifully shot pictures that really capture their spirits?

Enter Jennifer Hague. An Olathe graphic designer and communications specialist by day and a pet photographer every chance she gets.

For years, she has seen friends post pictures of adorable pets looking for a forever home on Facebook.

But there was always something that bothered her — the robo eyes thanks to the flash, hands holding the dog still, leashes coming from nowhere. No one can blame the shelters. They are running on limited resources and dealing with constant intake.

So Jennifer started volunteering her services. She was no pro, either. It was two years ago; she’d just gotten a schnauzer, Remmy, and bought a starter camera. She figured with her photo restoration skills, love for photography and dogs, she could make a difference.

She started doing portraits of the pets at Animal Haven and soon realized it was hard helping out.

“It was difficult seeing how many animals are dumped and neglected and abused.” says Hague, 29.

It was the heartbreak of shelter living that had kept Hague from volunteering sooner. Ever since she was a child, she has wanted to work with animals, but she knew she didn’t have the strength.

Somehow, she found it. Jennifer has helped 100 dogs get homes. She has learned her way around the camera.

Treats, love and squeaky sounds are her secret weapons. She does all she can to become the dog’s new best friend.

Every other week she shoots for KC Paws. And her work ( www.fixyourimages.com) in the local shelter community has brought her paying gigs and a bit of notoriety. Her portraits have been featured in a variety of pet magazines — Fido Friendly, Dog Fancy, Bella Dog and the like. But she says it’s not about that.

“I just felt led to do this,” she says of her work. “No longer was I going to be discouraged because it’s sad. Instead, I’ve learned to focus on the hope of finding dogs forever homes.”

Through her portraits, you don’t just see what an animal has been through. You see where it can go.

Jeneé Osterheldt’s column runs on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. To reach her, call 816-234-4380 or send email to josterheldt@kcstar.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NBC Action News Covers Steve Tolbert Suzuki Adoption Event - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

The Steve Tolbert Suzuki Adoption Event that took place May 14 was a huge success, despite the unseasonably cold weather. There were nearly 20 onsite adoptions and the below rescue groups and businesses were in attendance. Steve Tolbert generously offered up his dealership lot to host the event and also paid for all onsite adoption fees. Another event in the Fall is being discussed!

KC PAWS • The Pet Connection • T.A.R.A. • WAGS • Friends of Halfway Home
Disabled Furry Friends • Excelsior Springs Friends of Animals • FOCAS • Midwest Paws
Bubbles Mobile Dog Wash • Yappy Hour Pet Resort • Trupanion Pet Insurance • Boomeroos
Premier Designs Jewelry • The Patrick Movement Missouri • Scentsy by Gina Madison
Camp Bow Wow Olathe • Twisted and Stitched • DZ Wear • Game Dog Guardian


NBC Action News even covered the event! Check out the article below and online at this link:
http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/lifestyle/pets/adoption-event-puts-dogs-in-homes





Friends of Halfway Home: Zachary - Still available


Game Dog Guardian: Hercules - Still available


Game Dog Guardian: Stella - Still available


Midwest Paws


FOCAS


T.A.R.A. - Bowie - ADOPTED!


T.A.R.A. - Isabella - ADOPTED!


T.A.R.A. - Dexter - Still available


T.A.R.A. - Eddie - Still available


T.A.R.A. - Fiona - Still available


T.A.R.A. -Kassidy - Still available


T.A.R.A. - Achilles - Still available


T.A.R.A. - Kadee - Still available


KC P.A.W.S. - Daisy - Still available


KC P.A.W.S. - Lily - Still available


KC P.A.W.S. - Ruby - Still available

Monday, May 23, 2011

Rocky the Miniature Schnauzer & Black Dog Syndrome - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Two important things to note from my recent client photo shoot:

1. Rocky is an adorable miniature schnauzer!! And we all know, being an owner of the most spoiled miniature schnauzer EVER, this breed totally melts my heart!!

2. Rocky is a black dog. Did you know black dogs are one of the most overlooked dog in rescues and shelters? It's called Black Dog Syndrome and yes, it's real. Some people believe perhaps it's a superstitious thing or just the fact that dogs this color happen to blend in with the cages because of the poor lighting conditions in shelters. Regardless of the reason, please spread awareness and help black dogs become more noticed and adopted!!

Some of my favorites from the session include Rocky who modeled (hesitantly) on this rock with the small pond in the background. Notice I said hesitantly, because most miniature schnauzers are not a fan of the water!


This was what Rocky thought of having to model on this hard, uncomfortable rock. The things a dog will let me do for a great photo!




Sometimes they like to show some tongue....


or not....


I love the schnauzer profile. Very dignified!


Oooh, there's that cute little tongue again.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Liks LLC Pet Accessories & Boutique Dog Grooming Supplies- Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

About Liks LLC
Liks, LLC, provides fashionable boutique dog grooming supplies at affordable prices. Their trendy, durable products are perfect for professional groomers and serious pet lovers. Some of their products include: Dog Bows, Latex Grooming Bands, Grooming Shears, Pet Grooming Aprons, Dog Collar Bows and more.

Liks, LLC, was formed because a need in the dog grooming supply industry wasn’t being fulfilled. They started making their own bows using the best satin and grosgrain ribbon available. The attention to detail was noticed by clients and certain styles and colors were being requested. Liks, LLC, focuses on finding and developing products for groomers to offer special touches to their boutique services that clients will notice.

Owner Kyndra Jade has been showing and grooming her own dogs in AKC and 4-H since she was 5 years old. She has been grooming professionally since 2004. She currently grooms in her home. She has three young children and has been married to her husband, Brett, for 8 years. Liks, LLC, was established in 2007.

Website - http://www.petliks.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Liksllc/371625033152

Products are available online or locally at Nuance Boutique in Olathe Kansas!

For my shelter and rescue friends, e-mail fixyourimages@hotmail.com if your rescue has some varying breeds who would like to be photographed while modeling some of Kyndra's designs. The best part --- the products that are modeled by the dogs will be donated to your shelter or rescue!

Kyndra's furry baby Vixie models some of the fashionable products for female dogs!







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Boys can wear bows and flowers too! Here is my Remington showing off a few of the more boyish designs.



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rest in Peace Sweet Sugar Ray - Saying Goodbye to Your Pet - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

I received an e-mail on Friday, May 13, with the subject line "Emergency Photo Shoot". I knew this couldn't be good news. A sweet woman named Stacy had found me online and was desperately needing photos taken of her brother's boxer. Sugar Ray was 8 years old and diagnosed with a very late stage Canine Lymphoma and was very ill. He was scheduled to be put to sleep the next day.

Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers seen in dogs. Although there are breeds that appear to be at increased risk for this disease, lymphoma can affect any dog of any breed at any age. It accounts for 10-20% of all cancers in dogs. Lymphoma is a malignant cancer that involves the lymphoid system. In a healthy animal, the lymphoid system is an important part of the body's immune system defense against infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. To learn more about canine lymphoma, check out this link: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/canine_lymphoma.html

Stacey's brother was in Mexico on business and could not make it back to the States, however when he heard the diagnosis, he did not want his precious furry son to be in pain any longer. Choosing when to let your pet go is one of the hardest decisions anyone will ever have to make. I can't imagine having to make that kind of decision from across the country and not being able to tell my pet goodbye. But it was quite obvious that Sugar Ray's daddy loved him so much, he made the heartbreaking and selfless choice to free Sugar Ray from his pain.

When I am contacted with a situation like this, my love of animals overpowers everything. I had plans that night, but nothing was more important than documenting this sweet boy. My husband and I met their family at Stone Pillar Winery and Sugar Ray was able to run free around the vineyards with a radiance and happiness surrounding him. I would have never known he was sick. I am confident that Sugar Ray knew his time on earth was ending and looked deep inside himself to find strength and wanted to shine for us all to preserve his warm, loving spirit.

Here is a special video I have created in honor of sweet Sugar Ray. I hope this helps his memory live on forever in all the hearts that he has touched over the years. You were very loved and will be greatly missed, sweet baby. Just click the triangle play button on the bottom left of the video. Be sure to have your sound turned on! You can also see a larger version of the video on Youtube at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh0-N_jrCGk
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