“Shelter Dogs” Exhibition at the New Rochelle Public Library

Great news! The “Shelter Dogs” exhibition featuring my photographs of dogs from the New Rochelle Humane Society is now on view in the New Rochelle Public Library from February 10, 2012 to March 4, 2012.

It is great to see “Shelter Dogs” becoming a travelling exhibition, promoting animal adoption and fighting common misconceptions about shelter animals across Westchester County. We would like to bring “Shelter Dogs” to all 17 towns that the New Rochelle Humane Society serves. Stay tuned to see if “Shelter Dogs” will visit your town!

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The New Rochelle Public Library is located at 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801. For hours of operation and more information about the library please click here.

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Lonely Hearts at the New Rochelle Humane Society

In honor of Valentine’s day, the New Rochelle Humane Society is offering a 50% discount on adoption fee of pets who has been at the shelter for four months or more. Often overlooked because of their appearance, age, breed or personality, these pets just might be the perfect match for you. I was very lucky to meet and photograph a few of the lonely hearts candidates last week.

MUFFIN was found wandering the streets of Bronxville. Although she was micro-chipped and the shelter contacted her owner, the owner never called them back. Muffin is a sweet and friendly cat who LOVES to play.

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To read more about Muffin, please click here

ANNE MAY is one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet – gentle, affectionate and great with other dogs! Anne May was bred several times, then carelessly abandoned by her owner.

To read more about Anne May, please click here.

ARIEL was rescued from the streets of New Rochelle. She is quiet, thoughtful, lady like cat with beautiful, kitten-soft, multi-colored coat.

To read more about Ariel, please click here.

BETTY WHITE is a girl brimming with personality. She has a very happy disposition despite being abandoned by her family.

To read more about Betty White, please click here.

NUZZLE was adopted a few days after his photo shoot!!! But I decided to share his photos with you. He is just such a great, beautiful and friendly cat. I fell in love with him at the first sight.

PINKY has been at the shelter for over a year now. She was adopted from the shelter when she was four months old by someone who made many promises to take her to the park for exercise, participate in training classes and love her forever. Unfortunately, none of these promises were kept. This loving, affectionate girl is so depressed without a family of her own. While she has been at the shelter, volunteers have taught her 7 different tricks! Rollover, high five, moonwalk, spin and shake, just to name a few.

To read more about Pinky, please click here.

These are not all the Lonely Hearts that you can meet at the New Rochelle Humane Society. To see all of them please click here.

Tip on Photographing Shy Cats

I stumbled over this trick of photographing shy cats while I was at the photography assignment in the household with four cats, one of which was extremely shy. The photography assignment had nothing to do with the pets, but as I was packing my gear, I saw a little pink nose peeping round the corner. It was close to the dinner time and to my big surprise extremely shy Elliot was assessing the risks and benefits involved in having his dinner in the room with a stranger. “Interesting”, I thought, “let me see whether the empty stomach will win over the cautious mind”. To make Elliot’s decision a little bit easier, I moved the bowl with his food closer to the wall behind which he was hiding. Then armed with my 70-200mm, ISO 3200, f stop 3.5 and a shutter speed 1/60 I lay down on the floor as far from the bowl as possible and was patiently waiting. Luckily for me, Elliot’s hunger was bigger than his fear, and I was able to snap a few photographs. So if you ever have troubles photographing very shy cats, that run away and hide as soon as they see someone unfamiliar, maybe it is worth trying to photograph them around their feeding time.

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“Sisters” selected by Henry Horenstein for “Family Dynamics” exhibition

A few months back I began to work on my new portfolio. Although it is still work in progress, one of the images titled “Sisters” was selected by juror Henry Horenstein, well known and respected fine-art photographer and educator, for a group exhibition “Family Dynamics” at The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia. I am very honored to be a part of this exhibit.

In his Juror’s Statement, Henry Horenstein writes, “In choosing the winners for the physical and online gallery, I tried to select single images from each photographer, as there were so many worthy entries. But for the physical gallery, I tried to choose photographers whose body of work (as entered) showed consistency and clear direction. Some other photographers had some great images, but one didn’t necessarily link to another or the chosen one was so much stronger than the rest of their entered work.”

The show will run from February 6 to March 4, 2012. So if you are in the area, make sure to stop by…:)

“SHELTER DOGS” Exhibition at the Mamaroneck Public Library

I am very excited to share with you that the photographs of the dogs from the New Rochelle Humane Society that I have taken are being exhibited in the beautifully renovated Mamaroneck Public Library from December 19, 2011 to January 17, 2012.

We hope that The “Shelter Dogs” exhibition will help us to promote animal adoption and correct common misconceptions about shelter dogs by portraying them for who they really are: loving, playful companions in search of a home.

The photographs are on display in the gallery space of the library located on the ground level. The Mamaroneck Public Library is located at 136 Prospect Avenue, Mamaroneck NY 10543. For hours of operation and more information about the library please click here.

Please make sure to stop by and take a look!

Sneak Peek – Holidays Photographs at the New Rochelle Humane Society

by Klara Hanincova

Thank you so much to all of you who brought your pets to the New Rochelle Humane Society last Sunday for holiday portraits. While it can be very challenging to photograph animals during the fundraising events due to short time intervals that I get to spend with each animal or family, it is also a lot of fun. If you did not make it this year, make sure to stop by next year. See you then!!!….:)