This past Saturday morning, I spent 2 1/2 hours at the Charleston Animal Society and I was able to meet + photograph 10 beautiful dogs who are available for adoption.  It’s beginning to become my weekend routine, which I always look forward to with excitement.  I just love spending time with the dogs, playing with them, getting to know their personalities, and capturing it on camera.  They each have such unique personalities and it’s not always easy to get a great photo of each dog.  Some are too scared or shy to even look at you!  But when I can get that perfect shot – where the dog is “smiling”, ears perked up, tail wagging, and their head slightly cocked to the side… that’s when I get really excited.  When they transform from a scared shelter dog to a happy-go-lucky dog ready for his or her happy ending… that’s what it’s all about!

I’m not going to lie and tell you it’s easy to take photos of shelter dogs.  It’s not and it’s even more challenging to take good photos of shelter dogs.  I mean, it took me 2 1/2 hours to photograph only 10 dogs this weekend!  Oh how I miss having my husband there, assisting me.  You can’t rush the process because in order to get great photos, you have to be patient and you have to make the dog feel as comfortable as possible in front of the camera.  It takes time to build that trust with the dogs and that’s the part of this job that I absolutely love.

So without further ado, here are the 10 dogs I was able to meet on Saturday: Coco, Alvin, Bambino, BB, Scrabble, Baxter, Bootsy, Andy, Taylor, and Brooke.  I just adore each of them and hope they are adopted into wonderful forever homes soon.

**UPDATE: Coco, Scrabble + Andy were adopted on Saturday!

Please share these faces with your friends, family + anyone else you know who might be considering adoption.  Charleston Animal Society is located at 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston SC 29406.  Visit their website at www.charlestonanimalsociety.org or give them a call at 843.747.4849.  Their hours of operation are Monday – Saturday from 10am until 6pm and Sundays from 10am until 5pm.  Thank you on behalf of the pups!