Dancin’ in the Dirt

My friends at Spot-O-Faith Farm have been working on fixing up the barn for all of their rescues and are now putting together a little fund raiser benefit to celebrate.  The first of what will hopefully be many Dancin’ in the Dirt events will be held on Saturday October 15, 2011 from 6-8 pm.  There will be food, music and a silent auction.  Tickets are $25 each or $75 for a family.  Donations will be accepted for the silent auction through October 8.  To donate, please fill out the donation form and send it to Linda.  She can be reached at spotofathfarm@msn.com or 509-845-7242.

The Spot-O-Faith Farm is a 501c3 non-profit horse rescue so all donations are tax deductible.  The Spot-O-Faith Farm is located at 6204 W Wernett Road in Pasco, WA.

And while I’m on the topic, they have two beautiful Appaloosas that are ready to find their forever home.  Contact Linda if you are interested in adopting them or sponsoring any of their rescues.  Any donations are appreciated!

 

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Tri-Cities Pet Photographer soon to be Tucson Pet Photographer

It’s funny how even something as simple as walking the dogs on the same route I’ve taken hundreds of times can seem to take on a renewed meaning once a new course has been set.  I’ll be moving to Tucson, Arizona in November and already I’ve found myself musing about all of the things that I won’t be doing here any more.  Teaching at WSU or photographing adoptable animals at the Benton-Franklin Humane Society, the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter or even Coyote Ridge Corrections Center.  Looking back on the last three plus years that we’ve been in the Tri-Cities, I know that I’ve been very fortunate in all of the opportunities that have come my way but as sad as it is to leave the area, I’m really looking forward to all of the opportunities that await in Tucson.  For all of you familiar with the Tucson area, send me a note with your suggestions for your favorite things to do and places to eat.

Of course all this means that I’m also counting down on the number of sessions that I am able to do here in the Tri-Cities before moving.  If you’ve been waiting for the right time to contact me, this is it – after October, I won’t be able to help you.

One thing that I’ll certainly miss is my home.  We haven’t listed it yet with a realtor so it still feels like our home (if you’ve ever sold a house then you’ll know that as soon as it’s listed, it’s not really your home anymore but rather the place that you live while it is on display).   If you live in or are moving to the Tri-Cities and are interested in a beautiful Stanfield Homes construction (~4200 sq ft), please send me an email @ mike@michaelkloth.com to get a link to a photo gallery.  I’ll leave you today with a pair of photos of our house.

 

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The fake room – Pet photography by Michael Kloth

It’s not that I’ve grown tired of using paper seamless backgrounds when I take photos of the animals at the humane society, but every now and again I feel the need to try something new.  Currently I’m working on the fake room.  As always, I want to feature each animal using an uncluttered backdrop so that potential adopters can’t be distracted by the living situation each animal faces in the humane society but rather, I want each photo to be only about the dog, cat or other critter featured.  The fake room is a work in progress as it’s rather cumbersome to transport, set up and break down at the humane society but I think it will see a fair bit of use over the summer.  My thought on the fake room is that it might help potential adopters to envision the featured animal as a pet rather than as an animal in need of a home.  It would be great if it helps spark increased interest in some of the great dogs and cats.  If not, well, at least I’ll enjoy a bit of variety.

So what do you think?  Any feedback is appreciated.

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This is the first time I set up the fake room at the humane society. It worked fine but took 30 minutes to set up.

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Spring helping me try out the fake room at home before bringing it to the humane society.

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Lyle wasn't a big fan but then again, he doesn't care for the regular set up either.

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Head shot of Lyle in the fake room.

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Maebe wasn't a fan either but photo shoots make her a bit nervous even when she's laying on the ground.

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Anything goes for Spring - she's always ready to model for me so long as I pay her for her services.

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Swapping looks is as easy as putting up new wall paper. This wall paper was probably on the clearance rack for a reason.

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The wood tiles are 1' square tiles from Lowe's and cost $0.72 each.

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It quickly became clear that I'll need to pay closer attention to keeping the molding level in the frame.

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Detail shot of Spring on the floor.

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Happy Gotcha Day Mr. Lyle – Pet photography by Michael Kloth

It was nine years ago today that Robin and I bought home an impossibly skinny puppy that we eventually named Lyle.  We’d been thinking it was time to adopt a friend for our precious Little Bit and I think it was on our second visit to the Lexington Humane Society that we met the puppy that was to become Lyle.  It’s hard to fully describe Lyle – he’s like no other dog I’ve ever known and we are lucky to have him in our pack.  We adopted Lyle about a year before I bought the camera that led to my current profession so we don’t have many photos of him as a puppy but he has been well photographed over most of his life.  I’ll leave you then with a slideshow of Lyle over the years.

Happy gotcha day Lyle!  May the next nine years be as good!

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Shelter Pets limited edition canvas prints on sale now – Pet photography by Michael Kloth

Did you get the chance to see the Shelter Cats – Larger than Life Exhibit in March?  Did you wish you could buy one of the limited edition gallery wrapped canvas prints but didn’t know how?  Well now’s the time.  Today through May 27, 2011, the remaining prints from the exhibition will be sold for the sale prices of $175 for the 20″ square and $200 for the 20″ x 30″ prints.  A portion of each print sale will be donated to the shelter that cared for the animal featured in the print.

Print sale – Images by Michael Kloth

Price does not include Washington State sales tax or shipping.  Local print sales will be hand delivered while others will be shipped via UPS.  Email me at info@michaelklothphotography.com with inquiries and please include a phone number with a convenient time for a return call.  I accept cash, check, Visa, Discover Card, MasterCard and Paypal.

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