I haven't blogged about this yet, but this spring, I got a new job opportunity. The imagery department at the sanctuary (the Best Friends Animals Sanctuary where I have worked as a horse trainer for over 14 years) called and asked if I wanted to work part time for them as a photographer. I only work 2 days in the horse department, but I've been working up to 40 hours a week at home with photography of some kind or another for the last several years. I've done a little freelance work for the sanctuary in the past and they were down a staff photographer, so they asked me to fill in a little.
Now, I've worked at the Sanctuary for 14 years, but the horse department is so separate from the rest of the animal care areas that I've always felt somewhat out of the loop. But most of the photos that I would be taking would be of the dogs and cats, so it was a great opportunity to get to know people and animals in the main part of the Sanctuary. So I've been taking "cage card" (the portrait that every animal has taken upon arrival) photos for several months now and it has been really great. I've met some wonderful people, gotten to know my way around our maze of a wonderful facility, and I get to meet all the new dogs and cats (and sometimes bunnies and birds) that come in.
I play a little game with myself when I meet the new animals, dogs, usually. The game is called, "You're not going to be here long!" And I'm usually right. Often, the cute new doggies that come in are adopted in very short order. Sometimes, they have a few medical or behavioral issues that need some work before they can go to their forever homes, but sometimes it's pretty obvious to me that they are going to get snatched right up.
Like I said, usually it's dogs that I say, "You're not going to be here long!", mainly because we adopt more dogs than any other kind of animals. But one day I was in a cat run taking cage cards and met a cool little cat named Lorraine. I was there to take a cage card photo of one of her run mates, but she caught my eye because she was lounging in a blue bucket in a sunny corner of the run. She looked so completely relaxed and comfortable and was so stinkin' cute - a siamesey type kitty with white spots, and her eyes were the same color as the bucket. I wanted to take her photo, but she was laying in a harsh, patchy spot of light. I thought, "This looks like a way mellow kitty, I wonder if she'll let me drag her and her bucket into some better light." And she did, and I took a bunch of photos of her. She was so funny and mellow and happy. I got one photo that I was pretty pleased with and showed it to my boss's boss that night on FB.
And I said to Miss Lorraine, "YOU're not gonna be here long!" and she wasn't. She was adopted very soon after these photos were taken. Do see what I mean? Isn't she cute?
So here it is, my first cover and my first photo cover credit. Cool, right?!
I love my job. Thanks Lorraine!