Waiting for a friend…

That’s what seems to gleam through the eyes of these shelter dogs, the subject of one of Traer Scott’s best selling books. Simple near black and white portraits that grab your imagination and feelings.

Traer has been widely acclaimed for helping to bring awareness to forefront in a unique way.

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Traer Scott Photography - Shelter DogsTraer’s book Shelter Dogs is available online at the ASPCA Store.

She’s been very well reviewed by Life, Vogue, People and O to name just a few.  Scott was the recipient of the 2008 Helen Woodward Humane Award for animal welfare activism and was most recently awarded the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts 2010 Photography Fellowship Grant.

MAMA: “What are you using for lighting? You’re achieving some nice portrait lighting.”

Traer: “Shelter Dogs was shot with good old-fashioned, environmentally friendly shade. Every shot is 100% natural outdoor lighting.”

MAMA: “What was your favourite lens for this project?”

Traer: “People are always surprised to hear that this book was shot with an Olympus digital point and shoot, but it was. At the time I was still shooting film which seemed prohibitively expensive for this experimental  project since it often takes about 50 shots to get “the one”.  Plus my pro gear was simply too cumbersome to bring into the shelter on a daily basis. My little Olympus Camedia got drooled on, rained on and knocked out of my hand countless times. It took the abuse in style. Even now, I still use a point and shoot for shelter photos rather than my pro gear.”

MAMA: “What were some of the challenges in photographing shelter dogs and what tips can you share with budding photographers?”

Traer: “Photographing animals is challenging to begin with but when you’re working with dogs whose trust has often been violated through abuse and neglect it can be even harder. Many are afraid of the camera or simply afraid of people in general. You have to find what motivates that specific dog and play to that. For many dogs, food is the great motivator which trumps fear, anxiety or shyness- while with others it’s toys or sounds that get their attention. Sometimes you have to spend a lot of time with a dog before they will feel comfortable enough to let their guard down. My advice is to be patient… and always carry treats.”

There’s so much more…

You really have to visit Traer’s web site with links to news, her blog, bio and her latest book!

Thank you for sharing with us Traer!

All the best in your endeavors.

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