“Happiness is turning 2!” Children’s portraits by tracy bodeo photography; Lehigh Valley, PA

Check out this adorable little boy….  His photo session actually took place on his 2nd birthday.  All we needed to do to get him to cooperate was promise him a cupcake!

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“Gracie” appears in the HeARTsSpeak article in the latest issue of the Bark Magazine; pet portraits by tracy bodeo photography benefiting rescue animals.

Have you checked out the current issue (Sept./Oct.) of the Bark Magazine (sold at B&N bookstores, etc.)?  One of the images I had taken for a client of their beautiful dog Gracie (rescued from Safe Haven), appears in an article about HeARTsSpeak, a group of which I am a member.  HeArtsSpeak is a non-profit organization whose vision is to “unite the individual efforts of animal artists & animal rescues into collective action for social change” with one goal being to stop unnecessary killing of adoptable animals.  The article talks about the origin of the group, the artists who donate their time to photograph shelter animals, and the power of a good photograph in helping to get these animals adopted.  To see the complete article click here:  BarkSept2011 or go to the online version of the article “Putting the Art in Heart”, here: http://thebark.com/content/putting-art-heart .

Gracie is shown in the article below with the blue-ish background.  My favorite part about this image is the thoughtful look on Gracie’s face.  After getting pictures of the whole family with Gracie, I wanted to get a picture of her alone.  She was very nervous as I put her in the center of the studio.  She sat still because she is such a sweet dog, but she looked over at her mom as if to ask “why?”  I got one of two shots of her and we were finished.  She couldn’t wait to be back by her mom’s side.

A fun day out for the dogs of the Center for Animal Health and Welfare at “Paws for a Cause”.

Despite the downpour right in the middle of the event, “Paws for a Cause” turned out to be a great success.  Thanks to an amazing group of volunteers, we were able to get 37 dogs from the Center for Animal Health and Welfare down to Hugh Moore Park, to spend a high-energy afternoon walking, running and socializing.  They were able to play with each other as well as visit with potential adoptive families and Center alumni.  They all seemed so happy to be out and about, which made it very difficult to bring them back to the Center at the end of the day.

Center alumnus Misto and sister:

Center alumnus Tika and mom:

Tika hugging a favorite Center volunteer from her time at the shelter:

Shelter pups playdate:

Adorable Toni and her volunteer:

Boogie is in foster care but waiting for a forever home:

The group watching the Police K9 unit demonstration at the end of the day:

“Paws for a Cause” event at Hugh Moore Park- Sunday, October 2nd to benefit the Center for Animal Health & Welfare.

Come to the 19th ANNUAL “PAWS FOR A CAUSE” to benefit The Center for Animal Health & Welfare.  The event will take place rain or shine on Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 12 PM – 4 PM at Hugh Moore Park in Easton, PA.

Event features include: Blessing of the Animals, Dog & Human Walk Around the Canal, Dog & Human Costume Contest, K9 Agility (Run Your Dog Through the Course!), K9 Police Demonstration, Activities for the Kids, Vendors, Food and Music, Pet Photographer
Lehigh Valley Animal Rescue Groups Featuring Adoptable Dogs from the Center for Animal Health & Welfare.

I will be there walking one of the many adoptable dogs from the Center.  This is a great chance to meet some of the Center dogs and see their wonderful personalities.   I hope you will join me at this fun family event!