A Visit to the Franklin Institute for International Save the Vaquita Day 2015

Those who know me well, know that my son is very involved in wildlife conservation, with the Vaquita being his main species of concern. The Vaquita is a porpoise that lives in the Gulf of California and is the world’s most endangered marine mammal. The most recent count taken by Vaquita researchers estimate their numbers to now be as low as 80 individuals, a critically low number for this species. My visit to the Franklin Institute this past Saturday involved helping out at my son’s Vaquita table, so that he could spread the word to the public about the possibility of the extinction of this animal, and ways that people can help prevent this from happening. It is a sad situation, but there is still a lot of hope because there is a great chance that if their recovery plan is implemented properly and immediately, the Vaquita story could be a positive one that we will be happy to tell. To learn more about the Vaquita and ways that you can help, please visit his website at V-log.

While I was there I snapped a few shots at the table as he was setting up, as well as a few in the entrance-way of the Franklin Institute. The Franklin Institute is a large science hall that contains three floors of interactive exhibits. It is definitely worth a visit if you are around Philadelphia.

Setting up the table:ISTVD-001-AidanISTVD-006-aidanISTVD-008-4-aidan

The beautiful entrance hallway at the Franklin Institute:FranklinInstitute-tbp-1FranklinInstitute-tbp-2Earlier this summer we were up in Boston at the New England Aquarium for World Ocean’s Day. It was a wonderful trip and also a great day for spreading the news about the endangered Vaquita. This was a huge event where thousands of visitors who are interested in sea life were educated on many aspects of marine science including the Vaquita and its conservation. This was our third annual visit educating the public for World Ocean’s Day and we hope to be back again next June.

Outside the New England Aquarium:Boston15-067-tbpAt the Vaquita table:Boston15-186-tbp

Bethlehem, PA’s Team Identity on Disney’s “Make Your Mark!”; Results show 8 pm tonight!; portrait photography by Tracy Bodeo

Last month I was contacted by one of Disney’s advertising agencies to set up a portrait session with Team Identity, a Bethlehem, PA dance crew who was auditioning for Disney Channel’s “Make Your Mark!”  Kids from across the country submit videos of themselves dancing, with the hopes of making it as one of the top 6 finalists.  The top 6 are invited out to California to compete live on the show.  Team Identity consists of three amazing, self-taught, hip-hop, teen dancers from right here is the Lehigh Valley.  In September, after submitting several audition videos, Team Identity‘s Xavier, Jay & Faustino were notified that would be heading out to CA as one of the 6 finalists! The formal announcement was made in Bethlehem’s Liberty High School!

This past Friday night, October 19th, 2012, Team Identity, along with 5 other dance groups, competed on “Make Your Mark!” by performing two different dances.  The first dance was the dancer’s own original choice.  The second dance was based on a theme and the dancers were aided by (So You Think You Can Dance’s) choreographer Chris Scott.  All 6 dance groups did a nice job with both dances, but I definitely thought Team Identity was the best!

At the end of the show, after the three judges conferred, it was revealed that Team Identity was one of the three groups chosen to come back to the results show tonight, Sunday, October 21st!  They looked so happy and excited when the announcement was made!  The voting could then begin.  Each of the 3 groups was assigned a phone number and you could call, text or vote online for at least two hours after the show.  The three remaining finalists will come back to the results show tonight and the big winner will be revealed!  Go Team Identity!  My family voted as much as possible and I really hope they got the votes they deserve from everyone else to win.

Team Identity was the only group of the six that has not received formal dance training.  Their self-developed talent and love of dance brought the crew together and made them the awesome group they are.  They are hard workers who dance in the hallways of school or in random outdoor spaces, instead of in a studio with dance instructors and choreographers. This makes me hope they win this thing even more!

I also want to add that not only are Jay, Faustino and Xavier of Team Identity incredible dancers, but they are really nice guys.  It was a pleasure to work with them during our portrait session and so exciting to hear the news that they were finalists on the show!  Here are a few of the images from our session:

Get your dog’s, cat’s, rabbit’s, bird’s… portrait on our calendar and raise money for the Center for Animal Health and Welfare!; pet photography by Bethlehem, Allentown, Easton area, PA photographer Tracy Bodeo.

Now’s your chance to get your adorable pet’s picture on a calendar and help raise money for the Center for Animal Health & Welfare!  Our 2013 Pet Calendar will be celebrating the CAHW’s 100 years in operation and will feature 12 “pets of the month” as  large (~8×8″ – 8×10″) images as well as lots of smaller images of your pets throughout the calendar.  All proceeds from this project go to the animals at the Center.

A $250 donation gets you a professional, on-location portrait session with tracy bodeo photography,  your pet as one of the featured pets and a free calendar.  Or you can send me your own picture of your pet with a $30.00 donation and your pet will appear as one of our ~1×1.5″ images somewhere on the “grid” part of our calendar.  You will also receive a free calendar.  If you have already had your pet’s portrait taken by tracy bodeo photography, there is one additional option for getting your image on the calendar– please contact me for details.

So the project has begun!  Contact me now– spaces will go fast!  All photography and image submissions will be due by September.  Calendars will be printed and ready for purchase by November.  For details on how to book your session or send in your own image, please email me at mail@tracybodeo.com.

Fun at the Fetching Pet Portraits Fundraiser; tracy bodeo photography at AVH Veterinary Group

Our second annual Fetching Fundraiser took place at AVH Veterinary Group on February 5th, 2012.  The images were posted online shortly after the event, but I am still receiving the final choices of what to print by clients who purchased the portrait packages that raised money for the Center for Animal Health and Welfare.  In all, we raised $2003.00 for the Center, the majority of which came from the portraits, but an additional $400.00+ came from our raffle.  Several dogs from the Center were there to greet customers (in the hopes of finding their own homes) and AVH also ran a puppy playgroup during the event– what a crowd we had!  All the dogs who participated in the event seemed to have a great time!

Below are a few pictures taken during the event (courtesy of Bob Thompson) and then some of my favorite client portraits from the event.  Thank you to all these gorgeous dogs who helped raise money for the homeless animals at the shelter!





It’s time to book your Fetching Pet Portrait session to benefit the Center for Animal Health and Welfare; dog, cat and animal portraits by tracy bodeo photography

It’s almost here….  Our 2nd annual Fetching Pet Portrait Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, Feb. 5th, 2012.  This year we will also be having a free “puppy playgroup” and a raffle with lots of great prizes!  Portrait sessions are limited and will take place between 10 am – 4 pm.  All proceeds will benefit the animals at the Center for Animal Health and Welfare www.healthyanimalcenter.org.  The event will take place at AVH Veterinary Group http://www.avhvet.vetsuite.com/  (1027 Blue Valley Dr. Pen Argyl, PA 18072).  Call now to book your session– 610-863-7111.

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:

Crafting for Paws Fundraiser August 28th; vendor fair, silent auction… with tracy bodeo photography and many more.

Come to the “Crafting for Paws” fundraiser sponsored by Scrapbooking’s Inn, on August 28, 2011.  This event will feature a vendor fair, a bake sale, a silent auction and a yard sale and will run from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Christ Church UCC, 75 E. Market St. Bethlehem, PA.  Some of the participating vendors are:  Premier Jewelry, Miche Bags, Stampin Up!, YOUR Photo (Customizing; t-shirts, bottle koozies, mouse pads, etc. Bring your usb flash drive!), Tastefully Simple, The K9Caterer, Avon, Close to My Heart, The Center (with cat adoptions), Dove Chocolate and Tracy Bodeo Photography.  We will all be helping to raise money for the ~500 animals at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare.

If you are a crafter, you can come and work on your craft or scrapbook from 1-9 pm for a $30.00 fee, which includes dinner, snacks, beverages and a craft share+.  Make and take craft classes will also be held during the event.  It’s going to be a lot of fun and you will be helping a great cause at time when the Center is full of homeless animals.  I hope to see you there!

View the flyer by clicking here:  Crafting for Paws

Pictured here is Kaya, a recent adoptee from the Center.  Doesn’t she look happy?!  Kaya spent 2 years at the Center before being adopted.  Help us help others like her by coming to the Crafting for Paws fundraiser!

Come to the Miller Heights Tricky Tray- Sat. April 9th, 2011; tracy bodeo photography gift certificates and other prizes!

UPDATE:  The Miller Heights Tricky Tray was a big success, raising a large chunk of cash for the school.  And with all the proposed budget cuts, every penny counts!  Thanks to all who came out to the event to show their support and thank you to all the volunteers who put forth such a tremendous effort to make the event successful.

Come to the Tricky Tray at Miller Heights Elementary School on April 9th, 2011 for a chance to win one of two tracy bodeo photography $50.00 gift certificates and many other great prizes.  This  event is one of the school’s biggest fundraisers and will run from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Winning tickets will be drawn and announced starting at 4:00 pm.