Design Design Halloween Cards

halloween20161050x350We love our friends at Design Design for licensing these adorable images from us. Both of these images have a very special place in our hearts and we couldn’t be happier that they were chosen to be published on greeting cards by Design Design for Halloween 2016.

ddidogwwebpageWe especially LOVE the pirate dog… who is MY very own pet! He just had a birthday on October 19th, he turned 12 years old! We celebrated with a huge meat patty and candles.  The photo of him as a pirate was taken a few years ago. He is alot grayer now and has white around his cute little muzzle. He is 12 years old!
ddikittenwwebpageThe pumpkin kitten peeking out of the pumpkin is very meaningful to our family and our cause. The kitten, named Pink, was one of the very first kittens we ever fostered. We got her and her siblings when they were only 2 weeks old. We raised them with bottles and KMR milk. As they grew, we video’ed them learning to walk, and photographed their milestones.  As they reached 8 weeks old and were ready to be adopted, the rescue group we fostered for asked for photos of them for their webpage. So we went to work.  It happened to be October and we had many Halloween props laying around the house as decorations. The felt pumpkin lid on Pink’s head was actually a headband that belonged to my daughter that we took it apart!  The pumpkin was a hollow pumpkin decoration that we cut open. My children assisted me with the shoot. We teased them with our feather teasers and played hide and seek with the props. They loved the photo shoot- to them it was FUN playtime.  We sent the photos in, and the entire litter received applications to adopt online within 24 hours.  That is when we discovered that taking professional photos of the rescue kittens got them adopted very quickly. And that in turn makes room in foster homes to help save more.
Now, my family and I  donate free photography to animal rescues all over the Central Florida Area. We created a program called One Photo Saves. We photograph approximately 50 -100 cats/kittens a month, edit the images and provide them to the rescues for the animal’s web pages at no cost whatsoever to the rescues.  We work with several groups, but our most favorite group that we foster for is Cats-Can. We foster kittens for them, and help out at their adoption events almost every Saturday.  We work with their rescue staff at their adoption events and photograph cats and kittens that are there.  We hope that it will help them get adopted sooner.  The rescue group has told me their adoption rates have almost tripled in the last year.  It feels great to give back to the community, save rescue animal’s lives and place them in good homes,  and create beautiful images that can help spread the word for our cause- to save rescue animals!