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project pearl: may session

Over the weekend, I had a Project Pearl photo session. Below are the adoptables from our session. Many of them don’t have names yet, so check out their website, or the Project Pearl Facebook page to learn more about how to adopt one of these animals.

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Project Pearl: April Update

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Over the last two weekends, I’ve been busy with Project Pearl, a non-profit based here in Winston-Salem. Project Pearl is partnered with Forsyth County Animal Shelter and local professional photographers to promote animal adoptions and welfare. A week and a half ago, I had a quick on-site session to grab updated photos of Patty, who I recently wrote about, and Reesie, another Project Pearl foster dog. This past weekend, I had a normal fun photography session at the shelter, where I photographed a number of dogs. Enjoy the photos and make sure to check out Project Pearl’s website or Facebook page to get up to date news on adoptions.

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Updated photos of Patty, a Project Pearl foster dog who is very healthy and happy now.

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Reesie, a current Project Pearl foster dog.

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Denver, another Project Pearl foster dog who was adopted on Saturday.

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Chihuahua pups.

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Clockwise, from top left: Nero, Reagan, Chubby, Scout, Moseley, Winston

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Clockwise, from top left: Darlene, Stacey, Marilyn, Goldie

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Clockwise, from top left: Leroy Brown, Tyson, Arnold, Sally

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project pearl: quick foster session

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Mike Mulligan

Last week, I had a quick photo session with Project Pearl here in Winston-Salem, NC, to photograph a litter that’s part of the Project Pearl foster program. These pups will be up for adoption over the weekend. Make sure to check out the Project Pearl Facebook page or website for more information.

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Clockwise from top left: Mike Mulligan, Vera, Moline, Roxy

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Mom Molly

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project pearl: patty’s progress

I first met Patty in the fall of 2012. Patty came to the Forsyth County Animal Control from a cruelty case, with a severe case of demodex mange and emaciation, and a few other health issues. Project Pearl took her in as a sponsored animal into foster care and she received immediate medical care and found a long-term loving home. I photographed her transformation throughout several months, shown below.

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Project Pearl partners with local photographers and Forsyth County Animal Shelter to promote adoptions, as well as sponsors animals in a foster program, and promote animal welfare programs. Check out the Project Pearl Facebook page or the Project Pearl website to learn more.

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project pearl: puppy party part 2

Earlier this week, I shared a post with recent Project Pearl foster pups that I photographed. Here’s part 2 of the post! Here’s another litter that was recently accepted into the Project Pearl foster program that I photographed over the recent weekend. Make sure to check out Project Pearl’s website or Facebook Page to stay up to date on adoption and event news — the puppies here are set to go up for adoption in a week or so.

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Clockwise from top left: Mom Pearlie, Tag, Jewel, Mom Pearlie, Tub, Steel. Puppies not shown: Spivy & Rock

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project pearl: puppy party

About a week and a half ago, I did a quick foster photo session for Project Pearl here in Winston-Salem. Project Pearl is a non-profit organization committed to partnering professional photographers with Forsyth County Animal Shelter to provide photos of adoptable animals, as well as promote animal ownership education. They have also expanded to include a foster program for pregnant pups and dogs from cruelty cases. While puppies are cute, Project Pearl is strongly committed to promoting spaying and neutering all domestic animals!! Here are photos of a set of two litters born from two Beagle moms, Bella and Millie, who will be up for adoption soon. Make sure to check out Project Pearl’s website or Facebook Page to stay up to date on adoption and event news.

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pppups4Bella’s litter – 4 pups!

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aarf update: february 2013

Here are some recent photos of animals adoptable at AARF, a local rescue group here in Winston-Salem, NC. Make sure to check out their website and Petfinder listings to see what dogs and cats are still available.

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Clockwise from top left: Cece, Bert, Dorcas, Littleman

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Clockwise from top left: Daphne, Winston (adopted), Slinky

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Clockwise from top left: Harmony, Hershey (adopted), Linus (adopted), Ernie (adopted)

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stepping stones update: february 2013

Several weeks ago, I had a volunteer photo session with Stepping Stones Canine Rescue, a rescue group here in Winston-Salem. Stepping Stones has a number of great adoptable dogs available for adoption, as well as a few very young puppies that came into the program at a very young age and requiring to be bottle fed by the volunteers. Below are photos from the session with them – make sure to check out the Stepping Stones website to see who is currently available. I was terrible at recording these guys & gals names, so some of them are unknown!

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Clockwise from top left: Bubbles (adopted), Sweatpea, Onyx, Ron Burgundy (adoption pending)

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Clockwise from top left: Name unknown, Mojo, Parker, Riley (adopted), Scout, Name unknown

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Bottle feeder pups!

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More bottle feeder pups!

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project pearl update: february 2013

Over the weekend, I had a photo session with Project Pearl, a non-profit group here in Winston-Salem that partners with local professional photographers to provide photos of adoptable animals available at Forsyth County Animal Shelter. Here are some of the photos I took. Make sure to check out Project Pearl or Forsyth County Animal Shelter’s website to see information regarding availability and adoption procedures.

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Clockwise from top left: Colt, Lark, Shena, Tank, Wyatt, Peanut

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Clockwise from top left: Snoopy, Doc, Polo, King

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Clockwise from top left: Lady, Tac, Lanie, Patterson

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Clockwise from top left: Raven, Roscoe, Julie, Tic

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busy weekend with project pearl

Over the weekend, I had a few photo sessions with Project Pearl here in Winston-Salem, NC. Project Pearl is a non-profit organization partnered with Forsyth County Animal Control to work with professional photographers to share photos of adoptable dogs, dogs in the Project Pearl foster program, and to promote adoption, neutering, and spaying.

On Saturday, I had a session on-site at the shelter, and then one session with a foster and their pups in the program. Then on Sunday, I had another session with a foster family and their pups in the program. Below are the photos — make sure to check out the Project Pearl website or Forsyth Animal Control website to see who’s still available. Several of these dogs and cats have already been adopted!

Clockwise, from top left: Lexus, Beemer, Shimmer, Bugatti
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Clockwise, from top left: Lamborghini, Celica, Lamborghini, Mercedes
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Clockwise, from top left: Barto, Iyss, Little Lulu, Tigger, Cookie
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Clockwise, from top left: Malibu, Nellie, Murphy, Zeus
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Clockwise, from top left: Hank, Ellie, Elvis, Gracie, Hannah
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Foster pups hanging out in a tub!
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Clockwise, from top left: Stella, Lefty, Stanley, Watson, Inca, Grizzly. Middle: Peach (Mom)
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aarf: january puppies

Yesterday, I stopped by the AARF house for a quick photo session with some new adoptable puppies. AARF is a local animal rescue group here in Winston-Salem, NC. The dog program at AARF recently received several puppies into the program that go up for adoption on Saturday. Here are some photos from the session. Make sure to check out the AARF website and AARF’s Petfinder Listings to learn more about the adoptable dogs.

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Clockwise, from top left: Maggie Mae, Nick, Dickens, Sarge, Raleigh, Noelle. Middle: Baxter

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aarf: december update

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been a bit behind in sharing photos from recent volunteer sessions with a few local rescue organizations. This week’s photo share includes animals rescued by AARF, a local animal rescue group here in Winston-Salem. Several weeks ago, AARF rescued a few litters and they went up for adoption shortly after I photographed them. Here are a few photos from the session. While many of the puppies were adopted out quickly, make sure to check out the adoptable dog listings to see who’s still available!

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Sampson & Delilah (both adopted)

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Pups from one litter (all adopted)

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Chinese crested litter (several still up for adoption)

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Buddy & Emma (both up for adoption)

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stepping stones: puppies

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I’m a bit behind on sharing photos from recent volunteer sessions for a few local rescue organizations. One of those rescue organizations is Stepping Stones Canine Rescue, a group here in Winston-Salem dedicated to canine rescue. Stepping Stones recently rescued a two litters, and I photographed one of them. They are believed to be Pekingese, Miniature Pinscher mixes and are now approximately 11 weeks old. Since the photo session, one of them has been adopted, but please check out Stepping Stones adoptable dogs to see who is still available!

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project pearl: december session


Gunner — a big guy!

Over the weekend, I had a photo session with Project Pearl, a non-profit here in Winston-Salem partnered with Forsyth County Animal Control to provide photographs of the adoptable animals (cats, dogs, and sometimes pigs!) working with many photographers. Project Pearl has a great team of volunteers who are always helpful during the photo sessions! Make sure to check out the Project Pearl website to see who’s still up for adoption!


Clockwise, from top left: Eve, Emma, Balto, Brewster


Clockwise, from top left: Peanut, George, Mira, Jelly, Clifford, Ginger


Clockwise, from top left: Sassy, Lucy, Angel, Hope

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aarf: november update

I’m a bit behind on giving updates for AARF, a local animal rescue group here in Winston-Salem. Here are some photos from sessions over the last couple of months with AARF.


Appollo & Starbuck


Puppy gang!


Chia (left) and puppy gang!


More puppies!


Too many cute puppies!

Make sure to check out the AARF website and AARF Petfinder dog listings to see who’s up for adoption now!

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project pearl: november update

In early November, I had a photo session with Project Pearl, a non-profit here in Winston-Salem, NC that organizes professional photography sessions to support and promote adoption at Forsyth County Animal Control. Here are several photos from my session. Enjoy!


Clockwise from top left: Arizona, Montana, Pilgrim, Alora, Armani.


Clockwise from top left: Midnight, Zoya, Stewart, Jersey.


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Clockwise from top left: Edward, Boscoe, Bella, Geppetto


Clockwise from top left: Hercules, Max, Chrissie, Tiffany, Georgia.

Learn more about Forsyth County Animal Control available adoptables here, follow Project Pearl’s Facebook page, or learn more about Project Pearl at their website.

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project pearl: teddy’s story


Teddy a few weeks into treatment for demodectic mange.

If you’ve been following Project Pearl here in Winston-Salem at all, you may have come across a couple of critical care dogs that came into the care of Forsyth County Animal Control and began receiving treatment sponsored by Project Pearl. One of those puppies is Teddy, a ~6 month old mixed breed puppy. After his treatment and support from Project Pearl volunteers and fosters for the last two months, he goes up for adoption today. Here are a few photos that show his progression during treatment. Compare with his original photos here.


Teddy on November 4th, a week before neutering and going up for adoption.

Learn more about Forsyth County Animal Control available adoptables here, follow Project Pearl’s Facebook page, or learn more about Project Pearl at their website, and stay tuned for another post about one of the other sponsored critical care Project Pearl dogs.

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stepping stones: puppy alert!


Frankie & Sammy share a puppy kiss!

Last week, I had a photo session with Stepping Stones Canine Rescue here in Winston-Salem to get them some updated photos for their adoptable dogs (and now one cat). They have several new puppies in and I happened to capture one of my all-time favorite puppy moments (above). A couple of people have asked how I captured the moment. The truth is that I had a treat in my hand that I was pulling in and out of the frame. This just happened to be the perfect moment when they both were going for the treat — call it luck. Enjoy photos of more adoptables below!


Clockwise, from top left: Bailey, Kaya, Sammy, cat (unnamed)


Clockwise, from top left: Winston, Bailey, Archie, Frankie

Make sure you check out the Stepping Stones’ website, Petfinder listings, and Facebook page to get all the latest information on adoptables.

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stepping stones: (late) september update

A few weeks ago, I took some photos for Stepping Stones Canine Rescue, a new rescue group here in Winston-Salem, NC. They have many dogs looking for permanent loving homes. Check out their website here and view their adoptable dogs here. Below are a few photos of the adoptables I photographed!


Sully & Molly


Korver & Muziq


Bella & Max

Make sure to check the Stepping Stones updated listings to see who’s still available, and visit one of their weekly dog adoption fairs to meet your future pup. I believe Korver and Sully have already been adopted to their forever home, but the others and more are still available!

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september update: aarf

I recently stopped in at AARF to take a few photos of the new adoptables. Here are a few photos of several puppies they have (Lynette, Ciera, CeCe, and Bree). Make sure you check out the AARF website and Petfinder listings for more up-to-date information regarding adoptable animals!