All Photos Courtesy of Westway Studio
I got involved with Aztec Doberman Rescue in San Diego, CA when I started my pet photography business, Westway Studio, in 2010. They are an amazing organization of dedicated, caring individuals who love and respect the Doberman breed. They accept surrendered dogs from families and help rescue dogs from abuse, neglect, and other life-threatening situations. The dog pictured in the goofy close-up tongue shot above, for example, was found near death in Mexico; he was skin and bones. Aztec stepped up to help rescue this boy, find a foster family, pay for his medical needs, and once fully healthy, adopt him into his forever home with a mom who loves him to pieces.
As a rescue organization, Aztec depends solely on the charitable donations of others to provide their dogs with veterinary care, food, shelter, spaying/neutering, micro-chipping, and training. They aren’t a big rescue, which means every dollar raised really makes a big difference. I wanted to do something to help, so Aztec and I worked to put together a fundraising event in which people would get really excited to participate. We decided to hold special 30-minute sessions in my studio and donate a big portion of each session fee to Aztec. I’m excited to report that we photographed 12 dogs and raised $600 for the rescue! I will also be designing a calendar to be sold to raise more funds for the Aztec Dobermans in need.
For the studio setup, I used Savage Universal’s Chestnut Seamless Paper. It was a great complement to both the black and red Doberman coats and added a nice warmth to the images. I love Savage papers because they hold up really well to the dogs and their people walking, running, and playing on it. I photographed all 12 dogs without needing to change the roll — and as you can see from the photos, we really tested its durability.