Well-Known Photographer Helps Animals Become Adopted

The photographer behind Underwater Dogs runs Second Chance Photos, a service that makes adoptable animals more appealing in their photos.

1. Remember Underwater Dogs, the super adorable book about the crazy faces dogs can make?

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4. That photographer — Seth Casteel — often works with animal shelters and rescues to improve the quality of the photos of their pets up for adoption. This increases their chances of becoming adopted!

When a dog or cat arrives at an animal shelter, it often is scared, dirty and disoriented. As part of the intake process, the animal has their photo taken, and this untimely photo is the face that people see when looking to potentially adopt a pet. An inaccurate headshot can hurt its chances of adoption, but an uplifting, hopeful portrait can save its life.

6. Here are some of his tips to ensure an animal looks its best:

Second Chance Photos believes every homeless pet should be represented with a positive, professional photograph, offering a glimpse into their unique personality in hopes to make a connection with potential adopters.

Our mission is to provide shelter staff and volunteers with the resources to successfully photograph shelter pets, aiding in giving them the second chance they deserve. Through these efforts, we hope to improve the overall image of rescue & adoption.

18. To learn more about Second Chance Photos, or to learn some photography tips for yourself, visit the website!

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