Animal Krackers 2014 ~ Kitsap Humane Society Fundraiser ~ Kitsap County Pet Photographer

Last Saturday, October 4th, it was my privilege to photograph Kitsap Humane Society‘s annual fundraising auction, Animal Krackers at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton. This was my 3rd year photographing the event, and as always, I was amazed at the cadre of people who come together to volunteer their time, talent and treasure to support the important work of Kitsap Humane Society. It was so fun to see so many of my clients and friends involved as both volunteers, staff and attendees – thank you all! The generosity of donations, time and bids well, blows my mind. And the logistics of putting on this caliber of event floors me! Brady Hammrich and the Stokes Auction crew alone are worth the price of admission. What a spectacular, fun way for Kitsap County animal lovers to come together and raise funds to continually improve the lives of animals in Kitsap County. In addition to the live auction, there was an extensive silent auction, wine pull, golden ticket and even a few adoptables on hand. I know for sure Gayle (the little grey poodle) has already been adopted. Thanks so much, and now I look forward to photographing the calendar pages that were auctioned off for the 2015 calendar – stay tuned!









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McNeill’s Brogan Boy – Kitsap County Pet Photographer Four Foot Photography

I never know what will come of an inquiry – sometimes nothing, and sometimes I meet someone I feel like I have known, or want to know, forever. I had a call in October that led to me meeting the fabulous Alicia Harck (I rarely use last names on my blog, but you really need to know that this angel woman is among us). Alicia is co-founder of The Big Dog Rescue Project, and coordinates for Seattle dogs coming in from high kill Texas shelters. She screens applications, picks up, fosters, places and delivers the dogs to their new families. It is an amazing, intensive constant, in addition to caring for her own sweet husband, dogs and horses. Alicia has since done some fostering for Pony Up Equine Rescue (in her spare time?). As much as I would go on and on about this fantastic giver of a woman, this post is not about her, but about sweet Brogan, her 11 year old yellow lab.  Alicia had seen my work at the annual Kitsap Humane Society Animal Krackers Auction, and was calling to set up a pet photography session. 2013 was a hard year for the Harcks, as they lost multiple four footed family members, horses, dogs and the cat. Darling Brogan had been treated at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine for a rare nasal cancer. Brogan fought hard and went into remission, but Alicia was calling me as the cancer was back. She wanted his session to be a surprise for her husband for Christmas, and we planned a lifestyle session featuring this darling boy on his (gorgeous!) home turf, being Brogan, while he was feeling healthy and happy. He certainly lived up to his billing as Chief Heartthrob, although Alicia’s friend Michelle tells me Brogan is HER boyfriend, so I had to take a number. The Harcks are making sure Brogan enjoys every day, and while cancer and treatment have taken their toll, you can clearly see his sweet, beautiful spirit, and the absolute love and devotion he has for his people.

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We made some beautiful custom Christmas cards, a gorgeous canvas, wood print, photographic prints and metal prints, in addition to their custom layflat session album. It is my fervent wish that their vibrant, personal artwork makes them happy every single time they look at it. I love these people and everything they stand for, I am truly blessed to meet such amazing people and animals through my business.












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