As a reporter, it always seems easy to ask a photographer for a shot or a series or sound. But now it was all up to me. Talk about pressure.
After arriving at the Central Missouri Humane Society, I starting thinking through the shots that I wanted to set the scene. That took almost 20 minutes just setting up the tripod.
After we started the interview with Shelter Relations Coordinator Allison Toth, I started to feel better about the assignment. Shooting it, not the story.
With the interview out of the way, it was now time to visit with the dogs and cats. This is where I think I went over board. How can you not with dogs and cats? Each one of them seemed to want to tell a story about how they got there and how badly they wanted to get out and live with a happy family. Seeing them and thinking about my own pet back home made me even more determined to help tell a great story. And I found the young guy who could help me: Tanner.
Tanner was one of the oldest residents at the shelter and just seemed so docile and scared. Somehow though, he had a feeling about him that came through the camera.
One trap I think I got in during my visit was to over-shoot and over-think everything. But then how can you not knowing that you wanted to tell the animals’ stories.
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