Goodbye Holidays, Hello 2013!

As always, the holidays were crazy for me. Baking, new PR freelance gig, photography for Help Portrait and clients – busy, busy, busy!

Now that the holidays are officially over, I’m actually looking forward to a normal schedule and spending more time on photography. I also am excited to use my three new backgrounds: A grey tie-dye muslin, a scarlet/velveteen and a purple/velvet canvas. Now for models to practice with…

Anyway, 2013 is a wonderful time to document your family with portraits, to treat yourself to a glamour photography session, for a new couple’s shot… The possibilities are endless! Email me via the contact page for more information!

And check out my work from Help Portrait here: http://www.facebook.com/KellieWorksPhotography?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.399584536778319.87788.382926461777460&type=1.

Louie’s Legacy Live in New York

One of my many hats is to be a communications volunteer for Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue. Our president Emily Gear asked me to put together a press release for something kind of awesome. Check it out:

Donations allow local animal rescue to help animals in New York

Cincinnati – Thanks to donations from local companies, Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue is making a difference in post-Hurricane Sandy New York.

Louie’s Legacy is a non-profit animal rescue with locations in Cincinnati and Staten Island, New York. They specialize in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming pets, but this fall, they are taking on a new responsibility – helping people care for their pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“Staten Island was probably hit harder than almost everywhere else – a lot of people have damaged homes and others lost their homes completely … At the end of the day, we have displaced people and animals,” said Emily Gear, Louie’s Legacy President.

Volunteers in Cincinnati reached out to pet-loving companies in the Queen City to find assistance for their sister location in New York. The two biggest needs were dog and cat food as well as crates for those pets. Gear said that while the shelters in New York allow people to bring their pets, those pets have to be in crates.

“That posed a big problem for some people, because they didn’t have crates. That means we have people who haven’t left their homes – even though they may not have heat or electricity and could be in unsafe houses – because they don’t have a place to keep their pets,” Gear said.

Petco donated 30 wire crates to make sure those people could pack up their pets and get to a safe shelter.

On the food front, P&G donated a semi-truck loads (about 44 pallets) of dry Iams dog and cat food – with another semi-truck load waiting in the wings if more is needed. Jack’s Pets, a small, family-owned company, donated a literal ton of pet food to the cause. All of the food will be handed out at donation distribution centers and, in some cases, door-to-door.

“I’m extremely grateful for the support these companies are showing for the animals and people in Staten Island,” she said. “I’m especially impressed with the smaller, family-owned companies – those who have no connection to the New York – who are still making huge donations to help the cause. I just want to say thank you to everyone.”

Gear said the important part about all these donations, aside from the health and safety of the animals, is that they will help the people of Staten Island to have the time and the resources to take care of their own needs.

“Many of the people at these shelters have been living hand to mouth. They haven’t been able to take the time to figure out their own situation. These donations will help take the pressure off. It will make a big difference,” she said.

If you’d like to get involved, Louie’s Legacy still needs help. Gear said shelters in New York had to close because of the storm and there are many pets without homes. Louie’s Legacy’s Cincinnati location will be coordinating foster homes and care for as many animals as possible. Gear asked that anyone who would like to help by being an administrative volunteer should visit http://www.louieslegacy.org.

How it all went…

First of all, sorry it’s taken me a few days to get this post together. The Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue event I took photos for and baked dog cookies for and did the public relations for was Saturday!

Anyway, the event went wonderfully. The turnout was a little low, but everyone who came had a wonderful time – and lots of people brought their great pets!

I want to thank Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, especially Emily and Carol, for putting this event together and for letting me be part of it. I hope I can work with this wonderful group again soon.

Here are just a couple of the photos I took at the event, including one or two of the dog cookies: http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.998970194070.2239922.50900860&type=1. The album is public, so you should be able to see it!

Louie’s Legacy event this weekend

A few weeks ago, a co-worker asked if I’d be interested in helping Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue promote their upcoming community festival. I’m always game to loan my skills and time, so I agreed!

I put together a release filled with all the wonderful happenings and had a fantastic time meeting the great people who make this rescue such a successful organization.

The event is from 2pm to 6pm this Saturday at Kennel Resorts in Milford/Miami Township. If you’re in town and can swing by, I’d definitely encourage you to do so. There will be a sponsored dog walk, vendors, demos, special events, raffles, silent auction and FREE stuff. And, best of all, the proceeds help to rescue, rehab and rehome pets in the Cincinnati area.

In addition to the release, which you can read on my Public Relations page, I’m also going to bake special dog-friendly cookies AND take pet/family portraits at the event. It will be a great opportunity to have a fun picture with your pet! I will be emailing the photos Sunday to everyone who had them taken. Rather than have a fee for these photos, we’re asking people to make whatever donation they can. Please help us raise money for this great organization!

Contact me or leave a comment if you need any additional information! Thanks!