New York Dogs Make Good Subjects

New Zealand photographer Rachael Hale McKenna is using her creativity to help dogs and cats living in New York’s shelters, with a new book The New York Dog, which is filled with pictures of more than 100 pooches from the five boroughs, many of them rescues.

McKenna chose the Humane Society of New York to receive part of the proceeds of her book after being blown away by the passion of these animal lovers.

McKenna has been shooting for 20 years and says there are lots of tricks of the trade anyone can try at home to snap a pic of their pet.

For dogs, she says make sure they’re in the mood. She says take them for a walk before the shoot and feeds them. Choosing a spot where they’re happiest is ideal.

“Theoretically, all going well, the cats will follow the treats and sit right here and smile for the camera,” she said.

The New York Dog is McKenna’s 15th book.

She graduated from Wellington Polytech Design School in 1991. Her first job was working as a photographic assistant to Anne Geddes.

Original article by CBSNewYork, April 17, 2014.

Photo by Rachael Hale McKenna.

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