Monday, August 24, 2015

Gone, but not forgotten!

Everyone who sent in images for this year's project has been notified (fingers crossed I didn't miss anyone). 

There will be no book this year...just a really low level of interest which is life's way of letting me know it's time for one door to close and another to open. 

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to the Paws For Charity Project over the past 5 years...either by lending their images or by purchasing the books (or both!). Thanks for helping me raise more than $11,000 for charity. You are all awesome!! Wishing you all the best wherever life takes you.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2015 Art Book Project

It's time to start the 2015 Paws For Charity Art Book Project!  The book will be published in October...perfect for gift giving during the holiday season. This year's book will contain images from full or part time professional photographers & artists.

I'm still finalizing the details. The final product may include both photographs and art, with one page per contributor (same as the past). Or...I may publish two books - one with just photographs, and one book with just art. In this case, there may be 2 pages per person. You will be sent a proof of your page(s) for your approval before publication.

If you would like to contribute, this is what I need now. Images will be accepted until August 15th, or until the book fills up, whichever date comes first:
1. your name (as you want it printed in the book)
2. your website and your facebook page
3. your location (city, state, country)
4. Up to five images of your choice - jpg, low resolution, small images are fine at this point. Images that can be sized to 10 inches wide by 8 inches high and that have some "negative space" would be best for the layout of the book. Select images that best represent your own style and that you are most proud of. Your talents are unique! Show me that with your images. Images with a connection to pet rescue are appreciated. The purpose of the project is to sell books, so including images of pets who have adoring owners who would like to see their pets in print (and who you think might purchase a book!) would be great.

Once the final images are selected for the book, you will be asked to send the following information:
- high resolution version of your image (jpg, 300 dpi, sized 2888 pixels wide by 2475 pixels high, no watermark)
- the title of the image
- an artist's statement (1st person, 2 or 3 sentences about your image, or anything else you'd like to say to the readers)
- a photo of yourself (this may not be required....not sure yet)
- a brief bio for publication on the Paws For Charity blog (3rd person)
- web friendly version of your image with watermark (sized 500 pixels wide) for publication on the Paws For Charity blog and facebook pages
- a completed release form. This will be sent to you by email. (sample is in the details section below). Your images will not be used in any way unless a release form is received. Copyright of the images remains with the artist. Your information will not be shared, and will not be published in any other format without your permission.

Additional details about the project:

What is the "Paws For Charity Art Book Project"?
2015 will be the seventh annual Art Book curated by Sara Harley, and the sixth edition of the Paws For Charity Project. The book includes images of dogs and cats (the "paws" part of the project) contributed by artists and photographers around the world. Artists donate digital versions of their images for use in the project. Artwork or artistic photographs family snapshots please. Copyright of the images remain with the artist.

All proceeds from the project will be donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals In Distress (, an animal shelter in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada (the "for charity" part of the project).

How are the images used?
Using contributed digital images from artists, coffee table books (details below) are produced and sold with all proceeds being donated to charity. Copyright of the images remain with the contributors.

Coffee Table Book
All books are published through (an online, on demand printing company).  Books will be available for viewing and ordering online, and will be shipped directly from Blurb.
The coffee table book is 10 inches wide by 8 inches high. Each page features the artwork or photography from one artist. The page also includes the name and location of the artist, the image title, and a brief statement from the artist.The book will be approximately 90 pages long.

You can view past projects at these links:
The 2014 Paws For Charity project:
The 2013 Paws For Charity project:
The 2012 Paws For Charity project:
The 2011 Love From Me project: 
The 2010 Paws For Charity project:

If I have some questions, what do I do?
Email me anytime...or, I'll be happy to talk with you on the phone if you'd like. Email me and I'll send you my phone number.

If I am interested in participating what do I do?
Email me to let me know you are interested and will be sending images.

What type of images are you looking for?
Professional photographs (no family snapshots) and paintings or drawings of dogs and/or cats. Select images that best represent your own style and that you are most proud of. Your talents are unique! Show me that with your images. Images with a connection to pet rescue are appreciated. The purpose of the project is to sell books, so including images of pets who have adoring owners who would like to see their pets in print would be great.

What do you expect from me?
Your image(s) will be used in the coffee table book publication. Copyright remains with you. You are asked to "spread the word" about the project using your social media connections. You are asked to contact the owners of the pets in your images...they may want to purchase our books. The purpose of the project is to raise funds for a registered charity, so the more people who know about the project the higher our sales will be.

If you have any questions, please email Sara: saraharley(at)eastlink(dot)ca


If you participate in the Paws For Charity Project, you will be required to forward a Release Form. Here is a sample:

Ensure your name and full mailing address is completed at the bottom of the form.
If one or more of my images is selected for the 2015 Paws For Charity Art Book Project:

I guarantee that this image belongs to me and I own full copyright. I have obtained any necessary release forms for this image.

I retain the copyright of the image(s) that I have submitted for use in the project. I agree to have my photo/artwork image(s) reproduced in the 2015 Paws For Charity Art Book Project. Images may be printed in the following media (if produced):
- 8 x 10 inch coffee table book,
- promotional poster (if produced)

I agree to have a web friendly image (with my watermark) displayed on the Paws For Charity facebook page and the Paws For Charity blog.

My image(s) will not be used in any other format without my permission.

My contact information will remain confidential.

I will not receive any compensation for participation in this project.
Proceeds from the sale of these books and related items will be donated to the S.H.A.I.D. Tree Animal Shelter ( in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

I acknowledge that I have been requested to use my social media contacts to help spread the word about this project, and to encourage book sales.

Your Name Here
Your full mailing address here

Monday, April 13, 2015

Madelyn - City Dog Photography

© City Dog Photography (
Madelyn from City Dog Photography supplied the wonderful photos for the inside covers of the first issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine.
I couldn't describe Madelyn any better than she describes herself - here is the information from her "About" page on her website. 
I envy A dog’s life

My two beautiful furrkids Mia & Luci are my world. I adore my hubby. Chocolate is my weakness.

Mornings without coffee & Pandora just would not be the same. Fall is my favorite time of year. Lover of music, dance, & the arts. I am a Mac.

I'm most happy when I have a dog in front of my camera.
Every shoot is an adventure that your pooch and I travel on together.

Meeting and working with Cesar Millian is my ultimate dream. Working daily on becoming a good pack leader is my goal in life.

Laugh Often ~ Dream BIG ~ Love Strong

favorite quote: “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham

I’m highly allergic to cats (I think the dogs planned this one).

Through the lens I see your furrkid for who they are with their own little personalities. I believe I’m part canine (shhhh it's our secret.)

What can I say............I’m CRAZY about dogs & they're CRAZY about me!


Click on the icon below to view and/or order our magazine.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Issue #1: Nicole Begley

Nicole Begley (
Nicole's website:
Facebook page:
Hair of the Dog website:
Hair of the Dog facebook: 

Nicole Begley has earned the prestigious Platinum Photographer of the Year designation from the Professional Photographers of America at the International Print Competition.  She is also a Certified Professional Photographer, CPP, based in Wexford, Pennsylvania and serving the Greater Pittsburgh Area, as well as Southwest Florida occasionally throughout the year.  Nicole specializes in expressive and modern pet, equine and family lifestyle photography.

Nicole Begley Photography was created in 2010 and it quickly became her full time job.  She was able to build a 6-figure photography business with no employees, traveling up to 10 weeks a year.  She is dedicated to helping other photographers achieve this too, and has set up Hair of the Dog.

The goal of Hair of the Dog is to create a resource that will allow more photographers to embrace the freedom of self-employment, live the life that they have imagined, and earn a profit to enable you to be financially secure today and tomorrow. Retreats, workshops, and mentoring are all available.

Zilla by Nicole Begley
Nicole wrote a story called "Perfectly Imperfect" for the first issue of the Paws For Charity Magazine. It tells the story of Bo and Zilla. To quote their owner "These are the kinds of dogs we adopt - the ones nobody else wantes - warts and all. To us, they're perfect!".
Bo by Nicole Begley
Click on the icon below to read Nicole's story on page 26. You can view and/or order a pdf copy or hard copy of the magazine.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Issue #1: My Old Dog Book

Laura T. Coffey and Lori Fusaro teamed up for an article called "My Old Dog" in the Paws For Charity Magazine. If you read the article, you'll find out the details about how their project got started.

Book Website:

Here's a little bit of info taken from My Old Dog Book's website about the book, writer Laura, and the project's photographer Lori:

MY OLD DOG: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts is due to be released by New World Library in September 2015. The book will share success stories that show how blissful retirement can be for older dogs who get rescued, and how life-changing senior dog adoption can be for the humans who do the rescuing.

Laura T. Coffey -
Laura T. Coffey is a self-avowed dog nut and a writer, editor, and producer for, the website of NBC’s TODAY Show. A journalist with more than two decades of experience, Laura has written and edited hundreds of high-profile human-interest stories for since 2008.
Hallmarks of Laura’s work are her authentic voice, her compassion, and her ability to get out of the way and let story subjects shine.

In recent years, Laura earned a first-place writing award from the Society for Features Journalism, headline-writing awards from the American Copy Editors Society, and a first-place writing award from the Dog Writers Association of America.
Before she started writing for, Laura worked as a reporter, columnist, and editor for (now, social issues editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, deputy business editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune (now U-T San Diego), managing editor of The Prague Post in the Czech Republic, a reporter and editor at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, a reporter at the Peninsula Clarion in Alaska, and a reporter and columnist for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) in Florida.

Lori Fusaro -

Lori Fusaro is such a dedicated advocate for homeless animals that she’s been using her photographic skills to help them for more than a decade. Lori is a regular at overcrowded animal shelters in the Los Angeles area, where she’s donated hours of her time photographing dogs and cats to increase their chances of getting adopted. Lori works as a staff photographer at Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles and runs her own business, Fusaro Photography, whose clients include DreamWorks Studios, Paramount Pictures and many animal-rescue organizations, including BAD RAP, Guide Dogs for the Blind, K9 Connection, and Angel City Pit Bulls. She also serves on the advisory council for HeARTs Speak, a group that connects artists with the animal-welfare community.

Lori has an uncanny ability to capture the personality and spirit of each animal she photographs. Just like people, some dogs are goofy and gregarious, while others are shy and quiet — and a Lori photo immediately helps you to sense what a dog is like. It’s easy to see why Lori has been named Best Pet Photographer by Los Angeles HOTLIST for five consecutive years and has earned many other awards, including Top Portrait Photographer for 2008 and 2009 by FOX 11 Los Angeles KTTV-TV and 2010 Readers’ Choice Award Winner from Tails’ Pet Media Group.

You can read the "My Old Dog" article on pages 10-11 of our magazine. Click on the icon below to view and/or order a pdf or hard copy of the magazine.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Issue #1: Karen Weiler

Karen Weiler (

Karen Weiler is a pet doubt about it! I had the pleasure of meeting Karen in December 2013 when Blurb Books filmed a piece about the Paws For Charity Project in Toronto. Karen was the photographer featured in the film. You can view the two minute video here.

In our Paws For Charity Magazine, Karen writes about a "Full Circle" story...the story of Washburn. Washburn just happens to be the cover photo for our first issue!
Washburn - Paws For Charity Magazine Cover Photo by Posh Pets Photo
"Washburn" by Karen Wiler (
If you click on the icon below, you can view and/or order a PDF or hard copy of our magazine online. Karen's story starts on page 6.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Issue #1: Karen Neal

Artist Karen Neal
Karen Neal (


Karen is an artist in New Zealand, and has been involved with the Paws For Charity Project for a few years. She is an amazing person and artist, and I'm so happy to have her involved. She wrote about New Zealand's Kaimanawa horses in the Paws For Charity Magazine.

She is involved in helping many animal organizations, and here are details (in Karen's own words) about two of the groups that she helps:
"One is a animal shelter called HUHANZ, this stands for Helping You Help Animals (NZ). Here is their website…
They’ve done some pretty amazing things including helping the lost and abandoned animals from the Christchurch earthquake and re-homing all of them (they are a no kill shelter), saving Beagles from experimentation, and re-homing our wild horses (the Kaimanawa horses) and working closely with the second group I’d like to mention. I donate 5% of my pet portrait commissions to them every year because I feel they do such an incredible job. I have also donated an original painting of a Kaimanawa horse to raise funds for them.

The other group is the group that have helped to rheum a lot of our only wild horses here, the beautiful Kaimanawas. The Kaimanawas have had a sad history as they had been culled by our Dept of Conservation for many years as the numbers were out of control and they were destroying a lot of special vegetation where they were grazing. They’ve now set up a heritage group that along with Dept of Conservation, in the last few years have managed to re-home up to 90% of the horses when they muster them every 2 years. It’s a huge improvement and is constantly raising awareness about them. A lot of the volunteers take in these horses (often with foals), and train them ready to go to new homes. They make beautiful riding horses, and their nature seems to be incredibly gentle despite their wild start in life. There have been quite a few gracing the pony club paddocks around NZ now :)
It is probably better explained on their website…"

Artist Karen Neal with her painting Kaimanawa Dawn Spirit
Karen Neal holding her painting "Kaimanawa Dawn Spirit"
You can read the article Karen wrote by clicking on the arrow below to view and/or order a copy of the Paws For Charity magazine.