My journey into shelter pet photography began way back in September 2011 when I was undertaking a voluntary transport assignment for a rescue group and picking up two dogs from one of Sydney's largest pounds. I took my camera with me and snapped a few photos of these dogs, and a couple of other tiny dogs being collected by another rescue group. This other group picking up dogs that afternoon was the now famous Mrs PFT of "Paws for Thought" Rescue, and those very first pound images are below. A week or so later, I just woke up one Saturday morning and decided I'd head out to the pound and start photographing the animals to give them a better chance of being noticed by potential adopters. The pound was an 80km round trip from Kogarah and from that first Saturday, I continued to go out there on a weekly basis for over four years. In the later years I enlisted the help of a couple of other talented young photographers and we set up a roster so I could start to have some weekends off to spend with my family.
Over the past 6 years I've also supported many different rescue groups by photographing their adoptable pets and helping fundraise by creating beautiful calendars. Below are the groups I have collaborated with since 2011:
"Paws for Thought" Rescue; Maggie's Rescue; Dog Rescue Newcastle; No Kill Pet Rescue; CatRescue 901; Animal Welfare League; Sydney Animal Second-Chance Rescue; Star Resq; Saving Fantasia; Greyhound Rescue, Life Of Pikelet; Silver Lining Animal Rescue.
In January 2017 I was appointed as the volunteer professional photographer for Sutherland Shire Council Animal Shelter and continue in this role on a weekly basis.
By booking a custom pet portrait experience with Jo Lyons Photography, you are helping me continue my regular pro-bono work.
I am proud to be a Artist Member of HeARTs Speak - a global network of animal photographers, artists, authors, graphic designers, and advocates who believe in the power of collaboration. Together and united in our efforts, we are ambassadors of change.