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Going to the dogs: Photographer shoots to get pet portraits

[cleeng_content id=”381260081″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]KEARNEYSVILLE – For photographer Barbara Keech, who wants to help dogs every day of the year, what better vehicle than a calendar filled with photograph after photograph of beloved pets?

Keech, who operates Keech Photography from her home near Shepherdstown, plans to begin taking portraits of local canines next month for a 2015 calendar that will benefit the Animal Welfare of Jefferson County in Kearneysville.

Shepherdstown resident Barbara Keech wants to take portraits of all the dogs of Jefferson County for a 2015 calendar to benefit the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County.

Shepherdstown resident Barbara Keech wants to take portraits of all the dogs of Jefferson County for a 2015 calendar to benefit the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County.

All pet owners in the county are invited to schedule an appointment for a free, in-home photo session between March 15 and Aug. 2, Keech said. The next step, she said, will be a gallery show featuring framed 8×10 portraits of all the pets photographed for the project.

“The public will be invited to come and view all the gorgeous pups of Jefferson County,” Keech said. “Each guest will be asked to vote for their favorites. After the show, the votes will be tallied and the top 12 vote getters will appear in the Jefferson County Canine Calendar.”

Keech plans to have the calendar available for purchase in late October, with all sales benefitting the no-kill shelter at 23 Poor Farm Road, off Leetown Pike Road.

Keech, who has been taking Santa-pet portraits and tackling other projects to raise money for the shelter since 2003, got an enthusiastic response last weekend when she unveiled details of this latest venture at the fifth-annual Purr-fect Buffet at Hollywood Casino and Charles Town Races.

“I always try to use my talent of photography and partner with another business or organization such as AWS to help them where I can,” she said. “For me, it’s a pay-it-forward scenario.”

For the calendar, Keech anticipates taking 200 or more pet portraits.

“This will be a huge event,” she said. “We’ll be honoring our dogs of Jefferson County and at the same time helping a very worthwhile organization that works tirelessly to help the unwanted animals of Jefferson County find forever homes.”

Want to go?

What: Photo sessions for a 2015 “Jefferson County Canine Calendar” to benefit the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County

When: March 15 to Aug. 2

Where: Musselman High School, 126 Excellence Way in Inwood

How much: Free portrait sessions for any dog owner in the county

To know more: Call Barbara Keech at Keech Photography at 304-582-1953

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