February 02, 2010 | 11:41 AM
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As Valentine's Day approaches and last-minute rose orders are placed, New Lenox photographer Kelli Svancarek hopes people remember pets could use a little love as well.
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New Lenox photographer Kelli Svancarek created this pet portrait of dog Scooter. Svancarek will be at K9 Tailshakers in Frankfort on Saturday, Feb. 6, for a "Puppy (and Kitten) Love" photo fundraiser for NAWS Pet Rescue. photo:Silver Castle Studio.
Svancarek, who owns Silver Castle Studio in New Lenox, is teaming up with K9 Tailshakers and the National Animal Welfare Society Animal Clinic and Pet Rescue of Mokena for a "Puppy (and Kitten) Love" photo event. On Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Svancarek will be on hand at K9 Tailshakers, 9204 Gulfstream Road in Frankfort, for professional photo sessions sure to make pet owners swoon.
For a $25 tax deductible donation to NAWS and an item from the pet rescue's wish list, owners will receive a 15-minute session and 5-by-7-inch portrait of their furry friend.
"This isn't something where it's just a quick snap shot," Svancarek said. "We're going to be shooting a lot of pictures of their pets. I'll take everything home, crop and edit the photos and the owners will choose the one they want."
Svancarek first got involved with NAWS when she began shooting "fashion portraits" of the dogs available for adoption. Her family even adopted their dog Bogie, a 4-year-old blue tick coonhound, after he came in for his portrait. Svancarek said she came up with the "Puppy (and Kitten) Love" event as a way to help out an organization that does so much for pets.
"[NAWS has] just been so good to us," she said.
"They're a good group of people and we just want to help out NAWS as much as possible."
Svancarek added the photo event isn't just for dogs and cats. She said all animals are welcome "as long as [she] can photograph them."
"I'm not a big fan of snakes," she laughed, "but as long as I'm behind the camera I'll be fine."
To set up an appointment call (815) 768-9903 or e-mail email@example.com.
NAWS Wish List items include: paper towels, cat food, cat litter, beach and bath towels, laundry detergent, bleach, AA batteries and 13 or 33-gallon garbage bags.