Sue told me that she hadn’t even been looking for a dog, but “once she saw the photo of Jumo with yellow flowers around his neck she had to meet him.”

Animal House Rescue and Grooming Spring-Me event

Jumo-Spring Me

Florist Ria from Nature’s Grace Designs called Animal House Rescue and Grooming and offered her skills to adorn adoptable dogs for a special photo shoot. The “Spring Me” portrait project was born.

Bath Garden Center, a long time supporter of Animal House, invited us to take over a corner of the nursery. My photography studio set up in the meeting room, waiting dogs roamed the gift center, and video interviews were recorded in the tropical plants.

Some of the pups at Animal House have unique medical or behavioral needs and were waiting several months for the right home.

Arnie has a condition called Labrador Myopathy which causes muscle fibers to not function properly. He is super sweet but a slow mover and not too steady on his feet.

Animal House Rescue and Grooming adoption event

Arnie – Spring Me

Annabelle is a rambunctious girl who is a bit of a diva. She needs a home where she is the center of attention with no other animals.

Animal House Rescue and Grooming adoption event

Annabelle – Spring Me

Lucy can be shy at first but is a fast learner. She is working hard at overcoming her insecurities.

Animal House Rescue and Grooming

Lucy – Spring Me

Collaborating with the nursery, Steve Finnestead Photography (videographer), Ria, Animal House staff and foster parents made this project a success! Two dogs were adopted immediately and another just last week!

Canvas art prints were auctioned at the Animal House Comedy Nite with some still available (call me for details).

I met with Jumo’s new mom, Sue, as she picked up her the canvas print. He now enjoys his days with her and her other dogs living the good life.

Steve and I are putting the final touches on a video highlighting the event. Be sure you are part of The Fam mailing list to be the first to view the movie!


Would you like a private flower crown session? Do you work with a rescue group who could use some sweet publicity? Email me to work out the details.


Project inspired by Sophie Gammond in New York City and Humane Society of Utah photographer Guinnevere Shuster.