A few weeks back, Holly Andres, photographer extraordinaire, asked if I would participate in a fund raiser for our local greyhound adoption organization, I enthusiastically answered yes!
When greyhounds can no longer race, often between 3 or 5 years old, they are retired. The Greyhound Pet Adoption NW organization helps to find homes for these beautiful dogs.
The idea was to photograph the dogs wearing ‘Elizabethan Collars.’ Not those cone shaped collars that dogs wear after surgery, instead, they wanted fancy, Tudor inspired collars.
Holly gathered 12 local designers and asked them to create their own version of an Elizabethan collar. The photos would be for their 2023 calendar.
What to make? I still had a headpiece for the ‘bride’ in this photoshoot from a few years back and thought it would make a good starting place.
It wasn’t quite Tudor size, so I added bigger bias loops. And in honor of Elizabeth I, it needed more pizazz and sparkle, so I added some good sized beads.
A detail shot.
I handed the collar over to Holly who photographed it and the 11 other contributions.
The final photo, on the beautiful Zia, looking glamorous and fetching. And oh so sweet.
The calendar is available at the Greyhound Pet Adoption website. Only $19.99! All proceeds go to the adoption, medical, transport and housing of these retired racers. Check it out here.
The backside, so you can see some of the other photos. I am always blown away by how different the results can be when creative people are asked to complete one task. Amazing!
Please check it out. And consider helping out this wonderful organization by buying this calendar!
Christina Sells says
I looove your beautiful collar on Miss November! As a complete animal welfare nut I really appreciate that you did this.
Ann Williamson says
Thank You Christina! It was a fun project for a great organization.
Elisabeth Gillem says
What a terrific project for a terrific cause. So creative and glamorous.
Ann Williamson says
Thanks Elisabeth! The results just wouldn’t have been the same without the glamorous Zia as my model.