Pet pooch photo book will help the SPCA

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

Poochy pouts from ca­nines of all shapes and sizes are be­ing sought for a char­ity cof­fee ta­ble book.

One Tree Hill’s Kim Kent will be pho­tograph­ing a collection of dogs and their own­ers for a book called For­ever Friends, with pro­ceeds go­ing to SPCA Auck­land.

SPCA staff work tire­lessly to care for and re­home aban­doned and abused an­i­mals, and Kent has al­ways wanted to cre­ate a cof­fee ta­ble book to give back to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Kent has been a pho­tog­ra­pher for 14 years and got into an­i­mal por­traits two years ago, call­ing her busi­ness Tall Tails Pet Por­traits.

Cap­tur­ing the love and friend­ship be­tween an­i­mals and their own­ers is what Kent loves about her job.

Kent’s home backs on to Corn­wall Park and she uses its pad­docks as the back­drop for most of her photo shoots.

Kent has had her fair share of pets – dogs, horses, fish, mice and guinea pigs. An­i­mals are hon­est and of­fer un­con­di­tional love, she says.

‘‘Who else wel­comes you with such ex­u­ber­ance af­ter a bad day?’’

Each pho­tog­ra­phy ses­sion for the book costs $75 which goes di­rectly to SPCA Auck­land. Own­ers will have the chance to pur­chase the pho­tos separately too.

Kent is donat­ing her time and ser­vices to the project.

Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE

Talent scout, above: One Tree Hill’s Kim Kent is putting to­gether a pho­tog­ra­phy book to fundraise for SPCA Auck­land.

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