Adding a new place to the old photo-shoot location list is always a good way to shake things up a bit–especially when you don’t normally get to photograph animals there. In this case the place happens to be the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport where I had the pleasure of working with the Wag Brigade from the San Francisco SPCA’s Animal Assisted Therapy program (AAT).
The Wag Brigade consists of a group of volunteers and their AAT dogs who patrol the SFO terminals offering pet fixes to stressed-out travelers. The dogs wear nifty vests emblazoned with “Pet Me” and, boy, do people take advantage of it. While I was there just about every other person that walked by stopped to visit with one of the dogs. Talk about therapy!
The full group shot proved to be a bit of an adventure with the crowds walking by but even with all the distractions of a busy airport the dogs and their people were total pros. You can see the results below along with some fun behind the scenes shots.
Before I go, a special thanks to some of the folks that made it possible: Tracy, the Brigade volunteer who came up with the whole thing; Ranola from SFO for making it happen; and my intrepid studio manager/assistant Emily who kept things running smoothly during the chaos.
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