HeARTs Speak’s Perfect Exposure Project (PEP) will present a 2- day shelter photography and marketing workshop to Manatee County Animal Services

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Palmetto, FL (November 14th & 15th, 2015) HeARTs Speak’s Perfect Exposure Project (PEP) will present a 2-

day shelter photography and marketing workshop to Manatee County Animal Services. The PEP is designed to

enhance the creative skills of shelter staff and volunteers when photographing and promoting adoptable animals.

HeARTs Speak’s Founder and Executive Director, Lisa Prince Fishler states, “We are so proud of this program,

particularly because of its holistic approach. Anyone who spends time in a shelter knows that this work can be

physically and emotionally demanding. We create the space to bring fun and imagination into their workday,

and we see a tangible energy and excitement grow amongst the shelter staff and volunteers during the

workshop. I think this helps them to reset and refresh. It is our hope that when we leave, they can approach

their work with fresh ideas and new tools with which to help the animals!”

The Perfect Exposure Project is unique because the two-day curriculum ensures extended time for hands-on

training with experts in the field of animal shelter photography and promotion. HeARTs Speak provides tips and

inspiration for creative, engaging marketing while laying the foundation for a sustainable and team-based

photography program that each shelter can then build upon. This format not only addresses the immediate

needs of animals currently in the shelter system but also influences long-term change through positive

promotion and dissolution of shelter pet stereotypes.

In addition to the hands on training, HeARTs Speak will grant Manatee County Animal Services with two

DSLR cameras and a studio setup. Each registered attendee will also receive a HeARTs Speak Shelter

Photography Field Guide. The Perfect Exposure Project is provided at no cost to the county and is free for

registered attendees.

HeARTs Speak has brought PEP workshops to 3 additional open-admission shelters across the country this

year. All Perfect Exposure Projects in 2015 have been made possible by the generous support of Animal Farm

Foundation and Petfinder. All HeARTs Speak programs are made possible with the generous support of the

Petco Foundation.

About HeARTs Speak

HeARTs Speak is a 501c3, global network of animal photographers, graphic designers, writers, illustrators,

painters and advocates who provide their time and professional services, pro-bono, to animal welfare

organizations in their local communities. Its mission is to create a united voice for animals through art. To learn

more about the Perfect Exposure Project please view this short video on the HeARTs Speak website.

About Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS)

The mission of Manatee County Animal Services is to maintain public health and safety through the

enforcement of laws and ordinances related to animals.To promote responsible pet ownership, promote

adoptions, and reduce pet overpopulation. MCAS works closely with all area shelters, many other local

animal groups and animal welfare organizations.

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