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We Are Expanding Our Rescue Group Photo Program

There’s been a lot of exciting activity at A Dog’s Life Photography lately!

We won a $5000 creative grant from our stock photography agency, Shutterstock! These funds have helped us to expand our rescue group photo program from one day a week to three. Rescue groups can sign up for complimentary photo sessions through this link to our website.  Read more about this program and how it came to be in A Dog’s Life’s owner Susan Schmitz’s blog post on the Huffington Post.  You can also watch her award winning contest video submission by clicking here.


Help Us Save Rescue Animals

Wooo Hooo! We made the finals of a creative grant contest put on through our stock photography agency, Shutterstock. This grant would help us to grow our rescue group photo program.



Please help us to win by voting for us at www.shutterstock.com/blog/stories-voting.

View the video under Susan Schmitz, click the check box next to the name then click on the Vote button at the bottom of the page. You can do this every 24 hours until September 30th.

Here’s a little more info from a press release: 

Phoenix Photographer Selected as Finalist for Shutterstock International Contest
Susan Schmitz chosen from entries received from 39 countries, 5 continents
September 20, 2013. Phoenix, AZ. Scottsdale pet photographer Susan Schmitz of A Dog’s Life
Photography has been selected as one of the 26 finalists for the “Shutterstock Stories” Creative Grant
Program. The International contest, part of Shutterstock’s 10th Anniversary Celebration as the leading
global provider of digital imagery, attracted entries from artists in 39 countries and 5 continents. Winners
will be selected by a panel of creative experts and a “People’s Choice Award” will allow the general
public to vote for their favorite entry at www.shutterstock.com/stories by Monday, September 30th.
Schmitz, whose work was voted “Best in the Valley” by Phoenix Magazine in 2010 and 2012, was
notified of her selection on September 19th. “I’m thrilled to be part of this amazing group of artists. We
hope that Shutterstock will “throw us a bone” by awarding us a creative grant. This would go a long
way in helping me to grow my rescue group photo program,” says Schmitz, who had to submit a video
and corresponding story about her work for the contest announced earlier this year. The finalists
include photographers, filmmakers and illustrators from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South

Shutterstock will award a total of $75,000 to the winning photographers to be announced on October 
8th. The general public can view the submitted video’s and photos of all the finalists and vote once
daily for “The People’s Choice Award” winner through September 30th.
Schmitz, owner of Photo Fusion Studio in Scottsdale, a cooperative of leading area photographers, is
the only Arizonan to be selected. Her pet photography division called “A Dog’s Life Photography,”
produces high quality images used by advertising agencies and manufacturers nationwide. Through
her work she often assists local rescue organizations with finding placement for pets and is a staunch
believer in animal rights.
For more information on Susan Schmitz, visit www.photofusionstudio.com and www.adogslifephoto.com
or call (480) 237-9933. Photo Fusion Studio is located at 7127 E. 6th Avenue in Scottsdale.

Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon 2013

What a fun-filled day we had in Del Mar, CA on Sunday for the 2013 Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon! It was just amazing to see all the pups riding the waves and balancing on their boards better than I could ever manage to do. There were thousands of spectators both two and four-legged to cheer them on and everyone had a blast.

Photo downloads, prints and products can be purchased at http://www.adogslifephoto.com/surfathon2013

Murphy Needs a New Home

Please Adopt Murphy!


Breed: English Pointer/Border Collie Mix

Location: Cave Creek

Sex: Male

Age: 4 – 5 years

Weight: 50 pounds


Description: Murphy has been in rescue for over two years and needs a furever home desperately!  His foster mom is moving and needs to find him a permanent home.  Murphy deserves to be loved and not moved anymore. Please help him!


He weighs about 50 pounds has been neutered, chipped and is current with all his vaccinations.


Murphy’s ideal home is one with female(s) since he is afraid of most men.  He has bonded with a few males but they have been soft spoken and gentle/positive in nature. Murphy has some special needs. He has been

abused and his best fit for a stress free home would be with a dog savvy individual that understands his needs. Murphy loves to go on walks and is

extremely smart.  He would love to share his home with other dogs (non-aggressive ones, he loves to play). He has been trained. He is housebroken and loves

the car. Murphy really loves to please. As stated above, he gets along great with other dogs. Not good with cats. If you

understand his stranger danger challenges, he is amazing. It just takes a little time of love, patience and

those liver treats to win him over!



Contact: Julia Wesley

Phone: (602) 430 – 4550

Email: juliawesley@cox.net

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