A small old terrier dog lays on a plaid blanket.

Ume | Mt. Airy Forest, Cincinnati, Ohio

A big eyed black and tan puppy looks at you wanting a home.

Jayma | Cincinnati, Ohio

A young, black, brown, and white tick spotted dog smirks at the camera

Jake | Cincinnati, Ohio

An old weimaraner dog stands in a golden field.

Barkley | French Park, Cincinnati, Ohio


At Heather Colley Photography, I am passionate about dogs. Rescue dogs hold a special place in my heart, and most Saturdays you can find me volunteering at local adoption events with the Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP), a rescue organization here in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. It is so rewarding to watch a previously rejected dog find his forever home where he will live out his life, loved and secure.

The benefits of being part of this amazing process have extended into my work as a photographer. Shelter and rescue photography is perhaps some of the most challenging work I do, stretching my skills every time! My subjects cannot speak, or understand me. They are often afraid, anxious, shy, excited, or easily distracted. I’m often in a cramped and noisy corridor, with terrible fluorescent lighting.

However, when I finally get that perfect shot, the one that shows off the very best of each precious dog, I know it can mean the difference between finding a family and opening up a foster home, and another pet being euthanized. It’s such an honor to play even a small part in this positive outcome!

My ultimate goal with this work is to positively present shelter and rescue animals to the public as viable and desirable pets.

Visit the Stray Animal Adoption Program website to find more information on how you can join in saving an animal’s life.

xo, Heather

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