Photographer volunteering to help shelter dogs become model pets

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Photo by Victoria Pearson
Betty is a 1-1/2-year-old dachshund mix available for adoption at the Humane Society of Ventura County.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Victoria Pearson has photographed models, celebrities, gourmet food and faraway travel destinations. Lately she’s focused her camera on the dogs of the Humane Society of Ventura County (HSVC).
Pearson has appeared at the HSVC weekly for the past month with her camera, photographic backdrop and lighting equipment to take black-and-white portraits of each of the shelter’s 38 dogs in search of homes.
“I’m trying to show the individuality of each dog and treat it like a portrait of a human being,” she said.
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Photo by Victoria Pearson
Comet, a two year-old Norwich terrier mix, was adopted shortly after this portrait was published online.

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