Harford Magazine - Page 42 - Gaining Exposure - from page 41

Harford Magazine
- Page 42
Gaining Exposure - from page 41

catch a ball with a real intense look. Anything that brings their character to life is the shot I’m looking for.”


Nor is she averse to posting what appear to be woebegone pictures of animals.


“Some dogs just have those sad basset hound eyes and, yes, we’re going to push that,” Simmons says. “You want to tug at one’s heartstrings, but you want to tug at them accurately. We don’t want to mislead people to think the animal is on the chopping block because it’s not true. Is the dog depressed? No. Are its eyes telling a different story? Yes.”


eyes telling a different story? Yes.” In her 18 months working at the Harford Humane Society, Megan Phillabaum reckons she has taken more than 2,000 photos—many of which, like other employees, she has posted on her personal Facebook page. Some, the animal care technician will never erase.


“We had a stray, a 70-pound lab mix named Corey, who just shut down for the first two weeks she was here. No one could walk her,” Phillabaum says. “Finally, I got her to go outside and, when I sat on a bench, she jumped up beside me and licked my face.”


A colleague took the picture, and Corey found a home.


Occasionally, during the adoption process, a pet owner will confess that the photograph sealed the deal.


“Every time that happens, it makes me cry,” Simmons says. “I will never get tired of hearing that.”