She kneels patiently in front of a White Labrador Retriever with one hand on the camera, one hand on the lens. The lab licks at a pastry crumb on the floor, then rises up and gives her a look.
“That’s it,” she cries, snapping a quick series of images. “Yes, that’s it.”
For nine year-old Audrey Strevey, this Saturday morning photo session at a West Seattle coffee shop isn’t on the schedule, but the dog-loving third-grader can’t resist a hound who just happens through the door.
“If a dog looks interesting or fun, I take pictures; that’s pretty much it.”
Audrey is here to hang her dog photographs on the walls of the Red Cup Coffee shop, where they’ll be featured all month. For the next four weeks, customers can get a look at a lab while sipping their latté, or gaze at a greyhound while taking a taste of their grande chai.
According to Audrey’s mom, Beth Bakeman, Audrey’s been a dog lover since she was old enough to walk, making it difficult to take a shortcut through the park.
“She would walk up to strangers and ask to pet their dogs. There was a lot of dog petting. It took a long time to get anywhere,” says Beth.
If you purchase one of Audrey’s photographs, she’ll make a donation to her favorite shelter. “Half of the money is going to the dogs and cats at PAWS,” says the pintsized photographer.
Audrey’s family recently adopted two cats from the PAWS Companion Animal Shelter. She says donating to animals is the best way she knows to give back. “PAWS is a great place, because you know these animals are being well taken care of,” says Audrey matter-of-factly.
She’s barely tall enough to order a hot chocolate at the coffee counter, but this youngster’s heart is already full-grown.
Photo of a friendly neighborhood hound by nine-year-old animal photographer Audrey Strevey.