Articles by William Wise

Animal Shelter Photography: Doc

“Doc” was a happy mixed breed boy that came into the animal shelter on April 11, 2019. Sadly, he had just been adopted from another animal shelter, but was turned in to the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Georgia after only five days from his first adoption. The adopter said they “weren’t allowed to keep him.”It seems like common sense, but before adopting a new pet, make sure everyone involved approves. The landlord is the top of the list. If they say know, then you and/or the new... continue reading

Roadside Gator

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Wait, that’s already been used. “In a culvert under the road there lived a gator...”In a roadside ditch between the cabins and the RV campground of the Stephen C Foster State Park in Georgia, a three to four-foot juvenile alligator made his home. Being on the walkway between the campgrounds and the visitor center, he was probably one of the most visited and photographed gators in the park (perhaps besides “Sophie”, the matriarch that... continue reading

Pet Adoption Photography: Willow

Giant, gorgeous, and with a great personality… that’s a Great Pyrenees dog for you! And “Willow” was no different. She was turned in as a stray to the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Georgia on April 9, 2019. The finder had her a few days, but could not find her owner.Her quick in-the-kennel photograph got her some immediate rescue and adoption applications, so she probably didn’t really need a Furtography session. But I was on a roll photographing dogs that morning and always enjoy... continue reading

Weddings: a miracle event, a privilege to photograph

"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Genesis 2:24 “Can you take pictures at our wedding?” It seems every photographer is asked that question at least once. Even if your genre isn’t portraits, people or weddings, they still ask. Often, they do not understand there is a huge difference between shooting wildlife or landscapes and shooting events such as weddings. But they know you’re good with a camera,... continue reading

Okefenokee Swamp Photographer's Guide: Where to Paddle

Adventurers to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in the southeastern United States can apply for permits to overnight at several locations such as Mixon's Hammock, Floyd's Island, and Canal Run. But even if opting to return to a base camp at the Stephen C Foster State Park campground each evening, there are still plenty of canoe trails to fill each day with adventure. There are several options once you hit the water:PART 3: WHERE TO PADDLEBilly’s LakeIf you are just looking... continue reading

Okefenokee Swamp Photographer's Guide: When to Go

The Okefenokee Swamp in the southeastern United States is a nature photographer's dream. Giant alligators and beautiful birds inhabit this 438,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge in the state of Georgia. I'm not an Okefenokee expert, but I have visited the swamp four times and have developed a good system that worked for me. I want to share these experiences to help others maximize a delightful photo adventure.PART 2: WHEN TO OKEFENOKEEI suppose you can do the Okefenokee anytime... continue reading

Okefenokee Swamp Photographer's Guide: Where to Stay

The Okefenokee Swamp is a gorgeous National Wildlife Refuge in the southeastern United States. The majority of its 438,000 acres lies within the state of Georgia. This refuge is a nature photographer’s delight. I'm not an Okefenokee expert, but I have visited the swamp four times and have developed a good system that worked for me. I want to share these experiences to help others maximize a delightful photo adventure.There are a few entrances and boat launches within the Okefenokee, but I have... continue reading

Kitten Adoption Photography: Hendrix

“Hendrix” was a cute kitty that came into the Walton County Animal Control shelter in Georgia on March 18, 2019. His first photos were pitiful. He was huddled in the corner of his stainless steel cage and a shivering, nervous wreck. That just would not do!As I was passing by on my way to photograph dogs, one of the animal caretakers was cleaning the cat cages and Hendrix had climbed up on a tall “cat tree” in the kitten room. He was much happier and more secure feeling up there on his high... continue reading

Hidden in Plain Sight

My daughter and I were only ten minutes into a four day canoe trip through the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia and already we had missed something! As we were paddling up the channel to Billy’s Lake from the Stephen C. Foster State Park boat ramp, we pulled to the side to let a tourist-laden pontoon boat pass by. As they went by, the naturalist on board pointed out an American Bittern camouflaged in the marsh grasses. We had paddled right past it, hidden in plain sight!But we can’t be blamed... continue reading

Pet Adoption Photography: Flower

“I just can’t believe nobody came to claim her!” Working in an animal shelter, I say that quite often. But how true it was for “Flower”. This sweet Dalmatian/Pointer was an absolute doll of a dog! Like one of those people that lights up a room with cheer when they enter, “Flower” could make you smile simply by just being there."Flower" was picked up stray by a Walton County Animal Control officer in Georgia. She had a nice collar, but no tag or microchip to find... continue reading

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