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Otto Gets a Vest!!!

Though I’m still recovering after nearly 10 hours of shooting yesterday, I am very happy to report that our first ever Vest A Dog Photo Fundraiser was a rousing success!!

We got some great images, met some great dogs and most importantly we raised enough money to buy Otto, one of Leesburg’s two police service dogs, a Level II Stab and Bulletproof Vest!  Otto and his partner, Officer Greg Parsons,  stopped by to say hello yesterday and we even got them to step in front of the lens for a couple shots.



We know from recent news reports that Otto was involved in the latest hostage situation here in Leesburg where shots had been fired.  While we hope he won’t come upon another situation like that anytime soon, we’re thrilled to be part of making him safer!

A very huge thanks goes out to the wonderful folks at Dog Day Afternoon in Leesburg who graciously donated their space for the entire day.  Sandy and Shannon always step up to the plate to help out local animals and for that we are grateful!  And another thanks to Katie who not only dropped off adorable “Oakie” for a photo session, but brought a giant box of steaming hot coffee for us to start our day!!

Oakmont & Dakota

Oakmont & Dakota

Another giant thank you to Alice & Dave Canham and Nanci Burns, volunteers who stayed the day and did whatever was asked -from rolling used seamless paper, carrying out trash, and I think I even caught them jumping up and down on occasion in an effort to help get a dog’s attention!

Clementine, Winston, Damsel & Rusty

Clementine, Winston, Damsel & Rusty

I know I’ve mentioned it before but my team rocks! Thanks to Michelle, Brandy & Don for working so hard, not just yesterday, but each day you step out to represent Bev Hollis Photography. I truly could not do this without you!

Yes, I

Do we look like a back to school ad? (Yes those are knee pads!)

Lastly, thanks to everyone who took the time to come out and donate to this very worthy cause!  From Sprite’s humans who came all the way from Richmond, to Officer Junkins with the Fairfax Police Department who showed up to show support for the cause.  We are very grateful.  And thanks to all of you for accepting our rather regimented scheduling system without which, we couldn’t have gotten this done!!

Bear & Sampson

Bear & Sampson

Colin, Punks & Sprite

Cullen, Punx & Sprite

Shadow and Lilly

Shadow and Lilly



Max, Jordan, Inky & Moose

Max, Jordan, Inky & Moose



We’ll be sure to keep you updated and let you know when Otto gets his vest!

We have a new update that we’re so excited about! A good friend from the West Chicago Police Department has arranged to donate a “cooling vest” to Otto!! The bullet proof vests are heavy and hot. It is recommended that dogs wear a cooling vest to “re-regulate” their body temperatures after a session in the “heavy” vest.  Thanks to our great friends at West Chicago Police!


August 17, 2009 - 3:28 pm

Michelle - These turned out SO great!! I am still recovering as well but had a great time, thanks to all!! I’m glad we could “vest” Otto!!

August 17, 2009 - 3:38 pm

Heather - Looks like you had so much fun. The shots are fabulous. Love the cause. Great stuff!

August 17, 2009 - 3:52 pm

sarah - these are fabulous bev! (as per usual) 😉 and what a great cause! now i want to see if we can start a program like this in my area!

August 17, 2009 - 5:24 pm

Tom - Bev, you are crazy good. I’ve ALWAYS felt that if you enjoy your work and have passion it shows. That and you’ll never feel like your going to a job. Well, this shows just that.

August 17, 2009 - 6:25 pm

Stephanie - These pictures are amazing!! Such great quality Bev. Love them all and what an awesome cause.

August 17, 2009 - 7:09 pm

Tammy - Thank you for getting a great picture of my boys, Cullen and Punx :). I am so excited to see the rest of the pictures!! What a great job on all the dogs!!

August 17, 2009 - 7:20 pm

Bev - Hey Tammy – I corrected the spelling of their names!!! I wasn’t even close:) Thanks for taking part!

August 17, 2009 - 7:28 pm

Maria - Your passion and commitment is unrivaled and it shows in these photos…such an amazing cause Bev and such amazing photos!

August 17, 2009 - 10:21 pm

nick - Looks like you guys had a fun session 😀 Gotta get me some knee pads too!

August 18, 2009 - 12:47 am

Jennie - What an amazing project. Kudos! I am so glad to hear that a brave dog like Otto will be protected. Side note– these are some of the best studio shots of dogs that I’ve seen. I just love the angles and lighting.

August 18, 2009 - 10:56 am

claire - WOW your studio shots are fabulous!

August 18, 2009 - 12:27 pm

Barbara B - Such a great cause to work for!!!! Your work is amazing and so is your generosity.

August 18, 2009 - 1:45 pm

Dianne - WAY COOL! WOW! AMAZING! All these pictures are fabulous (especially the one of Jordan and Max!) You truly have a gift for connecting with each dog to capture each individual personality! Thanks for hosting this event so that Otto will have protecting when he is on duty protecting us!

August 19, 2009 - 12:50 am

Jeanne - Wow… These photos are SO gorgeous, and for such a valuable cause. Great work, Bev!

August 21, 2009 - 4:20 pm

Jeanette - These are fantastic!!! What a great thing Otto is going to get a vest looking forward to hearing the update. I love the knee pads that is fabulous idea. Have a great weekend !

August 21, 2009 - 11:37 pm

leesia - bev, these are fantastic!! i LOVE your studio work. congrats on having such a successful event!

August 23, 2009 - 6:04 pm

Pammy - What a great cause. Amazing photographs! Congrats Otto!

September 2, 2009 - 4:54 pm

Claire - totally amazing shots! HOW on earth did you get those dogs to sit so close to each other and then POSE? amazing!!

September 4, 2009 - 11:07 am

NIcole - Wow. Bev you are always inspiring me with your projects and even though I am strictly on location, natural light… well these studio shots inspire me to maybe go inside on some paper sometime! Amazing post!

December 18, 2013 - 7:46 am

Martin Cordes Fotografie - Great shots Bev. with style and a bit opinionated

November 20, 2016 - 8:25 am

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