Shelter Me Photography (SMP) is the original professional shelter photography nonprofit.Our mission is to improve the way society views and treats shelter pets by revealing their true natural beauty through professional quality photographs. We do this by offering free, professional photography services and low-to-no cost training to all shelter, rescue or foster organization in the United States. Our director, Nanette Martin, began this work during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 after some of her images were credited with saving the lives of a transport of Katrina dogs. She left a successful career as a professional editorial/documentary photographer to become a full-time professional shelter photographer. Her formal training and experience make Nanette uniquely qualified to lead the fight to improve the quality of marketing material for all homeless pets. "After all," she says, "Shouldn't a 'product' that has a beating heart, soul and limited lifespan deserve at least the same quality marketing consideration that Charmin® gives a roll of toilet paper?" To date, SMP has photographed over 10,000 homeless pets during 250+ shelter visits across 24 states and taught over 60 workshops to over 600 attendees. Our images have increased adoption rates, initiated the adoptions of long-term/hard-to-place pets and even motivated the removal of several dogs from death row. Perhaps equally as important, our efforts have boosted shelter morale and empowered staff and volunteers with a skill that gives them some control over the fate of the pets in their care.