12th Jan, 2021

Written by Alicia Thomas

Allow your Passion to become your Purpose, and it may one day become your Profession.

If it scares you a little and excites you a lot, then you have to go for it!

I firmly believe that each one of us has a purpose in life, fuelled by whatever passion is instilled in our being. Many, sadly, never find their passion or purpose, often due to life taking its course and just sweeping us along the path of the normal day-to-day rat race. I count myself extremely fortunate to be able to not only live out one of my passions (my love for animals) but, by doing so, helping as many animals as I can during my time on earth.

Taking pictures with a purpose

It all began when I started to volunteer at our local SPCA in 2015: I offered to photograph the animals available for adoption and get a Facebook page going. I didn’t know much about photography at the time, but that soon changed. How could my skill not improve with so much practice (with such excellent models)? And, thankfully, my husband could impart some of his technical knowledge on the subject too.

As it works in life, one’s passions and interests draw like-minded people with the same goals and vision. At SPCA Louis Trichardt, we’ve formed a team of incredibly driven, passionate individuals, all working towards the same cause: to prevent cruelty towards animals, alleviate suffering and promote adoption in our region.

A smart suggestion leads to photographic fundraising

Anyone in the animal welfare sector can testify that raising enough funds to keep afloat is a never-ending endeavour. 

About a year ago, fellow animal-welfare activist and Editor of Happy Tails Magazine, Dee Ivings, suggested that I offer my photography services to the public in exchange for a donation towards our SPCA. I took the leap and it quickly became quite busy – it started bringing in some much-needed extra money to help the animals that rely on the SPCA Louis Trichardt for help.

In the process, I’ve been fortunate to capture some precious moments: snapping a few glamorous matric farewell couples, a precious newborn baby, a fun sixteenth birthday party, some happy families, and a number of pet portrait shoots. 

This year (2020), my SPCA colleague and very good friend Lesley Gaigher joined the venture. Since then, it has grown into so much more than we could ever have dreamt of.

How blessed are we that our love for animals has opened up this door to explore a new passion, also allowing us to give back and help raise funds for even more animals in need! 

What can PIX FOR PAWS offer you?

Our team provides affordable photography sessions to make your memories last a lifetime! We go out of our way to make you feel relaxed, comfortable and at ease during your shoot (yes, including those who don’t really enjoy being photographed).

You get to walk away with some great photos and a sense of knowing that you’ve made a difference too. Each time you look at your pictures, you’ll know that you made a difference.

You see, all PIX FOR PAWS proceeds are donated to the SPCA Louis Trichardt to assist them with the financial burden of running a shelter so that they can focus on the vital work they do every day – rescuing animals!

Why not give us a try?

Please visit our Facebook page at Pix for Paws Photography (https://www.facebook.com/Pix-for-Paws-Photography-107395060919871) and browse through our albums to see what we do. Our package prices are available upon request.

Remember: if you think you can’t make a difference, think again. This all started because I offered my time to take some pictures of animals in a shelter!

“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be.

Become it and let it become you and you will find great things happen for YOU, to you and BECAUSE of you!” – Alan Armstrong (Author)

For more information, please call 084 900 5332, or email Alicia@spcaltt.co.za

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