Meet Millie.. She is the face behind the Pit-Stop concept. She was surrendered to the humane society starved, scared, abandoned and was neglected in every way possible... but through all that, she still was standing with a will to live.
From the first day I lay eyes on her, I felt a sudden sense of urgency and conviction take over me. I immediately became proactive and asked to foster and care for Millie. Since that day, I wanted to be her voice for other abused, neglected and homeless animals.
Pit-Stop Photos is a combination of words I hold dear to me. "PIT" of course is for Millie, the pit bull mix and STOP is derived from the F-Stop of a camera that determines the focal length. When these words come together, I feel that Pit-Stop Photos can do great things!
Pit-Stop Photos came to me shortly after I started fostering Millie. I was at a cross-roads with my own photography business, L.A. Photography, LLC. After 10 years, I recently retired from the wedding photography industry in 2016. I desired to face new challenges, new genres of photography and creative outlets. "Something inside me was wanting 'more'.
I wanted to be fulfilled and inspired once again as well as contribute and make a difference within my own community. I have always been passionate about animals and since volunteering at the GBHS, it triggered a desire in me to try and go above and beyond my ability to help.
I no longer wanted to feel guilty for turning a blind eye at a pet's suffering and pain. So many people have an 'out of sight, out of mind' concept. We refuse to look at those sad commercials and we scroll quickly past dog photos showing abuse and starvation. I use to be one of those individuals but that didn't do anything but help 'ME' feel better.
This is when I decided to start recruiting other dog lovers with 'doggie headshots'. These headshots were a way that my client could have a nice keepsake portrait of their pet and at the same time contribute to The GBHS.
Pit-Stop photos is a great way for people to contribute for a good cause. It honors these shelter animals and brings awareness to abandoned, neglected animals in need of a home.
With each session, a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the GBHS, as I accept only a portion of the sitting and ask you to write the remaining amount in a check to the GBHS at the end of our session. This way, you know what you contributed as an individual and not wonder 'how much' or lord forbid 'hope' that I donated on your behalf. All donations are made public unless requested otherwise.
About Leigh Ann
My name is Leigh Ann!! You may know me through the fun world of dog photography, the GBHS, the music industry or my portrait photography business L.A. Photography, LLC.
I tend to be a face of many names. I am a wife of a music man, a volunteer to the GBHS, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a Christian and a proud fur momma of two pups (Lola and Millie ) and one bird, Clarence.
I am a professional photographer with formal training. I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2004 with a BA in Studio Art and Minor in Journalism. For the past 22 years, photography has always been a HUGE part of my life!! It's been my passion, my profession and my inspiration for many years. It's what I've always known and I can't imagine my life without a camera.
It's a real honor to not only capture memories but to know it can make a difference with the well-being of another animal's life. It's a great privilege to take notice of all the other fellow animal lovers, advocates and pro-active individuals who help make a difference in this world through becoming involved by adopting, fostering, donating and spreading the word. We can all do something to help!
'Alone we can do so little... together we can do so much.' - Helen Keller