We're all big animal lovers here at PAPER and any employee who brings their dog to the office can assume it will be hugged, kissed, talked to like a baby and generally fawned over by the entire staff. We were so pleased, therefore, to hear photographer Richard Phibbs, a longtime contributor who shoots celebrity portraits and fashion spreads for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly and GQ among other publications, has lent his talent behind the camera to the Humane Society of New York. Back in September, our Kim Hastreiter and Mickey Boardman saw a CBS Sunday Morning piece about Dallas photographer Teresa Berg, who donates her services to animal shelters by taking professional, flattering portraits of furry friends up for adoption. Berg and the rescue group she worked with found that animals photographed in their cages with crappy cameras and bad lighting were having trouble finding homes. Giving the pets portrait sessions with Berg, who added snazzy accessories and photographed them from flattering angles, however, made all the difference, increasing adoptions by 100%. Kim and Mickey sent Richard the story, and voilà, here are his portraits of dogs, cats and a cute bunny (named Aleeya, no less), up for adoption. Though looking at all of these sweet faces who need homes left us feeling a little verklempt, we're certain Richard's gorgeous shots of these beauties will quickly get them paired with owners who can give them the love and care they deserve.
Go here to inquire about adopting any of these animals or other pets at the Humane Society of New York, or call (212) 752-4842. To see Jack and Dominic's adorable underbites up close, click here and here.