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Compass C ommuni t y CREATIVE EYE Great pet photography elevates pictures of animals into an art form. Paola Paladini’s photos honor the bonds we have with the furry members of our family and bring as many smiles to our faces as the pets do themselves. TEXT BY SANDY LINDSEY A love for and unique understanding of animals shines through in the sincere, timeless images of Photographer Paola Paladini. She received her first camera from her “awesome” sister at age 18 and has been refining her art ever since. Whether it’s a playful pup or soulful older dog, humorous kitten or formal multi-pet family portrait, she captures life’s most amazing moments in her own unique style. Her artistic talent is only eclipsed by her charitable soul. As a member of HeART Speak, she photographs adoptable animals at shelters pro bono so that they can find a much-needed home. Additionally, she provides event photography at fundraising events, donates gift certificates for her work, and helps cross-promote events and animal rescue efforts. What’s more, she also volunteers with Flashes Of Hope, visiting area hospitals for free photoshoots with sick kids; PaolaPaladini.com. 44