What Makes A Good Headshot?

Next time you or someone you know needs a new headshot, take the time to ask yourself, “what makes a good headshot?”
To me, and I’ve been working as a professional photojournalist for over thirty years, a good headshot needs three things.

1: Good light (light that shows 3 dimensionality of the subject)

 (William Thomas Cain)

(Above – Studio headshot with grey backdrop and highlight on back of head)

2: Good face (it should show who you are and your face needs to fill a good portion of the frame)

Jennifer Robles is photographed Wednesday December 14, 2016 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Outdoor headshot with background out of focus)

3: No hands (no hands in face. hands are a distraction that take away light from the face)

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 20: Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry poses for photos at the Four Seasons Hotel March 20, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Berry was in Philadelphia for a showing of her new film "Perfect Stranger." (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images for the Boston Globe) (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

(Above – Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry in front of tan wall)

This are three basic rules of thumb. Another factor that needs to be thought about is, what image are you trying to portray in your headshot? Is it for business, acting, modeling, etc.??

 (William Thomas Cain)

(Above – Studio headshot on Grey Backdrop with no highlight on head)

Your headshot should portray what you need it to for whatever the ultimate usage.

Most times what I see that photographers tend to provide for clients is not a true headshot, but a nice portrait. That’s all well and good, but if it doesn’t suit your purpose, it is useless.

REHOBOTH BEACH, DE - JANUARY 25: Deborah Sharp who survived a five day ordeal in which she was raped and kidnapped in 1998, poses for a photo January 25, 2006 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images) (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

(Above – Portrait in home)

In my last year working as a staffer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, I worked on the picture desk for a time. In that time, I had many business portraits come though the desk for profiles or news blurbs of people ‘s comings and goings from companies. I’ve seen them all. Nice simple images with a solid grey background to outrageously lit (overlit) headshot with a background of all different colors, cloud backgrounds and lots off what says they are not to be taken seriously. Many of the worst looked like high school portraits. Trust me, you don’t want that.

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 13: Heather Kumor Photographed by William Thomas Cain/cainimages.com for Fox Rothschild) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Studio portrait on white backdrop – 3/4 length for client website in which the 3/4 view was requested)

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 13: Heather Kumor Photographed by William Thomas Cain/cainimages.com for Fox Rothschild) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Studio portrait on white backdrop – full length for client website in which the full length view was requested)

That said. Here are my thoughts on what makes a good headshot for various uses.

I believe that a serious business headshot should generally have the subject fill the frame in a diagonal pose, with their face towards the camera. Hands should not be anywhere near the face and mostly be at your side or folder in front of you and never be part of the composition. And, a grey backdrop is appropriate. A cloud or various color backdrop is highly inappropriate for any kind of business headshot. If you ever go to a photographer that offers you that, run. By all means run like there is no tomorrow. That will not help you to be taken seriously in business.

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 9: Professor Jeremy J. Siegel (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Black Star) (William Thomas Cain/Black Star)

(Above – Headshot with more dramatic light on burgundy backdrop as per client request)

A more casual business portrait can be made outside, in a shaded area and either lit by available light or strobes (that means flash). Positioning should be the same as a serious business portrait, but in a nice outdoor setting.

5/13/11 12:53:17 PM -- NEW HOPE, PA. -- Veronica Haggerty -- Photo by William Thomas Cain/cainimages.com (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – more casual headshot outdoors with available light)

I believe that an acting or modeling headshot should have the same good solid light in the subjects face. Maybe not as three dimensional, but more frontal lighting. Maybe the composition should be slightly more diagonal.

One of the things that many people mistake for a headshot is an image that is more apporopr=iately used asa  portrait. A portrait generally shows more of an upper torso type of image which can or can not include hands. Generally, I always prefer that people rarely place their hands up to their face as the light tends to land on the hands and become a distracting plane in the image.

In the past when I was casting for a photo shoot, I would ask models for headshot. You would not believe how many models think a headshot is a three quarter length image or even worse yet, a full length photograph. I probably don’t need to tell you that those were the first ones tossed in the can because they couldn’t follow directions.  So, when someone asks you for a headshot, please, please, please, make sure that is what you provide. And make damn sure that your photographer can provide what you need to put your best foot forward, whether for business or modeling and acting. If you feel they can’t, move on to a photographer that can do it. Correctly.

4/26/11 2:39:27 PM -- Blue Bell, Pa. -- Fox Rothschild Attorney Jennifer L. Schwartz at work in the Blue Bell, Pa. office April 26, 2011. -- Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images for Fox Rothschild. (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – In office on location portrait with studio lighting)

When I do a headshot for anyone, the first thing I ask is what is their end goal? What do they want to headshot to show? How would they want to be portrayed? Once I have an idea, we can then plan on wardrobe. I always suggest keeping things simple. In many cases dark earthy colors tend to work best. Stay away from any kind of patterns. That might take away from your face.

Dr. Aakash Shah poses for a photograph outside Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images for Ursinus College) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

(Above – Outdoor portrait lit with a portable strobe and backlit from the sun – the key here was to have the background in shade to make it recede in space)

The way we’ll set up headshot shoots is either individually or have a headshot day where we’ll block out a four hour time slot at a company and they’ll have 8-10 people set up a time for pictures. We actually just did a few headshot shoots over 7 hours where we were able to shoot 35 and 45 respectively.
This is done by bringing my mobile studio on location. It’s pretty simple. Lights, reflectors and a stool. People.

Each of the shoots takes maybe 15 minutes. The subject them will receive a link to a gallery of images for them to choose their favorite. In some cases we’ve actually had them choose the image they prefer on location by providing a laptop and showing  the images as we shoot live.

Next time you have to get a  headshot, think of some of the suggestions I’ve made here. The most important thing is to keep it simple. Show your best self and your headshot will be golden.

 (William Thomas Cain)

(Above – Just for fun – Portrait of dogs outdoors)

Video: Bucks County’s best, brightest and most involved earn Citizen Scholars Awards

I spent most of the month of May photographing, interviewing and videotaping citizen scholars.
Here is the video put together with the graphics. Which were merged together with the raw footage perfectly by Eric Arbore and the video team at the Intelligencer and Courier Times. Thanks to Eric and the rest of the team there. Fantastic job!!

A slide show of the portraits follows below:


The day they retired Dandelion from Crayola Crayons

FORKS TOWNSHIP, PA - MAY 14: Crayola employees work in the crayon factory making and packaging crayons May 13, 2012 at Crayola in Forks Township, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)One of my favorite photographic subjects, and clients @crayola, has decided to retire the color #Dandelion. Wishing him well in his travels and waiting to see what color will replace him. Although it’s hard to replace that shade of #yellow in any #artwork. Hopefully, he, or she will be just as #colorful as Dandelion. This image attached is a photograph I made a few years ago of him coming off the production line at the Crayola #Factory for the first time. If you look real close you can see him on the very top of the dandelion stack.  #NationalCrayonDay #CelebrateDandelion #crayons #crayola #childhood #fun #celebrate #retirement #crayolafactory

The day I met the Berenstains and found we shared the same education and a mutual friend

Back in 2001, on this date as a matter of fact, I had the coolest assignment to photograph Jan and Stan Berenstain, creators of the “Berenstain Bears” childrens’ books.

I was even able to have stuffed versions of Sister Bear, Pappa Bear, Momma Bear, and Brother Bear in the image for fun.
What was supposed to be a 30 minute shoot turned into a 3 hour gab fest. We got to chatting and I mentioned that I had actually studied illustration and painting at University of the Arts, and it turned out that they had gone to the Philadelphia Museum School of Art with my old high school art instructor, Ed Smith. If not for Ed Smith, i may not have been accepted to the school. He wrote me a hell of a recommendation when I applied and also helped me receive a partial scholarship. They told me old stories about their days with Smitty at college and what the school, which eventually became Philadelphia College of Art and inevitably The University of the Arts of today. What a day. What glorious people. Sadly, the Berenstains have both passed on, but their son continues the family business.
As for Smitty. Well, he’s still around. Probably making someone laugh, listening to the Grateful Dead and sketching.

Greatest Chefs In Philadelphia History

I believe this image is from some time in the mid 90’s. I was assigned to shoot an Iamy, or David Iams society assignment. The event was at the home of #Chef George #Perrier (2nd from left). It featured some of the greatest chefs in Philadelphia history cooking on the grill. The one I most remember though, is Chef Tell (left), born Friedman Paul Erhardt who owned Chef Tell’s Manor House in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania. It was a place that my wife and I frequented often and got to know Chef pretty well. He was a wonderful, jovial fellow always looking to put a smile on your face as well as feed your tummy. I recall one assignment where he was teaching a grilling class at his restaurant. He was showing the folks how to grill steaks. While I was photographing him, after one demonstration he handed me a fork full of steak and wanted me to taste it. As politely as I could, I declined because I don’t eat red meat. He snickered, then put his massive hand upon my shoulder, and squeezing the back of my neck said, “You’ve got ball my friend. No one tells me no.” Uh, oh!! I thought. Scared to death because he was a big imposing fellow. Then he busted out laughing. Received that he didn’t kill me, so did I. He never let me forget that night. Teased me whenever I stopped by.

I have to tell you. I always had the best doing experiences at his place and wish he was still around today. What a nice dude. To this day, I miss that guy.
That said, I can’t recall who the other chefs are in the photo. #cheftell #erhardt #perrier #dining #masterchef #genious #cook #dine #philadelphia #restauranteur #legend #manorhouse #greatfoodgreatcompany #easterbrunch #grill #barbeque

Image and Caption Sheet From One of My First Philadelphia Inquirer Photo Assignments

Going through my archives recently, I found some old negatives from one of my first Philadelphia Inquirer assignments. It was August 11, 1987, and I was assigned to make your typical grip and grin photo of Jennifer Hai-Ying Tsou as she accepted a sponsorship from the Jenkintown Rotary Club which enabled her to spend a year in China studying music. I recall making images of her address to the rotary, but not really digging the images. Since she was studying music in China, I felt the need to actually show that in a photograph. Luckily, after the luncheon, she agreed to allow me to make some images of her at the piano of her parents home in Jenkintown. These days Jen Su is an accomplished TV and Radio Presenter as well as Corporate Master of Ceremonies and and Actress/Singer. In the days of film, we had to type a caption for every frame we made, because many times we had a lab person, most likely the late, great, Gervase Rozanski, processing our film and then printing the images. The caption sheet was zeroxed to the back of the print and then the correct caption was circled with marker. If was a much, much different process back in 1987. According to the assignment sheet I made exposed 5 rolls of film for the assignment and got to work with one of my favorite writers from back in the day, John Ellis. I also got to meet a very nice young woman who has gone on to accomplish great things. One of the reasons I got into photojournalism was because of the cool people and things I get to meet and do. Beats being stuck in a studio working on an illustration night after night and being isolated from everyone.

In what other career would Bono of U2 promise to have a pint with you when you visit Ireland?

#flashbackfriday #bw #blackandwhite #jenkintown #rotary #pennsylvania @jensu1 @phillyinquirer #phillydotcom

Next Mommarazzi!™ Photo Workshop Date Announced!!

Mommarazzi!™ Photo Workshop
by Cain Images

Saturday May 6, 2017 10am

Tyler State Park

Newtown, Pa.

Cost $35 Per Mom and Child
$40 Mom and Two Children
Each Additional Child $5

 

MOMMARAZZI!™ – Definition: A mom who owns a nice camera and is constantly photographing her kids. Have you had issues while trying to make good photographs of your children? The beautiful Tyler State Park in Newtown, Pennsylvania will serve as the backdrop for this workshop designed to improve your picture making skills while photographing our most precious subjects. We’ll discuss lenses, movement, keeping the child’s attention, ISO choices, backdrops, lighting options, etc…
You can use a DSLR or Point and Shoot for this workshop.

Dentist Cares For HIV Patients

This is from an unpublished photo essay I worked on in 1989 at the Infectious Disease Clinic at Temple University. I spent a few days following around Dr. Michael Glick, who had started the IDC a year earlier. No one in the Philadelphia region was offering dental care to HIV patients at the time. Click and his staff were the only ones doing so that I had found at that time. Here are some archive images, from way back then.

HTML 5 Version Slideshow:


Hey! That’s my photo!!

A few months ago I was made aware of a school that had pulled one of my images from a clients website and then used it on their website with a press release. I won’t mention names, but let’s say it was a school that could afford to have purchased a usage license.

When I saw the unauthorized use, I wasn’t surprised that it had happened. In my experience, people tend to think if something was published online, it is in the public domain. Not true. The author owns the copyright. This means that if someone, even the subject of the photograph, wants to use the image in any other way they must receive permission from the original author of
the photograph. Plain and simple.

In this case, the image was registered with the US Copyright office. All I really wanted was for the school to admit they had done something wrong and apologize. And that is what I expected when I emailed the communications department. The email that I sent basically asked how they had received the image as well as permission to use the image. If they didn’t have permission or a license for the use I’d be happy to sell them a license to use the image on their site.

I assumed they’d get back to me, play dumb, apologize and remove the image. So, I wait. And wait. And wait.

Two days later I see that my image has been removed from their site, but no response from their communications director. So, I then sent another email which thanked them for removing the image, and also asking where I should send the invoice for the “unauthorized” 9 months of use on their site. Yes. It was on their site for 9 months before it was brought to my attention.

Again. I wait. No response. Four days later I email the communications director saying I would appreciate a response.

Wait another three days. Finally, the communications director gets back to me. Tells me where to send the invoice, but no apology. No excuses. Nothing.

So, I invoiced them $100 for 9 months of use on their website and added another $50 for unauthorized use.
Could I have pursued more? Probably. Would it have been worth it? Probably not.
Fact is that the image really doesn’t have much value other then to the people that pilfered it for reuse. It’s an image that was published with a story on one of the school’s athletic teams. The reality is that the players in the image won’t be moving on to a big college, so the value of the imagery as far as reuse is somewhat limited. The reasoning behind charging the rate that I did was to make a point that people can not pilfer a copyrighted work without paying for it.

Funny thing is that if the school had just asked if they could use it, I probably would have said yes and gave it to them as a non-profit contribution.

I am still waiting for the apology.

How to Watermark Images Using Plum Amazing’s iWatermark Pro

Follow the directions in the video to use this fabulous watermarking program. It will save you much time and effort not having to go into Photoshop or Lightroom to watermark your images. You can also resize the pix as well.

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Long Before Teen Mom on MTV

Long before Teen Mom hit MTV screens, way back in 1989, while working for the Philadelphia Inquirer I spent a few days at William Tennent High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania making pictures of a program geared to keep Teen Moms in school. The school, and mostly, Centennial School District, set up a day care program so young women that had children while in high school could keep on attending school and get their diploma. It was pretty simple. The girls would drop of their child before classes started, then go to school. They could come back to visit the children any time during the day. Then would pick them up after school and in some cases, actually do their homework in the day care while waiting for the bus ride home.

Here are some of the images from the package I did in 1989. Images were shot with Tri-X film and probably pushed to 1600 ISO in most interiors with Nikon F3’s as camera of choice.

A teen mom does her homework while her daughter has a snack.

 

Teen mom and her daughter leave for school as her mother says good bye.

Teen mom and her daughter play during lunch break.

A group of teen moms share a laugh in the lunch room.

During lunch, a teen mom sets her daughters hair.

A young boy and girl play in the day care area of the high school.

Diaper changing time for a young child of a teen mom.

Teen mom drops off her daughter at day care at the school.

Lunch time in day care.

While her daughter is in day care, a teen mom chats in class with a friend.

A teen mom pours milk into her daughters cereal before leaving for school.

A child kisses her teen mom goodbye after being dropped off for day care.

Teen mom and daughter arrive for school.

Teen mom has a snack with her daughter.

Hundreds gather for candlelight vigil for Gianni Forte

Video that I made last night at the candle light vigil for 13 year old Gianni Forte, who was killed in an ATV accident last weekend.
Hundreds of community members came out to show their love and support for Gianni, his family and friends.
I spoke with his grandmother, who explained that Gianni was not allowed to ride without a helmet or on the street. Very sad story. One of the tougher things to photograph.

Villanova Defeats IUP 94-49 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia

On Saturday I photographed the Villanova and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) basketball game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Villanova won the game 94-49.  The team unveiled their 2016 NCAA Final Four Championship banner in a ceremony before tipoff.
Here is a slideshow.


Full gallery available at: http://cainimages.photoshelter.com/gallery/IUP-vs-Villanova-at-Wells-Fargo-Center/G0000mIWZafkQ4NA/C0000A6_tA8BOb6M

Teacher Shows How to Create Fun Funerals

Kyle Tevlin dresses as the grim reaper to start her fun funeral planning class Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Devlin runs a Devon-based, personal-planning business that finds creative ways to hold funerals and memorials at places that meant something to the deceased, whether that’s a beach or a bar. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Kyle Tevlin dresses as the grim reaper to start her fun funeral planning class Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Devlin runs a Devon-based, personal-planning business that finds creative ways to hold funerals and memorials at places that meant something to the deceased, whether that’s a beach or a bar. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Kyle Tevlin speaks with her class on how to start fun funeral planning Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Devlin runs a Devon-based, personal-planning business that finds creative ways to hold funerals and memorials at places that meant something to the deceased, whether that’s a beach or a bar. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Kyle Tevlin speaks with her class on how to start fun funeral planning Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Devlin runs a Devon-based, personal-planning business that finds creative ways to hold funerals and memorials at places that meant something to the deceased, whether that’s a beach or a bar. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Alice Lerro (center) of North Wales, Pennsylvania listens as Kyle Tevlin (right) speaks about how to start fun funeral planning Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Devlin runs a Devon-based, personal-planning business that finds creative ways to hold funerals and memorials at places that meant something to the deceased, whether that’s a beach or a bar. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Alice Lerro (center) of North Wales, Pennsylvania listens as Kyle Tevlin (right) speaks about how to start fun funeral planning Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Devlin runs a Devon-based, personal-planning business that finds creative ways to hold funerals and memorials at places that meant something to the deceased, whether that’s a beach or a bar. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Kyle Tevlin dresses as the grim reaper to start her fun funeral planning class Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Devlin runs a Devon-based, personal-planning business that finds creative ways to hold funerals and memorials at places that meant something to the deceased, whether that’s a beach or a bar. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Kyle Tevlin dresses as the grim reaper to start her fun funeral planning class Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Devlin runs a Devon-based, personal-planning business that finds creative ways to hold funerals and memorials at places that meant something to the deceased, whether that’s a beach or a bar. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Kyle Tevlin speaks with her class on how to start fun funeral planning Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Devlin runs a Devon-based, personal-planning business that finds creative ways to hold funerals and memorials at places that meant something to the deceased, whether that’s a beach or a bar. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Kyle Tevlin speaks with her class on how to start fun funeral planning Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Devlin runs a Devon-based, personal-planning business that finds creative ways to hold funerals and memorials at places that meant something to the deceased, whether that’s a beach or a bar. (WILLIAM THOMAS CAIN / For The Philadelphia Inquirer) (William Thomas Cain/Cain Images)

Blessing of Pets Ceremony at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Perkasie

Yesterday, I photographed Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo, pastor of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Perkasie as he held a blessing of the pets ceremony.

From left, Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo blesses Cooper the dog as his owner, Calkins Media's Garden Minute host Tina Sottolano-Cain looks on during a blessing of pets ceremony Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen's United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

From left, Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo blesses Cooper the dog as his owner, Calkins Media’s Garden Minute host Tina Sottolano-Cain looks on during a blessing of pets ceremony Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo (left) blesses a dog named Vixen during a blessing of pets ceremony Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen's United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo (left) blesses a dog named Vixen during a blessing of pets ceremony Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo conducts a blessing of pets ceremony Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen's United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo conducts a blessing of pets ceremony Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo (right) conducts a blessing of pets ceremony Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen's United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo (right) conducts a blessing of pets ceremony Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

Brooke Alexander holds her dog Shadow in her lap as Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo (not seen) conducted a blessing of pets Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen's United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

Brooke Alexander holds her dog Shadow in her lap as Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo (not seen) conducted a blessing of pets Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

From left, Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo blesses Brooke Alexander's dog Shadow and Nolan Wimmer's dog Jaxon during a blessing of the pets ceremony Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen's United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

From left, Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo blesses Brooke Alexander’s dog Shadow and Nolan Wimmer’s dog Jaxon during a blessing of the pets ceremony Sunday, October 23, 2016 at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)