Friday, June 29, 2007

Dogs and Horses and Cats, Oh MY!!!

Miss Freckles is making herself more at home all the time. Now she's taken to chewing things up that aren't hers, and has started digging in the garden areas. We're working on that. She got even more new toys and things to chew on today in the hopes that we can teach her 'hers' from 'ours'. We'll continue the formal training in September when classes start up again.

Eric and Michael and Gaelen have her down at the beach right now, I got this image from Eric's camera phone.

Sounds like they're having a blast down there.

My mom and I are attending the "Boomer Bash" tonight, I have donated a pet portrait package to the cause, and it will be in the oral auction. So of course I have to take some of my favorite pet portrait studio samples to show off to get the price jacked up and up and up... should be fun.

This is a flyer I put together to promote my pet portraits.

And off the subject... I had a client walk in yesterday and ask if I'd do her portraits on the spot. Ok. She said that she'd NEVER seen a picture of herself that she liked. And she's in her mid-60s. So you know there must be a LOT of pictures of her out there, and she doesn't like a single one of them. So... no pressure... LOL - We got started and tried this and that and finally came up with an image that she LOVES. She said the more she looks at it, the more she likes it. Yay! Mission accomplished!

She walked in here very doubtful that we could make anything she liked, she hated every image I took of her, until she started to relax a little and her real personality started to shine thru. Eventually we got exactly what she wanted.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Stigma, Schmigma

Over the weekend, we adopted one of the sweetest, smartest, most wonderful dogs I've ever met. She is 10 months old, has been handled very gently and lovingly by her foster keeper, and has already been thru obedience training.

When people ask what kind of dog we got, I always get the same reaction. "Oh." And not in a good way. One person even went so far as to say, "Oh, no..." These dogs have such a poor reputation and its because of the way they've been treated by people. How sad is that? So I tell them she is an American Staffordshire Terrier. Not a pit bull.

It really matters not a whit to me, because I love HER, not her "type". I'm already tired of feeling like I need to defend her because of her breeding.

I'd been wanting a dog for a couple of months now, for an exercise companion and a general companion. I mean, I love my cats, but there's just something so special about a really wonderful dog in your life. I've been looking at the local animal shelter site for a while, and I kept going back to this picture.

So, Saturday we went down to Waldport to meet her. We took to her watch the Beachcomber Days parade with us. She was perfectly well-behaved.

She has taken a liking to the porch swing, which we had to move off the deck this morning after a clumsy mishap spilled one of my favorite plants and broke the pot.
I think she's settling in just fine.
She's here at the studio with me today, and I have dog run materials to install for her so she can loll around in the backyard while I slave away in order to buy her food and snacks and toys - and continuing education.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Just Beachy

Last night I had a fun session with a family gathering at the beach. This is one of my favorites.

Tonight Eric is helping me with setting up a tropical beach scene and shooting portraits at a local fundraiser. I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun, even though the weather isn't really cooperating.

I did some self-portraits last week, and Eric really likes this one. What do you think?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Kids and pets

Notoriously difficult to get good portraits of. You can't reason with them, and more often than not can't even cajole them into doing what you ask. The trick is to catch them in the act of being themselves. Just like Candid Camera. And hope they are in a good mood.

Sometimes you can cajole them into being hammy, but their attention span is very limited so you have to work fast before they lose interest...

But capturing the magic portrait is not impossible. And even more gratifying when it's a challenge!