2013 is almost over and part of me is glad to see it go. It seems that if something could go wrong it did. From our basement flooding out and destroying every item and appliance to loosing 2 great dogs.
One of my best buddies Sam passed away from Pancreatitis in July. To be perfectly honest were still not over his loss. He was a great dog and would do anything to make us happy.
Bailey was more than just the cover of the HCHS-K 2014 calendar she was the definition of rescue. After she was found very skinny and scared the Kewanee Animal Shelter took her in and rescued her. Her sister Twiggy was found a couple days earlier but she was starved so bad that she passed away the first night of recovery. My wife and I took Bailey in because we both agreed she should not have to spend a night in the shelter. We both knew that she wasn't going to be ours because we had 4 dogs already and knew a 5th might be too much. After a month or two we found her new furever home. A lady by the name of Denise and her dog Anna adopted her and made her part of the family. Shortly after taking in Bailey she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. We felt awful giving Denise this wonderful dog that she now knew would only be temporary. Bailey was strong and surpassed what all the doctors had said. But sadly god had other plans for her and called her to the Rainbow Bridge. Bailey will always have a special place in our hearts and I'm so glad she was on the cover of the first calendar I created.
But 2013 wasn't all bad I met a lot of new nice people and their dogs and have made friends with people at different shelters around the Quad City area. This is Carin and Rascal, they won a photo session from K9 Kindness rescue at one of their fundraisers. Rascal was pretty nervous at first but he did warm up to me and the camera and obviously Carin is a natural in front of the lens.
Keely was another great dog I met. Her mom called me after seeing the HCHS-K calendar and scheduled a session. We had some questionable weather that day but we got some beautiful shots out of it. I just recently ordered this photo in a metal print for myself. I'm very excited to see it.
Then there was Hunter a senior labrador with a special story. You can read about Hunter here in a previous blog I did about him. Hunter is a very special boy with a very special mom. His mom has provided the most caring home for Hunter. I was honored to meet Hunter and his mom this year.
Some changes are coming to Blockography this year. The main changes will be in the photo packages I will be offering. My goal is to provide my clients with high quality images that can be made into stunning art work for their homes. I strongly believe that quality images are worth printing and preserving for the future and displayed for others to enjoy. As of right now I will be offering 2 different packages to fill the specific needs of different clients.
Starter Session- $150.00
Pre consultation to discuss your upcoming session. (By phone call)
1 Hour of Photographers time and talent.
Photo sessions are done on location within 50miles of zip code 61434. (Travel fees for distances greater than 50 miles will apply)
20+ professionally edited proofs in a private online gallery.
Post session consultation to discuss your artwork options.
Starter sessions are designed for one dog but an additional dog can be added for $25.00. Maximum of 2 dogs for starter session.
Clients typically spend between $200-$400 on artwork from their session.
Pre consultation to discuss your upcoming session. (Either by phone or in person at location if needed)
2 ½ to 3 hours of photographers time and talent
Photo sessions are done on location within 50 miles of zip code 61434. (Travel fees apply for distances greater than 50 miles)
40-50 professionally edited proof in a private online gallery.
Post session consultation to discuss your artwork options
Session may include 2 dogs with additional fees for more than 2 dogs.
Standard sessions are designed to get the most photographic opportunities for your session by providing longer shooting time and multiple locations. 3 to 4 dogs maximum in a standard session. Each additional dog is $25.00.
Clients typically spend between $300-$600 on artwork from their session.
Happy New Year to you and your families and I look forward to capturing your dogs personality in 2014.