What I’m behind on my blogging? Who would have thought LOL! I figured it was time to show off some more of my favorites from Hanna’s 52 week project. For those of you who don’t know every week I do a photo of Hanna and submit it to a group that I am a part of on Flickr. It’s a fun project and it keeps my shutter finger sharp.
Week 7 (February 17) we had snow. For those of us in the midwest that was pretty common all winter. I’m not a fan of snow but sometimes it does make for some interesting photos. Here I used a speedlight and Hanna gave me her best on the picnic table. This photo ended up being featured on Flickr’s explore page.
Week 8 it was still cold so we stayed inside. I set up a backdrop and had some fun with lights and dogs. I really like this photo but I wanted a little more eye contact. I plan on trying more of this type of photo later this year.
Week 15….still cold. Here I was using a technique called rear curtain sync. This allowed me to capture some of her motion while keeping some of her sharp. This isn’t a great example but I liked it. Notice how unimpressed Scout is on the couch.
Week 20. Look it’s grass! Hanna and Miles both love the fox on a stick toy. They will chase it till they pass out. We limit Miles time with it because he is a little older and we don’t want him over doing it. I really like this photo just because it shows the fun that they have together.
Week 22 which as I write this is the most current week. This photo also made it to Explore. Hanna loves chasing balls so I knew if we got her a new one she would have a blast. It lasted about 15 minutes but it was worth it. I love how vicious she looks.
That’s it for now. If you are interested in your own photo session for your pet feel free to contact me.
Well it’s 2019 and you don’t have a calendar…. Well you don’t have my calendar. I’m sure you found something to hang in its place. Yes it’s true; I did not do a calendar for this year and I am already bummed out about it. There were a lot of factors but the main reason was due to my day job work schedule. We had planned on doing a calendar but on the very first shoot, I had to cancel due to my work schedule. That, to me, was a sign that it just wasn’t the right time. So I called it off. I can’t half ass something as important as this. If I can’t give it my all then I am out. So that was it.
Then the emptiness set in and I really was upset with myself. Was work that important? Well kinda… It is how I support myself and can afford to give my time to help animals in need. So, if I have to take a break from something I care about then I want to go all in when it is time to start back up!
There have always been two challenges with creating a calendar. The first is the time. I spend a lot of time traveling to people to take photos of their pets and then the time spent putting the calendar together and getting it to the printer in time. The other big challenge is money. What? It’s a product the shelter sells so it is all profit right? NO. The printing of the calendar is a big expense and really cuts into the shelter’s profit from the sales. But this year will be different.
I have decided to do my own calendar. “Wait, you want us to buy a calendar from you just because?” No. I will be making a calendar and giving it to two great organizations for them to sell and raise money for their causes! That’s right. No overhead for them: just straight profit. That means all the money raised will go straight to the animals!
This year I have teamed up with Rescued a resale shop in Moline, IL, that donates a portion of its profits to local animal shelters and the Henry County Humane Society-Geneseo, IL. I will make a calendar for them to use as a fundraiser!
I will have 12 spots available for purchase at my regular basic session rate of $300.00 and that includes everything in my regular pet session, with the addition of a spot in my 2020 fundraiser calendar. When completed, I will deliver 250 calendars to Rescued and to Henry County Humane Society-Geneseo that they will sell for $10.00 each with no cost to them. That is a potential of $2500 in profit.
I’m really excited to be able to do this and help two great causes. Since 2015 Rescued has donated over $100,000 dollars to local animals and the HCHS-G has been doing great work for years.
This deal is a win-win for everyone. You get a great photo session with your pet and the organizations get to have a fundraiser they don’t have to invest the money for.
Yes the past calendar session costs were much lower than my session fee but that didn’t even cover the cost of printing. My new plan covers that cost and makes it so the organizations will makes it so the organizations will get the full benefit.
Plus, you have been telling yourself that you were going to book a session but have been putting it off. Now is the time to book that session you’ve been wanting and you keep putting off.
If you are interested in a spot please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 309-335-0078 (you will probably have to leave a message).
I’m not a huge fan of winter but I can’t argue that sometimes it makes for good photos.
I went out on Sunday to get Hanna’s weekly photo then I decided everyone needed a snow photo. Here’s Scout, it was nice of her to come out from under her blanket to give me a little head tilt.
Here’s Alfie, I can usually count on Alfie to be pretty cooperative but he doesn’t always dig the cold or being on the picnic table so he gave me a couple quick poses and off he went.
Here’s Hanna’s week 7 photo. Her photo was the whole reason we were out in the snow. I’m not sure if you can tell or not but we did these pictures close to dinner time.
Representing for the White Muzzle Club is Miles! Miles was giving me his best. I really like this one and it is my favorite from the weekend.