Sometimes life gets in the way of our best intentions. I’ve been traveling and crazy busy but I did manage to find time to photograph Molly, a Yorkie who is a rescue dog.
I am really enjoying working with a rescue group and am glad that I can do some small part to help these babies find new pet parents. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of Molly’s back story but if anyone is interested in adopting her I could put you in touch with the right people. She is so sweet and was such a good client. I’d have her back in my studio any day.
I was thrilled to be able to use my skills to photograph rescue dogs recently and I look forward to doing more of this type of work.
Recently contacted by one of my neighbors about photographing some rescue dogs that she was fostering.
I couldn’t say no to the opportunity to use my skills to help an animal get adopted especially once I heard Sandy’s story.
Sandy is a 14-year-old Shih Tzu that was recently surrendered to a shelter when her owners were no longer able to care for her. In fact, they hadn’t been able to care for her in a very long time. Sandy hadn’t been groomed or had medical care and was in pretty bad shape when she was rescued. As you can imagine, going from a long time home to a shelter was very traumatic for her and now she is in a foster home. Sandy’s foster mom tells me that she improves every day.
I had Sandy stop by the studio for a pre-session visit so she would be familiar with the surroundings when it came time for her session. Sandy was curious and sniffed around (I have 3 dogs and a cat) for a while. On the day of her actual session, she must have known it was camera time because she was very nervous and scared.
While in her photos you can tell she is nervous, that didn’t stop her new parents one bit. I was pleased to find out that Sandy had been adopted the very next day. That makes it all worth while.
Best wishes sweet Sandy!
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International Print Competition – What is it and why do I compete?
As a member of the Professional Photographers of American, I am eligible to participate in the International Print Competition (IPC).
The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is an organization that supports the countries professional photographers with everything from discounted insurance benefits to setting standards for professionals. It was through PPA that I earned my certification and became a Certified Professional Photographer. I had to pass a written exam and submit a portfolio for review by judges. This all ensures that members of the PPA are competent, professional photographers. Recent years and lower prices on entry level cameras have flooded the marketing with new photographers and many are not prepared or trained properly.
Another benefit of being a PPA member is the International Print Competition. This is an annual competition that allows you to present 4 images to the judges. They are judged based on 12 elements and scored. I won’t go into all those details, but if you are interested you can find out more on PPA’s website.
There are a couple of reasons to participate in the competition. One is to learn.
There is no better way to learn and improve your craft that participating in competition.
Hearing the feedback from the judges not only on your own images but from others is invaluable. This one thing has helped me grow as a photographer more than anything else I’ve done.
The second reason is to earn my Master of Photography degree. With each image that scores an 80 or above, I earn 1 merit. I need 13 print merits in order to qualify for my degree. There are other service merits required to which you earn by attending schools and educational events. I’ve already earned those. After this year’s competition I now have 9 print merits and only need 4 more.
Each of the last 3 years 3 of my 4 images have earned merits. I’m hoping next year I can up my game and have all 4 of my images merit. Then I will have qualified to earn my masters. If that happens it will be awarded to me at the annual PPA convention in Atlanta in 2019. It is a long way off, but It will take a lot of time and effort to come up with 4 images that are worthy of print competition. It’s not as easy as it sounds. There are some amazing photographers in this country and coming up with images that will wow the judges gets harder and harder each year. That keeps the bar rising and the talent growing.
Now that I’ve bored you with all these details, here are my 2017 merit images.
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This week is special because I’m featuring my first ever cat. Maddie is a Calico Persian Ragdoll cat who lives in Gentle Creek Estates in Prosper Texas. I have to admit, this is my first time photographing a cat other than my own. Maddie will also be featured in the October edition of Gentle Creek Life magazine. I was a little nervous about photographing my first cat for a magazine assignment.
As it turns our Maddie is a super cool cat. She is around 15 years old so she wasn’t a crazy kitten like my Zoe is. Maddie just chilled and posed for her session like she was an old pro. She perked up when we brought out the laser pointer and chased it around like she was 2 years old.
Maddie’s coloring and markings are beautiful.
What a unique and colorful cat. I could tell immediately that her family loved her very much. I’m sure that she gets lots of behind the ear scratching every day.
I really enjoyed working with Maddie and would like to photograph some more cats. If you have an adorable cat that you would like to have photographed shoot me an email. I’ll be accepting model applications for a few cats in September. You can go here to contact me.
Here are a few images from Maddie’s photo session?
How can you not love that face! Also, notice her coloring. The different oranges and gray tones are so pretty. I can guarantee that there isn’t another cat that looks like her, she truly is one of a kind.
You can learn more about Ragdoll cats at The Cat Fancier’s Association website.
You can also find out about Calico and Persian cats as well.