I did 2 more fundraising sessions this week for Spirit of Hope Rescue. I’m really enjoying meeting and photographing these dogs and their owners.
Yesterday, I had the 3 dogs shown below come with their owners. Each dog had a different personality. The black dog would bark and bay in response to my woofs and the big white dog would wander around the studio checking things out and happily accepting treats. The little white girl is blind, quite quiet and very cooperative. She even managed the stairs with no problem. BTW: I had to do one head switch for this picture. Can you tell which dog?
These 2 had just gotten engaged so we did a few pictures without the dogs. Actually, the dogs were under foot but it didn’t matter!
Today I met this lovely girl named Lady and she really was a lady! Lady didn’t want to be still for pictures and found the smells in the studio very interesting. The only way to get her to stay still was to give her treats or get her to shake a paw.
Spirit of Hope Rescue is an amazing organization that rescues dogs from 38 Northern Manitoba Indigenous communities and finds them forever homes. In 2020, these hard working, dedicated people rescued 546 dogs and processed 1395 adoption applications. They have rescued over 3500 dogs in the last 9 years! We’ve adopted 2 of their dogs and it both cases it was a wonderful experience.
I started a photography fundraiser to help with SOHR’s vet costs and other expenses that occur when you have as many as 115 dogs in foster care at one time. These expenses include blankets, kennels, leashes, collars, food and large vet bills as many of the dogs are not well.
Here are some of the dogs that have come for a photography session with their owners for this fundraiser.
I love dogs and I really enjoyed meeting these dogs and their owners. Plus I want to continue to help this organization, so I am continuing this fundraiser for the next month.
Contact me if you are interested in booking a photography session for your dog. All you have to do is call or message me at 204.962.3424 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a time for you and your best friend. The cost is only $50 ($150 value), which is paid directly to SOHR (https://spiritofhoperescue.ca). There is no obligation to buy any more than the one 8×10, which is included with this cost.
I love meeting families and photographing their children while they grow up. It has been very rewarding to have done 8 sessions with this beautiful family over the last 5 years. I was currently working on a First Year Plan for their youngest son, but because of Covid we didn’t get the 4 sessions done in a year. L is 19 months old now and his big brother is 5. Aren’t they adorable?
After being in lockdown for over 3 months it was fun and challenging to photograph these 2 month old baby girls and their almost 2 year old brother. We had to work for these pictures but it was totally worth it in the end when the babies finally both slept. The babies were born early so they are just now the size of a lot of newborns.
Their big brother, who turning 2 in a few days, is a real cutie. I was able to get some pictures of him while he played with one of the trucks in the studio. I also had some balloons on hand to create a fun backdrop for him.
Photography studios will in all likelihood be allowed to open after this weekend. It will be wonderful to be able to welcome clients into my home studio again. I am however, very concerned about safety, both for my clients and for myself and my husband. It is easier for some businesses to open than it is for others. Most businesses can ask customers to wear a mask the whole time, while in their place of business. Photographers aren’t able to do that; unless people want their pictures taken with a mask on. Something that I am sure most people would not want! Therefore it is very important that safety protocols are followed.
I made up a list of safety measures that I will have in place as seen in the following document:
I have had some inquiries re: newborn photography. I don’t know if the new restrictions will allow newborn photography but if they do, I will do mini one hour newborn sessions only. I will do a regular full newborn sessions once I am vaccinated.
Let me know if you have any questions about these safety measures.
New Family Member!
Sadly, we lost our dog, Fergus in December. Fergus was 13 and had been a wonderful dog but it was his time to cross the rainbow bridge. As we wanted to stay with 3 dogs, we adopted a new puppy from Spirit of Hope Rescue named Kassidy.
We all fell in love with Kassidy right away. Well, that isn’t quite true. Zara has taken some time getting used to her new sister, but she is growling less and even playing with her sometimes!
This is Kassidy:
I love photographing all dogs, but especially puppies and look forward to photographing more dogs very soon!
I plan to do another dog photo promotion soon so watch for that!
There is much more life in our house these days with our new puppy. Kassidy is not only as cute as a button, but is full of beans and has the most wonderful temperament. She has kept us on our toes making sure that she doesn’t chew up our shoes and eat the plants in the house. She has caused our 2 other dogs some stress and they are not particularly happy about this new canine invading their space, but there is some improvement. Zara, who is 6 years old, is not at all impressed with the playfulness of the puppy and must have a sore throat from all of her growling. She has been caught giving Kassidy a few kisses though and has chased and played with her while outside. Maddie is spending a lot of time hiding in corners or staying outside to get away from Kassidy. I am sure that with time Zara and Maddie will accept Kassidy into their pack, especially as we think Kassidy will get bigger than Zara and it will be more dangerous for Zara to pick on a dog that is bigger than her.
Looking back on it, it may seem that the year 2020 was all bad, but, for me, there have been some silver linings in the clouds. I try to be a positive person and see my glass as half full, so I will start with the good.
My step son got engaged. We are very happy that he has found his soul mate and will be getting married in July. We are hoping that they can have a wedding reception with all the bells and whistles but time will tell.
Last summer was amazing. We have an acre and a half and I spent countless hours planting and digging; growing vegetables and flowers. I loved every minute of it and look forward to continuing the work next summer.
We are so lucky to have a place at Victoria Beach where we can go and get away from the city. We love it best in the winter as there are very few people and the dogs can run free. The roads are plowed and we spend a lot of time walking and exploring the trails.
I have learned to stop trying to please people who don’t want to be a part of my life. I have learned to let go of those people and I have more peace in my life because of it. Trying to please people who don’t appreciate me was sucking the energy out of me and I know that it was affecting my mental and physical health. So in 2020 I have been healthy while many others have not been. For that, I am very grateful.
My husband has had some health issues for the past few months and needed emergency abdominal surgery at the beginning of Dec. We just found out that he has lymphoma, so the next few months are going to be a tough for us. We will get through it and he will be okay. We have a lot of support and he has a great attitude.
Our dog Fergus died in December. It’s always tough to lose a dog and we feel Fergus’s loss every day. He was a gentle, black dog; the sweetest dog I have known. RIP Fergus.
My mother has Covid and is isolated in her room in a nursing home. She is apparently asymptomatic but she looks terrible. We only see her on Zoom and she has gone downhill in this last month. It is very sad to see.
My photography business has dropped off significantly as I have had to be closed for a lot of 2020. It bothers me to turn people down when they contact me for sessions, but I think being safe is the most important thing right now and I will continue to follow the health guidelines.
Not seeing my family bothers me and is one of the things that has made 2020 so difficult for me personally. My son lives in Calgary with his family and this is the longest I have gone without seeing them. We weren’t able to have extended family for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. I miss them all and hope that 2021 will be better.
Even though 2020 has been bad for my business and there have been challenges; it hasn’t been all bad. Having said that, I am looking forward to life getting back to what used to be normal. At this point, I am not sure things will ever be like they were before Covid-19. But they will improve.
Stay safe my readers and I hope to see you in 2021!
The worst part of having a dog and loving that dog is that they will more than likely die before you. Fergus, out big black dog with a gentle soul died last night.
Fergus was 13 years old. He was a dog that my step daughter, Liz, rescued as a puppy. Fergus was always her special dog but Fergus lived with us for most of his years, as Liz was either away or living in an apartment. The house is more empty right now, with fewer dogs to step over. I’m sure our other 2 dogs are missing him as well.
Fergus’s vet described him as “a gentleman of the highest order” and that is the a perfect description of him. Fergus was a gentle, easy going dog. He wasn’t easily rattled. Zara, my lively energetic dog would nip at his legs to get him to play and he put up with her. He rarely got angry with her, but when he did, she listened. He had that kind of presence.
It is never easy losing a dog. Fergus had been diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and we knew his time was limited, but it is still a shock to lose him.
We believe that Fergus will join all of the other dogs that John and I have lost, crossing the rainbow bridge and free to run after squirrels while free of pain. Rest in Peace Fergus.
This is an unprecedented and scary time in the world. Cases of Covid and deaths continue to rise in Manitoba.
Things improved in the summer and I was able to open my studio and do some wonderful portraits, but now that can’t happen. Our case numbers in Manitoba are too high and the cost would be too great if my clients or I became ill. I’m happy that I was able to do some fall sessions outside, but the weather isn’t cooperating to do that now in November. So things are slow. I miss photographing newborns. I haven’t felt that it was safe to do newborn pictures at any time since the spring. I have newborn outfits that I haven’t used and new Christmas backdrops that I can’t use. I know that many businesses are suffering and it is best to close shop. It is better to be safe.
GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE
If you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone on your list, why not consider a gift certificate for photography? And to help you with that, I am offering a gift certificate sale.
For a limited time all gift certificates will be 20% off. That means if you buy someone a $300 gift certificate, it would cost $240; a savings of $60. For the $240 that you would pay, the recipient would receive the session plus $220 worth of products, such as 4 8x10s or a couple of 16x20s.
The gift certificate would be valid for all of 2021.
It’s an easy gift option for you and you wouldn’t need to leave your home to purchase it. I could email the gift certificate to you or print it and put it into the mail for you.
Don’t delay. This offer is good until Dec. 10th. Get your Christmas shopping done now and support a local business.
Another great Christmas gift idea is to have some old faded photographs restored. Here are some examples of pictures that I’ve restored.
It’s amazing how much information can be restored in old photographs!
Estimates for photo restoration are based on how much time it would take me to restore your photo and would depend on how much damage there is in the original print.
This is another gift that you would not need to leave your house to purchase. The original could be mailed to me or you could send me a digital copy by email. I would mail the restored print back to you. It would be a very safe and simple procedure.