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As a pet photographer, I thought it would be helpful to list some tips to get your dog ready for their portrait session and make it less stressful for you and your pet. 🙂

  1. Take your dog for a walk before the photoshoot takes place. Your dog will be happier, calmer and more focused on the camera (plus I have some awesome tricks up my sleeve!!)
  2. Bring your dogs favorite treats!! This will also help your dog get some awesome photos and give them something else to focus on too.
  3. Favorite toys always help the dog focus on the camera. If they are really squeaky toys, even better 🙂
  4. Brush and groom your dog so they look their best!! I loved when Nahla came to her photoshoot wearing a cute flower on her collar and when Waffles came wearing a really cute red bandana…
  5. Only bring one other person to the photoshoot. This helps the dog as it will be easier for them to focus and to know what to do. If the dog is well trained and knows their sit/stay, even better!! I will get you to keep your dog on a leash (it’s only a two second fix in Photoshop to edit it out, but would much rather your dog be 100% safe – and happy!!)

Hopefully these tips help you prepare for your session!! Looking forward to meeting you and your dog!! 🙂

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I have been wanting to do a portrait session in the snow for a really long time, and a couple of weeks ago my wish came true!! 🙂 Crystal contacted me via Facebook for a portrait shoot and when she mentioned she was going to bring her dog, Waffles, along too, I got really excited!! The snow started falling really lightly as I was heading there, and just before the photoshoot started, it started coming down harder and harder! I loved Crystals gorgeous red hair against the snow and Waffles exuberant energy – he was one tired puppy at the end from all the running in the snow 🙂 He also kept burying his face in the snow and trying to eat it! Without further adieu, here are some photos for you!!

 

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A couple of weeks ago I met up with Noni, Jacob, Jerryn and Hunter for another family session. Noni hired me for the first photography shoot I ever did, and I am really glad they came back to me this year for another session. They were all smiles and had me laughing within five minutes of starting. Thanks for braving the chilly 8 am temperature with me! I think we got the best light of the day (early morning start times are always worth it and are definitely my favourite!!)

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I am probably one of the biggest animal lovers you will ever meet! I have been wanting to get a dog or a cat for the last few years and a few months ago I decided to look for a kitten. I found Oliver and just couldn’t resist his sweet personality! He is easy-going and has about the best temperament you could ask for. He is always playing and is very curious (well, they did say that curiosity killed the cat! Hopefully not Oliver though!) When I sit here at my desk he likes to climb on and watch me work or lay underneath and fall asleep (typical cat!) I LOVE listening to him purr – I think he has the best purr ever. Here are some photos of him from when I got him at 10 weeks to now (17 weeks..) I can’t believe how much he has grown already – he has at least doubled in size since I adopted him. Enjoy!! Some of these are from my instagram too… (He also has own hashtag – #Oliverthekitten!!)

I have been debating on how to start this post many times. I can’t even count how many times I have, because I have a confession to make. I am a recovering perfectionist, and that is one of the reasons that photos have not been popping up as much as of late. It is the reason why, when I was going to photography school, that when I was in the darkroom courses, I would make too many copies of a print because it was never really what I thought I saw in my “mind’s eye.” It didn’t seem like it would ever be good enough to hand in, to be judged and critiqued by others.
I have countless notebooks full of writing, but for every poem, story, or pages full of prose, there are more with words scratched out and pages torn out, just because they simply were not good enough. A HUGE goal of mine this year is to overcome my perfectionism more, to fill in words where my perfectionism took over, to create more photographs for the ones that were not good enough.
I am an avid reader of Seth Godin‘s blog(and have read all his books) and this morning, he also wrote about perfectionism. This quote really stuck out at me, and I love it. “You’re not in the perfect business. Stop pretending that’s what the world wants from you. Truly perfect is becoming friendly with your imperfections on the way to doing something remarkable.” This makes me think that maybe, just maybe, I can overcome my perfectionism, to stop seeing the fatal flaw in a photograph that I have taken. (Fatal flaw – thank-you photography school!) I do feel bare throwing this out into the world, but maybe it can help someone else who is struggling with perfectionism.

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(This photo doesn’t have anything to do with perfectionism, but it is from a personal photography project I have started, and hope to be sharing more of it soon!!)