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2020 Blog -- Things That Rattle Around in my Head

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June 25, 2020 | COVID-19 and Me - A Statement. As a small business owner, I want to relay how I am currently dealing with this pandemic as it pertains to my work, particularly. First, if we are scheduled for an upcoming session, and you have concerns, let’s walk through them before we move your date. In SC, as you know, the weather becomes a major factor soon.

In all seriousness, I generally practice this newly coined “social distancing”. I work from home quite a bit (and it’s just my husband and me, Roux and Gracie) and am not exposed to large groups of people on any kind of regular basis. Through my ongoing shelter work, I have been maintaining a more than safe distance from any staff and am masked when indoors at the shelter. When I shoot, whether for clients or shelters, my lenses allow me to continue with a safe-plus distance so please don’t worry about personal contact. My health is great and neither my husband nor myself have any symptoms of illness. I practice OCD-level handwashing and am a prolific user of Lysol wipes!

Out of an abundance of caution, I have not yet returned to offering client studio services here, but am offering mobile studio services where there is sufficient space and we can guarantee no-contact and safe distances.

THAT BEING SAID, if you are for any reason uncomfortable moving forward with your scheduled session, please let me know ASAP so we can look at the calendar. In these weird times, we obviously have to afford each other some grace and flexibility. I am SO glad to be back working after the first wave of lockdown (it’s always good for my state of mind to be around dogs!). If you are symptom-free as well and still want to go have a great time and make some beautiful memories with your pets, let's press forward! And if we move ahead as scheduled and anything changes in the way of you, or I, becoming sick, we can certainly manage the situation at that time. Thanks and be well!

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March 18, 2020 | Notice of Policy Change: While I don't rush people into making decisions, from a workflow perspective, I do need to "close files". As such, effective April 1, 2020, initial orders must be placed within 30 days of the date you received your proof gallery access. If, for whatever reason, this is not possible, please let me know. Note, your gallery will be safely stored and redundantly backed-up, but a $25 re-post fee will then be applied when you come back to place an order. I have had this simply as a courtesy request within my Client Guide, but it will become policy as of 4/1/2020. The only waiver for this will be legacy session clients. Thanks for your understanding.

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January 1, 2020 | HAPPY NEW YEAR! Looking back at 2019, my year in review looks like this:

  • Met and photo’d award-winning country music stars Dan + Shay
  • Met and photo’d Dean Felber (Hootie and the Blowfish) and his beautiful family for feature article
  • Multiple magazine covers (across four local publications)
  • Multiple articles authored with feature photos (across three magazines)
  • Artist display at City Center for 2nd year in a row (next display scheduled for August 2020)
  • Celebrated seven years as Artist Member with HeARTs Speak
  • Outfitted the walls of the new 15,000 sf. Veterinary Specialty Care hospital in Summerville with 40+ pieces of large wall art
  • Image requested for use by Rachael Ray!
  • Photos used on billboards as part of Subaru’s “Make a Dog’s Day” campaign
  • Interview segment on ABC’s LowCountry Live 2019 Pet Day
  • Named Best Pet Photographer, Best of Mount Pleasant 2019 (awarded for 2nd year in a row)
  • Finalist, Award of Excellence, Dog Writers Association of America - winners to be announced February 2020 so we'll see!
  • Raised several thousand dollars (approaching 10K) through photo projects and fundraisers to benefit local rescues and shelters
  • Two Northern Virginia trips for client photos
  • 438 volunteer hours tracked to local shelters and rescues
  • 671 adoptable animals photo’d through 12/31/19
  • And the numbers are still tallying from approximately 90 client sessions, three pop-up events, and two Santa photo fundraisers!

I don't make resolutions, but every year I do make it a goal to be the best version of myself, whatever that means. So whatever YOU decide for 2020, I hope all your wishes come true!

 

2019 Year-end Post

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November 17, 2019 | Things I like to think set me apart a bit:

-- Independent/Solo – I shoot, I edit, and I finalize the images to produce your ordered items. That means you aren’t paying for a staff or for outsourcing. It's my name on my business so I control EVERYTHING. And that savings is passed on to clients.
-- Studio – Dedicated space within our home means no studio overhead in a commercial space. That savings is passed on to clients as well.
-- Advertising - I don't budget or pay for advertising. So much of my work comes through referral it allows me to pass that savings on to clients too.
-- Full-service – I am happiest when I am producing your orders rather than having you purchase digitals. The easier proposition (level of effort-wise for me) is to upload images to a gallery or just email you digitals, and close out your file. But even with pro labs, issues can arise and errors can occur – I always quality check items when they arrive rather than having pieces drop shipped to you or, worse still, having YOU have to deal with labs. That could become confusing or frustrating for clients and take away from your overall experience. I prefer to take that burden off of you and instead present you with your finished products that have been verified for color and crop accuracy and finish, and are ready to go! I also enjoy my relationships with clients. I get to know you and your pets, I stay in touch, and one of my favorite things to do is to document their journeys with you over the years -- like capturing the puppy face when you first bring them home and then again as they mature, and maybe later once that goofy baby face has turned into a distinguished sugar-sprinkled beauty.

As with all creative endeavors, photography is certainly subjective, so once you find a style you like, your next step is to find the right person within your budget.

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