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2021 Blog -- Things That Rattle Around in my Head

(Scroll to December 23, 2020 post for COVID-19 Statement)

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December 20, 2021 | As this year comes to a close, I have a lot of opinions I plan to share! But I'll wait until next year and parse it out so as not to overwhelm you! For now, I'm just tweaking my business and adjusting my 2022 work schedule. It's been an insanely busy year and I'm proud of the work I have done. I'm definitely looking forward to 2022 though - meantime, Roux and Gracie, Jack and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and offer all the best wishes for you and your family in the new year!

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September 22, 2021 | Note for Professional Procrastinators Regarding 2021 Holiday Ordering Deadlines

My 4th quarter photo fundraiser schedule impacts the time I have available to prep orders for delivery so following are ordering deadlines for this year’s holiday season.

Prints and Products (tangibles): Orders must be received and paid by November 22, 2021 to be guaranteed delivery for Christmas.

Orders for digital images must be placed and paid by December 20, 2021.

Requests for gift certificates must be placed and paid by December 23, 2021. (They will be sent electronically for your gift wrapping and giving.)

No orders will be processed 12/13 – 12/19.

I have no wiggle room here so please plan accordingly. Thanks!

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July 22, 2021 | I’ve posted about this before: pet photography is a niche and you have to consider what type of session you want as that should drive what genre of photographer you choose. If you are more interested in family photos where your pet is in a few of the photos, sometimes not engaged or really looking at the camera and this doesn’t bother you, then choose a family/portrait photographer to capture your memories as they will be more focused on the humans.

If, however, you want a session that is focused on your pet AND your relationship with them, choose a pet photographer. The difference in the output is identifiable (to me anyway). A pet photographer will work to ensure their personality comes through - he or she will quietly study your relationship and watch for moments, anticipating them so when you see your gallery, you see what you *feel* at home: nothing but love and good times. You will have posed shots too, of course, but generally speaking, you will not get this same output from a portrait (people) photographer. There are photogs who will take every job that comes along – weddings, events, portraits, seniors, boudoir and yes, even pets. To me that is not a specialist. I’m so happy to be able to say I’m not in that camp! Maybe that’s the benefit to almost two decades in business. My work is focused on animals – your pets, shelter and rescue pets, and related businesses and events.  It’s a good feeling to commit and stay the course. It has allowed me to hone in on methods and practices and really nail down things that work both outdoors and in studio. Outdoor sessions are tied to weather, light and temps, but I am definitely happy with my location list and experience with the varied spots at different times of day. I’ve always kept my studio home-based to keep overhead down, so I don’t have to pass that expense along to clients. (Have you seen the lease rates in downtown CHS?! Yikes!) I haven't joined associations with hefty annual membership fees because, again, these costs get passed down to the client. I do venture out of the pet zone for certain magazine project requests, but that's about it.

This town is full of photographers and amazingly talented people. Some are hobbyists, others new to the game, and still others quite seasoned and established. Across the board, you will find a wide range of rates and offerings. Bottom line though, you first have to decide what you want out of the session – is it about the pet and you, or is it about you with a pet in some of the photos? In the end, do you want a couple of photos of your pet or a wide selection of images of your precious furry to view?  Only you can answer. And I'm certainly not saying my style is for everyone and if it's not, that's cool - just ask me and I will actually refer you to other local pet photographers whose work I enjoy and who may be a better fit for you.

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July 1, 2021 | Here we go! I'm getting ready to really pare down my load for the summer and I couldn't be more excited to have time to do FUN stuff and just relax! I haven't had a good break from work in about ... 18 years ... so it's definitely time. Have a fantastic summer, everybody - I know that's my goal!

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March 3, 2021 | Finally! In February, the long-awaited annual issue of Mount Pleasant Pets magazine hit the streets in print! This was a work of heART for me, truly, from organizing content to participating in writing and photos to arguing with the publisher about timing for release! So check it out online or go grab a copy at your local Harris Teeter or other local racks. Feedback is always welcome!

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January 2, 2021 | HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I am entering 2021 with a new schedule in mind, and allowing myself time to pursue personal projects (and a little downtime) rather than feel like I’m always working. I hope whatever goals you set for your new year are achievable, maintainable and that all good things come your way!

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End of Year Recap - 2020

I know 2020 was a terrible year for so many people, but as I look back, I had quite a few things to be proud of and thankful for:

  • Named Best Pet Photographer, Best of Mount Pleasant 2021 (awarded for 4th year in a row!)
  • Finalist – single image, Greater Good Shelter Challenge (named in the Top 25 nationally)!
  • Met and photo’d Emmy award winner Brandon McMillan of CBS’s Lucky Dog series as part of a behind the scenes shoot.
  • Magazine cover shoots for Lowcountry Dog Magazine and Mount Pleasant Pets.
  • Articles written for Mount Pleasant Magazine, Mount Pleasant Pets Magazine and Charleston Women Magazine.
  • Photos used in several magazines: Lowcountry Dog, Carolina Tails, Mount Pleasant Pets, Charleston Living, Charleston Women, and Mount Pleasant Magazine.
  • Honored as Animal Advocate by Lowcountry Dog Magazine, July 2020.
  • Served as Managing Editor for the inaugural issue of Charleston Women Magazine.
  • Artist display at City Center for 3rd year in a row (and now invited for July 2021 with my theme being Berkeley County Rescue Pets).
  • Celebrated eight years as Artist Member with HeARTs Speak.
  • Photo used on billboards as part of Subaru’s 2020 “Make a Dog’s Day” campaign.
  • Photos used to create artwork for Rescue Brew beer cans by Palmetto Brewery.
  • 481 volunteer hours tracked to local shelters and rescues through 12/30/20 and
  • 577 adoptable animals photo’d through 12/30/20
  • At least 70 client sessions this year, three popular doggie daycare portrait events and three community events (one pre-pandemic, two masked!) - happily surprised given this crazy Covid-world!
  • Two days of Santa photo fundraisers where we had visits from 92 dogs and four cats!
  • Raised nearly $20,000 through photo projects and fundraisers in 2020 to benefit rescues and shelters – in a pandemic year, it’s pretty awesome that people were so supportive!
  • I continued my weekly visits with Rosie and have been amazed by her progress, inspired by her fosters and quite taken with Rosie’s spirit. I can truly say I love her – I know there are big things in store for her in this new year.
  • I feel like I’m forgetting something!

In spite of (or because of?) Covid, people really turned out to support local rescues and shelters as soon as the coast was a little clear and guidelines for safe distancing made sense. Adoptions and fostering have been solid and I hope this trend continues long after Covid goes away.

Our little family stayed healthy this year (knock on wood), including Roux and Gracie! And while March was strange when the lockdown really kicked in, my work activities didn’t suffer this year and for that I am very thankful!

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*** December 23, 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 2020-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!

I have returned to offering client studio services here - there is sufficient space for 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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November 7, 2020 | Scheduling Notes - Holiday

If you intend to order items as holiday gifts, THERE ARE DEADLINES for guaranteed holiday delivery.

1 – Order requests for print items (tangible products) must be received and paid by November 23. NO EXCEPTIONS.

2 – Digital requests buy you a little time – those must be received and paid by December 10.

3 – Gift certificates may be purchased up until December 21.

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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!

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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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