And just like that, it’s summer! June was incredibly busy and I am ready to take a summer break. Let’s be real – every image after the first three minutes of an outdoor shoot here right now would include a wagging tongue.
I had my regular rescue sessions and, as of June 30, have photo’d 287 local adoptable dogs and cats for Charleston Animal Society, Pet Helpers and Southern Paws Animal Rescue so far this year. #adoptdontshop #MakeMyLifeEasier
The 2018 issue of Mount Pleasant Pets Magazine was published digitally with print versions coming in early July. It was my absolute pleasure to be pretty heavily involved with this issue, from the cover to features to ad images. It’s a lot of work, but I really enjoy this relationship! (And because this publication is "managed by pets", Roux and Gracie even got their first staff credit!) :)
I photo’d my first fence build with the good folks with the Pets For Life Outreach Program through Charleston Animal Society. Their community client had a sad story, for sure, and through CAS’s networking, they scored the manpower of several of the Charleston RiverDogs (NY Yankees affiliate) to help with the build (The Charleston RiverDogs also purchased the supplies for this build AND donated generously to CAS at the game that same evening, all part of their HOPE Week - Helping Others Persevere & Excel). When all was said and done on ye another ridiculously hot day, three very large Malamutes were able to run free in their newly secure backyard! The CAS Outreach Team does some amazing things in the community and they can always use more support to continue their good works – if you have a business or work for a company that wants to donate and/or schedule a volunteer event (like a build), please get in touch with them! You can learn more by emailing Aldwin Roman here. I have an album of images from the RiverDogs day that I can provide access to if you want to see what's involved - just let me know!
June client sessions were predictably awesome. While I don’t shoot a lot of cats, I do find them beautiful and Bruce was no exception. He is a Charleston Animal Society alum, now ruling his family roost in Mount Pleasant. He was much more into the photos than his canine sisters. :)
I had a fantastic morning in downtown Charleston with a well-trained one-year old rescue dog named Shep, his lovely All-American dog-ma, and her dashing Brit boyfriend. We walked, we chatted, we sweltered. I can’t thank clients enough for maintaining good humor and great attitudes while shooting in less than optimal temps (I may be mistaken but I believe that morning was one of the top temp days of the year so far). I had enough time to go home, revive myself and then head off to …
… a special session at Magnolia Plantation that afternoon! I had such a great time wandering the grounds with Amanda (who was touristing from Charlottesville VA) and her senior dog Beau. Her long weekend was basically built around Beau - places he could visit, dog-friendly dining, parks, etc. Confession: I also have structured trips primarily around my dogs’ enjoyment. :) #dontjudge
And lastly this month, I had a very special session for a pet who is undergoing chemo. His dog-ma takes loads of photos of him, but has very few of them as a family so that was our main goal. We started early and he did GREAT! Shocking Spoiler Alert: IT WAS HOT so we let him take little breaks to go cool off in the house – his people were beautiful and sweet and perfect pet parents doing all that they can for their best boy. He’s gorgeous, he’s strong, he’s a fighter – his name is Willow [the Warrior] and you can click here to follow his journey on Facebook. Please send Willow your best vibes for remission and recovery. I'll finish up his proofs this weekend but following are a couple from his sneak-peek.
Nothing but love.
Since I scale back shooting during the summer except for weekly rescue photos, I am looking forward to some down-time and vacation-y things and hope you all are as well – stay cool!
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September 2018 | Dog Day Afternoon (end of season doggie swim at the waterpark) Wannamaker Park, North Charleston SC
October, 2018 | Northern VA Photo Trip. Dates TBD.
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