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May 2021 | Monthly Selections

There was a lot going on last month so grab a beverage and settle in for a scroll. :)

I want to start this with an incredibly special day: Rosie’s official adoption! You guys, nearly EVERYBODY was able to turn out for this – the Berkeley County Animal Control Officer who first released her from her chain (peep the glasses reflection of the big Rosie smile :), the amazing shelter staff who fought so hard for her, her medical foster family who nursed her back to health, her dog-ma and me (I wouldn’t have missed this)! She even had a little cake to celebrate! (By little, I mean it was small, but she ate all of it!)  To me, Rosie represents the very best in people after experiencing the very worst of mankind, and she will always hold a piece of my heart. Thankfully, her dog-ma has been so warm and welcoming and we are able to visit her when the mood strikes!

Just the happiest outcome and the biggest smiles all around! <3

As many of you know, spring in Virginia can be beautiful – this particular trip may not have given me the temps I was expecting (or packed for, unfortunately) but I had several beautiful sessions and great visits with friends! All of the appointments this trip were with families I have worked with before, which made it feel more like a homecoming – some brought new pets for their first photos - one even had a beautiful new human - and some were updates, long in the making.  It was wonderful to see everybody!

One of those sessions was for a cool cat named Java (you can actually follow Java on Instagram under @no_ordinary_housecat). While two vets told the family to euthanize her, her humans didn’t give up so easily and now this paraplegic kitty leads an amazing life with her mama, traveling the US and busting myths about handicapped cats!

Another very special one was for Buddy, who I first photo’d 10 years ago – then again a few weeks ago. It definitely made for a heartwarming comparison <3

One last special note, I had been looking forward to meeting this beautiful eight-month old shepherd since I first learned he joined his family. What I only later found out was he was actually named for my Bandit and that touched me to my core <3

May also meant another portrait event for my fur-iends at K9 Resorts! These are always so much fun and I have to give a big shout out to the staff for always being so gracious and helpful and accommodating. (There were two sitting types  – portraits and treat toss – one sample of each follows.)

Last month also afforded me the opportunity to take a road trip to NC to photo the most perfectly coiffed, sweetest pair of Bichon boys you have likely ever seen, along with their adoring paw-rents. When pets have the best of everything – food, vet care, companionship, love – they really do thrive! This time last year, one of them was gravely ill so to see him bouncing around like nothing ever happened was truly remarkable.

There was no slowdown of homeless pets in May and my YTD adoptables sit at over 200 through 5/31, and that’s with missing two shelter dates in May due to travel. #adoptdontshop

I had a great time shooting for a local lifestyle magazine’s upcoming summer issue featuring water sports in the Lowcountry (I’ll share that once the issue hits the stands). And soon we will be shooting a very special cover for Lowcountry Dog’s 100th issue, which will come out in August!

And I surely don't want to forget sweet Duke! (and his frog!) :)

One of my favorite things about May though, was the chance to check off a photo bucket list item. I maintain a list of personal projects I want to work on and rarely have the time to get them scheduled. So when I visited a client’s home in Ravenel to review their gallery with them recently and they offered me the opportunity to photo their amazing senior dog in her kayak, well you can imagine I was all in!

I actually have committed myself to an extended summer break this year after realizing that next year marks 20 years since I started my business! Shelter and foster photos will continue and studio sessions will be available as well as indoor events, but outdoor appointments won’t resume until August. I haven’t had any real span of time off since about 2003 and I do need this time, so I certainly hope clients understand!

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UPCOMING EVENTS & SCHEDULING NOTES

Ongoing: Adoptable Animal Photo Sessions. 

June 14, 2021 | Berkeley Animal Center's new shelter opens!!!!!!

June 16, 2021 | Yappy Hour at 10WestEdge

June 19, 2021 | Pet photos at Out of Hand, Mount Pleasant - details and ticket info here.

June 26, 2021 | Pet photos at The Guild in downtown Charleston (private event).

July, 2021 | Artist Display, City of Goose Creek. Theme: Berkeley County Rescue(d) Pets.

July 1 - August 15, 2021 | Client note: Studio and mobile studio sessions only.

October 10, 2021 | Woofstock 2021 at Hanahan Amphitheatre.

 

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