September usually brings on the first day of fall, but with temps still summer-level here throughout the month, in SC the only difference was you just added pumpkins to everything! Happy fall, y’all! The good news is it’s definitely cooling off in time for the busy season.
My time in September included such a great mix of shooting! There were client pet sessions and adoptables, an end-of-season dog swim at a local waterpark (Roux's fave summer event!), maternity photos (pet included, of course!), a brand new baby (less than 24 hours old), a pop-up photo event at a local boutique and PRIMATES. Yes, you read that correctly: PRIMATES, for the International Primate Protection League. Cheers to this new relationship! (Humor me this long scroll today ... it really was an interesting month!)
I was invited by the lovely ladies at Out of Hand Boutique in Mount Pleasant to hold a pop-up pet photo event. We had a fantastic time - the pet guests were adorable and photogenic - the owners were relaxed and fun - and the staff members were wonderful and helpful! If you haven't yet visited this charming boutique, be sure you add Out of Hand to your local shopping list. (click below image to view larger collage.)
I had the extreme pleasure of photo'ing a beautiful young couple as they headed toward the end of their maternity experience (the handsome, well-behaved dog in the photos is one of Roux's BFFs, BTW.) Truly, this little family just oozes happiness and such a genuine love! Some favorites follow, culminating in a few hospital photos from when my new friend, Teddy, was less than 24 hours old.
That precious smile!! It has been so awesome watching their story unfold the last few months - I look forward to getting to know this little fella!
Now, from one little monkey we move on to some primates! During my tour and time at IPPL, I learned about their resident gibbons, and some of their stories may surprise you: several are rescued lab animals; a couple were novelty pets who, when they showed their natural instincts, their owners had their teeth removed; some are facility transfers from zoos in the US or international facilities; a couple were born at the sanctuary ... one is even over 60 years old! They each have a story to tell. The sanctuary is a beautiful and massive property, founded in 1973, and seems designed to maximize the gibbons' comfort and mimic a wild environment as much as possible. During my visit, I had the honor of meeting the Founder, Dr. Shirley McGreal, a petite woman who has lived an extraordinary life of adventure! I encourage you to learn more about IPPL and their conservation efforts worldwide. Just a few photos follow from an amazing morning.
Now, on to the topic of FUNdraising...
Hurricane Florence threw our schedule off a bit, but the Milk Paws calendar contest wrapped and we now have the 12 winners scheduling for their calendar photos! Over $1,600 was raised in the voting process, so once the calendar comes out and sales are in motion, this will be one of the group's largest fundraisers of 2018. Between this effort, the CAS portrait display fundraiser we held earlier this year, and the pop-up for Palmetto Paws this month, we have raised over $10K through the power of photos so far this year. I’m excited to see where the final number lands by year’s end for rescue support, with several events on the calendar between now and mid-December.
Chili Cookoff for Charleston Animal Society -- on November 17, CAS will host its 19th annual Chili Cookoff, and because my dogs are the only ones who enjoy my cooking, I've put together a fundraising team instead of a competitive cooking team. If you want to forego a Starbucks drink today and donate, GREAT -- the team name is Two Catawhats? -- and the link can be accessed here. The goal set represents $1 for every dog photo'd through 8/31 this year, when the team was formed. #adoptdontshop #makemylifeeasier
Thanks for supporting animal rescue in any way you see fit!
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Scheduling Notes - Photos:
October - November | Limited scheduling available, with some blackout dates. Please contact me with inquiries. December is fully booked; schedule exceptions made for elderly or terminal pets.
October 27, 2018 | Dogtoberfest at Freshfields Village (come to Scout and Molly's Boutique for a photo opp.)
November 2-4, 2018 | Expo! Follow for updates.
November 17, 2018 | Charleston Animal Society Chili Cookoff (come find me at my booth for photos!)
December 1-2, 2018 | Santa Paws at Dogma Bakery & Boutique, Arlington VA
December 8-9, 2018 | Santa Paws in the Lowcountry (follow for details and locations)
December 15, 2018 | Holiday photo event at Tanger Outlets to benefit Charleston Animal Society (follow for details)
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