October has always been one of my favorite months and this year was no different. I’ve been gearing up for November/December local (and Northern VA) events, while working with clients, wrapping up my portion of a calendar project and, of course, working with adoptables.
I finished up shooting the Milk Paws 2019 calendar dogs – I don’t want to spoil the big reveal when the calendars are ready for sale so let’s just say the participating pups all did a great job and I’m confident the 2019 product will rival the 2018 calendar. I will share a peek of the Top Dog fundraising prize winner though. Lucy snuck in at the very end of the contest and scooped up a first place win! Among other prizes, she and her dog-ma received a complimentary one-hour session – and it was like a prize for me too as I had a great time walking through the park and documenting their relationship.
During Dogtoberfest at Kiawah, we had arranged to do some quick sitting pet photos at Scout and Molly’s Boutique – all of the participating dogs and their humans were fun to work with and did a great job, especially in such a small shooting space. And to the lovely ladies who worked Saturday, thank you - I really enjoyed the time!
Shelter/rescue photos were a part of my October and as of 10/31, I have photo’d 482 adoptable animals locally this year. Sadly, I have now passed my 2017 full year total (which was 475) and will hit 500 within the next week or so. Who knows what the year-end total will look like at this rate. Please, folks. Adopt, Don’t Shop. I had a lot of favorites this month so rather than post here, please pop over to one of my socials (Facebook or Instagram) to see what kind of dogs are waiting on loving homes.
We celebrated Gracie’s one-year adoptaversary on October 11. Time really does fly! She visited the CAS staff to say thank you for all they did for her during her time there. There were "commemorative" photos (of course), a girls’ trip to shop for treats at our local pet store, a park walk and a lot of love and kisses.
As a gift to a friend, I had the honor of working with her new son for non-traditional newborn photos. (Newborn photos are always easier when the baby SLEEPS and, while our timing was right for a typical newborn session, Teddy slept for all of three minutes. He obviously had other ideas so we just went with it.) They are a lovely family and we are so happy to know them! (Their pup, Thunder, who is very much a part of the family and who you can see in the mirror image below, is Roux's BFF.)
I attended a local luncheon hosted by the awesome family whose pups graced the cover of the most recent Mount Pleasant Pets Magazine - the event was a meet-n-greet with some of the leaders of Best Friends Animal Society to discuss the work they are doing with local shelters in SC and the SC/NC corridor. To learn more or to get involved, please click here to visit their site. The goal is a No Kill Nation by 2025!
Lastly, I must give a shout out to my very patient Roux and Gracie, who love me and humor me, and forgive me when Halloween rolls around.
Upcoming events, both locally and in Northern VA, are listed below – hope to see you and your pet(s) at one of these FUNdraisers!
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:
November 2018 | Limited scheduling available, with some blackout dates. Please contact me with inquiries. December is fully booked; schedule exceptions made for elderly or terminal pets. January - February calendar will open for reservations in December.
November 3-4, 2018 | Mount Pleasant Lifestyle Expo - Omar Shrine Convention Center, Mount Pleasant. Come find me!
November 17, 2018 | Charleston Animal Society Chili Cookoff
December 1-2, 2018 | Santa Paws at Dogma Bakery & Boutique, Arlington VA
December 8, 2018 | Santa Paws - Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, Mount Pleasant (follow for details and locations)
December 9, 2018 | Santa Paws - Ziggy's Dog Parlor, Mount Pleasant (follow for details and locations)
December 15, 2018 | Holiday photo event at Tanger Outlets to benefit Charleston Animal Society (follow for details)
Download Save the Date flyer for SC December events!