Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Butterflies, Dog Shows and other news

  • Papillons and Butterflies (and more)

  • The GCU Community Blog at Greeting Card Universe is a wonderful corner where the Artists gather for fun and educational tips. Even the fun times are opportunities for us to expand our graphic art skills and marketing techniques! This last challenge was a Lightening Round with a subject of BUTTERFLIES. 9 artists took on the task of blogging about their interpretation of the topic. Read the roll call, click through and enjoy everyone's contribution!

    A Bit of Fun with Colorful Butterflies
    “Ever since I can remember, I've been intrigued with the beauty of butterflies…”
    Sunshine’s Creative Explorations, Donna Lorello

    Beautiful Butterflies
    “I have noticed lots of butterflies lately...”
    Dragonfire Graphics, Betsy Bush

    Papillon: The Butterfly Dog
    “The big dog in the small body...”
    DogBreedz, Peggy Mundell

    The Delicate Life of a Butterfly
    “So you have a great love for butterflies?”
    Sheryl Kasper Card Store, Sheryl Kasper

    To a Butterfly
    “I’ve watched you now a full half-hour...”
    Photography TK Designs, Tracie

    Greeting Card Universe & Butterfly Changes
    “I started this blog as a way to promote greeting cards...”
    Janet Lee Designs, Janet Palaggi

    Monarch Butterflies
    “The beauty and wonder of Monarch butterflies inspired me...”
    It’s a Beautiful World, Catherine Sherman

    Good Luck
    “A most unusual thing happened this week when I was gardening...”
    Painted Cottage, Judith Cheng

    “Imagine, Dare, Do!”
    Naquiaya’s Cards, Naquaiya

  • 3 days left to vote - DogBreedz has been nominated

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    Hurry - voting closes on August 26! And feel free to spread the word. Locals who vote will be thanked with the option to purchase an $80 photo shoot deal (normally $150!) Thank you for your support!

  • Cabrillo Kennel Club

  • Coming up in Valley Center on September 3rd and 4th - the Cabrillo Kennel Club All Breed shows at Bates Nut Farm. It should be great weather and a popular weekend packed with beautiful dogs doing their thing in the show rings! If you are an owner or a handler and want me to take ringside candids, please request either Priority ($35) or Regular Candids (FREE!) before the show weekend. For a look at what each option entails, take a look at my photo shoot pricing page for details. From my most recent show, this is one of my regular show clients, rendered as a digital oil painting: Toy Poodle GCH Hosanna Danica Dancing In The Rain (call name Tenley). South Bay Kennel Club 68th All Breed Show. August 13, 2011 in Torrance, California. Owned by/Bred by Patricia Stabler. Handled by Allan Chambers.

    If you have one of the following breeds and would like a complimentary session at my Santee studio before September 10, please do contact me. Your dog might appear in a national magazine or a calendar! I'm currently looking for:
  • Siberian Husky

  • Basenji

  • Komondor

  • They must conform to breed standards, but they don't have to be show dogs - purebred pets and rescues are available for this offer as well. Contact me at DogBreedz (at) yahoo (dot) com to arrange your private sitting. If you are in the San Diego area and have a great house/yard to photograph in, then I may be able to come to you for the shoot. I would also love to do "lifestyle" shots and include the owner, if you are up to it. Does your dog do a job or fun activity? That is a possible shoot, as well. I look forward to hearing from you!

    •Ongoing: Studio Portraits in Santee; •Through September 30: Smile For A Cure reduced price private shoots, benefiting National Canine Cancer Foundation; •September 3 & 4: Ringside Candids at Cabrillo Kennel Club at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center, CA; •September 10 & 11: Ringside Candids at San Diego Poodle Club Specialty in Oceanside, CA; •September 24 & 25: Ringside Candids at Santa Ana Kennel Club in Cerritos, CA; •October 5: Fundraiser Portraits at Camp Bow Wow in El Cajon, CA; •October 8: Studio Portraits at The Blessing of the Animals in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. Contact me if you would like me to capture your dog showing in the ring, for a private photo shoot or to participate in a mini-session in Santee. The full shooting schedule can be seen on my main website, or just take a look over in the right sidebar of this blog. I'll see you through the lens - because EVERY moment matters!


    1. Love Butterflies and love your capture of the Poodle!

    2. Thank you, CC! Tenley's mom loves that shot. And Tenley is a joy to photograph!

    3. Oh how could I have missed,
      Thank you so much for including my butterfly card!
      Janet Lee

    4. You are welccme, Janet. I love how it is almost an abstract butterfly - very nicely done!