Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February - Time to Feel The LOVE For Your Pet!

OK, so the blog post is misleading - EVERY DAY is the time to feel and show the love you have for the furry (or other) in your life! January zoomed right by and February is in hot pursuit. How does YOUR pet bring love and light into your life? Shoot me an email with a photo (pets only please, no people) and short description (send to DogBreedz (at) yahoo.com) and I'll put up a special post later this month showcasing your pet!

(pictured here: Puffy Celeya, Pomeranian (c)2012 DogBreedz.net)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

1/28/2014: Model Call ... Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and more!

Free Photoshoots for Breeds Wanted to Photograph for Jan/Feb 2014

If you have one of the following breeds and would like a complimentary session before February10, 2014, please do contact me. Your dog might appear in a national magazine, on a greeting card or in a calendar! I'm currently looking for the following breeds:
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriver

  • Giant Schnauzer

  • Beauceron

  • Canaan Dog

  • Puppies, adults and seniors - I need them all! They must conform to breed standards, but they don't have to be show dogs; purebred-looking pets and rescues are available for this offer as well.

    Contact me to inquire about a free private photo sitting. Shoot participants that are chosen for a national magazine will receive a copy of the issue they are published in. All participants will receive 20% off any prints they wish to order from the free session (discount on first order only).

    Studio sessions will be held at my Santee studio and location candids are available at San Diego County area parks or beaches. If you are in the SD, CA 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 (playing, walking, everyday life with your dog). Does your dog do a job, sport or fun activity? That is a possible shoot, as well. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Top Photo: Chesapeake Bay Retriever: GCH Desert Winds Moroccan Sand (call name Jake). Skyline Dog Fanciers of San Mateo County 2011 All Breed Show. October 21, 2011 in Pleasanton, California. Owned by Laurie Schisler. Bred by Laurie Schisler and Patsy Barber. Handled by Lynda O'Connor Schneider.

    Bottom Photo: Canaan Dog: River Rock Quite The Comedian (call name Piper). Orange Empire Dog Club 2014 All Breed Show. January 26, 2014 in San Bernardino, California. Bred by Christina Miller. Owned by Robin Prince and Noelle Renteria.

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    Monday Morning Sneak Peek - Orange Empire Dog Show 2014

    What a wonderful year 2014 is starting off to be, complete with a gorgeous SoCal day for my first dog show outing for the year! Orange Empire Dog Show weekend for 2014 is completed. Little Liza (Bravo's It Started With A Whisper), Border Terrier, made her show debut with Sueannette Maniscalco on the end of the lead and proud momma Jeri Harrison hiding ringside. Liza went Reserve Winners Bitch both days.

    Liza at 3 months old, learning how fun a photo session can be!

    Darling Leia (Su-Ets A Midsummer Night's Dream), Scottish Terrier, had another great weekend enjoying herself strutting the ring, taking Winners Bitch both days, with proud mom Sueannette as owner/handler.

    Leia at 2013 Great Western Terrier Association

    The handsome Cannon (CH Derrydown Can Webe Frank), Dandie Dinmont Terrier, took Group 4 on Saturday and Breed on Sunday (handled by Sueannette with parents Kathy & Gary Myers and Karen Dorn cheering on from ringside). I melt every time I look into his big brown eyes. Congratulations to my nieces and nephew - and to their beaming parents!

    Cannon showing his stuff at 2013 Great Western Terrier Association

    This stunning boy is Bearded Collie #9: GCH Wigglesworth Thriller (call name Johnny). Bred by Sharon & Jeff Ipser. Owned by Anna Marie Yura, Dawn Symes and Sharon Ipser. He strutted his stuff all the way to Group 4 (Sat) and Group 3 (Sun). I sure enjoyed his look in front of my camera! You can see more of Johnny here on his web page.

    GCH Wigglesworth Thriller. 2014 Orange Empire Dog Show. San Bernardino, CA.

    Once finished with editing, all photos from this show will be posted online in their galleries at: http://dogbreedz.smugmug.com/Dog-Shows/OEDC-January-2014

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    Due to the higher demand for my services 2014 is bringing a few changes to DogBreedz.net, hopefully to the benefit of my wonderful clients. I've been overstretching myself lately trying to honor everyone's requests and that has meant falling behind, even if only by a day, on self-imposed deadlines. Toss in the occasional techno-glitch and then the backup is painful for you AND for me. I love that my images are being sought after by so many and thank you all for making my success a "problem" to deal with! I do not want to raise my prices at this time so instead will be implementing the following changes.

    New for 2014:
    - I will continue to cover tax and shipping on print orders (my small way to thank you for choosing my images for your walls, albums and print ads).
    - I will be accepting a limited number of ringside requests per show. Get your requests in to me ASAP to secure your spot in my shooting schedule!
    - While at a show sight I will be limiting the number of private portrait shoots. Again, make your requests prior to running into me on the show grounds to secure your personal shoot.
    - I will be expanding my availability for your private portfolio shoots, both in studio and on location. There will be a $30 reservation fee (non-refundable) that will be applied to the cost of your chosen session. Email for your appointment time.
    - I am expanding my availability to shoot as official show photographer for Specialty Shows. If your club is in need of a photographer, please do let me know.
    - I am on the lookout for some horse events to shoot at. If you are a hunter/jumper or rodeo person, please let me know - I'd love to attend your practices or competitive events!
    - If you are a photographer in need of a second shooter or on-site assistant, let's talk!

    My main website will be updated in February with these changes. THANK YOU for being a part of my success and I look forward to helping you showcase YOUR pets - cats, dogs, iguanas, tortoises, birds, horses and more!

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    National Answer Your Cat's Question Day ... Today!

    Guess what today is? Not much of a riddle, when I've already answered that question in the post title. Thanks to our friends over at DogKnobit, we found out that today, January 22, 2014, is National Answer Your Cat's Question Day! I wish I could tell you the origins of this unusual day, but I came up short in my Google-searching. The best I can offer is that it falls on the 22nd of January every year.

    Instead of the intended explanation, I offer you a couple of photos to enjoy: an inquisitive kitten imporing "Oooh! Choose me! Choose ME!" and another little miss getting her question answered from a dog's point of view. Enjoy!

    We would love to know in the comments below: what question did your cat ask you? And what was your answer?