As the years go by I realize more and more that I am grateful for each day Roxy is here with me. After 10 years I figured she deserved a whole day dedicated just to her! This is Roxy's day.
First a girl must get her hair did!
We started our day off by heading to Canine Quest and my amazing groomer Krista was more than happy to give me the spa day I needed. I showed Krista my toes and asked her to trim them up!
Rub a dub dub!
Now to get dried off and trimmed up!
Look my feet are perfect again!
I had a cookie to celebrate my spa day and had a visit with my friends Niso and Odie!
Niso even sang Happy Birthday to me!!
We then we went shopping!! What girl doesn't love a shopping trip on her special day!! So off to Homesense we go! My mom said I got to pick one toy to take home. It was very difficult, there are so many to choose from.
This is the one!
Next stop.. Rona for my favorite snack!
Excuse me sir.. I would love some more. Next stop, Canadian Tire!
I was allowed to pick out a ball and another toy! How lucky am I!
I even met a new friend! She was very young and really wanted to play with me.
These amazing people kept telling me how pretty I was and wished me a Happy Birthday! Last but not least my mom told me it was time for a puppuccino! I have never had one of those!
What a great day we had! As soon as I got home I ripped open my new toys and even shared with Maci and Milo. I cannot wait for next year! Thank you Krista and Shannon at Canine Quest for helping me to look fabulous on my big day!
It is that time of year once again! Give a Dog a Bone is celebrating our fourth year hosting Santa photos in support of two non-profit organizations. This year 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Hope Heels Service Dogs and Bandaged Paws Animal Rescue. There will be two dates this year and two different locations. To find out more information about these events please visit Give a Dog a Bone Photography on Facebook and RSVP. Tag your friends in the video and enter for your chance to win 12 holiday cards to send to friends and family wishing them all the best in 2018 featuring your Santa photo.
Its been a long time since I wrote a blog and I know I need to get better at doing this on a weekly basis at the very least. But I would much rather be out playing with dogs! After hearing some common concerns I knew this was needed!
Some of the most common things I hear when people are thinking of booking a session is "my dog wont sit still" or "my dog cannot be off leas". Both are valid reasons to be concerned, but I can assure you either of these worries will stop us from having a great session and you receiving beautiful images of your beloved dog!
Over half of my sessions are shot on leash! Mind blown right! Where did all the leashes go in the photos I post? Well its a little magic, good luck and Photoshop! Some dogs that are great off leash are even put on leash in certain shots as they are easier to control and keep still.
Last week I had a session with three adorable little dogs who were all full of spunk and personality. All of them were unable to be off leash due to safety reasons. With the help of an awesome husband and three long lines we were able to get this shot!
Ready for the MAGIC!?!
If you are thinking that your dogs wont be able to do it, think again! It is my job to get the shot! Its my job to think of ways to get the dogs to cooperate, with your help of course! Some sessions it takes 30 mins to get the perfect shot and others it can take the whole hour or more! Sessions are never rushed and always gone at the pace of the dogs.
I still have a couple openings for September before the winter cold hits! If you have been wanting to book please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the final day of 2016 coming to an end, I like to take a minute to reminisce about all the amazing clients and dogs I was able to meet. I was faced with many challenges and learning curves this past year and I am super grateful for every minute of it. Every dog I meet teaches me something new, they each leave an imprint on my heart and soul. Here is a few images and moments this year that I will always cherish!
I was super fortuante to be able to work with a very talented photography in Edmonton, Darcy Evans. I was hired to accompany him to the Regional Agility Competition in Calgary. This was a huge honor and learning curve for me. While taking a portrait has its challanges at times, trying to get 5-10 good images of a dog that runs a course in 15 secs....I thought was impossible lol. Darcy spent time training me and showing me his ways to get amazing images of these speed demons! For that I am very grateful I had the privialge to work with him. The knowledge he passed to me was truly priceless.
I am proud that my spouse and I were finally able to finish our basement, giving me a work space for my studio and a working washroom for my clients! People, not dogs haha. This means so much to me and will be very handy for the next year in hosting events and giving my clients the option of an indoor session. I am looking forward to utilizing that space more in 2017.
This year I had the honor of raising around $4000 for local rescue organizations. This of course would not have been possible without each and everyone of you who came and supported these events! 2017 will be full of them as well! I am in the process of getting dates worked out as we speak.
Thank you for the continued support! Here is a few of my favorites from the fundraisers.
2016 was also hard for many as they said goodbye to their beloved best friends. Please join me in taking a minute to show respects to those we have lost.
Remember Me Sessions are the best and worst part of being a pet photographer. If you beloved pet is nearing the end of their lives, please do not wait to contact me. May each and every one of them run free and rest in peace.
I wish you all a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! I look forward to seeing all of you next year! Thank you once again for the continued support in 2016.
Life tends to pass us by extremely quickly. Almost too quickly. To the point where we all at some point in our lives will sit down and let out a big deep breath, asking ourselves where did it go?
From the first time we lay eyes on them, to the final moments of goodbye, we never have enough time. There is never enough time to say I love you, to get enough kisses and get snuggles in. We always want more.
My friend recently lost not one, but two of her boys. A loss and pain no one should ever have to endure so closely together. One was unexpected and she for sure thought she had so much more time left. He was young, she figured he would live for at least another 10 years, but life is cruel and he was taken away at a young age of 3 years.
We always think we will have so much time to spend with our loved ones and the reality is we do not. We have to cherish every single second we are alive and breathing on this earth. Not taking one moment for granted. Sometimes we get 15 years together, sometimes we get one.
Photographs are just one way we can preserve our beloved memories and hold onto the ones we love. My friend has a canvas print in her living room of her boys so everyday when she comes home they are there to greet her.
We live in a world of technology that we rely heavily on to preserve our memories. We take endless photos with our phones (which is great) and share on social media for our friends to see. But nothing compares to having a beautiful image on your wall or a custom album on your shelf to cherish for years, a print is timeless.
As my friend awaits for her new family member to arrive, we have been busy planning sessions and brainstorming some ridiculously cute ideas to ensure when the time comes to say goodbye (hopefully many years away), she will have plenty of beautiful images to remember him by.
If you have been wanting to get photos done, but are waiting the right time, please do not wait any longer. Now that fall is here, it is a perfect time to get photos done with such rich and vibrant colors!
Also see my Facebook page for information on Christmas mini sessions! Send all your family warm wishes this year with custom holiday cards!
May Echo and Komodo rest in peace. You will be forever in our hearts <3
First off, welcome to my first blog post! I have been trying to decide what my first blog should be about and this past weekend it came to me. I wanted to tell you why I do what I do. Now let me guess, you're thinking we know what she does, that is why we follow her, she is a dog photographer. But I want to go into things a bit deeper.
Below are my three dogs. Roxy, Milo and Maci. They are all extremely important to me and I could not have asked for better dogs. They are one of the reasons I pursued dog photography, they are my family and when that dreaded day comes when they are no longer at the door to greet me, I will want and need something to remember them by. Something more then just a snap shot on my phone.
This is where my photography comes in; pictures, we can never have too many. Especially now a days as we have a camera on us all the time. Our phones never leave our sides meaning we can capture every cute "aweee" moment of our dogs. It really is fantastic. But what will happen to those pictures in 10 years? or even 6 months to a year when you upgrade your phone, or it stops working. SD card goes corrupt? Those moments are nothing but a memory.
Technology has allowed us to capture and share our pictures so easily, that we all live with this false hope that they will always be there. Have you ever downloaded a picture from Facebook, the resolution is terrible. Yet when we have nothing, even the worst of quality images are a treasure but why should we have to settle. We shouldn't. Hire a professional photographer to capture those moments and help you pick the right size and product to get those beloved images on your walls.
Other then social media, where do you have copies of your pictures? Do you have any family portraits on your walls? Any albums to show to the next generation and tell stories about. This may come as a surprise but I do not. I have one album from my childhood and that is it.
Three years ago I hired a photographer to take engagement photos of my spouse and I as well as our fur kids. I told the photographer of my plans to get a large print and display it in my home. I was beyond thrilled. Fast forward to now, still not one image from that session is on display for my friends and family to see. Why? One word, Procrastination. We are all bad for it in one way or another. Even though I have access to professional printing labs I still did not print. Its a shame that those pictures, those memories are not being shown. Instead they sit on a CD in a drawer.
My spouse has learnt over the years and sees how many prints I receive for my clients and the various print samples I have on display in my office. However, these prints are not of my dogs! They are my portfolio of my most loved images, okay I lied a couple are of my dogs, however these are samples that get taken with me and frankly are a little beat up. Not something to hang on our walls permanently.
After we completed our basement renovations, my spouse said we needed prints for the basement. (hint, hint) I said oh well I have this one and this one, he stopped me and told me no. That he wanted pictures of our dogs on the walls. He said you have enough pictures of them so pick your favorites and order them. The joys of being a photographers dog... they are no stranger to the camera!
That is what I did! Three 10x10 image blocks.
There they are on the wall and I am ecstatic to have them! Also kicking myself for not ordering them sooner!
So now let me answer the question, why do I do what I do...
I want my clients to have the same feeling of anticipation while you wait for your prints to arrive, the same feeling I felt when I unwrapped these images, as I hung them on the wall and smiled. The same feeling of warmth and excitement. The eagerness to have a friend over so you can show them off!
I want you to love coming home and to smile every time you look at those portraits on your wall. To have customized art for your home, to have memories of your loved ones on display for all to see for many years to come.
So what are you waiting for? Stop procrastinating and hire a photographer and put those memories up on your walls before its too late. Our canine companions unfortunately do not live forever and some are taken way too soon. Live in the moment, capture it and cherish it. <3
Shaleena Jones, owner of Give a Dog a Bone Photography.