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.