Ambassadogs: Rainbow Haven Beach

My amazing Ambassadogs enjoyed another adventure and photo shoot this month, and this time we went to Rainbow Haven!

All 5 of this year's Ambassadogs were there and they had so much fun together. When we first arrived we went to a more secluded section of the beach and let the pups get their sillies out. We encouraged them to play in the water, too, which was hilarious and adorable. Then we explored some of the grassier areas for a change of scenery and color! Just before 8pm (when the parking lot is gated!) we did some running photos on the boardwalk, and then drove down the road just a little so that we could enjoy the beautiful sunset and soak up those last golden rays of the day.

These pups are SO sweet and are quickly becoming best buds. Doing these Ambassadog sessions is a great way for me to explore new locations and practice some ideas I've been wanting to shoot, and it's just a wonderful time for us to spend a fun evening together!

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And the collars for this session were provided by Missy Leigh Canines! They all have a nautical theme - anchors, beach balls, and sea animals. So adorable!

So without further ado, and in order of appearance... here are Ember, Norbert, Gilbert, Dante, and Haven:

Puppies Puppies Puppies!

Last weekend I got to meet and photograph the most adorable litter of 8 golden retriever puppies! They were so energetic and curious, and were bouncing all over the place. They are going to their new homes very soon, to start a great new adventure!

They've been loved and cared for since birth by Madison and her family (from 2 Paws Up)!

Have they given you puppy fever? ;)

Ambassadogs: Graffiti Walls

This year the Ambassadog program has gotten some exciting upgrades!!

My Wet Nose Ambassadogs are year-long brand reps for my business and they get one heck of a fun experience out of it! Each pup is treated to their own complimentary portrait session, along with a bunch of awesome perks.

One of the best new perks is that we all meet up for several group photo sessions at fun and unique locations during our year together. This gives the dogs an opportunity to play together, it allows the owners to get to know each other, and it's great for us all to just spend some time together and create more portraits!

For our first group session we visited the graffiti walls that I love in Dartmouth. Three of my Ambassadogs joined me for this session: Dante, Haven, and Ember! It was great practice for them to explore a new location, work on their sit/stays, and have fun being silly together. Dante and Ember (Frenchie and Mini Aussie) became best buds right away and zoomed around the grassy area. Haven the Sheltie is a bit more reserved, but we got her running soon, too.

At one point a train came by, about 30 feet from where we were, so all the pups practiced their sits and waited for it to pass. Two people walked by us and one remarked, "This must be an obedience, class, is it?"

I told her, "Nope, it's a photo shoot!" and she was impressed at how good they all were. That always makes pup parents so proud to hear.

And now for the best part... here are my favourite images from this group session!

Roller Derby ... Dogs!

I'm part of an amazing roller derby league in Halifax (not an active skater right now, but it will happen again!) and I've been wanting to photograph some of the skaters with their dogs. I finally organized it this month and we went to a fantastic spot with graffiti walls. I'm thrilled with all of these portraits!

The difference in all of these dogs is so cool to see - big dogs, small dogs, confident dogs, older dogs... they're all so different and special. I know we have so few photos of us with our dogs (we're always just photographing the dogs). So I'm happy to be able to to provide these photos of pups and their people enjoying their time together.

If you've been wanting a few more portraits of you and your dog together, reach out and let's make some plans! My sessions are focused on the dog for the most part, but I'm always happy to include you with the pups for a few special photos.

Don't these pups just melt your heart?

When was the last time you got a photo of yourself and your dog together?

My 3rd Bullet Journal

My bullet journal has been keeping my life together for the past 2 years. It keeps track of every meeting, session, and event, as well as every little task that I need to get done each day. It also tracks my goals, my progress, my social media growth, and all the special memories I want to save each month.

It is essentially my brain in a notebook.

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I've been obsessed with notebooks for my whole life, I'm pretty sure. They're just so beautiful and full of potential. A gorgeous new notebook is full of so many possibilities. Where will my life take me while I use this notebook? What will my life look like when I come to the end of this notebook? How will it have changed my life?

But that was apparently too much pressure, so I would either not start writing in the notebook at all (nothing I had to write would be worthy of those pages!) or I would write in it for a bit with a certain goal/project in mind, but then fall off the wagon.

So when I found out about bullet journaling, I hoped I had finally found a way to USE my beautiful notebooks every day and be productive about it. And it was true! This has been a life saver. I'm now on my 3rd notebook, having completely filled my first two. I use it every day, and it is so satisfying to look through my completed notebooks! Not to mention how accountable and productive it keeps me every day. Which is really the important part.

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So here's how I use my bullet journal! You can find the full details of this system (in all its simplistic glory) here: www.bulletjournal.com

- an index page so that I can enter pages in there as they are created, and find anything I need at a later date.

- a future log that shows 6 months at a glance. I can enter meetings/sessions/events as they are scheduled, and I know that they won't be forgotten or misplaced.

- a monthly view that I set up a few days before that month starts. Just one month at a time (the future log keeps track of the rest, until the next month needs to be set up). It shows the month in a traditional grid-style and I refer to my future log to enter all the important appointments for the month. I also use the extra space on this page to write monthly goals.

- a weekly view that I set up on the weekend, in preparation for the upcoming week. I just take one week at a time, which alleviates stress about future tasks and allows me to just focus on what needs to be done now. Each morning I write out my list of tasks that need to get done (editing, emailing clients, blog writing, networking, etc) and check them off when they're complete. I refer to the previous day's list of tasks to see what didn't get done yesterday, and add those to today's list. The more times I have to write out a task because I didn't do it, the more I want to get it done so I can stop re-writing it. It works!

- a page of memories for the month, which currently I do as doodles. If I was published in a magazine, or went out to a new restaurant, or had a session in an exciting new location, I'll do a little doodle and jot down what it was. It's fun to look back at that page and see a little snapshot of my month and the fun I had.

- lists or "collections" of things. Anything, really. At any time if I need to make a list of things to remember (movies to watch, groceries to buy, party supplies to find, products to bring to the Doggie Expo) I just turn to the next blank page and make my list. I then add that to my index page so I can find it easily. It doesn't matter if it's in the middle of a month. That's the beauty of a bullet journal - it's evolving and you just go with the flow. Everything is indexed so that the "disorganization" isn't actually disorganized. Instead of having Post-It notes littered around your desk/home/work... you can keep every list in one notebook and never lose them.

- very minimal doodling with markers, just to make the pages nice to look at. I'm not artistic in this sense, so I get a lot of inspiration from other more talented bullet journalers. I don't need mine to be fancy, or to have the decorating take too much time (but if that's your thing and you enjoy it, there is nothing wrong with spending lots of time making yours look beautiful - don't let anyone tell you otherwise). For mine I just need it to be cute enough that it makes me happy to look at it, and excited to use my bullet journal every day. And so far it's working fantastically!

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Below is the weekly layout that I've been using for about a year now. It's very minimal and gives me lots of space to write out my tasks each day. I've tried many different layouts during my 2 years of using a bullet journal. It's fun to change it up and try something new when you get bored! That's another awesome bonus of this system versus a pre-made planner where you're stuck with the same layout all year, even if you discover it's not working for you.

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With a bullet journal you can change things at any time. If you decide you need a space in your weekly layout to plan your meals, next week you can rearrange it to fit that! Or maybe you need somewhere to track things like water intake and exercise, or books you've read. Whatever you need space for, whatever your life includes, you can create a page that works for you (or look up inspiration from others who are talented in that department, and shamelessly add that to your bullet journal).

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So if you've seen photos or videos about bullet journaling before and thought it seemed like way too much work (or creativity) for you, and it just wasn't your cup of tea, I hope that this has perhaps given you a different perspective on it. The point of this system is actually minimalism. The point is to keep you efficient and productive in your life. Since everyone's life is different, the system is extremely flexible so you can adapt it to yours.

That's why I love my bullet journal more than a store-bought planner. Because I love to change it up when I'm bored with one layout, I love to add some colour and feel proud of myself (even for the tiniest bits of creativity - I'm like, "I did that!!"), and I love knowing that my life is in order, my tasks are under control, and I'm not forgetting something important even though my mind is running a mile a minute.

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Have you ever considered bullet journaling?

What do you think of the system?

The Colours of Spring!

Sometime last spring I drove by a row of pink trees and got very excited. How did I not know there was this magical place so close to home? What wonderful sessions I would plan here! This was going to be so great!

But a few weeks later I drove by again and all the pink was gone from the branches. I didn't realize this was a time-sensitive thing, and I was pretty bummed for a while. But I vowed to find the right time the following year and take advantage of it!

This past weekend I happened to drive down that street, curious about whether the pink might have returned (I had seen lots of posts from US photographers about their cherry blossom sessions, so I thought this might be the right time). And I was right! The row of trees was beautifully pink! How perfect!

But how long would this last? I know nothing about trees or plants so I really had no idea if this would stay for a week, a month, or just a few days. Time to call an emergency session with my Ambassadogs and make use of those trees while they're here!!

Everyone who could make it on such short notice met with me on Monday night and we did some fun, quick sessions with these lovely trees. Oh man, I love the gorgeous pink bokeh background. It makes me sooo happy!

Having such lovely Ambassadogs who are always up for a photo adventure is fabulous! I love the connections and friendships that this program has brought into my life, all the lovely owners and dogs I now know and have photographed multiple times. They're just the best!

I've done this program for the last 2 years and I'm closing "admission" at the end of May for the next round of Ambassadogs for the 2018-2019 season. So if you've been on the fence about it, please reach out and ask any questions you've got! Time is running out on this opportunity to have an incredibly fun year together!

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And here are a few other shots that made me giggle. There are always outtakes in Wet Nose sessions - always! Whether it's a little side-eye, a tongue, or a serious face... I love them all.

Featured Product: Framed Canvas

At Wet Nose Images you are treated to the ultimate experience.

Not only am I beside you for every step of the process, from our very first meeting right up to your product delivery... but you also have the very best products available to choose from!

I have carefully sourced every product I offer, based on top quality, on where they're produced, and how ethical they are. For example, most of my products are made here in Canada, and the covers on my coffee table albums are leatherette, not leather (no other animals are hurt in order for you to enjoy these images of your pups).

I don't want you to go home with only a USB of pictures that will get lost in your junk drawer or buried on Facebook the day after they're posted. I want you to have so much more than that. When you decide to book your pup's session with me, you are making the decision to celebrate the amazing journey you share with your dog, and to feel that excitement again every single day. Your absolute favourite image(s) will be on your wall for you to see each morning, and each evening when you return from a long day at work. You'll walk by that gorgeous canvas with the happiest face you've ever seen, and think, "Man... I friggin' love that dog!"

Today's feature is my top-of-the-line stunning Framed Canvas. Take a look at this beauty! The details of this product are what drew me to it. It is way beyond any canvas I've seen before. Only the very best for my clients!

 

Get Dirty Dog Collars & Leashes | Product Photography

We use a 30-foot leash for Ruby when we go for adventures outside of our neighbourhood. Fields and beaches can be so much fun... but so dirty. And with a fabric leash that drags along the ground, we end up bringing lots of that water, dirt, and mud home. Not to mention the other things it accidentally drags through. Blech.

But I am thrilled to have a new option that avoids ALL of that! I did a product shoot for Get Dirty Collars & Leashes last weekend, and it was so much fun. Colleen runs this new local business and you can find her at trade shows and on Facebook. These leashes don't absorb any of the gunk you encounter on your adventures. They rinse off so easily! I now have a new 30-foot leash for Ruby, and a thin black leash to bring with me to sessions (it's easier to edit out).

I was so happy to throw out our old, stinky leash!!

Take a look at these hilarious cuties I hung out with on the weekend. They certainly got their collars and leashes dirty, but a quick jump in the water or a rinse in the hose or sink at home, and everything is as good as new.

Except the dogs themselves. They might need a bath!

How to Choose a Photographer (For Any Occasion)

Choosing a photographer is tough.

Whether you need someone to photograph your wedding, your baby, or your dog, there are often lots of choices in your area and as a client it can be hard to know which one is going to be the best fit for you. What is the difference between all of these options? How do you make sure you're picking the right one?

The good news is that there is no ONE right answer that fits everyone. Each photographer is different, they offer a different experience, and create different work. But there is a right photographer for you! And I will help you find them.

Here are some important things to keep in mind and help you find the right match for YOU:

 

1) The look or style of the images.

Do you love the colors in that photographer's portfolio? Can you imagine yourself (or your dog) in those images? Do you love bold colours or something more pastel? Or maybe you're looking for a more moody vibe? Find a photographer whose work you love to look at.

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2) The location or setting of the images.

Does this photographer primarily use a studio or an outdoor location? Which one excites you the most for your own photos? What are you envisioning for your session?

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3) Their reputation.

Do you know a friend who has used this photographer before? If not, can you look at some reviews and see if they resonate with you and make you feel excited about working with this person? Reading what other clients have to say is really helpful. How much did they love their experience? Are they giving details about it that help you imagine yourself in the same scenario? You can find reviews on Google, on Facebook, or even on the photographer's website.

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4) Their specialty.

I think this is most important part. What is this photographer known for? What type of photography do they show the most in their portfolio/website? If they're showing weddings but you need photos of your baby, they might not be the best fit. It's just not what they seem to do the most. And you want someone with experience. Every type of photography is very different and requires different skill sets.
But if their entire website is dedicated to dogs and that's exactly what you're looking for... then you're on the right track.

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In the end, you want to take the information available to you and decide on a few really great choices to contact for more information. You can meet up with them in person prior to booking and make sure you get along well and you feel comfortable with them. This initial meeting is great for both the client and the photographer! It gets your journey off to a wonderful start.

 

There is a perfect photographer out there for you, and now you have these tools at your disposal to find them!

Dog-Friendly Halifax: Spotlight on Oddfellows Barbershop

Earlier this year I met up with Ramona the beautiful black goldendoodle for a fun session at Oddfellows Barbershop in Halifax. This shop is on Quinpool Rd, located at the back of Pro Skates! It's a really cool little spot and I had fun photographing Ramona as well as the shop dog, Grady. They are best buds and always have a blast together. Of course, that meant they weren't interested in posing for me when they could be playing with each other! So after they had a good round of zoomies, we let Grady go play with customers in the skate shop while I did Ramona's photos, and then we brought him back in for some photos of his own.

Aren't these two just the cutest? Dog-friendly places in Halifax are awesome. I love that we have barbershops here that allow dogs!

 

You can find Ramona on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/ramonabear/

And Oddfellows here: https://www.instagram.com/oddfellows_barbershop/