In case you were wondering where I have been for the last 6 months lets just say – Wedding Season came as unexpected and suddenly as Christmas every year. It’s here before you know it and takes over your life. Woopsi. I do apologize for the lack of new photographs and blog posts and will do my best to fill this blog with new life this winter :))
Also, I have great news. We moved and my furry friends Ziva and Zazu now have a big yard all to themselves where they can chase squirrels and feel like the queens of the castle. Zazu especially enjoys this – and her favorite spot is high up on the deck – overlooking her magic queendom. And dear those little intruders – they will be closely watched – and chased if need be :)
What can I say – life has been good to us and the dogs. For Thanksgiving we will all enjoy some time in Vermont – nice hikes included. So stay tuned for photos and updates on that :)
PS: If you are still looking for that Christmas Card photo (because as we learned at the beginning of this post – Christmas – just like wedding season – comes very suddenly) – please give me a buzz – I am sure we can make it happen :) Christmas Card Specials are available at very discounted rates. Call or email me for details :)
I am a huge dog lover – no matter if mixes or pure breds; yellow, black or brown; small, medium or large. They all have their purpose and will make someone’s life very special. The worse thing for me is to see a dog suffer. This is why I have been working with a fantastic non profit dog rescue – named Critter Cavalry Rescue – for nearly three years now. And every day I am amazed at what they accomplish and I can’t even give these people enough credit for their patience and effort.
They just rescued three litters of puppies from Kentucky, where these sweet babies would have ended up at a high kill shelter and most of them would have not survived that journey. So CCR stepped in and saved them. And yes, I am currently fostering two of them here (two big black mixes – most likely lab or golden mixes, possibly with Doberman).
With all these puppies up here – and in need for loving homes – I decided that today was the day to explain why there is an adoption fee and what this is all about.
The first and most important thing I feel that needs to be addressed is this: NO – rescues do not make money when they rescue these dogs. As a matter of fact, they often have to pay on top – and therefore need to collect donations.
So then what is the adoption fee (which typically ranges between $400 and $500) for?
It covers the following costs:
- Initial vet check up where the vet checks health, temperature, weight… and makes sure the dogs are alright. Average price for a vet visit: $60 – 70
- Stool sample to test for worms plus deworming medication: $25 – 35
- Vaccinations – according to age (DHLLP, Rabies) – sometimes two or more sets of shots within a few weeks. Average price for one(!) vaccination: $40
- Spaying/neutering. Average cost: $100-150
- Flea and Tick medication: $20
- Micro Chip. Average cost for the chip, implementation and registration: $65 – $200 (depending on organization used – in fact, I pay an annual fee for my dog’s registration of $35. CCR’s Micro Chip has a live long subscription included).
- Transport from the South (TN or KY) to Connecticut. Average cost per dog: $90-140 (especially with today’s gas prices).
- Health certificate and 2nd vet check up before transport: $60
Meet Beagle Puppy Cooper – he is 9 pounds of pure cuteness and endless energy. We had so much fun at the photo session (even though I would have loved for him to fall asleep at one point). But he just kept going and going and going. And all I really wanted to do is cuddle him :). His big ears and the puppy tummy were just too cute to be true.
The two little boys of the family had hoped for another brother whom they wanted to name Cooper – but when the brother turned out to be a sister instead, this little beagle pup came along and adopted the name instead. I couldn’t think of a cuter name for this furry bundle of joy.
Please enjoy puppy cooper and his cute chubby puppy tummy.
Every year before Christmas, many many couples and families in the US find themselves facing the same challenge - what to do for our Christmas cards this year?
Creating a Christmas card is really quite simple and can be a lot of fun. How to go about it? Here are three simple steps: First off – choose a photograph that makes you happy and/or puts a smile on your face. Christmas is fun – so why shouldn’t your Christmas Card be, too? Nowadays, almost everything goes – no need to wear the same old green and red outfit from the past years – switch it up with yellows and pinks – or go for nice cream colors like beige and a soft blue. If you don’t have a nice photo available - or want to have your cards look a bit more professional maybe – find a local photo studio to take some photos of you, your family, your kids or even your pet. At Photography and More, we usually offer discounted Mini-Sessions before Christmas which are designed to get you a couple nice photos for your cards. These sessions are shortened portrait sessions and they are not quite as individualized as our regular sessions (e.g. often they take place as a pre chosen location) – but they are still effective, fun and you get about 20 photos to chose from in the end. And because we like our photo sessions to be easy going and as natural as possible – we stay away from the studio but meet our clients at an outdoor location where we have a couple of different natural backdrops to work with. We find that pictures in a setting like this look a lot more natural – and especially children have an easier time being themselves out in a park or on the beach.
Once you have a photo selected, you can use an online print service of your choice to create your cards. For example, tiny prints and shutterfly offer cute predesigned christmas cards. And there are plenty other companies out there that have a great variety to chose from. When picking a card, try to find a design that matches the style and color scheme of your selected photograph. If your photo has a vintage look – go with a more vintage or whimsical design. If your photos has a lot of blues and greens try to find a card that either matches or compliments these colors. Don’t go too crazy – but keep it simple and fun.
Last but not least, decide on a text that fits your personality and brings YOUR christmas message across. Press order and voila – you are done :). (Well, you probably have to pay, too – but let’s not talk about this).
One last piece of advice – don’t wait until the last minute to order. Most companies take between 3-5 days to print your cards and an additional 5-7 days for shipping. Usually, an express shipping option is offered, but believe me – you are paying big bucks for it. Also, most online print stores offer a discount or special in November or early December. Search the Internet for Coupons before finalizing your order. You will be surprised how many companies actually promote their special deals online ;).
Below are some photos that make me smile – these were taken last (foggy) Monday in Milford – and will make very cute Christmas Cards.
A few weeks ago I was asked by Brooke if I would be interested and willing to help her with a fundraiser and do some Mini Family Portrait sessions in Fairfield. Of course I agreed and ended up working with eight wonderful families – all inspiring and sweet in their very own way. It was a cold Saturday morning – the sun was shining thru the – mostly leafless – trees and there was some refreshing crispness in the air.
To see more photos please click here.
Unbelievable but true – Christmas is almost here. I am just wrapping up my wedding season with three more weddings to go – and schwupps it’s already christmas time. How did that happen? I feel, it comes so suddenly – year after year. And because I know there are other people out there besides me that get “surprised” by christmas every year, I decided to offer some last minute Christmas Card Picture Mini Sessions at a discounted price. For more information on these sessions please click here :).
First off, I have to apologize for not having posted anything in a while. All off a sudden, wedding season just kicked in and before I knew it, the summer was over. Crazy. But now the wedding season is slowly coming to an end and I finally have time to catch up a little.
Ivan and I are currently fostering a very cute Shepherd Mix puppy and I am trying to find him a great new home. His name is Mister Max and he is the sweetest little boy you will ever meet. We are not sure, what he is mixed with – could be labrador or maybe Rottie. He is very playful and handsome and likes to run around in the yard or the beach. In the evenings he likes to snuggle up and he tents to fall asleep on my lab or in my arm.
Here are a few pictures of this charming little guy:
For more pictures please visit my main blog: http://www.photography-and-more.com/blog/2011/11/shepherd-mix-puppy-connecticut-dog-photographer/
Please email me if you are interested in adopting this little boy or if you know someone that is interested in adopting a rescue puppy.
You already have a dog and want some pictures taken? Maybe for this years christmas cards? Send me an email to book a pet or family portrait session. Pets can be included in family sessions.