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I call these days The Covid Days.
Like I’m sure it has been for you, life has been different since the virus forced us into social distancing and staying at home. I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing while staying at home.
The first week, I didn’t do much of anything. I felt tired and like I just couldn’t really breathe. I was feeling the loss of my community and feeling terrible for the local businesses that would suffer and the isolation that people would feel.
But the second week I decided I needed to get organized and set a new schedule to make sure I was being productive and get to some of the things that I didn’t normally get to.
So I divide my day into several parts: 1. Exercise, 2. Work for my Business, 3. Household Project, 4. Creative Project Without My Camera, 5. Walk the Dog Twice Daily, 6. Read, and 7. Rest. Grocery shopping would happen once per week, rather than two to three times per week.
Most days I get all of these done, although some days I miss one or two of these options – usually the creative project or house project.
Here are some photos to show you what I’ve been up to.
Ray and I baked homemade, gluten and dairy free donuts. They turned out pretty well! If you really like food photos, I also started a new food photography Instagram page here.
Work! I’ve been working on a new website and it will launch very soon!
I’m creating a coloring book made from photos I take of shelter dogs at Longmont Humane Society.
Dabbling in different types of media while maintaining “art challenges” virtually with my granddaughter. I pick a topic one week, she picks a topic the next week.
We order out one time per week from our favorite restaurant to support them during such difficult times. This meal is from Shine Restaurant in Boulder. A totally gluten free restaurant that also serves potions like Fairy Bubbles.
These are the Shine sisters….. Masked up for curbside service.
I sewed 15 masks for friends and family.
Organized the utility closet.
Exercise. Les Mills Body Pump videos twice a week and Zumba or bike ride three times per week. Notice the lazy dog in the background?
Reading daily. Usually at bed time.
In a long line at the grocery store.
Ray checking out our groceries.
And, the occasional photo of Jackie!
Getting good photos of your pet with your cell phone can be challenging. I’ve put together some tips to help you get picture perfect shots of your best friends. You can use these same tips for cats. Use a cat toy to get your cats attention.
More cell phone photos here:
You can see more of our work at www.evie-photo.com. I have been photographing pets, children and families since 1999.
I keep a running tally of the number of dogs I photograph at Longmont Humane Society and I total it up at the end of each year. A little behind on checking my tally, I just did it last week and found that I have photographed over 3,000 dogs! The 3,000th dog was Casey, seen above in blue bandana. (Bandana donated by Indy&Olly). The other photos are a selection of some of the other amazing dogs I’ve photographed at LHS over the years. Between shelter dogs, client dogs and friends and family dogs, I’ve photographed well over 4,000.
I’ve learned a lot over the years while photographing dogs. The most important thing I put into practice is patience. Shelter dogs are just dogs like any other dogs. They are simply in transition between homes at no fault of their own. But being in a new, unknown environment can bring up lots of emotions for them.
Like all dogs, some are nervous, shy, anxious, overly joyful, excited, wiggly, super happy, and energetic. For all of these emotions, patience is required to get a photograph. Shy and nervous dogs take time to warm up to me and my camera and I need to build trust with them. Highly energetic dogs need time to settle down and figure out what I want from them in order to focus for a few short seconds.
So for me, patience means taking my time, getting to know the dog and letting them get to know me. I often just put the camera down and sit with the dog, pet them, give them treats, or talk to them. If they are afraid of my camera, I let them sniff it and eat treats off of the camera or near the camera. If they are super excited, I give them a calming massage. If that doesn’t work, I join them and get a little loud with funny noises that usually stop them in their tracks to give me a two second pose and an expression for the camera.
Do you need tips for photographing your own dog? If so, send me an email I’d be happy to answer your questions.
This is Tigger! He is a one year old, 51 pound boy. I photographed him just last week at Longmont Humane Society. He is very affectionate and just a great looking, well mannered dog. And, as of today, he is still available for adoption. He should do well with other cats and dogs and kids of any age. Want to see more of our shelter pet photography? Click here! Oh, and that cute bandana was made and donated by Indy & Olly’s.
Nothing says “I Love You” more than cherished photos of your kids, family, pet or significant other. Capturing the bond between family members, either human or pet is something I am absolutely passionate about. Photos will be around for decades to come, in fact probably forever so not only do my clients enjoy the meaning of photographic memories, their kids do too and their grand kids will in the future.
We have gift certificates available for the special someone in your life. Feel free to let us know what you’d like to do or if you need ideas for a great family, kid or pet photography session – or a combination of all of these!
I have to say first of all that I love both color and black and white images pretty much equally. I love color images because color shows us everything we need to know, the color of hair, clothing, trees, eyes, etc. And color can look so beautiful in a large image on a wall.
But I also love black and white. It brings out the simplicity of an image, the simple emotions and the simple things that are happening in that moment. It is also great to use black and white for images with distracting backgrounds or clothing. I also love black and white as it reminds me of old family photographs. I have boxes of them and never tire of looking through them. A large black and white print or canvas on a wall looks great too.
Here are some of my favorite black and white images from pet and family portrait sessions.
A couple of weeks ago while taking dog photos at Longmont Humane Society, I was faced with super bright sunlight or a bush that was partially dead. So I looked around for a new background and found that the sidewalk and wall of the building would make a simple and neutral gray background. I like the effect and the dogs really pop out. As an added benefit, it was close to the dog kennels so I was able to take more dog photos than normal in a short period of time. Dog photography can be challenging but mostly a lot of fun and photographing shelter dogs to help them find homes is super rewarding.
Mrs. Pibb (above)
Lola (above) feeling a little shy at first, came around and was a great dog model!
Marsha Steckling, owner of Evie Photography is a family, kids and pet photographer based in Boulder Colorado and photographs homeless dogs for Longmont Humane Society to help them find forever homes. She is available for private commissions in Boulder, Longmont, Denver, Louisville, Lafayatte and surrounding areas.
This week I had a photo session with Bianca, a young English Mastiff. She is about six months old and weighs around 50 pounds. I expected to have all kinds of crazy puppy energy, but not with Bianca. She was calm and focused on me and my dog handler, ready to do whatever we asked of her. We treated her often and gave her lots of praise with some breaks in between sets. She is a super smart gal, with gorgeous looks to match! I even got a photo of her with her two friends Meiko and Quinn.
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