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Introducing… the 2015 holiday card designs!  As always, all the past years’ designs are still available (herehereherehere, and here). This year’s designs are all flat cards so be sure to check out the past years for folded designs – they are still some of my favorites!

thank Dog. offers fantastic, professionally-printed 5×7 holiday cards — they look and feel like the cards you find in gift shops, only better because they have your favorite photos on them!  Cards can be customized – mix and matching fronts, insides, backs; changing colors; personalizing text.  If you see one below (or from a prior year’s options) that you like, but not exactly as it is, let me know and odds are, it can be tweaked to fit.

Set of 25 folded cards with envelopes are $75 (plus tax)

Set of 25 flat cards with envelopes are $65 (plus tax)

If you are an current or past client and are interested in ordering some cards with your favorite photos from your session, send me an email to debbie(at)thankdogphotography.com and I’ll get you squared away!

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looking back at 2013

Since I never ever blog, I thought I’d quickly tag a few of the photos I like from the past year and stick them in a slideshow – nothing fancy, just the photos.  And not necessarily the best photos, just ones I liked for whatever reason. Well, I apparently tagged a lot of photos (and I’ve already realized I somehow missed some of my favorites… have you seen Mr. January in the Pink Ribbon Puppies calendar? The bulldog puppy flying a plane? I somehow missed it!). Anyway, I did manage to tag approximately a gazillion client photos, Pink Ribbon Puppies photos, rescue photos, and photos of my three dorks – just taken in 2013 – and to generate a slideshow (photos are completely random order).  It’s ridiculously long (seriously, it’s really really long), but if you feel like spending 10 minutes of 2014 looking at some cute dogs and puppies…. well, you’re in luck!

Special thanks to Tony Rogers for permission to use his music.

Susan Owen - Loved the slideshow! Thanks for sharing

deck the mailboxes…

Introducing… the 2013 holiday card designs!  (I feel like there’s a little drummer boy drumroll joke here somewhere…) As always, all the past years’ designs are still available (here, here, here, and here). Be sure to check them out – some of my favorites are from the prior years!

thank Dog. offers fantastic, professionally-printed 5×7 holiday cards — they look and feel like the cards you find in gift shops, only better because they have your favorite photos on them!  Cards can be customized – mix and matching fronts, insides, backs; changing colors; personalizing text.  If you see one below (or from a prior year’s options) that you like, but not exactly as it is, let me know and odds are, it can be tweaked to fit.

Set of 25 folded cards with envelopes are $75 (plus tax)

Set of 25 flat cards with envelopes are $65 (plus tax)

Believe it or not… this post is quite late. If you are an current or past client and are interested in ordering some cards with your favorite photos from your session, send me an email to debbie(at)thankdogphotography.com.  But for those that haven’t had your session yet?  Don’t wait… I have limited spots available (including one weekend in November in Austin) so shoot me an email sooner rather than later if you’re interested!  I am contemplating offering mini-sessions one day in the next month – if you’d be interested, please shoot me an email and let me know!

 

pink ribbon puppies

So it’s been months and months since I last blogged… I’m clearly a terrible blogger. But part of the reason for the absence has been a new, all-consuming project —Pink Ribbon Puppies, Inc.

At the start of the year, I received an email from a local dog fancier about shooting a calendar to raise money for breast cancer research. She had a dozen lab puppies at her home and estimated we’d spend 3-4 days shooting them and be done….  Yeah, well, not so much. We’ve shot tens of thousands of frames, have opened up the project to all breeds – purebreds from reputable breeders as well as rescued babies – from chihuahuas to Great Danes, have officially incorporated and filed for 501c3 status, have spent hours and hours shopping for or making dozens of pink props, have designed two wall and one pocket calendars as well as a series of note cards and greeting cards, have set up a website and opened up an online shop, and are continuing to schedule shoots and come up with new products to offer.

So why on earth have I volunteered to take all this on? Simple. My mom.

I lost my mother to breast cancer in 2002. She’d successfully fought the disease 15 years earlier, but it came back and won the second round. And Pink Ribbon Puppies provides a way for me to contribute – to support breast cancer research while photographing puppies.

So with the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are officially open for business.  Our main products are our two wall calendars — one featuring labradors and the other “friends of labs” — that are individually shrink-wrapped and mailed flat worldwide (100% of net proceeds will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation™ – an A+ rated organization where over 90 cents of every dollar donated goes to research and awareness programs). Plus we’re also offering a pocket calendar, magnets, note cards and greeting cards, and we have the ability to create custom orders from any of the images in the portfolio.

The project has taken me out of my comfort zone photographically.  Usually I follow my “subjects” around, guiding them into the good light, but just letting them act naturally. The Pink Ribbon Puppies shoots are entirely different – we have an idea of what we want the shot to look like and have to figure out a way to get very young puppies to pose within the scene. I’m working with an excellent wrangler… but many of the scenes would be difficult to get the shot with an adult, trained dog.  And we’re working with puppies! Baby puppies – like 6-8 weeks! So it’s been super challenging, but it’s also been super fun. And as a bonus, I get to play with some of the most adorable puppies!

So… PLEASE click over to Pink Ribbon Puppies and purchase a calendar.  Or some note cards.  Or maybe both! They do make great teacher/nurse/vet gifts and the proceeds go to a great cause…  And, while you’re clicking… please like our Facebook page so you’ll see the latest products as they are rolled out (we’ll have holiday cards available soon!).

To encourage you to order this month… we’ll send you a free pocket calendar with your order! (Simply add the pocket calendar to your order and enter PRPFBFAN when checking out. You must add the pocket calendar to your order for it to work.)

AND…. please spread the word!! Share, email, tweet, pin,… anything works!

[We can do bulk orders for your office/friends if you’d like to help us out… we’re getting together a “sales kit” to make things easier – just let me know and we’ll get you what you need!!!]

 

bruiser (aka doolittle)

This past week I puppysat Bruiser (he came to my house as “Doolittle” but I have an admitted problem calling dogs by their actual names) while his foster was out of town.  He is technically available for adoption through DFW Rescue Me, but I should advise that I think he has at least a couple applications on him, with a home visit scheduled for tomorrow.

Bruiser’s a 12 week (or so) old lunk of a pup.  He’s already around 30 pounds and is just a tank of a dog.  We think he might have some newfie in him, mainly due to his size and his fully-webbed paws (not to mention his love of the waterbowl).  He’s definitely not as fluffy as baby Belle was – his fur is in the process of changing from puppy to more grown-up fur – right now it sort of reminds me of a short undercoat (without a top coat).  So… who knows!  What I can say for him… he’s very confident (he fit right in here), very dog-friendly (he and Birdie were fast BFFs), in the midst of a chewing stage with his sharp needle-like teeth (ouch), and quite food-motivated (serious piglet).  He wasn’t very snuggly while here, but I think that’s probably mostly due to Birdie (the only downtime was crate time).

He went back to his foster home today, and Birdie is already missing her new favorite toy.  The house is definitely much more quiet and still since he left.

 

He’s a really good “little” dog, and is going to make someone a great new buddy!

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