First let me say, Happy new year!!! I hope you have all recuperated from the holidays and are ready for whatever 2020 has in store. (All good, fingers crossed!)
Second, I am participating in a world-wide blog circle of pet photographers again this year. Those of you who have been around for a while might have realized (or not) that I went missing from the circle in September of 2016 and then again in May of 2018, but THIS year is going to be different! (She says with all the certainty of...well, she's certain that she would like to give it her best shot.) I'm starting with a clean slate. Well, would you look at that! The theme for the first post is Blank Slate. ;O)
I'm not one who makes new year resolutions. It's just toooooo stressful for me! But, I do look forward to starting something new at the beginning of each year be that making a new quilt, creating a new scrapbook, or starting a new photography project. (I've always had multiple hobbies and think they are good for the soul.)
At the end of each year I basically start with a clean slate when it comes to my business. I update my web-site and add some of the new furry faces and pet parents that I became friends with over the year. It's always so fun to relive those sessions! After I've stretched this out to last as long as possible, I get myself up to date on the administrative aspects of the business. (Who am I kidding, this is a constant battle, 2 miles, uphill both ways, in the snow!) This is all stuff that I need to keep up with, but it's not the most glamorous part of owning a business.
With all of the not-so-fun parts, I'm very well aware that my personality needs creativity and change, so I've also been hard at work on a new project. This will involve a new type of session that I'll be offering focused on fundraising for charities.
For twenty, no thirty, (ok, let's just say many) years now I've often referred to myself as a "professional volunteer." Several of the opportunities that I've had have led to insight about just how many non-profits there are that no one even knows about. So many organizations go completely un-noticed because the bigger ones are always the first to mind. A perfect example is when a business does a food drive or fundraiser for a local charity, (and, thank you!) they usually just go with the well-known places in town and call it good.
The hope is that these new sessions will not only help charities monetarily, but in a more impactful way by bringing awareness to their cause.
I hope I've intrigued you and I promise to let you know as soon as I've gotten everything set for the sessions. But, for now I hope that you are able to create something fun with your own blank slate. Happy New Year!! 🐾
If this is your first time with a blog circle just continue on and see what other pet photographers have created for the blank slate theme. Start here with Elaine Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography, capturing moments and memories for pets and their people in Northeastern PA.
1/3/2020 02:03:02 pm
Oh gosh, that image is adorable. Well done!
1/3/2020 02:55:25 pm
Thanks, Angela. That's Hermes and he's all about cheese when it comes to being a model. ;)
1/3/2020 02:41:53 pm
So glad to have you back! Love the photo!
1/3/2020 02:56:09 pm
Thanks, Elaine! I'm glad to be back, but feel a little out of the groove. I'll get there. ;)
1/3/2020 05:42:03 pm
Welcome back! I’m definitely intrigued and can’t wait to hear more! I love the term ‘professional volunteer’. I can so relate! Lovely image too!
1/4/2020 11:49:41 am
Thanks, Lynda! Funny how volunteering is a full circle type of "job." You start out volunteering and it kind of grows with (on) you. ;)
1/3/2020 08:22:30 pm
Beautiful photo! I can't wait to hear more about your new session. I can relate to being a "professional volunteer" :)
1/4/2020 12:19:42 pm
Thanks, Jackie! And, thanks for your volunteerism! :)
1/5/2020 03:10:58 pm
Thanks, Susannah! I'm looking forward to reconnecting with everyone here!
1/5/2020 03:11:48 pm
Thanks, Darlene! I'm looking forward to 2020, too!
1/10/2020 06:38:02 am
Such a great image, love the perspective and GOOD LUCK with all your goals for 2020 - I too am a "professional volunteer", so I know of what you speak!
1/13/2020 08:04:30 pm
Thanks, Tracy. Enjoy Grand Imaging!
1/13/2020 07:53:09 pm
Now that is my kind of dog... so gorgeous!
1/13/2020 08:05:02 pm
Aww, thanks Jo! I'll let Hermes know he has a fan. ;)
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I can't really get them to say "cheese," but I can almost always make them smile. -Kelly