Project 52 - Blank Slate
It's January - a new year, a new beginning and I'm participating in a brand new Project 52. This project is a round robin of sorts that will take place once a week, and there are pet photographers from around the world who will be taking part throughout the year. At the end of each of our Project 52 blog posts will be a link to another participating photographer's blog so that you can click through and see how they interpreted the theme as well.
The theme this week is Blank Slate and there are so many ways to interpret this prompt:
Dash considers it a blank slate every time he sees a squirrel (and it's usually the same squirrel, too). The score is even between them and this time he just might win. Dash, you will always win for being the loudest, but that squirrel will always be able to climb the highest. If it makes you feel any better, I could get you a blue ribbon for "most voicetrous."
Opposite Dash, is Hermes who never seems to start with a blank slate. He remembers everything (and I'm pretty sure he keeps score)... Treats are behind that door... Wednesdays mean doggie playdates (I swear he knows when it's Wednesday)... and, when the vacuum cleaner comes out that means someone's coming over and we might get treats to stop jumping on them!
I explored all the ins and outs of blank slate (I might take these prompts a little too seriously), but it wasn't until I searched for quotes that I realized how perfectly this prompt fits my pet sessions.
Life is just a blank slate,
what matters most is what you write on it.
- Christine Frankland
"I am a blank slate - Therefore I can create anything I want."
Having a blank slate is sometimes as daunting as it is exciting.
It was this last quote that made that cartoon light bulb go off over my head. Every session that I schedule starts with a blank slate. It's not something I intended to do because everything I read before starting my business said that photographers need to have a plan (or at least a list) in order for sessions to run smoothly. While this might be great for classic wedding or portrait photographers, I quickly discovered that this would not work for me and my photography objectives. With the exception of finding out what my client's goals are and learning as much as I can about their pet, my sessions are rarely ever planned (and this both scares and excites me). With a "blank slate" each session literally creates itself... with a little help from the pet of course.
To see the words, wisdom, and works of other photographers in this project start with Elaine Tweedy of I Got The Shot Photography located in Northeastern PA.
Have a great weekend!
1/5/2018 06:24:57 am
Love your blog and all of the quotes!! Welcome back to the circle. :)
1/5/2018 08:30:50 am
Thanks, Kim! :)
1/5/2018 06:32:18 am
I love your "littles", I have such a soft spot for Italian greyhounds. Welcome to the circle!
1/5/2018 08:33:49 am
Thank you, Linda. They keep me hopping for sure. ;)
1/5/2018 12:02:04 pm
I so missed seeing these two. Glad you are back. Loved the blog!
1/5/2018 12:03:59 pm
Thank you, Elaine!
1/5/2018 12:11:42 pm
I too struggled but those quotes are amazing. Thank you for sharing.
1/5/2018 06:13:23 pm
lol I'm glad to hear I wasn't the only one. Sometimes I think I take these things a little too seriously. ;)
1/5/2018 12:29:19 pm
1/5/2018 12:42:00 pm
You have no idea. lol
1/5/2018 06:14:29 pm
Thanks, Darlene. I'm a self proclaimed quote junkie. (A font junkie as well.) :)
So happy to have you back in the Project 52 circle for this year. Love your take on our blank slate theme and you are so right that while you may intend to have a plan for each session, they kind of write themselves based on the subjects we are photographing. Happy New Year!
1/5/2018 06:15:31 pm
So happy to be back. Thank you for working so hard with this project!
1/5/2018 04:49:55 pm
What a beautiful pair! And clever too by the sound of it. Love your images.
1/5/2018 06:16:05 pm
Thank you, Lynda. They keep us hopping. ;)
1/5/2018 05:45:08 pm
Those sure are some adorable ears! I've always wanted to be friends with an Italian Greyhound! Wishing you all my best as you jump into 2018 together.
1/5/2018 06:16:54 pm
I'll pass along the compliment about the ears. ;) Thanks, Nancy!
1/5/2018 08:29:00 pm
Those ears! Put me squarely in my happy place. Welcome back!
1/5/2018 08:37:50 pm
Thanks, Rochelle. ;)
1/5/2018 08:46:47 pm
That photo made me smile! I can just see how much pawsonality they both have! (And I'm totally obsessed with those ears!)
1/5/2018 09:28:17 pm
Thanks, Jessica. :)
1/5/2018 10:28:37 pm
Love all of it, super creative!
1/6/2018 07:05:54 am
Love the quotes part! The photo did make me giggle - great shot!
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