It’s that time of year, when the Greater Moncton SPCA is overrun with kittens. Besides all the adorable kittens that are ready to go to their forever homes, the SPCA desperately needs foster homes for kittens like Soleil & Pluto (bottom right) who need to grow a bit and gain some weight before they will be ready for adoption.
Three of my favourite images are currently on display in an exhibition featuring 12 artists who are accredited members of the Professional Photographers of Canada, Atlantic Region. This was a juried exhibit, which means that the images that were included were selected by a panel of trained judges from out of province. I’m so proud to be included, and also that 2 of my 3 images are the only pet portraits included in the exhibit!
The exhibit is at the Shediac Multipurpose Centre until the end of June 2019, and features work from some amazingly talented photographers. If you are anywhere near the area, I highly recommend stopping in to check it out, admission is free.
Also at the Shediac Multipurpose Centre, I was one of the 13 photographers featured in the Perspectives Show and Fundraiser on May 31. Perspectives was a multimedia presentation, including images printed in various formats and others presented in slideshows interspersed with live musical and dance acts. The 13 photographers submitted their interpretations of 18 different themes, and true to form, I managed to stuff quite a few pet images in there! Ticket sales for the show, and bids in the silent auction raised around $3000 for the Beausejour Family Crisis Resource Centre.
A couple of weeks ago, I photographed some more adoptable pets at the Greater Moncton SPCA and it’s a miracle that I got out of there without bringing half of them home. They have the most adorable baby bunnies right now, and their mom, “Sweetness” is just lovely, too. I was most tempted by “Twitch”, though - a beautiful, big, calm boy and such a beautiful silver colour! Remember that bunnies make awesome pets, but they are work and with proper care can be a 10 year + commitment.
They also have a ton of lovely cats and dogs at the moment, including a couple with special needs. Rupert the Siamese mix is missing a front leg, and Blue the Shepherd/Rottie mix is missing a hind leg. In general, animals do just fine on 3 legs, but a home with many levels may not be ideal as stairs can be an issue.
Some of these pets have already been adopted as of the time I’m writing this, and more may have been adopted by the time you’re reading it, so it’s a good idea to call or check the GMSPCA website before you rush over to adopt one of them.
I’m so pleased to announce that I have earned my 5th and 6th Accreditations through the Professional Photographers of Canada; Feline Portraiture and Wildlife Photography. Both passed accreditation on the first attempt, with an overall quality of “Good” (which is better than just “Accepted”). I’m trying to collect all the animal ones, just have Equine left now #goals.
Barney and Thumper are a lovely, bonded pair of rabbits waiting for their forever home at the Greater Moncton SPCA.
A few weeks ago, I photographed a whole bunch of dogs, cats, rats, and even a pair of budgies for the Moncton SPCA. I’m delighted to report that ALL have been adopted, except for this sweet pair of buns. I’ve lived with many house rabbits myself over the years, and while I don’t recommend them as “starter pets” (they are a 10 year + commitment, definitely not an Easter novelty gift for children!), they are very engaged and rewarding pets, with personality +++.
Rabbits are highly social and many that are kept on their own with little interaction or enrichment can become bored and destructive. A bonded pair is the perfect solution, but it can be tricky introducing unfamiliar bunnies, so a ready made pair like Barney and Thumper is a big bonus!
If you are considering adding a rabbit to your home, the House Rabbit Society is an excellent resource.
To check if Barney and Thumper are still available, visit the GMSPCA.
Last week, I had the privilege of meeting and photographing these 3 lovely dogs for Our Pack Animal Rescue in Moncton, NB.
Athena is a 3 year old pitty mix who can be a little bit reactive with strangers and unfamiliar dogs at first. She was a little wary of us in the beginning, especially my partner Graham who was wearing a hat and sunglasses, but she warmed up quickly with treats! Athena would prefer to be the only pet in the home because she doesn’t like to share and will want her family all to herself. Once she knows you, she is a major cuddle bug.
Iris is a sweet and friend American Staffordshire mix. Not surprisingly, she can be a bit of a bull in a china shop, but she calms down nicely after a few minutes. Iris has some skin issues that are suspected to be caused by allergies, so she may require a special diet and ongoing veterinary care.
Jasper is a super handsome German Shepherd mix. He can be fearful when first meeting new people, but quickly transforms into a happy go lucky guy. His foster home has him involved in dog sports like flyball and canicross, and that is helping to build his confidence and socialization skills. He’d be a great dog for an active home that would like to continue participating in dog sports.
If you are interested in meeting any of these dogs, please contact Our Pack Animal Rescue for more info, and to see if they are still available. (These posts my not be updated when the dogs are adopted).
The Atlantic Region of Professional Photographers of Canada held their annual image competition recently, and I took home a bunch of awards, including Photographic Artist of the Year! I also won the Bruce Berry Award for Best Overall Print, Best Pictorial/Floral, Best Fine Art, and 2 Judge’s Choice awards. What a night to remember! (And I sure was glad I didn’t wear heels).
Here are my other winning images. Did you know that I photograph landscapes and wildlife, as well as pets? It is actually a big help in my pet photography - if I can get great photos of wild animals and birds, even the worst behaved, most untrained pets are comparably easy! You can see more of my nature photography on Instagram, @Focused_On_Canada or on my Facebook page.
Molly and Murphy are a pair of 8 year old Golden Retrievers who think they are still puppies. Their mom takes lots of photos of them, but really wanted to capture them in action, which is difficult without professional camera gear.
We took the dogs to Waterside Beach, on the Bay of Fundy (near Alma, NB and Fundy National Park). It was the perfect location, and even though the foggy, drizzly weather was a little disappointing at the time, the grey and sandy tones ended up being an ideal match for the neutral, beachy decor in the home! We even designed an (endlessly customizable) folio box to hold the mounted prints
Pro Tip: Don’t let overcast skies trick you into leaving the camera at home. Cloudy days make for softer, more even light that is much easier to work with than the harsh shadows you will get on sunny days.
Are you located in Southern New Brunswick and think a beach session would be perfect for your dog? Get in touch and we’ll make it happen!
It's because of light. You either don't have enough of it or you don't have the right kind. That's it and it doesn't just apply to pet photos, it applies to photos of your kids, that landscape you thought would be so pretty but wasn't and basically any photo that leaves you disappointed compared to the reality of the scene and what you were trying to capture.