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So I had this plan of blogging once every day, (I even wrote each one on my calendar) which would (in theory) get me caught up in about a month. As you can see, it’s been about a week and a half with nothing but crickets around here, and I have no idea how time gets away from me!  BUT. I’m back in the saddle and am really going to try to blog every. single. day. I’ve got some very exciting announcements coming up, lots of great sessions from the past couple months, new friends and businesses that need some shout-outs, and bigger/better things for 2012. It’s a jam-packed fall this year, and I can literally count how many available dates are left in 2011 on one hand. My apologies to anyone who is looking for a regular session soon….. but a reminder that if you need a Joy Session, please contact me any time and we’ll get you on the calendar. AND Sarah Beth gift certificates make great Christmas gifts!

I think that’s enough wordiness and housekeeping for now, let’s move on to Keegan and Quincy…. two Ewoks Shih Tzus that came into the studio this summer. Keegan was a ham…. he might be the cutest thing ever. Quincy, however…. he’s the first dog I’ve ever had in the studio that was scared of the lights. It could be something from his past, or it could have something to do with his prosthetic eye, (yep) but he was NOT enjoying it. It was a nice evening so we tried a few in my back yard, but by that time he had associated me with the scary lights and wouldn’t even look at me. You feel pretty defeated when you’re being rejected by the thing you love, the thing you’re best at. But I tried to not take it personally and we did get a few of him with a long lens and some patience. (very “wildlife photography” style) There’s talk of a location session when their mom is out of school, and I look forward to seeing these two again on better terms  :)

It’s been a long weekend! I went to Park Rapids for my Grandma’s 95th (!) birthday party, saw gorgeous fall colors, hung out with lots of family, and played with the now-much-bigger kittens. I had a Joy Session in Crosslake on the way, and came back in time for a Joy Session in Minneapolis tonight. You can check out a couple sneak peeks from both sessions on my Facebook page if you like.

Whilst you’re on the interwebs, should you find yourself so inclined, head over to the Rovernight Network website and cast a vote for your favorite Twin Cities Pet Photographer….. whomever that may be  ;)

This crew was really fun to shoot! Leon was a ham and loves tennis balls, and the cats…… well, the cats tolerated things for the most part. For those of you who follow my Sarah Beth Facebook page, you may have seen this first one already. For those who don’t, head over and “like” the page for sneak previews of sessions, fun pet-related articles and info on upcoming events. (There tends to be fun giveaways when we hit milestones, and we’re heading toward 2,000 fans by the end of the year…. hint, hint) Without further ado, I give you “Unamused.”

This is one of the storyboards we put together for these guys (20×30 canvas) and I’d like you to take note of the far right image. It seemed to call for something more…… 

Our October Rescue of the Month is not a rescue at all, but an amazing organization who’s mission is to end the suffering and death of homeless animals due to pet overpopulation by providing high-quality, affordable, and accessible spay and neuter services to Minnesota shelters, rescue organizations, and the companion animals of the low-income community. Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MNSNAP) is the first program for income-restricted Minnesotans to have affordable spay/neuter services come to them. You can check the calendar on their website to see when and where they’ll be. Spay and neuter surgeries for cats, dogs and rabbits start at just $40, and vaccinations can be added on for a small fee.

Some staggering numbers for you:

  • One female cat and her offspring can produce over 420,000 cats in seven years.
  • An estimated 90,000 homeless cats and dogs are killed in Minnesota each year.
  • Approximately 80% of impounded cats are killed in U.S. shelters every year.

MNSNAP has some impressive numbers themselves:

  • In 2010, MNSNAP performed over 3,500 surgeries on owned, shelter and feral animals.
  • This year they’ve already performed about 6,000 surgeries.

There are lots of ways you can help MNSNAP’s mission, through tax-deductable donations, supplies (you can drop off at any Bone Adventure location!) volunteering, advertising, and even donating your car. Check out their Facebook page for the latest happenings and get involved. I’m proud to be donating 10% of October’s session fees to my friends at MNSNAP!

On Friday, October 28th, MNSNAP is holding their 2nd Annual Gala fundraiser, The Furry Tail Ball. I volunteered at last year’s event, helping with setup and check-in, and I have to say it’s pretty amazing. This year there will be dinner and dancing, a live auction, a performance by Nuttin But Stringz, and “art in action” by Brian Olson.

I can’t get the video to embed properly, but click here for a video about the Furry Tail Ball, featuring Brian Olson in action (it’s cool, you should watch it)