Open House Event at Happy Paws!
I am thrilled to be a part of the Open House event taking place at Happy Paws Dog Care Services in Mono, coming up in just two weeks time.
I will be there from 12-5 happily providing pet portraits on-site. Booking must be done in advance - please visit Happy Paws on Facebook or Instagram to choose your spot, there are only a few left.
This is a great dog-friendly and interactive event with plenty of activities and services, and I can't wait to see everyone there with their furry friends. The pet community is such a wonderful place to belong, so come meet myself and the other vendors, as well as Tanya and the trainers at Happy Paws!
Winter Before and After
Welcome to another edition of the blog. Just a quick look at what happens when a shoot doesn't go as expected!
The below image was from a winter day amongst weeks of extreme cold warnings that finally warmed up enough for me to try my new 70-200mm lens out in the field with our pug. However, my excitement to get out there was short lived, it was probably one of my most challenging situations. First reason being was I had a time limit. I avoid those in sessions for a reason, but continuing on, it seemed everywhere I wanted to use as a backdrop had knee-high snow that made it almost impossible to continue through. Every time I saw a nice spot, I ended up proceeding but then having to turn back around (time suck in an already limited morning). With time marching on, I finally had to just settle on the side of the path, in one of the more visually boring areas, where I could at least hunker down in the snow. Once I did that, my screen started fogging up due to condensation, so I had to shoot blindly at times, hoping my Nikon Z6 and Tamron lens combo was able to nail focus on it's own. Bear was running wild, making funny pug faces, and completely uninterested in paying attention (one reason I prefer using leashes to edit out!). My snowpants were a bit too tight (gained the Covid 15?) and coat a bit too long, which caused me not to be able to crawl around and follow him at the right angle for the shot. I milked all the seconds left, shrugged my shoulders, packed up and rushed home so I could make an appointment. When I finally got to check the back of my camera, I realized it wasn't a wash, and this is where editing really can make that wow factor in an image. Just look at the detail in Bear's face in the final. My zoom lens didn't let me down!
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Five Fact Friday
My goal is to post one of these Five Fact Fridays every week in hopes it brings some interesting quick reads for anyone interested in pets, photography, upcoming events, and anything else I can share about the week.
To kick it off, I think it would be fun to post some info about me that you maybe wouldn't find anywhere else, or even know at all.
1) I N T R O V E R T! I love my alone time, which isn't often with two young kids around, but I need to recharge my batteries by doing something quiet every day. Sleeping doesn't count, because I don't seem to do that very well (two young kids ;)
2) Before becoming a SAHM, I taught piano and guitar for years which is how I met my husband. If you're so inclined, you can check out his lesson studio, Academy of Music Brampton.
3) I was born in North York, though most of my family is from England. I moved around a lot growing up, and in 2013 we bought our first home in Orangeville before a move to the country and back. I am a country girl at heart, but there is no denying Orangeville is one of our favourite places to be. I may even start to feature some nice spots around town - especially the pet-friendly ones! - here in the blog.
4) At the age of 29, I stepped on stage at my first fitness/bodybuilding show. Weightlifting is still one of my favourite forms of self-care, I think it's important to have goals to work on, no matter how big or small.
5) I got accepted into Sheridan College for Photography back around 2007, my portfolio ranking 12th out of 400 applicants, in the final year before they switched programming over to digital cameras!
Do we have anything in common, or any questions for me personally? Let me know in the comments!
Stay tuned, and keep warm with your family and pets as we head into February.
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Before and After
Post production is such a huge part of what I do so I think it would be really interesting to get a sneak peak into what I start with vs what I finish with once the magic happens with your pet's images!
The work starts well ahead of downloading images from my camera. Naturally, our session is the very important and first step in the equation. I use our session to keep the dogs relaxed yet engaged, snapping from just the right angles and during the right moments in all kinds of weather. This dog happened to be off-leash, however most dogs would be leashed during their session- editing them out is just part of the job!
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Heather Sansone is a Family and Pet Photographer located in Orangeville, Ontario.