Petals and Pets

I was getting ready to post some pictures of my pooches and pretty flowers when I saw that Dutch Goes the Photo’s prompt this week is “Pets” and decided to join in.

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Coincidentally, my dogs are named after flowers with the one on top of the couch being ‘Lily’ and the one sprawled out on her back below being ‘Daisy.’  Lily is Daisy’s mom and like many mothers and teenager daughters their relationship is tense at times.  Low growls turn into short-lived spats, especially at night when they are tired and crabby.  Overall, however, they get along fairly well; like to play and rough house together and basically live life like an old married couple.

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I have been busy setting up my new portrait photography business!  I finally took the plunge and made the name, “Offshoots Photography,” official by registering it with the Secretary of State.  I also registered with the Department of Revenue for my retail sales license; applied for my local business license; hired a company to do my logo, here it is:

OFFSHOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY Logo Tagline jpgI hired the same company to design my business cards; created a Facebook Page (Like it here); created a website (check it out here); created all my forms from scratch; aaaaaand….the most exciting thing:

I had my first official portrait session yesterday! So exciting! I won’t be blogging about them here, but instead on my business blog at Offshoots Photography Blog.

There’s nothing there yet, but will be soon, so make sure to follow.

In the meantime, I will be posting here again, as well, now that the business is mostly set up. Here are some pet portraits of my pooches. I can’t believe I actually got them to sit still long enough to take these.

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I do post daily on Instagram, so follow me there, too, @offshoots_photography.

Light painting, or light drawing, is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or to shine a point of light directly at the camera, or by moving the camera itself during exposure.

My daughters and I had fun experimenting with light painting recently. They used a small flash light to create these designs. We happen to catch my pup in the first one. 🙂

Daisy is my first subject to shoot with my new “portrait” lens. She did a great job posing for me!

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