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The many faces of Bubba.

Recently, I invited my friend Lauren to bring her super laid back Beagle to my studio to play with some new lighting techniques. She told me that he would be approachable, easy to work with and had loads of personality. I was stoked! Beagles are a personal favorite of mine because they are so sweet and just want some love….and some peanut butter.

Bubba was no exception. We had so much fun in the studio and I was thrilled that he shared some of his expressions with me. In return, I paid him in peanut butter.

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A new look and simpler style

 

 

Why hello friends!

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 Gorgeous Gracie’s face generously lent to me courtesy of Nat Coen.

It’s been ages since I last blogged. Once again, things have been a roller coaster around the studio. Some things haven’t been so great but other things have me so excited, I can hardly see straight. You know me…mentally I’m 6 on Christmas morning.

After attending a fabulous professional conference (Imaging USA in Nasheville, TN) – I came away from the event with some new ideas and some new inspirations. (I also came away with Norovirus but thankfully, that only lasted a few days.) I’ve had some health issues too, that have slowed me down to the point where I feel that I can’t necessarily chase dogs around outside too much. Needless to say, I’ve had some time to think about where Flying Dogs is going and what my business is going to look like. After many, many thinks and plenty of green tea, I’ve made some changes that I feel are super exciting and a little more kind to my body.

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 The always gentle and curious Miss Olivia

Studio location: I’ve moved my studio into a more quiet environment that is warm and toasty. I have more direct access and control over my surroundings and have made it super cozy. More relaxed environments make animal photo sessions so much more enjoyable!  It also allows me more time with clients and I’m able to respond to clients a little faster. BONUS! Customer service is something that I really strive for. Clients who are booking sessions will get directions to the studio but I am making the address not public for distraction free sessions. Less distractions also mean a more intimate quality session for clients, furry and otherwise.

Simple product offerings: Since my original goal with Flying Dogs was to provide stunning fine art to hang on my client’s walls, I am offering studio packages designed to make it much more simple to do just that. Each session will have a minimum $200.00 order designed to provide a 20×20 fine art framed print. A limited amount of proofs will be shown and will typically be head shots loaded with personality. Black and white or color choices will be available. Each fine art piece will be a 16×16 print framed with a 20×20 white acid-free mat and encased in a classic black square frame. 24×24 size will also be available for $250.00. My goal with this simple, classic offering is to be a “one-stop shop” for your pet portrait needs. Additionally, a smaller affordable a-la-carte style package will be available and include smaller gift print options once the minimum order has been met. I’ll have more details (pricing and sizes) on the a-la-carte package soon. The best news: NO SESSION FEES!

Of course; should you need a canvas, a cell phone cover, a pillow with your dog’s image on it, etc – I’m MORE than happy to discuss options once the minimum order has been met.

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 Buddah is always quick with a kiss

In-person proofing session: In the past, I’ve offered online galleries for proof viewing convenience but I’m finding that it doesn’t seem to fit with my studio vision anymore. In order to provide the highest customer service for my clients, all future sessions will include a pre- session consultation by phone to find out what they are looking for as well as a face-to-face proofing session approximately 1 week after the photo session. This can happen in studio, in the clients home or the local coffee shop.

On-location sessions: Due to physical limitations, I am no longer offering “on-location” sessions. I realize that this may exclude some clients, but I’m hoping that once you see some of the final prints in studio, you’ll come to recognize how unique each fine art piece truly is and can best be achieved in a studio environment.

I’m hoping that by simplifying studio policies and ordering, as well as adding a new, simpler style of photography – I can meet the needs of our incredible pet loving community in a much more personal and unique way.

As always, if you have questions ..please contact me directly at 828-380-9774 or email sherylmann@charter.net

You’ll also notice that my website looks a little different these days. I’m still in the process of giving it a fresh coat of paint, so please bear with me if all the links don’t quite go anywhere at the moment. I’m working to get everything fresh and looking new again.

 

 

 

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Behind the scenes with Buster, The Coffee Dog (Dogs of Asheville Calendar 2014)

Now that the calendar has been launched

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and at least a thousand copies have been purchase, mailed and gifted – I’d love to share with you some behind the scenes shots that didn’t make the cut for the calendar. Before I share, let me back up the truck and share a little bit of detail about how the calendar came together.

Almost exactly a year ago, my creative partner Jenna (owner of Patton Avenue Pet Company in Asheville, NC) and I sat down and started brainstorming concepts for this calendar. We wanted something that was going to take the world by storm and we wanted it to be unlike any other calendar out there. We also wanted it to be a fund raiser for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and we felt that it was absolutely important that this be a labor of love and not profit for us.  Coming into the meeting, I knew that I had always wanted to do a calendar of some sort but I had no experience. Naturally I was pretty nervous about creating a project of this scope.  As time went on, it became one of the most important and (eventually the most stressful) projects of my entire year…but I’m getting ahead of myself. At the meeting, Jenna had the brilliant idea of creating each month based on certain things that we loved about Asheville. Since we were in a coffee shop at the time, the first month that popped into our heads had to do with coffee. We knew that this was going to be a rescue calendar and we knew that we loved at least 12 things about Asheville – so the next logical step was how to incorporate Asheville, Coffee, and Dogs. Looking around, we saw such amazing culture in the people that were enjoying the coffee and our concept was born. Coffee Dog.

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We also knew that we wanted this calendar to be all about the dogs who needed homes through Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, but we knew that some of the concepts that we wanted to capture were going to be difficult for dogs who didn’t know us as friends. Since my dog Buster is a rescue from Brother Wolf, we decided to test our coffee dog concept with Buster. Even though he was already adopted, he was incredibly laid back and didn’t have a problem with wearing a hat, glasses and a flannel shirt. (Yes, he’s a pretty incredible dog.) After a trip to Goodwill for props, we went back to the very same coffee shop were our project was born and began shooting.

Now, I’m not sure how many of you have tried to get a shot of your dogs doing something really cute and ended up getting something less than spectacular but my guess is a few of you. I was no exception. We had several different plans on how to get the shot we wanted, but found out that it was a bit more difficult that I had imagined! By the way, safety is my number one concern so we had a few assistants on hand to make sure that Buster was comfortable and not stressed. Once he got comfortable and realized that the coffee mug had some really high value treats in it, we were ready to shoot! As I started shooting, I realized that even my precious dog who was perfect in every way – had to blink, turn his head, scratch his shoulder, roll over, get more treats, sneeze, kiss the assistants and want more treats again (all at the same time!)  I realized that patience was the answer and we just relaxed and had some fun. Mission accomplished!

Once I got back to the office to look at the proofs, I saw that in some cases, the out-takes were WAY more funny than the final shot. I’ll let you look through these and see for yourself. By the way, many many thanks to Waking life Espresso in West Asheville for hosting our very first calendar shoot. They were very gracious in letting us shoot there and they have some really excellent coffee. I’ll share more behind the scenes shots for each month as time goes on. Some of them are absolute doozies!

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Kohl needs your help

I got a call yesterday from a fabulous foster mom asking if she could stop by the studio for some pictures of her foster dog. You know I’m always ready to help with a free mini-session for foster parents of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue dogs so of course I said, ABSOLUTELY!  As the foster mom was sharing this dog’s background, I discovered a heartbreaking story  and I’d like to share it with all of you. It turns out that Kohl was slated for euthanasia and a foster family came through last minute to save his life, (of course I cheered when I heard this…) but as he was being checked out at the vet, they discovered a growth on his foot. After testing, he was determined to have cancer and the toes would have to be removed. I HATE hearing about stories where the dog had been saved only to find out he might die after all. After hearing all about this dog, I had the pleasure of meeting Kohl this morning and instantly fell in love! He’s a little over 10 months old, but he hasn’t lost his puppy playfulness. He was sweet and adventurous and LOVED my chicken treats. I’m having a really hard time thinking about the fact that he will lose his toes and possibly his entire leg or quite possibly his life. The good news is that he is young and will recover and go on to life a full and happy life. The bad news is that he needs funds to pay for his treatment and surgery. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has stepped in to help and is willing to help with his surgery through their “Help me Heal” campaign, but they need funds to be able to pay for the entire surgery. They are asking for cash donations to help pay for Kohl’s treatment and that’s where you come in. If you can help donate (no matter how small the contribution is), they would greatly appreciate it! I would love to see Kohl get the help he needs before it’s too late. Please contact www.bwar.org and contribute to their “Help me Heal” fund.  I’ll try to follow up with his progress and update you as his treatment continues.

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