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Pro Photographer?

Monday, July 27th, 2009


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Background: I have several point & shoot cameras to include Olympus & Fuji. In 2008, I got a Canon Powershot SX5 IS bridge camera (I also have the Canon Speedlite 430). Working with the Powershot has really given me the confidence to take the SLR plunge!

Events: I have been going to AKC confirmation shows for about 2 yrs now. I started out taking a couple of pictures of my friend’s pugs. But since I got the bridge camera, I take about 100-150 photos per event. I go to the Rose City Classic in Portland, OR and to several shows in ATL throughout the year. All of the photos that I take are just candid shots of pugs in and out of the ring.

Recently: I have been in contact with some of the show pug owners and have emailed them photos of their pugs in the ring. One of the people offered to pay me for the photos!!! Of course I declined, but I made me feel great. Well, not just great but more like on Cloud 9 from joy that I could provide a picture of their dog at an event. Plus I had no idea how to tell someone to pay me for a photo that I’d emailed to them. I love pugs, taking pictures of pugs is a hobby, but if I could squeeze out some money for it, that would be great. Realistically, I don’t know what type of market there is for these type of photos, but we’ll see.

Thoughts: I have been thinking of upgrading to a DSLR camera. Why, because I get so obsessed with some of these pugs and I want to get better shots!!!! I have been going to the free Wolf camera classes. The instructor is very good and very knowledgeable. The classes are about a 1.5hrs each Saturday, but I feel like I need some additional detailed information. I stopped today and got Digital Photography for Dummies. Ironically, if follows the same format of the Wolf classes. It is broken out into sections like ‘what camera is right for you?’, ‘intro to digital photography’, ‘advanced digital photography’, ‘edit your photos’, etc. I just felt like I needed a reference book handy for some of the terminology. I have not completely committed to a camera, but I am leaning towards the Canon 50D. Also, I believe that I need the 300-500mm lens.

In the meantime: I had a graphic artist design a logo for my Papa’s Pugs website. She is currently working on some additional images for me. Right now my site is “okay” but by no mean professional. Once I get all my graphics done, I am looking to have the whole site re-done with the new logo and colors. And possibly a way to buy photos through the site.

Future: I don’t know of any professional photographers at the AKC dog shows that do informal ring shots. Most of the photographers are doing the winner portraits. I want to concentrate on the action shots in and outside of the ring. If I get really good, I might be able to work with some of the existing agility photographers as back up person or something-still thinking on this one.

Options: AKC confirmation, AKC agility, Play Dog Excellent (agility training center), charity dog events, rescue events.

The pug in the photo is a very handsome boy, Sailor, that I photographed last year at the Georgia Classic Dog Show.

Adopting a dog doesn’t have to mean getting a mutt

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Link to original story:

Adopting a dog doesn’t have to mean getting a mutt

For The Associated Press

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

If your heart’s in the right place, you understand the value of adopting rather than buying a pet. But what if that same heart is set on a particular breed?

Despite what you might think, that’s no reason to give up on adoption, says Betsy Saul, founder of “People are surprised to hear 25 percent of pets in shelters are purebred,” she says.

It may seem like the odds of finding a particular breed in a shelter are low — but the good news is that most breeds have specific groups devoted to their rescue. In fact, shelters often transfer purebreds to such groups to free up space in their own facilities.

On, you can search shelters and rescue groups by breed for 241 breeds of pet — for the most popular dog breeds, the numbers available nationwide are generally in the thousands. The American Kennel Club Web site lists rescue contacts for all but seven of their 161 recognized dog breeds.

Matt and Alexandra Edwards of Alexandria, Va., were so happy with the Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue group they used it twice. They wanted another dog when their pug Sophie seemed depressed after their first pug Max passed away.

Potential owners often assume that rescue pets were given up because there’s something wrong with them, but Edwards is just as happy with his dogs as with the adoption process.

“You kind of wonder if the first time you just kind of lucked out, because Sophie was so wonderful,” he says, “but then we adopted Pugsly and he’s just as great.”

Amy Lane, rescue chair of Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue, says that the problems that land pets in shelters are generally with the owners, not the animals.

“Sometimes it’s unavoidable; sometimes it’s people who just didn’t want to go the distance,” she says.

Still, no dog is perfect, or perfect for every owner. The trick is to make the right match, and that’s why the process of adoption can seem a bit daunting at first.

Rescue groups will generally have fairly substantial forms to fill out, require personal and vet references, and conduct phone and home interviews. It’s all designed to make sure that dogs find the right people and people find the right dogs.

The first step for the rescue group is educating potential adopters about the breed. Many people don’t realize that pugs shed, for example, or that, while adult pugs are renowned couch potatoes, saying that you want a calm pug puppy is “an oxymoron of the worst kind,” says Lane.

Because rescue groups see so many dogs surrendered, they know what causes problems and what makes a good match. And since most groups are all-volunteer and foster dogs in their own homes, someone has lived with your prospective pet and knows all about his habits and personality.

One advantage of adopting an adult dog is that their personalities are more fully developed than a puppy’s, so you have a clearer idea of what you’re getting.

But expect a process of getting accustomed to a new home; after six to eight weeks, you should be able to see what the chemistry between dogs and family members will be for the long term, says Lane. For dogs who have been neglected or had other troubles, there may be more changes for the better over time.

The Edwards saw the seven year old Pugsly become much more self-confident and sociable over the course of his first year with them. Says Alexandra, “It’s been awesome to see him come out of his shell.”


On the Net:

Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue

Animals available listed by breed on Petfinder:

AKC List of breed rescue contacts

Oscar De La Hoya

Sunday, January 18th, 2009


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Xoe’s Oscar De La Hoya. I’m in love with a boy. From the moment that I saw this boy in the show ring, I was smitten. It was love at first sight! I wish now that I’d gotten more pictures of him in and outside the ring at Rose City Classic. Some times there is just something about a pug that is more than how he looks, holds himself, and walks; it is something intangible. Oscar’s handler is Elyse and it is just so adorable the way that he looks to her for direction and guidance in the ring! I think that they really have a great connection. Oscar took the blue ribbon on Friday & Sunday for Pugs, Open Dogs, Fawn. He took Winner’s Dog on Friday and Sunday. I did not know until I got home and got my issue of Pug Talk that he is big stuff on the Canadian circuit! I also looked up his pedigree which has a lot of Glory pugs which have a lot of Sheffield pugs. Teddy comes from Sheffield pugs, I should have known! I can spot the good ones from a mile away. I guess that I have a particular type that I am partial to! Here is the link to Xoe’s Pugs.

Best in Show

Saturday, January 17th, 2009


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Best in Show! Saturday’s Best in Show was filmed by Animal Planet for an April airing. Just sitting in the stands was excruciating from the heat given off by all the lights. I can’t imagine what it was like in the ring for the dogs and the handlers! By the time the Toy Group came out, I wasn’t sure if I was going to pass out from dehydration or not. Geri Arnold’s Pomeranian won her group so she is going to be on TV. Geri is the epitome of a class act. Observing her in the ring, she is always so professional and gracious no matter how her dog places. Unfortunately, her Pom did not win, but she is a winner in my book! And I always feel like the Pug never gets enough attention, but I am partial so what can I say?!

Moonstruck’s Smarty Pants-Prada

Saturday, January 17th, 2009


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Moonstruck’s Smarty Pants “Prada”. Prada is such a little doll baby! She was being handled by Geri Arnold for the show. And I was amazed at how she transformed from being a 20 month old playful pug outside the ring to a well behaved show contender at the end of the lead for Geri! She did have a couple of moments where Geri would have to correct her, but I think that she did great in the ring. She had some stiff competition too. But really what I loved about Prada is how at the end of the conformation events, she and I would hang out in the hotel room and snooze! She was my best friend, until her sister Mia showed up and I was cast aside! I really wanted to bring her back with me! She placed all but one day in the show and I think that she has a bright future.

Rose City Classic 2009

Friday, January 16th, 2009


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We woke up bright and early to get us and the pugs ready for the show & agility competition. I was so freakin’ excited about getting to the Expo Center and setting all the pugs that I could not stand it! I was also pretty excited/nervous/thrilled to use my Canon Powershot S5 camera (since I came home with crappy pictures last year)! We got to the ring and got settled. I introduced myself to Carla Rose of Rose Pugs, Jade Hall of Smugpugs, and Anne Benson of Anmar Pugs all of whom are on It is so great to actually see and talk to people who you know from an on-line group. By the time that all the pugs had shown, I’d taken 187 photos! Can you believe that? I did some experimenting with the multiple shot setting and it was okay, but the zoom was fantastic, I think that I got some good pug pictures!


Sunday, September 21st, 2008


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This is only my second post and I am already feeling the pressure to keep up with my daily blog. We went to the AKC dog show in Atlanta yesterday, Georgia Classic. I got to see one of my favorite southern pugs- Warpug AU34 KC’s VBo of Ivanwold; he is a fawn dog that is so handsome. I never got my camera groove on. We were a little late getting there for the pugs, because I look a wrong turn. Then I don’t feel like we got a great seat for taking pictures. I took over 200 pictures and only about 10 good ones, so practice makes perfect. Oh, I had to restore factory settings on my laptop so I don’t have any editing software installed. So what I shot is what you get…