Edmonton Pitbull Puppies Looking for Homes

Edmonton Pitbull Puppies Looking for Homes

Edmonton Rescue Pitbulls For Life  brought 8 pitbull pups and their proud mama over to the studio for some glamour shots. I had my talented friend Dave from Second Sight Studio  come do some video for me so that my fans can see a little of what I do and what goes on at a shoot! I hope you enjoy the video and make sure you scroll down after the video ends to see the final images!

 

Darcy Evans Photography goes to CreativeLIVE

Darcy Evans Photography Goes to CreativeLIVE

 

Hi everyone, Meep-Mo here!  A little while ago Darcy found out that one of the BEST photography instructional resources around CreativeLIVE was hosting renowned pet photographer and owner of Pet’ographique Arica Dorff to do a 2 day workshop. He was over the moon, it was all he could talk about (so annoying). He got to work immediately on a submission video to try to get selected as a live audience member. Our friend Dave from Second Sight Studio did a fantastic job on the submission video.  A ouple weeks later the submission deadline passed and one day I was napping peacefully on the couch when I was awoken by what sounded like a 8 year old girl when she hears the ice cream truck. It was just Darcy’s reaction to getting a twitter message that he had be selected to attend!!!!

He is a big fan of CreativeLIVE, and obviously pet photography is the main focus of his business now,  so this was a huge deal for him, and for me because I knew I was also Seattle bound!

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We arrived at the airport super early because Darcy was just too damned excited to sleep. Darcy of course watched Sue Bryce on CreativeLIVE, while I lounged in some funky furniture then watched the planes…

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The plane ride was REALLY bumpy, pretty sure it was just the effects of the shrink ray wearing off.

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We took the train into Settle from the airport – what a unique and beautiful city

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Darcy can’t read a map to save his life so we ended up getting off the train way too early and had to walk quite a ways to the hotel. Camera was in hand (big surprise ;)) and the walk went by quite quickly. Seattle is a beautiful city with an eclectic mix of old and new. We made it to world famous Pikes place just as it was closing and had a delicious meal right on the wharf beside the ferris wheel.

 

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We headed back the airport and had a pretty good sleep. Darcy wanted to be well rested for his big opportunity. In the morning we woke up bright and early  and headed down the street for a nice breakfast. When we got to the creativeLIVE studio the Line Producer Lacee was right there to greet us and make us feel welcomed and at home. Arica’s delivery of the workshop was nothing short of astounding. I sat the whole time with my eyes just wide open watching her (perhaps my lack of functioning eyelids did not help).

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The first day we spent covering pet psychology, how to shoot pets, marketing, the value of doing a consultation, and we observed Arica shoot 7 real life live pet sessions! I was blown away by not only her ability to project her calmness to the animals, but to the human clients as well. Her ability to direct and shoot with a  specific purpose in mind was inspirational. Darcy could not stop hogging the microphone and tormenting Arica with questions and comments. Pretty sure she is gonna file a restraining order.

The second day blew the first day out of the water. If you own any business at all you really should consider purchasing the download of her entire 2 day workshop, I guarantee you will not regret it. Is started with FRUITY PEBBLES! Darcy won’t shut up about it “this has changed my life” “I know what I want to do with my life” “I need to be here in one yea, five years etc” “blah blah blah” … I just tuned him out and went and got a banana, and then a bapple.

We were both a little star struck. Meeting Arica, then hosts Kathy Jakielski and Susan Roderick) who we watch all the time and love! They of course recognized me from such films as Despicable Me, Bannnnnaaannnnnna, and Meep-Mo rules the Universe – later re-titled Despicable Me 2. They all begged me for photos and autographs….

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And then this really crazy lady with a funny accent wanted to take a photo with me. I got Darcy to turn around and he almost dropped his camera. Apparently Sue Bryce is some sort of big deal!

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Ok Meep-Mo that is quite enough out of you..  sorry folks Darcy here again.

All kidding aside. I can not express how truly grateful I am to have had this experience. CreativeLIVE is such an amazing tool for photographers on its own, but the fact that I was able to attend such a specific workshop on what I want my business to be is just mind boggling. I am so inspired and feel invigorated and now driven to succeed. I can not thank my lovely better half Melissa, all my friends and fans that support me, the team at CreativeLIVe and Arica Dorff for the entire experience.

Darcy.

 

 

Edmonton Doggy Daycare Dog Mini Sessions

See Spot Run Doggy Daycare Mini Photo Sessions

We had the pleasure of setting up two full lighting and backdrop scenarios for our mini photo sessions today at See Spot Run Doggy Daycare. The owner Anelli Hilton is truly amazing with canines. If you are looking for a daycare for your dog, I highly recommend them , our Shepherd Samantha attends twice a week and loves it.

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Photos for Sophie

Photos for Sophie

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I am writing today to bring to your attention the story of our sweet puppy Sophie. My girlfriend Melissa and I rescued Sophie through an amazing animal rescue Paws in Need back in April of 2012. She had been found with a number of her brothers and sisters in the dump. We fell in love with her instantly and she was a perfect match to our little family of Melissa, myself, and our 2 year old German Shepherd Samantha. The two girls got along from day one and are inseparable.

After having Sophie for a few months we notice her rear right leg turning in and she was not putting much weight on it. We were referred a Veterinary Clinic by the rescue, so we made and appointment and made the 2 hour drive from Edmonton to have her looked at.

After X-rays and 2 visits they determined she had a luxating patella and a partial torn ACL which would require surgery. We are not medical experts, and the doctor seemed confident in the procedure. We booked the surgery for Sept 15, 2012.

Sophie came home after the surgery and we followed all rehab instructions to the letter. Our two dogs were kept apart unless we were home with them. Sophie had to wear the cone of shame, was confined to no exercise, no walks, was on metacam, vitamins, and calcium supplements for quite sometime.

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3 months after surgery, we brought Sophie back to the vet for her scheduled post surgery check. He examined Sophie and informed us the surgery had not worked and she would require another surgery. Again we are not experts and relying one the professional opinions of a certified doctor.

Her second surgery was on Feb 4, 2013. When I went to pick Sophie up on Feb 8, I spoke with the surgeon and he said that the patella had indeed broke loose again, and that the ACL used was too long and had flipped over the front of the kneecap. He re-grooved the patella and shortened the ACL. Once again cone of shame, sedation meds, metacam, no walks, no exercise for another 8 weeks. They sold us a neoprene brace that Sophie HATED, but we made her wear it.

A couple of weeks go by and I notice a 5-6 inch diameter growth/rash under her fur right behind her front right shoulder, and her leg looks to be turned even worse. We called the doctor and made an appointment to get Sophie checked. The vet proceeded to roughly attack the scab area with clippers and ripped right through the very large scab, causing a lot of blood. Turns out it was a large contact BURN from the heating pads they used during surgery recovery.

This week we finally have had enough and brought Sophie to the Granada Veterinary Clinic to see doctor Kim Robertson who was referred to us by several people after hearing Sophie’s story so far. They did a full exam, X-rays and then referred us to doctor Dave Fowler at Guardian Veterinary Centre. Sophie saw him today and he has given us two options:

Option #1
Two more surgeries. The first involves cutting the femur above the knee and rotating below the cut. Allowing that to heal and set, then the second surgery cuts the tibia and another rotation. The surgeon can not give a percentage of success, or a real definitive answer as to the functionality of the leg when finished. Cost to us around $7000

Option #2
Take the leg. Recovery 3-4 weeks and we hope her other back leg holds out. Cost around $3000 at the specialist.

We are so disheartened and sad over the entire ordeal. Sophie is just over 1 year old and has not had any kind of life whatsoever yet. She does not play, can’t go on walks, has been on pain medication on and off for over 6 months straight. She breaks my heart.

We have decided to have her leg amputated. In order to help cover the medical expenses, I have decided to use my photography to raise funds for her. If you are interested in donating, please visit our official Photos for Sophie fundraiser page for details!

See Spot Run Edmonton Doggy Daycare Easter Photoshoot

 

Edmonton Easter Mini Photoshoot

Anelli, owner of See Spot Run Doggy Daycare had me in to do Easter photos of all the dogs in the daycare. We set up an Easter set and spent two days shooting all the amazing pooches! The customers of the daycare had no idea that See Spot Run was doing this and they received a 5×7 print of their beloved pets when they picked them up this week!

If you are looking for a daycare for your fur monster that cares about the health, welfare, and training of your pet please click on the See Spot Run website or  go have a visit!

Here are some of the pics! More can be seen on my Facebook Page

 

Bodhi | Edmonton Boston Terrier Photography

Bodhi | Edmonton Dog Photography

Gemma brought her fun Boston Terrier Bodhi to the studio today. He is a bundle of energy and COMPLETELY toy focused. He would not take his eyes off his favorite little tennis ball, even for treats! I love shooting dogs that are this focused because it makes for great facial expressions. Here a re a few of the pictures:

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Dobermans, Daschund & Doxie

Daschund photographyA good friend brought her fur monsters into the studio for a studio session. She’s got 3 of her own dogs and is fostering one from the Paws in Need animal rescue. I love animal photography and I’m sure you do too. Please have a look. Doberman & Daschund photography

Anneli Dog Photo session

Anneli and her Edmonton Pet Portrait Session

Owner and operator of See Spot Run doggy daycare here in Edmonton stopped by today with her 4 amazing dogs for a studio pet photo session. We had a blast and here are some photos from the session:

This is her oldest boy Porter. He is a 12 years and a sweet gentle boy:

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These are her pair of Papillons Slice and Pint:

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And her beautiful duck tolling retriever Arson:

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And finally the group shots:

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