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TORONTO PET PHOTOGRAPHY: FALL 2014 PET MINI SESSIONS!

Toronto-dog-photographer-september-mini-sessionDon’t hate me for thinking ahead. Where on earth did summer go? I know technically we have a few more weeks of the warm sunshine to soak up, but in the spirit of embracing the future I’m starting to plan our annual Fall Studio Pet Mini Sessions! Here’s what will be happening this year!

COST
$75 + HST (regular session price $150)

INCLUDES
– 30 minute studio photo session with carefully selected, fashion forward fall props
– your choice of background colour (blue, pink, white, black, grey, orange or brick)
– 10 proofs | 3 final hi-res edited images
– a $20 print credit to put towards any fine art print product
– one pet per session

WHEN
September 14th, 2014

WHERE
Toronto, ON in Pawsh’s downtown studio

BIG BONUS!
If you would prefer to have your dog photographed outside in the rich fall colours, a few outdoor sessions will be available for the above rate and scheduled on a per person basis, but outdoor sessions must take place between October 5th and 11th, 2014 and will be scheduled during that week.
Toronto-dog-photographer-september-mini-session-2THE CATCH
There are only a limited number of these spaces – both studio and outdoors – available. These sessions will be booked on a first come first served basis.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR SESSION
Simply email info@pawsh-magazine.com with “Fall Mini Session” in the subject line. Be sure to tell us the following in your email:
– if you would prefer a studio or an outdoor session
– the name of your dog
– the breed of your dog (in fact, feel free to attach a photo if you’d like!)
– if you would prefer a morning or an afternoon session

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IMPORTANT: People often think that their dog is ‘too hyper’ or ‘too all over the place’ to have their photograph professionally taken. I assure you, that is not the case. We have all sorts of temperaments and energy levels come into Pawsh Studio and we always come out with a great photograph. My lovely assistant, Sondra, and I make sure that the dogs have a lot of fun and are by no means stressed. Their well being is our number one priority.

If for whatever reason your dog does not like the studio and we can’t get ‘the shot,’ I’ll give you your money back. Yep, all of it. So please, don’t be afraid to book your pup in for a photo session. If it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but have been hesitant due to the investment, now is the perfect opportunity to do so! Hope to see you there!

DOG BEHAVIOUR: WHAT SHOULD BE IN A DOG OWNER’S PURSE?

Dog-behaviour-dog-products-on-the-go-2The other day I was transferring my purse contents from an old bag to a newer model and I realized that as a pet parent there are certain must-have items that every purse should carry.

For starters, you want to be prepared for any pet situation. This means you more than likely want to have on hand some dog biscuits, a travel water bowl, a spare collar (or at least, I do!) But you also want to have some items for your own benefit, such as lip balm, sunglasses and tissues!
Dog-behaviour-dog-products-on-the-go-1So it got me thinking — what’s in your purse or bag? Here’s what emerged from my purse exploration!
– dog biscuits
– poo bags
– sunglasses
– a Nylabone (in case I am delayed somewhere and my pup needs some entertainment)
– lip balm
– a spare collar
– a small towel (for drying mucky paws)
– my iPod
– my phone
– candies (usually toffee)
– tissues
– a notebook
– a dog brush (for spontaneous grooming in the park)

I would love to know what’s in your purse or bag? Am I the only pet parent who carries all of these extra dog items? Is there an essential item that I’m missing in my daily outing arsenal?

(Illustrations by Deidre Wicks of Water In My Paint. Be sure to check out her links below for your very own custom watercolour pet portrait!)

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Water In My Paint Custom Pet PortraitsWithout question our pets are an essential part of our lives. They help us heal from heartbreak, comfort us when we’re sad, make us laugh uproariously and help us burn off that extra chocolate chip cookie. Why not immortalize your beloved pet in watercolour with a custom painted portrait? You can request accessories that illustrate your animal’s personality or choose a more traditional portrait. And they make the perfect gift!
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PET PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: WIN OVER $800 IN PRIZES IN PAWSH PET PHOTO CONTEST!

Pawsh-Magazine-pet-photo-contest-leading-imageExciting news ladies and gentlemen! Pawsh Magazine is hosting a spectacular photo contest, called Pawsh Showcase, which offers over $800 in prizes PLUS the chance to be published in the Fall 2014 edition of Pawsh Magazine! One lucky winner will even have their photo published on the cover of the next Pawsh Magazine edition! The contest is designed to showcase the best of pet photography from all levels to celebrate the wonderful artistry, emotion and creativity that exists in this particular genre of photo taking!

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
Pawsh-Photo-Contest-banner-3Pawsh Showcase is a beautifully curated and expertly designed extended feature section of Pawsh Magazine dedicated solely to showcasing the most creative, artistic, moving and mesmerizing animal photography from all over the world. Pet photographers rarely get the kind of recognition they deserve or the opportunities to have their breathtaking work published in a high-end format; enter Pawsh Showcase.

Part photography contest, part artist exhibition, the Pawsh Showcase feature in Pawsh Magazine will offer pet and animal photographers a unique chance to connect with their inner artistry, challenge themselves in the realm of shooting with our furry friends and share with a devoted, pet-loving audience how moving and emotional animal photography can be.

WHO CAN ENTER
The contest is open to photographers of all levels, from seasoned professionals to at-home shutterbugs. Preference, however, will be given to those photographs that have not been published elsewhere (including social media sites and personal blogs).

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
We’re looking for more than just a cute photograph. We’re looking for an incredible photograph that tells a story, expresses a mood, ignites the imagination and makes the viewer stop and stare while evoking emotion. We’re looking for artistry that pushes boundaries, work that captures unbelievable moments and submissions that make the heart skip a beat while sharing a message.

FIRST PRIZE!
The first place winner, the top dog, the best entry of the batch will receive an amazing prize package that includes the following:
0-First-place-added-text1. A gorgeous Madison camera bag from Epiphanie Bags — luxuriously crafted so you can carry your shooting gear in style
2. A SPARK tilt shift lens from Lensbaby — a spectacular lens that adds a beautiful dimension to your artist’s eye
3. A 300€ ($400US)  store credit from Cloud 7 — a spectacular store for dogs!
4. Their photo published on the FRONT COVER of Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014
5. A feature about you, your work and dog published in Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014
6. A free digital copy of Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014

SECOND PRIZE!
The second place winner will also receive some fantastic prizes! Including:
2nd-price-final1. A stunning, luxury Georgia Nautical camera bag from Jo Totes
2. A set of 3 cell phone lenses (wide-angle/macro, telephoto and fisheye) suitable for Apple and Android devices from PhotoJoJo to take your Instagramming skills to a whole new level
3. Their image published on the back cover of Pawsh Magazine 2014
4. A free copy of Pawsh Magazine Fall 2014

RUNNER UPS
There will be eight runner ups selected! These lucky winners will have their work published in Pawsh Showcase and receive a FREE digital copy of the Fall 2014 Edition of Pawsh Magazine.

ABOUT THE ENTRY FEE
A small entry fee of $10 per submission is required for all photography contest submissions. This fee exists for the same reason an entry fee is required for any photography contest. In short, think of the entry fee as a small cost to enter a photography contest for a chance to win great prizes, be published and show off your photography to a wide,  pet-loving audience!

HOW TO ENTER!
Complete contest details, submission guidelines, tips/advice, submission form and FAQs about this photo contest can be found here. The submission period closes August 20th, 2014 at midnight, after which the winners will be contacted.

So don’t be shy! Grab your camera and your favourite furry friend and get shooting! PS: If you need some shooting inspiration, don’t forget to check out these 9 expert pet photography tips!

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{Special thanks to our incredible sponsors — Epiphinie, PhotoJoJo, Lensbaby,
Cloud 7 and Jo Totes — for helping to make this contest possible!}

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