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TORONTO PET PHOTOGRAPHER: 2015 HOLIDAY PET MINI SESSIONS

toronto-holiday-mini-sessions-pet-photographerThey are baaacccck! Our popular Holiday Pet Mini Sessions are back and we are ready to make this extra sparkly and magical time of year feel even fluffier and brighter in our cosy studio! Here’s what we’re offering this year:

WHEN & WHERE
Saturday, November 28th | 10am – 5pm | Pawsh Studio, Toronto
Sunday, December 6th | 10:30am – 3:30pm | Pawsh Studio, Toronto
Saturday, December 12th | 10:30am – 3:30pm | Pawsh Studio, Toronto

COST
$125 (+HST)

INCLUDES
– 30 minutes of shoot time
– 10 final hi-res, retouched images (with print release for personal use only)
– suitable for up to 2 pets per session (additional $25 per pet/person after that)

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS
– Christmas/Holiday cards ($75 for 50 designed 4×6 postcards)
– four 5×7 fine art prints ($60 – Regular price $80)
– 8×12 fine art prints ($25 each – Regular price $35)

{Holiday Mini Sessions will be booked on a first come, first served basis, so email me with your preferred date and time slot to secure your spot!}

2015 PUGSTOCK: PAWSH PET PHOTOBOOTH

2015 Pugstock Dog Festival 2015 Pugstock Dog Festival 2015 Pugstock Dog Festival 2015 Pugstock Dog FestivalGuess what? Pawsh is returning to Pugstock 2015 in Ottawa this October and we’re bringing a lovely pet photography photo booth with us to capture all of those adorable pug wrinkles and mannerisms!

We had a fantastic time at this festival last year and learned a lot from our experience. We hope to apply those lessons to this year’s photobooth to make it even more fun for all who come out! The event takes place on October 25th 2015, but visit here for all the details.

THIS YEAR’S OFFER… $20 PUG PORTRAITS!
– two final retouched hi-res files (emailed directly to you within 7 business days)
– a beautiful contemporary white background
– the option for just your dog or you and your dog to be photographed

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What we still need help deciding is how to dress up our set for these portrait sessions. Should we bring pumpkins and hay bales for a seasonal feel or keep it very minimalist to ensure a more timeless aesthetic?

Looking forward to seeing everyone again and to snuggling those adorable puglets!

BOSTON TERRIER RESCUE CANADA 2016 CHARITY CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE!

boston-terrier-rescue-canada-2016-calendar-front-coverLadies and gentlemen the 2016 Pinups for BTRC Charity Calendar is now available for purchase! For a $15 donation (all proceeds of which will be donated to Boston Terrier Rescue Canada) you can have your very own copy of this tea-party inspired calendar!

This was a really fun project to creatively direct and photograph — and for such a great cause! Inside you’ll find 12 different tea-party inspired vignettes of little Boston Terriers and mixes getting into all sorts of mischief!

Tremendous thanks needs to go out to my fantastic assistants, Sondra and Sloan, who helped to wrangle our 13 dog models and prop hunt. Also thank you to Simple Sugar Design, Bark’n Up The Green Tree, Pomtree, Bowzer Box, Amelia Biscuits and Julie’s Elegant Crafts for donating items for our set dressings.

Thank you to Kim and Laura from Pinups for BTRC for a) inviting me to shoot this project and b) being so awesome to work with on all the admin and design aspects (Laura Mark is the wonderful designer for this calendar!)

And lastly, of course, thank you to our wonderful dog models without whom this calendar could not exist! Your fine art print bundles (if you opted in for one) will be mailed out next week to you!

PURCHASE YOUR COPY OF THE
2016 PINUPS FOR BTRC CHARITY CALENDAR
RIGHT HERE!

TORONTO DOG PHOTOGRAPHER: BOSTON TERRIER RESUCE CANADA 2016 CHARITY CALENDAR SNEAK PEEK

Toronto dog photographerWell, it has been a busy few months for Pawsh Studio as we photographed the 2016 BTRC Charity Calendar by Pinups for BTRC. We had a baker’s dozen of dogs visit the studio and all sorts of fun vintage props, pearls and puppies to play with! Today we would like to share a little sneak peek outtakes of our shoot (without giving too much away about the final product!)
Toronto dog photographerWe went truffling for treats amidst a field of fancy pom-poms!Toronto dog photographerThe girls played dress up with bonnets, hats, veils and more!Toronto dog photographerWhile the guys strutted their stuff and showed off their most dapper expressions!Toronto dog photographerWe played peek-a-book with peonies and paper poufs!Toronto dog photographerWhile others preferred to sink into a good book between set changes.Toronto dog photographerWe paraded with pearls (oh the pearls that we had!)Toronto dog photographerAnd enjoyed oh-so many mouth-watering treats between takes!Toronto dog photographerWe jumped and leaped and twirled for joy!Toronto dog photographerAnd were all smiles while enjoying lots of snuggles and spoiling in the studio!toronto-pet-photographer-boston-terrier-2-pawsh-studioIn short this has been a wonderfully heart-warming project to photograph! We cannot wait to share more of this project and to present the final calendar later this year (fall to be exact)! So much more Boston goodness to come! This sneak peek really is just the tip of the iceberg!

{Book your dog’s photo session today with Pawsh Studio!}

DOG TRAINING TIPS: HOW TO TRAIN A DOG TO SPIN

toronto dog photographerWho doesn’t love to spin or twirl? It is such a freeing movement and something that is actually very simple to teach your pup! Often times dogs love spinning as much as their humans love seeing them do it! Here to take us through a step-by-guide to training a dog how to spin is Jess from Cohen the Australian Shepherd. Take it away Jess!

STEP 1

The first step is having a moderately hungry dog who knows how to follow a lure.  Some dogs need a bit of help in learning that you want them to follow a bit of food in your hands and for some dogs it comes (very) naturally.

STEP 2
Place a treat in your hand and your hand near the dog’s nose. Slowly move your hand in a clockwise circle and voila, your dog has spun. Mark with a “yes” or a click and the treat from your hand. If the dog hasn’t followed your hand it’s possible they need a bit of help learning how to follow a lure, or it’s possible that you moved your hand too quickly. toronto dog photographerSTEP 3
Now, try the other way. Lure your dog in a counter-clockwise circle. Again, mark with a “yes” or a click and treat. Some dogs will have an easier time turning in one direction than another, but ideally you want your dog to be able to turn both ways. You want muscle development equal on both sides.
toronto dog photographerSTEP 4
Once your dog is successfully following the lure (it may only take 2-3 times) you can start fading the lure. Show the dog the treat but do a bit of slight-of-hand trickery and palm the treat to your other hand without your pup noticing.

Lure them in a circle then open your luring hand as if to say “look! no treat!” and then feed them from your other hand. You want your dog to understand that even if there’s not a treat on her nose she’ll still get one at the end. Practice this until you don’t have to be crafty in palming the treat and your dog is following an empty hand.
toronto dog photographerSTEP 5
Now, it’s time to add a verbal cue. While luring the dog in a circle say “spin” while the dog is in movement so they associate the twirl with the word. Repeat until your dog is cuing off your voice and not your hand gesture. And that’s it! It’s a spin!  Now go the other way and give that direction a unique name. “Twist” is a common cue.

SEE IT HERE IN ACTION
toronto-dog-photographer-how-to-train-dog-to-spinHow long should you allow a dog to do this trick?
Until you’re sick of it! Dogs tend to love this trick because it’s easy, fun and it pays off with a treat at the end of it. When you’re first starting out, 1 spin = 1 treat, but as you and your dog progress you can ask for multiple spins for one treat.

SHOW US YOUR STUFF! Show us your dog spins by posting a video on Instagram and tagging with with the hashtag #pawshtricks for a chance to have your dog featured on Pawsh!

{Special thanks to Jess Bell and Cohen the Australian Shepherd for this wonderful dog training guide! Photography by Pawsh Studio.}

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