PattyMac Photos

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The seagull pictures I posted this month all in one post. I’ve never done seagull pictures of them in flight like this. I was pretty incredible doing them. I wasn’t sure if I was getting anything, but I kept shooting them. I did quite a bit of post processing on them to really enhance the images. I think that’s ok. I feel like it works. The vertical image with the canvas overlay is my favorite, though.

I cannot describe to you how much fun it is to take pinup modeling pictures! This is such a lovely young lady. We’ve friended each other on facebook since this photo shoot, and she is as lovely inside as out. I would enjoy working with her again at some point.

Right now, I’m photographing a new model I met through facebook this week, and then I have two that I hired from an agency the following week. One of the models is in NYC all week. She is being groomed to walk the catwalks in the city for major designers. How cool is that?  So, she could be a future supermodel, and I’ll get to say I knew her when.

It is a thrill for a photographer to work with people who actually enjoy the process of being photographed. We do so many jobs for people who don’t really want to be there, and those who are unhappy with the finished photos. Not because the photography isn’t any good, but because they don’t like themselves. It’s hard to make a living on people who don’t make orders when it comes time to show the proofs. I can see why other pros charge the higher initial session fees and why others charge the fee plus an amount of a few hundred dollars to go towards prints.  So, I’m going to give my whole pricing structure some serious thought as I switch from my flash site to a word press site. It’s just making the time for that project while I edit all the photos I’m taking over the next 10 days. But I don’t mind! This is the work I’ve been dreaming about and wishing for while I was stuck in Amherst. It’s coming my way, and I’m grateful. I just ask that I keep my energy level up so I can perform properly as all these amazing people come into my life.

Well, I’ve made the executive decision to skip the Therapy Dog test tomorrow. Willie’s back is giving him a lot of trouble again. He was in a lot of pain after the doggie class on Thursday night. He wouldn’t even get up for his last shrub call before bed. He never misses a chance to water the shrubs, so I knew he was not feeling good. We got in to see Dr. Rowan, his chiropractor, yesterday, and my poor fella was in terrible shape. I’ve been massaging him at night, and he’s been getting an adjustment every 4 or 5 weeks, but it’s just not enough. So, we are going to go back to the doggie rehab place and get him some acupuncture along with the chiropractic and try a product called Adequan that helps restore joint fluid. That dysplastic hip is giving him a fit. The therapy dog test is 3 hours and I just don’t think it’s fair to push him like that when he clearly isn’t feeling good. He collapsed that first time two days after the CGC test in Charlottesville. We were training constantly. We worked so hard to pass that test. Now I realize he was in a lot pain during that time and I kept pushing him. I didn’t pick up on at the time. Now I know better. I’m not going to do it to him a second time. So, we are going to focus on getting healthier and in better shape for a couple of months and then maybe do Obedience II again, and then the therapy dog test if he’s up for it. I’m beginning to realize he may not be able to do therapy dog work after all. Even though his temperament is perfect for it, his old body is not up for the stress. I would still like to pass the test at some point, but it’s pretty likely we will never actually do the work itself.

Well, I’ve made the executive decision to skip the Therapy Dog test tomorrow. Willie’s back is giving him a lot of trouble again. He was in a lot of pain after the doggie class on Thursday night. He wouldn’t even get up for his last shrub call before bed. He never misses a chance to water the shrubs, so I knew he was not feeling good. We got in to see Dr. Rowan, his chiropractor, yesterday, and my poor fella was in terrible shape. I’ve been massaging him at night, and he’s been getting an adjustment every 4 or 5 weeks, but it’s just not enough. So, we are going to go back to the doggie rehab place and get him some acupuncture along with the chiropractic and try a product called Adequan that helps restore joint fluid. That dysplastic hip is giving him a fit. The therapy dog test is 3 hours and I just don’t think it’s fair to push him like that when he clearly isn’t feeling good. He collapsed that first time two days after the CGC test in Charlottesville. We were training constantly. We worked so hard to pass that test. Now I realize he was in a lot pain during that time and I kept pushing him. I didn’t pick up on at the time. Now I know better. I’m not going to do it to him a second time. So, we are going to focus on getting healthier and in better shape for a couple of months and then maybe do Obedience II again, and then the therapy dog test if he’s up for it. I’m beginning to realize he may not be able to do therapy dog work after all. Even though his temperament is perfect for it, his old body is not up for the stress. I would still like to pass the test at some point, but it’s pretty likely we will never actually do the work itself.

Oh my goodness!! I’m so excited about this new (to me) find! I’ve wanted to do these cute little add ons to my photography for years and years. And finally, I found some online I really like. They’re not appropriate for everything, but they are awfully cute in the right place. Look how different each image appears with the different overlays. I even printed these out, and they are just darling.

I am getting ready to tackle my website. It’s in serious need of an overhaul. Flash sites are so 2010. So I’m going to get it all switched to wordpress. It feels daunting. I have a lot of new images to work with for the new website and it will modernize my look. It has to be done. I’m excited to revisit my images old and new with this fun artwork! I absolutely love these overlays and I also love to add texture. Hope this strikes your fancy and makes you Smile!!!