We arrived a few weeks back and are now for the most part settled in to our new home. I’ve been keeping busy doing all of the little things that need to be done after relocating and I’ve been doing my best to give my students at Washington State University continued lessons as I finished the semester from the road. I’m sure we are all grateful that the semester is now over and all that’s left for me to do is to critique and grade their final projects. I will miss working at the WSU Tri-Cities campus and I am very grateful for a fantastic two years teaching a great group of students.
Now it is time to ponder the state of my career. Of course I am planning to work with local rescues in the new year and I think there are several promising avenues to pursue for my teaching career. The real question though is what to do about reestablishing my studio here in Tucson? As 2011 comes to a close, my main job will be to reconsider my business and marketing plans. Fortunately, I believe that Tucson offers a wealth of opportunities for artists and now my job is to figure out how Michael Kloth Photography fits in to that market. It’s both a little intimidating and exciting starting fresh and I am looking forward to the challenge.
Finally, this week I received some press clippings from my publicist Rob Moore of 60 Cycle Media for Shelter Puppies. I’ll share them over the next few weeks and I think Shelter Puppies is getting some great press. The Miami Herald included it in their Holiday Gift Guide as one of seven great books to give. Awesome! Of course I agree, Shelter Puppies does make a fantastic gift – send me an email to buy an personalized autographed copy.
I haven’t done much in the way of shooting since I’ve arrived but I did break out my gear for a quick session with my own pups. I’ll leave it today then with photos of Lyle, Spring and Maebe. Enjoy!
I enjoyed my first book signing event for Shelter Puppies this past weekend at the Columbia Center Mall Barnes & Noble. When I made the plans with community relations manager Jerrica Fowler last month, we agreed that the event would be a lot more fun if we brought an adoptable puppy along but the Benton-Franklin Humane Society had been going through a long puppy drought so I made plans to bring a small adult dog. I was very happy then to see adoptions manager Audrey Zoesch with the cutest little beagle/terrier mix pup that had been brought to the shelter earlier that same afternoon. The pup had a very big day but was a perfect angel during the two hour book signing event.
As much fun as I had during the entire event, a highlight was seeing Brandon and Wendy Koca. Brandon and Wendy adopted Bagel earlier this year and were gracious enough to invite me into their home to do a followup happy ending photo session for the book. It was fun to get an update and I wish them all the best.
For those of you that missed the book signing but would like a signed copy of Shelter Puppies, I am offering them for $19.95 (plus shipping and tax for WA residents). Please email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and please include any special dedication that you would like me to write. I accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and PayPal for your convenience.
My friends at Spot-O-Faith Farm have been working on fixing up the barn for all of their rescues and are now putting together a little fund raiser benefit to celebrate. The first of what will hopefully be many Dancin’ in the Dirt events will be held on Saturday October 15, 2011 from 6-8 pm. There will be food, music and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 each or $75 for a family. Donations will be accepted for the silent auction through October 8. To donate, please fill out the donation form and send it to Linda. She can be reached at email@example.com or 509-845-7242.
The Spot-O-Faith Farm is a 501c3 non-profit horse rescue so all donations are tax deductible. The Spot-O-Faith Farm is located at 6204 W Wernett Road in Pasco, WA.
And while I’m on the topic, they have two beautiful Appaloosas that are ready to find their forever home. Contact Linda if you are interested in adopting them or sponsoring any of their rescues. Any donations are appreciated!
It’s funny how even something as simple as walking the dogs on the same route I’ve taken hundreds of times can seem to take on a renewed meaning once a new course has been set. I’ll be moving to Tucson, Arizona in November and already I’ve found myself musing about all of the things that I won’t be doing here any more. Teaching at WSU or photographing adoptable animals at the Benton-Franklin Humane Society, the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter or even Coyote Ridge Corrections Center. Looking back on the last three plus years that we’ve been in the Tri-Cities, I know that I’ve been very fortunate in all of the opportunities that have come my way but as sad as it is to leave the area, I’m really looking forward to all of the opportunities that await in Tucson. For all of you familiar with the Tucson area, send me a note with your suggestions for your favorite things to do and places to eat.
Of course all this means that I’m also counting down on the number of sessions that I am able to do here in the Tri-Cities before moving. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to contact me, this is it – after October, I won’t be able to help you.
One thing that I’ll certainly miss is my home. We haven’t listed it yet with a realtor so it still feels like our home (if you’ve ever sold a house then you’ll know that as soon as it’s listed, it’s not really your home anymore but rather the place that you live while it is on display). If you live in or are moving to the Tri-Cities and are interested in a beautiful Stanfield Homes construction (~4200 sq ft), please send me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org to get a link to a photo gallery. I’ll leave you today with a pair of photos of our house.
It’s not that I’ve grown tired of using paper seamless backgrounds when I take photos of the animals at the humane society, but every now and again I feel the need to try something new. Currently I’m working on the fake room. As always, I want to feature each animal using an uncluttered backdrop so that potential adopters can’t be distracted by the living situation each animal faces in the humane society but rather, I want each photo to be only about the dog, cat or other critter featured. The fake room is a work in progress as it’s rather cumbersome to transport, set up and break down at the humane society but I think it will see a fair bit of use over the summer. My thought on the fake room is that it might help potential adopters to envision the featured animal as a pet rather than as an animal in need of a home. It would be great if it helps spark increased interest in some of the great dogs and cats. If not, well, at least I’ll enjoy a bit of variety.
So what do you think? Any feedback is appreciated.
This is the first time I set up the fake room at the humane society. It worked fine but took 30 minutes to set up.
Spring helping me try out the fake room at home before bringing it to the humane society.
Lyle wasn't a big fan but then again, he doesn't care for the regular set up either.
Head shot of Lyle in the fake room.
Maebe wasn't a fan either but photo shoots make her a bit nervous even when she's laying on the ground.
Anything goes for Spring - she's always ready to model for me so long as I pay her for her services.
Swapping looks is as easy as putting up new wall paper. This wall paper was probably on the clearance rack for a reason.
The wood tiles are 1' square tiles from Lowe's and cost $0.72 each.
It quickly became clear that I'll need to pay closer attention to keeping the molding level in the frame.