87th annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo Parade -Tucson, Arizona Photographer Michael Kloth

Moving to a new city is always an adventure.  One of the great things about moving is the opportunity to explore new geography and to explore new cultures and traditions.  This week is Rodeo Week it seems that Rodeo Week is a big deal here in Tucson – even the schools close for the week’s festivities.  Yesterday morning was beautiful so I grabbed my camera bag and went to check out the 87th annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo Parade.  It was a very pleasant way to spend the morning and I hope you enjoy these views of the parade.

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Michael Kloth – Tucson Pet Photographer

It’s official – Tucson is my new home.

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!

 

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Shelter Puppies book signing event at Barnes & Noble – Soon to be Tucson Pet Photographer

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 @ michael@shelterpuppies.net 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.

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Dancin’ in the Dirt

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 spotofathfarm@msn.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!

 

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