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Thank you for visiting the SSP blog! I'm so happy that you're here. This is where you can check up on all the latest that's going on in the world of SSP Pets, and see some favorite images from our most recent sessions. To check out the SSP official portfolio and get more information on booking a session, visit the portfolio site here. To get connected and keep receiving updates on SSP's happenings, click keep in touch or subscribe. To just have fun and view lots of fabulous, furry photographs, scroll down!

Please leave us lots of comments and send an email if you so desire! I'd love to hear from you. From Sarah and of course, the SSP mascot Cat the Cat, welcome - and make yourself at home!

Sneak Peek – Jack {another one!}

It seems that the spring has escaped me, and yet again I am way overdue on my posts! But I have the most amazing little guy to share with you today…and yes, it’s another Jack! 

Jack’s daddy is on the landscape committee and board at Oakland Cemetery, so I was so excited when we decided to do our session there. The cemetery is so amazingly beautiful and since Jack LOVES to spend time there being the “unofficial” guard dog of the entire place, it was an absolute blast watching him do what he loves doing most! Plus, well, Jack is the most super cutest. Ever. 

When we set up our session, Jack’s dad told me that Jack is very very camera shy. He said he’s been able to get a few shots of Jack in his whole life, but that’s about it – and that he runs and hides whenever he sees a camera! So I pretty much came prepared for the worst.

The hiding behind the legs didn’t surprise me much at all…

Neither did the suspicious looks and lack of enthusiasm.

This look was a flat-out challenge. “You gonna keep sticking that camera in my face? It’s gonna cost you…”

But soon it seemed that a sufficient amount of treat bribery was reached – plus we found a stick!

And then we had a happy pup! Jack and I quickly became best buds, but it was clear that Jack truly is a Daddy’s Boy.

Oakland was truly such an inspiring place to shoot. The combination of the architectural elements and the gorgeous landscaping on a beautiful spring day – it doesn’t get much better.

Jack and his dad have this game that somehow turns Jack into Demon Dog…pretty scary.

The Boys. Love them.

Can you imagine anything cuter than that sweet little flat face?! I love Jack!

I love the black and white fur with all the gray stone and bright green foliage at Oakland.

I reeeeeeaaaaaaallllly want that treat!!!!!!!!!

If you haven’t visited Oakland Cemetery and you’re in the Atlanta area, make sure you take a trip out this year. You can also read about the ongoing restoration project that Jack and his dad are a big part of! It’s so important to restore and preserve this historic Atlanta site. Take a look, pay Oakland a visit, and you might just see Jack walking the grounds!

 

August 14, 2010 - 10:40 am Ingrid - What a unique location for a shoot! Great spread - especially love #17 and #18!

Winners!

Hey all! I absolutely loved reading everyone’s comments on the last post – thank you to everyone who voted! Thanks to you, I am super excited about adding TWO new products to the SSP product lineup! The winners are….

Fine Art Acrylic AND Weekly Date Book! 

These are excellent choices and I can’t wait to start making them for you! 

And there are more winners to announce – the winners of the SSP voters prize, of course! Congratulations to

Marissa

Joanie

and Deb!

Keep an eye on your emails ladies, for your official instructions on how to claim your prize!

What did they win, you ask? These:

A set of 10 notecards with matching envelopes from the ever-so-popular Man’s Best Friends series. These were some of the best loved images at the show, and I think (if I do say so myself) they make charming little notes. I hope you enjoy them! And if any of you who didn’t win would also like to enjoy them, check out the new listing in my Etsy shop!

Thanks again for voting!

March 25, 2010 - 10:04 am Deb H - I received my cards today. How very awesome. Thanks so much!!!

SSP’s New Product poll {and giveaway!}

Well 2010 has certainly begun with a bang around the SSP and Foglio Press studios, and some of the projects that I had hoped to work on right in the beginning of the year have been…well…slightly delayed! But I’m finally getting around to this one – and I’m very excited to share this with you!

I’m going to be adding a new product to the already fabulous line of pampered pet products that SSP offers, and I need your help!  I want to know what YOU think SSP should offer. And for your time and opinions, I’m going to randomly choose three commenters to receive an excellent SSP best of 2009 calendar, gratis!

The calendars are printed on recycled paper and measure 4.25″ x 8.5″, and are great for hanging at your desk, using as bookmarks, or clipping to the fridge! They feature some of my favorite images from the past year, and the starting month can be customized just for you – so pick when you’d like the calendar to start and you’ll receive the next 12 months! The calendars will also be available via my Etsy shop, Foglio Press, in the next month or so – and a portion of all the proceeds will be donated to animal charities.

So that is the giveaway, and now for the voting! Here are the items that are nominated for induction into the SSP products family.

Impression cases are custom-made boxes that house 4 x 6 prints of all of your session images. If you’re having trouble deciding on which images are your favorites, this is a beautiful and custom way to display all of them! The box itself is custom designed based on your color choices and your favorite image for the front.

The wall calendar is an excellent way to show off your pooch {or kitty!} at the office and keep him on your mind all day long! Choose your top 12 picks and we’ll add them to the calendar.

Another great option for gazing at your gorgeous four-legger throughout the day, the 52-week date book is spiral bound and includes - count ‘em – 52 images! Can’t choose just 12? Go for the 52-week.

The final product option is a Fine Art Acrylic print – perfect for display in the modern pet family’s home! While our current offering of Fine Art Metal prints is an excellent modern showcase for black and white images, the acrylic really emphasizes vibrant, saturated color. So if you just love that photo of kitty’s bright blue eyes, this is the way to go! They mount to the wall using the stainless standoffs shown at right for a clean and contemporary finish.

So what do you think? See why I’m having a hard time deciding for myself?! If you had to choose just one of these four options, which would you choose?

1. Impression Case        2. Wall Calendar        3. 52-week Date Book      4. Fine Art Acrylic 

To vote, leave a comment below and tell me which one you like best! The vote will continue through Friday, March 5th and the winners of the three free SSP best of 2009 , 2010 calendars will be posted on Monday, March 8th. So check back to see if you’re a winner! And spread the word to your friends… I want this to be the start of lots of participation on the blog from my SSP family!

Oh, and one more thing – check out the brand new SSP portfolio website, just launched! All information on booking sessions and client proofs, as well as our amazing current SSP product line will be available on the portfolio site from now on. And keep checking right here for the latest news, more pet events, and most recent session sneak peeks.

Happy Wednesday!

February 24, 2010 - 6:49 pm Rebecca Do - I like the wall calendar best. :)

February 24, 2010 - 9:09 pm mehgan - oh my gosh i love them all! I think I'd have to pick between the datebook and the acrylic. ahhh, too hard! i vote the datebook b/c you get more of your great pictures out of it :)

February 25, 2010 - 8:06 am Katie Hintz - I love the datebook - I've never seen anything like it and I agree with Meghan, the more pics the better!! On another note- the new website looks great!

February 25, 2010 - 8:23 am shelby - Hard to choose. I'm torn between the date book or the impression case. Final answer... date book

February 25, 2010 - 8:33 am Joanie - I vote for #2 the wall calendar!

February 25, 2010 - 8:43 am Mary - They're ALL wonderful! But I would LOVE to see the Fine Art Acrylic hanging in my home office! It's BEAUTIFUL! That's my vote.

February 25, 2010 - 8:52 am Becky - Initially I would go with the 12month calendar - I love making these for friends to share pix of my cat, Bosco (she's got a fan club!). But then I saw the fine art acrylic and I was blown away. That has got to be the most beautiful way of displaying your fav photo (no frame to distract your eye!) AND it is just way cool and modern!

February 25, 2010 - 5:24 pm Kate - I'd choose Fine art acrylic. If it is waterproof and could be displayed by a pet bed or food dish, that would be a nice presentation. Also could make a great gift/memorial to a lost pet...

February 25, 2010 - 10:43 pm Holly - I agree...the datebook would have to be my choice! More photos and more useful for a busy girl like me with plenty of room for "appointments"!

February 26, 2010 - 11:27 am Deb H - I love the impression case. What a great idea that is! The date book is a surefire hit as well!

February 27, 2010 - 4:02 pm Brigitte M - The Art Acrylic is awesome!!Is it really easy to do? If I have a picture that I really like could you mount it?

February 27, 2010 - 4:02 pm Brigitte M - The Art Acrylic is great! Is it a 'do it yourself?'

February 27, 2010 - 8:10 pm sspphoto - Thanks for all the comments so far everyone! @Kate: That's a great point - I'll have to look into whether the acrylic finish is waterproof... @Holly: Definitely true about being useful AND sentimental all in one with the datebook! @Brigitte: The acrylics aren't a DIY project - they're all professionally printed by my photo lab, and individually hand finished. Send me an email about your photo and we'll see if it's something we can do. Keep voting everyone! I'm loving the feedback!

February 28, 2010 - 5:46 pm Marnie - I like the Art Acrylic best.....not only does it look cool, it's a gift that will last a life time as opposed to a date book or calendar that's only used for a year.

February 28, 2010 - 6:18 pm Alvin Tarp - Absolutely without a doubt the fine art acrylic! Would look terrific in my loft condo!

February 28, 2010 - 6:21 pm Marissa - I LOVE the Impression Book. What a neat way to store and display my favorite photo's!

Sneak Peek – Henry & Dakota

This loveable pair was such a joy to work with! We had the most fun running around the yard, chomping on giant bones, jumping to catch toys, and eating lots and lots of treats! Meet Henry and Dakota!

Those first two images look so much like Henry and Dakota’s personalities to me…Henry being feisty and always ready to play, and Dakota so chill and serene, with such a sweet elegant beauty about her! The two below show those personalities even more…

Even though Dakota is the older sister she still loves to get in on the action! Such a brother and sister moment.

We were a little worried about doing our session in the middle of winter…but the sky was blue, and the golden grass actually looked beautiful against Henry and Dakota’s fur. It ended up being a beautiful afternoon for a session!

The best part about this shot is that they each had their own bones…but they wanted to share. How cute is that?!

Playtime! Henry loves loves loves this toy…

Two new personal favorite action shots! Love the blue sky with a bit of cloud, and that golden light surrounding Henry!

All Dakota’s daddy had to do was step outside the screen door to the porch, and that little nose was glued to the screen…

And the same with Henry!

Another new set of personal faves…just look at those snouts!

“What’s that on the counter Daddy? Food? Is it food?”

Dinner time!!!!!!!

And with that, my work was done! What a fun day! Thanks for letting me come over and play Henry & Dakota…You guys are the best!