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Giving for Good

Over the past few months, we have been cooking up an exciting event, at the heart of which lies generosity and kindness.

One day, about 4 months ago, I was lucky to receive a phone call from a lovely lady whom I knew mostly through her parents (I used to take drama classes and perform on stage at a community theatre ran by her family). She told me about her idea and asked me if I would consider donating my photography for it. The idea involved dogs & flowers, and of course me being an animal lover I quickly got excited to be involved! And from that moment on, the snowball began to roll... 

And so here we are now - introducing to you our creation - an event to honor and celebrate the beauty of all dogs, so that we can save more of them by fundraising for a local rescue - Big and Small Rescue Society.

Leana, the girl that called, told me her story. She adopted two rough-looking dogs from the rescue and they changed her life. Now she wants to change the lives of others - dogs and humans included. Hence, this Fundraiser has been a gesture of her heart - organizing and negotiating over the course of the past few months. Read the Vancity Buzz article covering her story here: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/03/rescue-beauty-beasts/ (Thanks Vancity Buzz!)

As for my heart, it is in it fully too - all proceeds from ticket sales for April 23 and 30th are for Big and Small Rescue Society. That's right, 100% of proceeds from your session bookings made on those two Saturdays in April are going to the Rescue!

Let us now bring to you all the juicy details of this beautiful event not to be missed. Please tell others and let's pack our studio full so that we can save more dogs by supporting Big and Small Rescue with all the wonderful work they do for the animals.

Join us on April 23, 30th and May 14 (Saturdays) for photo sessions of your beloved dog wearing fresh flower crowns (generously made and donated by Floretta.ca) in my studio (Mount Pleasant/Olympic Village neighbourhood). Sessions run every 30 minutes from 10 am to 5 pm and the cost is $60 (photo session + 1 high-resolution retouched digital image for you to keep). Additional images will be available for a bargain of $25/each with half of those proceeds going to support the rescue as well. Book online through Big and Small Rescue website here: http://www.bigandsmallrescue.com/photo-shoot.html and let's create art for you and your furry wet-nosed friend!

I can't wait to see you and your dog there! 

With love,

Natalia

That Special Bond

The past few days a thought about that special bond has been dangling at the front of my mind...filling me with warmth and gratitude. Perhaps it is a nudge to dedicate this post to the subject of connection with my models. And in the past few days, my models have been dogs. And here's what occurred to me: 

Each photoshoot is incredibly special to me. While it is a brief encounter, it is a mini-relationship with its own intimacy and closeness. The connection a photographer and model share is unique and lasts a few hours at most, but in that time and space magic happens. And lately, this magic has been happening to me while photographing dogs. 

I've always been an animal lover, but now, I feel that love has deepened. I honor each animal I photograph and greet it like a long time friend. We form an instant connection based on warmth and mutual love. That's right, I love each soul I shoot (with my camera, of course!), and it seems to me, each one can feel my love. 

Every photoshoot, I get licks and kisses across my face from my dog models and I love every moment of it! Owners apologize for the excessive affection of their pet, but to me this is the happiest moment! It gives me so much joy to see an animal happy, enjoying itself, and treating me with trust and playfulness. There is no word to fully describe the feeling. All I can say is... Thank you. Thank you for bringing your furchild into my studio and giving me the opportunity to connect with them, get to know their character, and then capture it for you and all of us to enjoy. I feel very lucky to have these moments. It is that special bond that gives me and my work depth and meaning beyond the images I create.

Thank you to Vea & family for bringing Minka & Stirling to studio for a photoshoot with me! I adored photographing these lovebugs!

With love & gratitude always,

Natalia