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two dog sessions in the last week

Still working on getting everything going for my photography business, which means dog sessions! They are so much fun. Two pugs and a Weimaraner! The two pugs are familiar, because one of them is an Alabama Pug Rescue alum who I was lucky enough to do the home visit for about 10 years ago. It is so great to see him happy at home (where he’s been ever since). The Weimaraner is special, too, because he belongs to one of the sweetest people I’ve ever worked with. So it was great to catch up with her and meet her sweet pup! Here are a few photos from their sessions. Check out more info about scheduling a session at my photography site: jeanettesmithphoto.com.

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long time no blog, part 2

So when it rains, it pours I guess, with me as a blogger. Probably because I’m always trying to multitask. The page is open, why not get two done at once? Anyway, thought I’d post some of the digital paintings I’ve been working on. I used to use smudge painting in Photoshop, but I got the full version of Corel Painter 2016 a while back and decided it was time to learn to use it. I enjoy it because it’s just kind of relaxing. Not sure if I’d offer these regularly but I do love giving them as gifts. I definitely need more practice – it’s not as easy as I thought it would be to get it to look like a painting but not like a mess. I’ve been printing these pretty small on canvas and stretching them, but I’d like to experiment with using some nice Epson Cold Press Bright that I got. Here are a few I’ve done in the last month or two:

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long time no blog

Because I’ve been “busy” I suppose… But no crying over spilled milk. I’ve been riding bikes, getting Jeanette Smith Photography started (finally!), spoiling these two pugs, working on making camera straps (it’s always something, getting ready to see a bunch of purses and working on digital painting. Not to mention, learning to crochet, because why not? I don’t have enough to do. :)

And I got a new toy.

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reluctant model

Since Dodie has been gone, Buddy has had to step up to the daunting task of modeling for me when A. I need to practice a new technique; B. I just feel like shooting something (someone) and there’s no alternative, and C. When I knit/sew/otherwise make a pug something or other and want to see what it looks like on a live pug. I get the feeling he’s not too excited about this. I don’t know. Just a feeling I have. For example:

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new camera

I got a new camera and lens and I love them both. I took some test shots of Buddy (he was so excited, as you’ll see) and loved the results. I didn’t really NEED a new camera or a new lens, but definitely needed a backup, so I decided to upgrade while I was doing it. Now I just need to make something humiliating for Buddy to wear. I’m off to San Antonio to shoot engagement photos of my son and his lovely fiancee. Should be fun!

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I had a session with a Jack Russell Terrier named Lucy. Her brother, a Shih Tzu named Charlie has already been to my studio for a session, but Lucy is more of an outdoor girl. She loves to look for baby fish in the koi pond (which is amazing, by the way). So, here she is:

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a couple more things

Soooooo…..I am a CERTIFIED Professional Photographer, according to the PPA! I took and passed the written exam and then submitted my portfolio and PASSED! I am so excited about this! I feel like it is an honor and going through the process has made me look at things entirely differently. I am relieved, excited and happy to have this designation!


ALSO, one more thing! My husband’s birthday was this week. He has always wanted a Stickley Morris Chair. When I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, of course the answer was “A Stickley Morris Chair.” So, since I really didn’t have $3000 to fork out for a chair, a good friend of mine said, “Make him one with popsicle sticks.” I thought that was a great idea. But when I went to Joann’s to buy them, I saw the balsa wood and got the bright idea to try to build a more realistic looking one. So, I did. It was a fun project, but one and done. :) Found fake leather vinyl stuff for the cushions and voila!

These are what the Stickley Morris chair can look like – there are so many variations!

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And my chair. Buddy for size reference:

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Although I haven’t been posting, I’ve been BUSY. I had a few projects going on and some good bike riding. (YAY SPRING!) The passing of Prince was pretty sad so I knitted a raspberry beret for Zoe (our houseguest for a few days) to wear. However, that did not turn out so well because she’s no Dodie (none of them are). She’s young and wild, but I did eventually get a couple of her. She’s a sweetheart though. Buddy ended up  having to wear it. Thrilled, he was. :) Here are a few:

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I recently got Corel Painter and would love to get better at digital painting. Here are two Buddy digital paintings. I like the beret one the best. I also included the original photo (for the second one) for comparison.




what’s going on

Wow. This year has been harsh. Yesterday Prince died. Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, others. Too many – seems like more than usual. Some years are like that. But the biggest loss this year, for me, has been the loss of my beautiful little girl, Dodie. She was my muse, my sweetheart, my soulmate, my heart. I will miss her every day. People who have dogs get this. It’s a fact of life with dogs. Most likely, we will not outlive them. If you have a dog, love them and make them a big part of your life. You know they’re only here for a short time. Sleep sweet, my beautiful Dodie.

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easter puggy

I know, I know. But he’s so CUTE. These are available in my Etsy shop.

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