Pongo | Healing

Today would have been Pongo’s (also known as my “original spotty”) 16th birthday. He passed away in April and my little spotty house just hasn’t been the same without him. I wish more than anything that he was still here with me physically, but thankfully I can take comfort in some of the many wonderful reminders I have of our time together.

Over the past several months I’ve had the pleasure (and admittedly, some heartache) of meeting some absolutely wonderful dogs who were nearing the end of their journey here on earth. I truly do understand how heartbreaking it is when the time comes to say goodbye. And while everyone deals with loss in their own way, I thought I would share a few things that have helped me through some very difficult days.

While photography has always been a passion, after Pongo passed, it became my therapy. I spent a great deal of time looking back through old images of him, most of which were never shared or published. I found myself looking at them with new eyes, and a greater appreciation of some of those little moments, that didn’t seem all that important at the time.

I am not a painter, at least not in the brush and canvas sense, but I started working on digital paintings from old photographs. They are still very much a work in progress, and may or may not ever be totally “finished”. But that’s okay…at this point, I’m not sure that I’m really ready for them to be.

I finally made the time to design a book, using images from one of my most memorable beach trips with him last November. And from those images, I put together a little video…

I’m not suggesting that the path to healing is through photography…or painting…or any other art form for that matter. But when I first started down this path, I really didn’t expect that it would be so therapeutic. kind of like why would you want to listen to depressing music if you’re already sad, right? I’ll admit that at first it was really difficult, but after a while, the tears were replaced by smiles. And now I have some lovely renewed memories of my original spotty dog.

Happy birthday, my friend. We miss you.

Goodbye Summer!

Even though we still have a few weeks before the official start of Autumn, Labor Day weekend is typically a time to celebrate (or mourn) the end of summer. Here in Florida, I’m definitely celebrating! As much as I enjoy the idea of summer, I am *so* ready for some cooler temperatures. The weather this past week has been almost pleasant, so it definitely has me thinking about fall.

First, my dates for my annual trip back to Indiana have been finalized! I will be in the Indianapolis area from September 22-27. While I’m still working on my exact schedule, it looks like I’ll have time for one or two more photography sessions. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me, and we’ll work out the details!

Next on my “things to think about” list is…are you ready…Christmas! I know, I know – it’s only September – BUT since I’ve already had a few inquiries, I thought it would be a good time to mention that if you’ve been thinking about the possibility of giving the gift of photography this year, now is the perfect time to schedule a session. This is especially the case if you are interested in custom designed holiday cards or other speciality items that may require a little more production time. I always try to be as accommodating as possible, but November and December are usually very crazy (in a good way!) months around here so it’s good to get an early start.

Speaking of great gift ideas – I’ll admit that I’m *very* behind on sharing some of my latest and greatest specialty products, but hope to have some new samples up very soon.

I thought I’d share our 2009 holiday card – while it makes me sad to think that my cards this year will be missing Pongo, this makes me smile and is a reminder of just how special our last Christmas was together.

Peyton, Indy, and I hope that you all have a wonderful (and safe) Labor Day weekend!

Woof Gang Bakery

I’m so very excited to announce that my “Smiling Sophie” canvas is now on display at the fabulous Woof Gang Bakery in Lakewood Ranch! If you have never been to a Woof Gang Bakery before, you’ll definitely have to stop by! They have locations all over Florida, and in addition to a huge selection of gourmet dog treats, they carry a wide selection of premium foods and a great collection of stylish accessories.

I must say that I think Sophie looks very pleased with her new pink surroundings, and I hope she brings many smiles to Woof Gang’s customers!

Woof Gang Bakery

Smiling Sophie

Woof Gang Bakery

Check out these yummy looking treats!

Mmmmm!

Yummy!

Be sure to stop by and see Sophie and pick up something special for your furry friends! She can be seen at Woof Gang Bakery located in the Publix shopping plaza in Lakewood Ranch,  right off of I-75 and University Parkway. To learn more, please visit their website. And if you’re not in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, you can click here to find a Woof Gang Bakery located near you.

Finally, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to the folks at Woof Gang Bakery for allowing me the opportunity to showcase my work in their stores. You couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch, and their pride in their bakery and their product line just shines!

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Please meet three of my very best friends and the inspiration behind Simply Spotted Photography – Indy, Peyton & Pongo. We sincerely hope you enjoy the images that will be featured on this site, and come back to visit often!

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