<![CDATA[theworkingdogphotographer.com - Blog]]>Mon, 13 May 2024 04:41:10 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Working Tails of the Pacific Northwest]]>Thu, 29 Jun 2023 21:55:09 GMThttp://theworkingdogphotographer.com/blog/working-tails-of-the-pacific-northwest
 Have you heard the rumors that I'll be creating another dog photography book? Well, the rumors are true! As "Tails of the Pacific Northwest" begins to wind down, I figured it was time to announce the new book, while it's fresh on people's minds.

"Working Tails of the Pacific Northwest" is a book strictly about and for working dogs. Whether the dog be in training to become a working dog, is currently working or is retired from working, they are all welcome!

I want to tell their stories, through beautiful imagery and fascinating bios. I am so excited about this book!

Why Working Dogs?

Because I relate to them. I am a border collie in human form and love to work. I recently had to lay low as I recovered from a surgery to replace 2 discs in my neck with titanium and I still found ways to work. (I'm all healed up now.)

I am fascinated by a working dog's focus and drive. Their need to work and how much joy they get out of working. (D0gJoy!) They work for the sheer pleasure of working and maybe their favorite toy. The love to please their human partners too. It's a beautiful relationship.

Working dogs are misunderstood for a variety of reasons, all of which I'm working to rectify.
  • I want to educate the public about these fantastic creatures.
  • I want people to understand the dogs work because they LOVE it.
  • I want people to be aware of proper etiquette when near a working dog.
  • I also want to tell the working dogs' stories, because stories are what captures people's imaginations.
I could go on and on, but I value your time, dear reader.
If ever we meet in person, I will be happy to expand on this.

 You Now Know The "Why", Let Me Tell You How!

First, I have to explain that the last 3 books that I created were of benefit to working dog organizations, such as Project Canine and Rogue Detection Teams.
I invested a lot of time in curated relationships with Project Canine and Rogue Dogs and we are all still great friends to this day.

When the planning process began for Working Tails of the Pacific Northwest, I began looking for an organization to work with. Their part in all of this would be to share about Working Tails on their social media channels. In turn, I would donate a portion of the registration fee, which is usually 50%.

To date, the books have raised nearly $4,000 for my partners. 

I had an organization in mind, began to build a relationship with them so that we could become partners, but, in the end, the "yes" never came. I was disappointed, to be sure, but I believe everything happens for a reason. I just had to figure it out.

The Niche I've Built 

 Someone very wise told me that I should invest in myself whenever possible. I've carried that advice with me for a long time.

Over the past 5 years, I have worked really hard to become not just a good photographer, but the photographer that captures the essence of the working dog. I had it in my head that when other photographer's spoke about working dogs, they would think of me. I guess it worked, because I received a message the other day from a photographer who said exactly that... "I was talking about working dogs and thought of you". That was affirming.

I feel that I have created a nice little niche for myself here in the PNW as a working dog photographer.

The feeling is so strong, that I even created a website specifically for working dog photography.
 
If you didn't check out the website, basically I want to create a community of working dog teams. I also want to serve that community at no cost. Yep. No cost. Photography isn't cheap, but these teams deserve so much more than we give them!

Enter "The Working Dog Photographer". I have even created an Instagram page! That makes it official, doesn't it? What does this all have to do with the new book?

Instead of investing in a working dog organization who may, or may not, be a good partner, I am going to invest in other working dog teams, in a round about way.

The Working Dog Photographer is supported by a small Patreon community, my dog photography business and the occasional donation. I do not charge for my services and if artwork is involved, I charge the wholesale price.

This isn't about me, it's about the teams!

 The Investment In Working Dogs...and Myself

Here is how I will re-invest the registration fee to the working dog community.

The registration fee for Working Tails of the Pacific Northwest is $99. Instead of donating 50% of it to my partner charity, I am investing 100% of it into working dogs!

In order to work with a working dog team at NO COST to them, I need $299. That includes the session fee, the booking fee and some social media sized digital files.

If 30 dogs register to be featured in Working Tails of the Pacific Northwest at $99 each, I can work with 10 working dog teams at no cost to them. (I am almost giddy thinking about this!)

If you know me at all, you know this is where my heart is and where my passion lies.

I believe that working with working dogs is my calling and I have a deep desire to answer that calling.

 Accountability

When I first began to consider this scenario, I talked with my  husband, Tony, my business coach, Craig and my friend Marika. I need to make sure that what I was trying to do was above board and ethical. I didn't want to be moving money around in any deceptive sort of fashion. All three of them told me to move forward.

So, I did some research, contacted an attorney and then decided how to go about this without having to set up a  non-profit (which is laborious and really wouldn't apply to what I'm doing anyway.)

The registration fees WILL be used to work for a working dog team, whose story will be told.

This is where it gets fun. Here is how I'll tell their story:
  • A full photo session
  • Digital files
  • A blog post (this will live on The Working Dog Photographer website.)
  • A podcast episode (this will live on The Working Dog Photographer website.)
  • A social media splash
I will probably produce a few reels from the experience and, ultimately, want to create 2 minute documentaries about the teams. (That's a little while off yet.)

The Objective

Now that you know what I'm trying to accomplish, let me just share one last thing with  you.

I WANT TO DO THIS FULL TIME!

I want to slowly move all of my efforts from Seattle Dog Photographer over to The Working Dog Photographer. (Seattle Dog Photographer on IG is getting crowded now and it's time to let that go.)

With the support of my Patreon community, I can begin to move forward. With the support of the registration of the new book, I can move forward a bit faster! 10 teams!

My hope is that you, dear reader, and people with whom you chat will also become excited about the things I'm building for our working dog teams.

If you'd like to support my work, consider joining me on Patreon.

Patreon
If you have any questions about what I'm building, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Hugs to your Dog!
Holly
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<![CDATA[The Wish List]]>Fri, 12 May 2023 17:48:22 GMThttp://theworkingdogphotographer.com/blog/the-wish-list
 I am so excited to embark on this journey of telling the stories of working dogs, that I had to create a "Wish List"!

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but these dogs are of utmost importance to me, right now.

This will take some planning and some logistics and, let's face it, a whole lot of luck because some of these dogs have already said no to me.

If you have a working dog organization or a specific working dog whose story needs to be told, let me know!

Like every good wish list, this is subject to change and I am sure I will be adding to it.
Would you like to join me on this new adventure? Well, stay tuned to the blog or join me over on Patreon where you'll have access to all the really good stuff that I wont be sharing on social media.
Join Me
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<![CDATA[Welcome!]]>Fri, 05 May 2023 19:20:07 GMThttp://theworkingdogphotographer.com/blog/welcomeThis website and the services it provides has been a dream of mine for a very long time. To provide photography, a blog and a podcast at NO COST to working dog teams is at the core of my work.

The hardest part was trying to figure out how to provide these services at no cost AND get the community involved. Well, I may have that figured out.

With the support of the community, my dream is to be able to travel and tell the stories of working dogs across the United States!

I want to help get the word out about working dogs and help educate people about what working dogs do and why they do it! I also want to help educate people about proper etiquette when encountering a working dog.

Yes, it's a BIG dream with BIG goals!

I am sure there are bugs to be worked out, because nothing is perfect when it's launched (except maybe a rocket!)

I am so excited to be able to create a space for working dog teams and their supporters and fans.

Ready to join me?
If you have any questions, please reach out. I am looking forward to serving working dogs teams!

Let's Get To Work!
Holly
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