Carol Arscott Photography: Blog https://www.carolarscott.com/blog en-us (C) Carol Arscott Photography carolarscottphotography@gmail.com (Carol Arscott Photography) Fri, 30 Sep 2022 17:30:00 GMT Fri, 30 Sep 2022 17:30:00 GMT https://www.carolarscott.com/img/s/v-12/u799503452-o78277290-50.jpg Carol Arscott Photography: Blog https://www.carolarscott.com/blog 120 82 Tails of the World Spotlight https://www.carolarscott.com/blog/2022/9/tails-of-the-world-profile

The Tails of the World  book project was so fun and rewarding. I met the most amazing dogs and their fantastic people! I was able to raise $1000 for Home at Last Dog Rescue, which is where I found my precious girl. Visit their website to see the adorable dogs available. They are located in Lansdale, PA. If you're in the Philly area, check out the fun events they have each month.

It inspired to do my own fundraising book project for Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue. You can check out their awesomeness here: DVGRR I finally visited them last week and was blown away by their facility. If you're in the Philadelphia area and are looking to adopt a dog, be sure to check them out. They are located in Reading, PA but as I've learned, they're adopters travel great distances for their dogs. 

Check out this link to see a little more about the Tails of the World project. https://www.tailsoftheworld.com/blog/the-book/2022/carol-arscott

Is there any better job out there than pet photography? I don't think so!

 

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carolarscottphotography@gmail.com (Carol Arscott Photography) . Delaware County Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Delco dog human bond dog photography DVGRR Home at Last Dog Rescue Media Media PA Pennsylvania Pet Photography Philadelphia Philly Tails of the World https://www.carolarscott.com/blog/2022/9/tails-of-the-world-profile Fri, 30 Sep 2022 17:29:27 GMT
4 Quick Tips for Enriching Your Dog's Environment https://www.carolarscott.com/blog/2022/7/4-quick-tips-for-enriching-your-dogs-environment Goldendoodle and Sheepadoodle dogs playing tug with a stickMoby and Oreo Playing with a StickMoby and Oreo Playing Tug with a Stick

 

Boredom is the worst. When I’m bored, I find myself raiding the kitchen and mindlessly snacking. It’s not just us humans who fall into bad habits though. Dogs do too.  

One of the easiest ways to keep your dog blissfully busy is exercise. My two dogs love going for long hikes in the woods or having a game of chase in the yard.

While physical exercise is important for dogs, they also need to keep their minds busy! Here’s my quick tips to enrich your dog’s environment to help them stay mentally and physically active - and out of trouble. 

 

 

Tip # 1: Have plenty of toys available 

 

Oreo loves squeaky stuffed animals and will bring them to anyone entering the house to entice them to play with her. Moby loves tennis balls and will toss them around all by himself if everyone else is busy.

 

For a little back and forth, try tug toys. My two love a simple braided rope toy that my son made from felt pieces. Not a fan of craft projects? You can find a huge selection in your local pet supply store. You can grab one end and play tug with your dog, or If you’re lucky enough to have a multi-dog household, they can play together! There are few things cuter than two dogs playing!

 

 

Tip #2: Try a game of hide and seek 

 

Families that play together, stay together! I make sure to spend time playing with Oreo and Moby every day. We get to practice cues, learn new commands, and build a stronger bond all under the guise of play time which is important because dogs like to have a purpose and use their minds. And your dog is happiest when they feel bonded to you. There are a couple ways we play – I hide and have them look for me. I have them sit and stay while I quickly hide (they won’t hold a stay for long without me) and then I call to them to come find me. If they have trouble, I make noises to give them extra clues. Other times, I hide treats around the house and they do a bit of scent work to find them. I started by only hiding them in one area of the living room, then expanded to the hallway, the stairs, etc. Now they can find treats hidden upstairs and downstairs. That’s their favorite game on hot or inclement weather days.

 

Tip #3: TV time!
 

While you don’t want to turn your pup into a couch potato, a little tv now and then won’t hurt! Oreo loves Little House on the Prairie. Every time it comes on, she’s enthralled. She particularly likes the episodes where Jack the dog makes an appearance. Her other favorite is Jackson Galaxy’s  My Cat from Hell.  She seems to enjoy seeing cats get into trouble.

 

Every dog is different so play around and see what your dog finds engaging.

 

 

Tip #4 Show them the world!  

 

Open the curtains, shades, front door to give them an interesting view. Moby is a busy-body and loves to spy on the neighbors when they walk by, as he is tall enough to see out the window. Oreo is vertically challenged, so I let her out on the deck or leave the front door open so she can catch a view. Pro tip – be sure to look the storm door in case your dogs learn how to let themselves out!

 

And don’t forget the felines! Cat is not much for toys, but she has her tree next to the dining room window and a small table next to the living room window where she can peer out. We also have a bird feeder that sticks to the outside of the window. As soon as daylight comes each day, she goes to the window and watches the birds enjoying their breakfast.

 

 

Do you have a trick up your sleeve for keeping your dog entertained? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

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5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Pet Photographer https://www.carolarscott.com/blog/2022/7/5-things-to-look-for-when-choosing-a-pet-photographer Professional photos of your furry best friend are the perfect way to add charm and personality to your walls. Whether you’re looking to get photos taken of your new kitten while she’s still tiny or a few great shots of the beloved family dog you’ve had for years, a fun photoshoot will help you capture memories of your companion for years to come. Here are a few tips that will help you find the very best photographer for both you and your pet.

 

What do they do best?
Getting a dog, cat, or other animal to sit still and look at the camera is no easy feat, especially in an unfamiliar environment. You need a photographer with the patience and skill set to beautifully capture your pet’s unique personality. Look for a photographer who loves animals, understands animal behavior, and specializes in pet photography. Pet photography is very different than other genres. While family photographers may allow pets in the family's session, they often are not equipped with the knowledge and skills to work with pets.
 

What experience do they have?
Make sure your photographer has ample experience photographing pets -- and, in particular, your type of pet. Not all animals act the same, and even different cat or dog breeds can behave drastically differently. Ask about your photographer’s previous experience and the animals he or she feels the most comfortable photographing. Consider choosing a pet photographer that works with rescues. They will have experience with many different breeds, sizes, ages, and temperaments.

 

What’s their style?
Each pet photographer will have their own unique style. Do you want formal, posed photos of your pet or more casual and candid shots? Are you looking for fun, bright colors or classic black and white images? Do you want more artistic images to display on your wall or a classic photo for your Christmas card? Take a careful look at your potential photographer’s portfolio and decide whether their previous work matches your vision. If you don't see what you're looking for, describe what you have in mind and ask if they can do that. They may be able to accommodate your needs.  Your photographer should want to have a conversation to understand what you want, to be able to bring your ideas to life.
 

What do they offer?
Every pet photographer offers different packages and levels of service. Look for a photographer whose offers various options to fit your needs. Ask whether they’d be willing to travel to your home or your pet's favorite spot. Do you want a photographer who will just show up at a location then email you the files or do you prefer one that will consult with you prior to the session to learn about your dog, your style and decor and will guide you and create custom one-of-a-kind artwork for your home?

 

What will the session be like?
Find how long the photoshoot will be. Some photographers may impose a time limit. It's important to have enough time for your dog to feel comfortable with the photographer and the location. Dogs also need time for breaks and rest. It should be more like a play session for your dog, free of stress. Do you want a photographer that schedules in 20 minute blocks of back-to-back mini sessions or do you prefer for your dog to be the only session that day, so that you can let your dog set the tone and pace of the session?

 

A great pet photographer will be able to perfectly capture your pet's personality, creating meaningful images and artwork to cherish for a lifetime. So don't put it off! Schedule a session for your companion, because they can't do it themselves!

 

 

 

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carolarscottphotography@gmail.com (Carol Arscott Photography) Delaware County delco dog photography Media Media PA PA Pennsylvania pet photographer Pet Photography Philadelphia https://www.carolarscott.com/blog/2022/7/5-things-to-look-for-when-choosing-a-pet-photographer Fri, 15 Jul 2022 13:49:18 GMT
Tails of the World Book https://www.carolarscott.com/blog/2022/7/tails-of-the-world-book I made a resolution to actually post to my blog this year. So far it's gone about as well as most of my new year resolutions! But for a good reason - I've been super busy with the Tails of the World book project. It's a coffee table book showcasing the art of 30 pet photographers from around the world. Each photographer photographed up to 10 dogs for their section of the book, with 100% of the session fees going to a rescue of their choice. The proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to Second Chance Animal Rescue in Australia. 

I partnered with Home at Last Dog Rescue, where I adopted my sweet baby, Oreo. The rescue did one social media post to advertise the project and I received nearly 70 applications. It was super difficult to narrow it down to ten.

Once the ten were selected, I worked with each pet parent to choose the perfect spot for their dog's session. I wanted to showcase special locations around the Philadelphia area.

The folks at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens generously allowed us to have the space to ourselves for 3 hours! It was amazing!

We did four sessions at Wissahickon Valley Park. Despite living in the area my entire life, I had never visited this stunning place. Each dog's session was in a different area of the park, so it provided variation to the photos.

Two sessions were at Lockridge Furnace Park in Alburtis, PA, during peak of the blue bells. It was spectacular!

One dog lives in Gettysburg, so we made a family trip of it and spent a night at The Farnsworth House Inn

One dog was in Baltimore, so a day trip to the Inner Harbor was in order. Over the next few weeks I'll post some of the images from the session.

I had a wonderful time meeting these amazing dogs and their awesome humans and learning how each changed the other's lives for the better.

The book will be out in early 2023. I can't wait!

 

 

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Sweet Valentine Pet Photography! https://www.carolarscott.com/blog/2022/2/sweet-valentine-pet-photography Valentine's Day may be one of the sweetest days of the year for humans, but it just got even better this year with Howlentine mini sessions! I partnered with some fantastic local pet stores and we had an awesome time sharing the love with all the amazing pets that came in.

This is the first year I've offered Howlentine sessions. Santa and the Easter Bunny are always crowd pleasers, but would people be interested in Valentine pet pics? I wasn't sure, but I was willing to give it a go, especially when I found this super cute diner-themed backdrop. I got my DIY on and made some faux milkshakes to add an authentic diner feel, did a promo shoot, and then started getting the word out. The response was amazing and we all had sooooo much fun!

I love finding reasons to celebrate with pets, and this seemed like the perfect occasion. Some pets dressed up for their appearance. We even had a bunny family come out!

I was thrilled to welcome back former clients and excited to meet all the new ones. Pet photography is a pretty sweet gig, all year round!

Here a just a few of the cuties that came out to celebrate. Enjoy!

 

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carolarscottphotography@gmail.com (Carol Arscott Photography) Delaware County Howlentine's Day Media PA Pet Photographer Pet Photography Philadelphia Valentine's Day https://www.carolarscott.com/blog/2022/2/sweet-valentine-pet-photography Tue, 22 Feb 2022 23:52:01 GMT
The Devon Fall Classic https://www.carolarscott.com/blog/2021/9/the-devon-fall-classic Visitors once again flocked to the Devon Fall Classic at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair grounds in Chester County, Pennsylvania. It was five glorious days of competition, food, fun, and fair. This family and dog-friendly event offered entertainment, rides, games, and fun for all.

As a first time vendor, I enjoyed connecting with people and their dogs. It's wonderful to experience a truly dog-friendly venue. My trusty assistant and canine sidekick, Oreo, attended two of the five days with me, enjoying the attention and love from passersby.

We met other people from other fabulous pet businesses including Piggyback Treats Company, an innovative company that marries healthy treats with sustainability. They use "rescued food items" (fresh, quality ingredients that would otherwise go to waste) to produce treats that are sure to make your dog beg for more. Oreo personally sampled quite a few of their products. She enjoyed visiting Jen and Chris and making pleasant conversation while waiting patiently waiting for a taste of the yummy goodness that lined the walls of the shop.

Next stop was Bully Bows - which features an adorable collection of bow ties, leashes, harnesses, and collars. This company is run by a man that was inspired to give back to the rescue community by his own sweet rescue pup. Bully Bows not only makes your pet look good, but it will make you feel good, knowing that your purchase provides much-needed funds to animal rescues.

And at the end of "pet row" we met the lovely husband and wife team behind SnugPups, the cutest dog coats I've ever seen! The handmade garments come in all different sizes. And if you have a Clifford wanna-be like my Moby, you can order a custom - sized garment. The coats come in whimsical, colorful patterns. And the rain coats are a must-have, especially for long haired dogs that take forever to dry when they come in from the rain.

I will be providing a more in-depth profile of each of these fantastic companies in the coming months, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, click on the links above to get a jump on your holiday shopping!

 

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