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Free Custom Wall Design - A Fitting Room for Your Walls

Do you have bare walls that need beautifying? Are you overwhelmed with the idea of sorting through hundreds of pieces of art? Are you afraid of making an investment in the wrong art for your home? Let me take the guesswork out of art shopping and give you the chance to try my art on for free! I wouldn’t buy new clothes before trying them on, so I’d never expect you to buy my art without trying it on your walls first. I will create a custom design for your wall totally free of charge and you can preview it before you make the decision to buy.

Why Photography is a Mixed Media

In this brief blog post I describe some of the things that go into my fine art photography that you’d never see just by looking at it. I call it “Unveiling Photography’s Hidden Layers,” and it’s my argument for classifying photography as a mixed media!

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About Pet Photography

Your pet is unique and you want photography that captures his individuality and makes it shine. You need a photographer with the patience required to let your furry and feathered babies be themselves. You want someone who will be able to seize the moment and preserve it in a keepsake you will be able to cherish for years to come.

You might even believe that this is an impossible task. I bet you think there’s no way your dog, cat, or bird can be a part of a successful photoshoot. Well I’ll bet you both my eyes that you are wrong!

Maybe your dog is a high-strung, super-excitable, bouncy, kissing machine. Yay! Those are my favorite kind! This is the most common explanation I hear when someone doubts their pet can be photographed, and luckily it’s also the easiest concern I can address. Perhaps your little buddy is camera shy. No matter what you do when the camera goes up your pet turns around. It happens sometimes and I have a few tricks up my sleeve for handling this situation too. Maybe you’re just embarrassed because you had a melt down one day and now your parrot has learned a new 4-letter word… That. Would. Be. Hilarious. Ba ha ha ha! Thanks to our partner ma-residence-principale.com

In all seriousness, though, if you are at all concerned that your pet is just not photogenic, especially for any of the above reasons, don’t worry. These are things I have dealt with in the past.

I’ve been fiddling with a camera since 2002, decided to go pro in 2010, and I think it was the best decision I’ve ever made! Although I did take many photography courses throughout college I am mostly self-taught. I don’t want to ramble on about myself, but if you’re interested in my windy path to photography you can read more here.

My experience with animals started before I could walk or talk. From hamsters to horses I’ve had personal experience with most pets, so I know firsthand how strong the bond we form with them can really be. My best friend is a Pit Bull named Gracie Lou (read Gracie’s story). I also have two cats that go by George and Callie, and an Orange-Winged Amazon who talks to himself all the time (he says “Hi Yoshi” among many other things).

I know you look at your little love daily and see moments you wish you could hold onto forever. Well I’m here to tell you if you can see it, I can capture it!

But of course, I would say that wouldn’t I? So don’t take my word for it, just read what others have said :

About Fine Art Photography

Welcome my fellow artist! You may be wondering what I’m talking about… if you were an artist you wouldn’t be here searching for art, would you?

Why yes, I believe you would! We are all artists in one way or another and you are too. Your home is the ultimate form of self-expression and every wall, nook, and cranny is your blank canvas.

I want my art to contribute to your artistic vision and I want to make sure it fits perfectly within it. That’s why I offer free custom wall designs specific to your needs! All you have to do is send me a photo of a wall you want to decorate and I can help you create the design of your dreams.

A fitting room for your walls

Do you have bare walls that need beautifying? Are you overwhelmed with the idea of sorting through hundreds of pieces of art? Are you afraid of making an investment in the wrong art for your home? Let me take the guesswork out of art shopping and give you the chance to try my art on for free! I wouldn’t buy new clothes before trying them on, so I’d never expect you to buy my art without trying it on your walls first. I will create a custom design for your wall totally free of charge and you can preview it before you make the decision to buy.

How does it work?

Easy! Here are 3 simple steps to getting your custom wall design with my art:

Now go pour yourself a glass of wine and relax while I do the grunt-work for you. Within 1 week you will receive an email from me showing you what your home could look like with my photography on your walls.

Whether your vision is vague or detailed I can help you achieve it!

If you just like my style, but you’re not sure if it will fit into your home don’t fret. Just send me your photo and you’re done. But if you have some idea about the colors you’re looking for, or the subject matter of the art, or anything else you can think of, just tell me your preferences and we can work together to create a design you love.

There’s no obligation

If you don’t love it don’t buy it. It’s that simple. If you do love it, give it a try! I also offer a 30-day money back guarantee on all art purchases. If my art doesn’t fit in your home just send it back, and I’ll send you a refund no questions asked. I want you to be 100% happy with your purchase. I understand that looking at a computer screen is never the same as seeing the real thing. The last thing I want is to have an unhappy customer on my conscious.Most of the time when I send out prints and canvases.

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Custom Fine Art Photography

Looking for art that actually works with your decor?

I’m now offering fine art photography commissions for art that’s made to your unique specifications! We’ll work together to create the perfect piece of art for your home.

Schedule your risk-free art consultation

We will get together either via Skype, or in person if you’re local to me, to chat about your decorating goals. You can show me around the room and we’ll talk about the possibilities. If you have ideas about what you want, this will be your opportunity to present them, but if you need a little guidance I’d be happy to offer my recommendations too!

We’ll discuss:

Color – We’ll create a custom palette that’ll be in harmony with your existing decor.

Size & Shape – We’ll examine your space to make sure your new art will fit in perfectly. This guides my composition from the start and by pre-selecting sizes, you’ll never have to worry about pricing surprises later on.

Subject – Abstract art and floral art are my specialties, but I might consider other subjects, just ask! Once we decide on the subject, I’ll ask you a few questions that’ll help me get a feel for your tastes.

The digital dressing room art preview

If you’re as excited as I am after our chat, it’s time for me to mock up a preview of the layout and colors we discussed. You won’t know exactly what the art will look like, but you’ll get a clear picture of how the design will fit into your room.

Once I have your approval it’s time to make some art! Go have a glass of wine and relax while I shimmy into my creative groove.

The Unveiling

Timing might be more or less depending on the availability of specific flowers or other hard-to-get props, but I aim to have your commission completed within 30 days of your preview approval. Why so long? Let me give you a little behind the scenes preview of…

The Artistic Process

Step 1: Prop Shopping I’m always buying new props to match color schemes and make each commission unique. Obviously fresh flowers are a must for florals, and sometimes getting the right color flower will require a custom order.

Play-Storming This is my planning stage, an equal mix of playing and brainstorming. I examine my props from all angles, in different lights, and mixed and matched with possible background elements.

Step 3: Set Building It’s kind of like making a sculpture, and sometimes this could be the most challenging part of the process. I’ve used every adhesive from hot glue to chewing gum, and practically every item in my kitchen (including the sink) to build my sets. This is the most time-consuming part of the process and sometimes my ideas flat out fail, and I have to start from scratch!

Step 4: Light Sculpting Without light there is no photo! Light can color a scene, set a mood, and highlight, diminish, or simply alter your subject. I play, a lot, with light.

Step 5: Shooting By the time I get to the lighting I’m also playing with my camera to further mold the image. From lens perspective to settings, there are so many decisions to make with sliding scales in between. I dance between step 4 and 5 until I hit my sweet spot.

Step 6: Rinse & Repeat Or more accurately: recompose, relight, reshoot, and repeat. I’ve created some of my best images by always pushing myself to discover more about my subject. I often leave my set up for several days to allow myself some headspace for more inspiration.

Step 7: Finishing Touches This is my favorite part; only the very best images make it to this stage. This is when I spruce your art up in Lightroom and Photoshop right before I draw the curtains…

Step 8: Professional Printing As soon as you make your selection, I’ll send the image off to be printed at my professional photo lab and have it shipped directly to me for my approval. It’s rare that they mess up, but I always want to make sure your art is perfect before you see it!

Step 9: Sign & Ship Once I determine that your art looks amazing, I’ll sign and date the back side, repackage it, and send it off to your loving arms!

A Package for Every Need

You can reinvent my art by requesting an edit! Choose a pre-existing piece and make it your own. Includes: color alterations and cropping to fit into your home decor, up to 20 minutes of art consultation via Skype to discuss color, shape, and size, digital preview of the edited piece in your home. $50 commission fee + the price of art. As its name implies, this package has a much faster turn around time. Once you approve your preview, you can expect your art to appear at your door within 14 business days.

Made for You First

You’ll get art made to your specifications and you’ll be the very first art collector to hang it on your wall! Includes: fresh new art, custom-made for you : up to 1 hour of art consultation either in person or via Skype, digital preview of your palette and layout selections in your home, minimum of 3 variations to choose from, fresh flowers, props, and building materials, $250 commission fee + the price of the art. Why is this package so much less than the next package? I’m able to make customized art more affordable for you by retaining full copyright, which gives me the ability to resell and/or license the piece to other buyers in the future.

Made for You… and Only You

This package gets you 100% original art, meaning it will never be resold or reprinted. I will retain only the right to share a low resolution version of the piece in my online portfolio. Includes: 1 of a kind art, custom-made for you only – never replicated or reproduced, up to 1 hour of art consultation either in person or via Skype, digital preview of your palette and layout selections in your home, minimum of 3 variations to choose from fresh flowers, props, and building materials, certificate of authenticity signed by me . $2500 commission fee + the price of the art

Made for You… and Only You – PLUS Behind the Scenes Content

This package gets you 100% original art, meaning it will never be resold or reprinted. I will retain only the right to share a low resolution version of the piece in my online portfolio. Includes: 1 of a kind art, custom-made for you only – never replicated or reproduced, up to 1 hour of art consultation either in person or via Skype, digital preview of your palette and layout, selections in your home, minimum of 3 variations to choose from, fresh flowers, props, and building materials, certificate of authenticity signed by me, timelapse video showing the making of your art from start to finish! $3000 commission fee + the price of the art

What’s the price of the art?

Your art will be professionally printed onto a gallery wrapped metallic canvas and will ship ready to hang. Or you can choose to have your art made into metallic prints mounted onto black styrene, instead. There are so many size options available that it varies widely from $60 for an 8×12 print to $540 for my largest canvas options of 24×36 or 20×40. Commissioners save 20% on my regular print and canvas prices.

We will go over the prices for your specific project in detail before I start the work. There will be no additional charges unless you decide to buy more art.

Commission a series and save!

If you want a series of images made for your wall I can create extra images at a discounted rate. Because the initial set up is the most time consuming aspect of each shoot I do, after it’s done it’s a lot easier for me to create multiple photos from the same set. For the “Made for You” package add an additional $50 per additional artwork and for the “Made for You… and Only You” packages it’s an additional $500 per original art piece. You will get 3 variations to choose from for each piece you commission.

About My Path to Photography

My path to pet photography was definitely not on a straight, high-speed highway; I took the back roads and got lost several times along the way. I think, in the back of my mind, I always knew I wanted to be a photographer. In my junior year of high school I learned to shoot, develop, & process black and white film. Those were the days before Photoshop became my dark room of choice.

In college, I decided to major in the visual arts with a focus in photography, which went well until I started to think about what I would focus my career on. I thought that weddings would be the most lucrative and sensible career choice… actually I figured it would be my only choice because I knew everything at 19.

It was during my second year of college that a friend who was getting married asked me to shoot her wedding. It was the first wedding I ever attended, the last wedding I ever photographed, and the straw that broke the photographer’s back.

I switched my major to journalism within the year. I wrongly assumed that if I didn’t want to do weddings, I’d never make it as a successful photographer. Like I said, I was 19 and I knew everything!

After diligently studying the New York Times, I had my first news quiz in my Journalism I class. I think I got a 30 (yes out of 100), totally embarrassed myself by disputing one of the answers and revealing my total ignorance of common geography, went to my car after class, and cried.

Journalism was not for me. Nevertheless, I toughed it out for the next two years and got my degree. I tried to write for a while after college. I even started an online literary magazine with a friend of mine. Then I tried to make some money writing online articles, but the writing went painfully slow and I was still working as a waitress and bartender to pay the bills.

I became desperate to find a career that I would love to wake up to, but I knew I had to make money too. That’s when I found my camera again. I mean, it had been there all along, and had even evolved to a digital body… but this was when I started to look at it as an opportunity once again.

I printed up 50 fliers about my soon to come portfolio building month: free photo sessions in June only. Although the flier said I would shoot babies, kids, couples, families, and dogs, (everything but weddings) I found myself handing them out at dog parks.

Before I knew it my portfolio was barking at me! So I guess I can’t really say I decided to get into this line of work… but I decided I needed a job I could love… and this is where my heart took me.

I will continue to let it lead the way!

Giving Back

The Sad Reality

Every year about 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized throughout the United States. The majority of these animals are healthy, adoptable pets that are put to death simply because there wasn’t enough room for them as new animals flooded their shelters. So basically, every 8 seconds another innocent life is lost for no good reason.

Who, Why, and How I Help

First impressions are always the biggest impressions, and most first impressions for shelter animals happen online. This is why it’s so important for adoptable pets to look their very best in their online photo; it’s their big chance to shine in front of a potential adopter. HeARTs Speak was formed around this idea and it’s their goal to make sure as many pets as possible get to put their best paw (or claw) forward.

This is the organization that introduced me to this concept and made me realize that art can be a powerful ally to the animals. I’m a proud member of HeARTs Speak, along with over 400 other animal artists around the globe who volunteer their time, money, and services to help more shelter animals get adopted and, ultimately, save more lives.

Right now I donate 10% of my photography profits to HeART Speak and a few of the rescue organizations that mean the most to me. Little by little, I’m going to increase this rate to 50%! I won’t bore you with specifics here, but if you’re interested you can read the detailed plans on my Patreon page (my goals are listed along the left-hand side of the page).

The Break-Down

HeARTs Speak gets a portion of all my non-pet art sales and commissions. Pets Alive and Pets Alive Westchester shares a cut of all my dog and cat photography services and sales.

Wilton Parrot Rescue benefits from any profit made from my bird photography services and sales. (WPR recently ceased operation, this may or may not be temporary. For now all of these proceeds will be donated to Pets Alive and Pets Alive West until WPR starts up again or I’ve found another bird rescue to support.) I occasionally volunteer my photography services at these rescues along with several others.

you save a life you open the doors for another life to be saved, and if we all do this, one by one, we can make a big difference. Promote your rescue dog, cat, or bird, and show others how rewarding rescue can be! Can’t adopt right now? Most shelters are non-profit organizations that are under-funded and under-staffed. I’m sure there’s a shelter near you that could really use more volunteers and donations. There’s always something you can do to help!