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  • Welcome to Fuzzypants!

    My name is Carina and I specialize in the balance of playfulness and poignancy to provide Northern Virginia, Maryland and DC families with soulful and honest images of their beloved family pets.

    I offer a carefully selected, heirloom-quality product line to showcase your images.

    There are lots of fun things to explore here so please click the links, smile at the photos, read some blog posts and drop me a line anytime for more information or just to say hello. For all the latest news and subscriber-only specials, please sign up for our newsletter!

    I hope you enjoy your stay and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best,
    Carina

    An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.

    ~ Martin Buber

The Power of Paper

The other day I had a few hours to go through a recently acquired treasure. My grandparent’s photo album.

Let me preface this by saying that I have recently started offering digital images to my clients. Digital is hugely popular. We love being able to share by emailing, posting and blogging. But I have to admit that digital images are my least favorite offering.

Why? Because I still believe in the power of paper. I still have a need to hold it in my hands, to see it wrapped in the perfect frame and hanging proudly in the perfect place. To read the little notes on the back.

I have a shoebox from my grandparent’s closet that is filled with images and memories dating back to their first years together. I started scanning the images to make sure I could never, ever lose them and it hit me. These photos are 76 years old. Seventy six!

Now, I lived in Costa Rica from 1999-2001 and shot a lot of photos during my time there. A mere 10+ years ago. Where are they? They are likely lost forever because they are “backed up” to floppy discs and zip discs. Do you remember those? Technology moves too fast to count on it as a reliable keeper of things so important. But paper? Prints? They can be hung and framed and carried and moved. They can travel with us through new homes and changes in technology and crashed hard drives. They can be passed down to your grandchildren so they can see how important that moment was to you. While I was scanning, I realized that it wasn’t just the images that made the album so meaningful for me. It was the way they were thoughtfully arranged in the album. It was the careful notes and dates that Pop-pop wrote next to them. It was the whimsical little drawings that he added to let us know what the event meant to them.

Commit them to paper. Have them printed by me or by your favorite lab but have them printed. I promise you won’t regret it.

 

Roberta Recor on Facebook - April 9, 2012 - 1:58 PM

I work for a small family-owned business that does custom picture framing and couldn’t agree more. Great blog!

Fuzzypants Pet Photography on Facebook - April 9, 2012 - 2:07 PM

Thanks, Roberta!

Mary Swift on Facebook - April 9, 2012 - 2:24 PM

Yes!! Well said. :)

Fuzzypants Pet Photography on Facebook - April 9, 2012 - 2:25 PM

Thanks, Mary :-)

Erin Coyle on Facebook - April 9, 2012 - 5:44 PM

I so agree but if I ever have custom photography, I will want the digital files as well as prints. I would want them to be able to share with friends and family online but also to have an extra copy of everything in case there is a fire or something.

Fuzzypants Pet Photography on Facebook - April 9, 2012 - 6:01 PM

Definitely – I always offer images for sharing. It’s so much fun to post them for everyone to see! I agree that reliable backups are a must for any type of digital file especially in the event of something catastrophic. At the same time, I always want to be able to pick up an album, grab a cup of tea and just flip through the pages…

Jonathan Acocella - September 4, 2012 - 8:40 PM

Hi, I got my picture of Wanda (2 year old corgi) today. I think it is great!! I was wondering what othe items I might be able to order from you. The pictures were taken at a winery where a fund raiser for mini pin.

Please let me know.

Thanks,
Jonathan

Fuzzypants Pet Photography - September 4, 2012 - 9:07 PM

So glad you like your photo of Wanda! I will drop you an email with info on additional products :-)
~ Carina

The Importance of a name

I continue to follow along with Danielle LaPorte’s Burning Question series. This time the question was easy to answer:

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Throughout my life I’ve been fortunate to have been surrounded by wonderful, caring friends and family. These people influenced my life and helped me grow into the person I am today. I will forever be grateful to them for the little gems they have passed on to me over the last 40+ years. I have also been fortunate enough to have great mentors in my professional life as well.

At the age of 19 I began a career that was far away from my life at art school. I had no experience in the corporate world and I closely observed the management methods of those I admired. In my early 20′s I attended one of the company events and was stunned to see some of the outside-work behavior of people I had great respect for. My opinion of them changed rapidly and I no longer viewed them in the same light. It troubled me so much that I spoke to my own mentor about it. His simple advice:

“No matter what the situation, NEVER forget that you are at work.”

I’ve always remembered that. I was never the party-girl type to begin with but I’ve always made sure to be gentle with my reputation. Your name is everything. I want my name to be synonymous with class and professionalism and compassion and warmth.

I would pass that advice along to anyone entering the business world. The world is a lot smaller since the introduction of social media. It takes a lot more discipline and care to protect your name but it’s worth it. Treat people with respect – including yourself.

Jess Morrow - April 5, 2012 - 5:21 PM

SO totally true. Especially nowadays, with the social media piece. I had to learn a hard lesson, once, about being conscious as far as what I say, when, and where–online and offline. (Found you through Danielle’s burning questions.) :)

Fuzzypants Pet Photography - April 5, 2012 - 5:32 PM

Hi Jess! Sorry you had a hard lesson but thank you for taking the time to read my little contribution :-)

Spring Mini Sessions are here!

Hello friends!

I thought it would be fun to celebrate this gorgeous weather with a weekend of mini-sessions! 6 slots will be open for one weekend (April 14-15) in your choice of 2 locations – Frederick, MD or Reston Town Center, VA. Mini sessions only come around twice a year so grab your spot soon. (The next minis will be for your Holiday cards!)

If you prefer a custom session, please contact me for available dates. My summer calendar is filling up – I’m a lucky girl thanks to all of you:-)

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