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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.

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    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 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:-)

March in Pictures and Scribbles

Well, March was an interesting month here in Virginia! We had a very mild Winter (no complaints…) and it seemed Spring came early. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had some really gorgeous weather that made lots of people and pets shake off hibernation-mode and venture out for some Spring sunshine. Sometimes I look at the calendar and wonder where the time went but then I take a moment to look back at all I’ve done over that time and marvel at how many great experiences I’ve had. This month, the dates on my calendar say:

“Wings, Creative Live, AWLFC, Odie, TT, Rose’s, Rio, Tattoo, Pet Expo, Fondue Night!, Labs-Burke, KISS ticket pre-sale, Wolf Trap tix, New York, Petco, Grace, Chandler, EAP, Julie”

All those seemingly cryptic little scribbles mean something that was special enough to write down and look forward to and *experience*. They are friends and fun and photography and life. My life. With all it’s ups, downs, and surprises. It’s all mine and I can write whatever words on that calendar that I want to write. I’m sometimes sad if a day gets crossed away with a fat, black Sharpie before anything is written in it. I think that’s why I love my journal so much – I can ramble on during those quiet days and even if I’ve spent them doing not-so-noteworthy things, at least I have a record the the day existed and that I used it the way it was meant to be used. And yes, sometime that means just breathing. But March… oh, March left little time for idling! There were new clients/friends to meet, new dogs and cats looking for homes, new projects, new collaborations… Yes. I think I like all my scribbling.

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