Category Archives: Starting Up

Happy New Year!

It’s so hard to believe that 2012 is over and 2013 is finally here. As I look back over the past year, I realize that I actually accomplished quite a bit in regards to getting my photography business up and running. I have lots of ideas rolling around in my head for this year. Now I just need to get them all onto paper and actually implemented. The first order of business is to put my business plan together. Yes, I know that I should have done that before actually starting the business, but I figure it’s better late than never.

This past weekend, I worked up the images for the Photo Pro Network print competition in February. They’ve been sent off to the lab and I can hardly wait to see the final prints. Some of the prints are newly tweaked versions of the images that I entered in the digital competition last summer. A few are new photos that I really liked.

I’m still working on getting a photo gallery here on the website. That’s another one of those ideas rolling around in my brain. I’m setting myself a goal to get it done by the end of January. Feel free to poke me occasionally as a gentle reminder.

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The new logo….

is here!

I am so pleased with this.  I had a rough idea of what I wanted, sketched it out on a piece of notebook paper, scanned it into the computer and mailed it to my friend, the graphic designer.  A week later and voila!  A shiny new logo.  Don’t you just love the way the lines flow on the dog?

Slow but steady……

Well, I’ve hit a bump in the road.  I need an actual logo for Images by Janice.  I had an idea for one, but the response to it has been less than overwhelming.  Okay, let me honest here.  I had as many cool to negative reactions to it as I did good reactions.  That tells me that it’s not a good logo.

I then hit on another idea that was spawned by a far-away Facebook friend who is also a photographer.  That idea led to a third idea.  The two new ideas are now in the able hands of a graphic designer who is a friend of mine.  Last night he sent me a first-pass look at what he’s been working on.  I’m not going to spill the beans yet since we haven’t quite come up with the finished product.  Still, it’s exciting to see progress!


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New look!

I’m slowly building a new look for Images by Janice!    The new header is just the beginning.   I have a new color scheme, which I haven’t yet gotten incorporated into the blog.  It’s been fun playing with colors trying to find a way to make teal and purple work together.  Teal is Ian’s color and purple is Max’s.  Since they are my current two best boys, I just had to find a way.  While googling color schemes the other day, I came across a cool website at www.colorschemer.com, (yes, it really does exist) where people post color schemes they have created using the color schemer tool.  A quick search of the site for “purple” showed that I was not the only crazy person who thought that purple and teal were color coordinated!

FB page header

My Facebook page header

Above is the header that I created for the Images by Janice fanpage on Facebook.  The poster children are (clockwise from top left): Max, Keegan, Ian, and Carmel.  I think the colors work well together, and I’m so excited that they do.

Well, this was a short update but one that was long overdue.  If you are on Facebook, please check out my fan page (just search for Images by Janice) and like us there.  I find it’s sometimes a little faster to post updates there.

Till next time – hug your pets and your family.


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Moving right along

What a month February has been!  I started the month with 4 days of PhotoPro Expo in Covington, KY.  The first day was a juried photo print contest.  That was such a learning experience.  It was fascinating to hear the judges’ thoughts on some of the prints.  They did not discuss them all, only those where there was a substantial disagreement in how to score a given print.  For those who have never been to a print competition (this was my first), here’s how it works.  A panel of several judges – I think there were 6 – gives each print a score of up to 100.  A score of 80 is required to earn a merit rating.  The scores are averaged and then that averaged score is announced.  If a judge feels that the announced score is considerably different than the score they awarded, they may challenge the score.  At a challenge, each judge discusses how they scored the print and why.  Then the judges score again.  It was fun to mentally give each print a score of my own and see how close I was to the judges.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was often within a point or 2.

Friday through Sunday of the Expo were filled with lots of seminars and 2 days of trade show.  I admit to being exhausted at the end of each day.  It didn’t help that I was fighting a cold that decided to hit me on Wednesday before I left home.  Despite the long days, I came away energized and inspired.  I got some great lighting ideas as well as some marketing ideas.  At the trade show, I got the nicest prop.  It’s a wrought iron garden bench with a small cushion and the perfect size for small to medium dogs. I’m pretty sure that I can also use it for larger dogs if they only put their front paws on it.    To compliment that, I also purchased a nice variegated green backdrop that is washable.

I’m really looking forward to setting the studio back up and getting some new photos of my boys as well as some photos of some new pups in town.  But before I do that, I want new lighting……


Cards are here

I got back home from a weekend of obedience trial judging to find my new business cards.  Max is a great poster dog, as I knew he would be.  That’s one of my favorite photos of him.  It so captures who he is, especially if he wants something from you!

I love taking photos of dogs.  They are such honest subjects.  My goal as a photographer is to capture the inner beauty of our furry friends as much as their outer beauty.  The secret lies in the eyes.  Have you ever really looked deeply into the eyes of man’s best friend?  Try it some time.  You might be amazed at what your dog is telling you.

With that, I’ll leave you with one of the last photos of my apricot Poodle, Solo.  He was in his teens when I made this portrait of him, but the fire still lived in his soul and shone in his eyes.