“Ready for My Close-Up”: Bell’s Furry Friends Photography
Friday, July 12, 6-9 p.m., Sea Dog Brewing Company Banquet Center, 26 Front Street, Bangor. Just a reminder, this is a people-only event. Please leave your pets at home.
When was the last time you photographed your Best Furry Friend? Do you find it challenging and frustrating? Are you longing to be in front of the camera with your Best Furry Friend? Or do you have a business that is pet-centered and are thinking about how to set yourself apart from the competition.
After all, every pet has a story. It’s my job to tell it.
I opened this division in May 2013 to better separate the two parts of my business: Bell Imaging & Design, LLC which offers photography and graphic design services to individuals and businesses (including weddings, events, portraits, and business photography) and Bell’s Furry Friends Photography which offers pet photography and graphic design services to individuals and businesses.
As a pet owner, I know how important it is to make sure our pets are part of our family, especially when it comes to photography. I’ve offered pet photography since 2009 under the Bell Imaging & Design helm.
As a pet photographer, my style is “organic” and documentary in nature. I have a degree in journalism as well as a background in printing from a commercial print shop and as a former award-winning staffer in the Bangor Daily News’s special sections department. These skills provide my clients with a chance to document their pet’s or businesses story in a relaxed manner.
What’s a tip that you can give that would help a pet prepare for photographs?
Go for a long walk an hour or two prior to the session to get the willies out and reduce your pet’s energy slightly. Bring toys, treats, and anything that is special to them to the session to personalize it. And relax. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your pet will be.
What’s your favorite part about being a pet-oriented business?
I love helping my clients create images that will make them smile and decorate their home. And I love the challenge of each individual pet and owner combo.
What can people learn from you the night of the event?
I’ll have images on display throughout the room as well as at my booth. They’ll learn things they can do to improve their own photos and learn more about what my business offers. Most importantly, visitors will learn how I can help them create memories. What better way to celebrate summer by photos of adorable animals!