Ready for My Close Up will be on 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.
“Ready for My Close-Up”: Bell’s Furry Friends Photography
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? Do you have a pet-centered business and think about how to set yourself apart from the competition?
I opened this division in May 2013 to better separate the two parts of my business. Bell Imaging & Design, LLC offers photography and graphic design services to individuals and businesses, including weddings, events, portraits, and business photography. Bell’s Furry Friends Photography 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. After all, every pet has a story. It’s my job to tell it.
As a pet photographer, my style is “organic” and documentary in nature. I have a degree in journalism, 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’ stories 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 before the session to get the willies out and reduce your pet’s energy slightly. Bring toys, treats, or anything special to them to the session to personalize it. Relax! The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your pet is.
What’s your favorite part about being a pet-oriented business?
I love helping my clients create images that make them smile and decorate their homes. I love the challenge of each 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 learn how I can help them create memories. What better way to celebrate summer by photos of adorable animals!