Err … What happened to August?

As usual another month has flown by, and we are heading towards Autumn, and, I hate to say it, as a retailer I need to start thinking about Christmas!! Sorry for the use of the “C” word.

Anyway, August was busy with more shop renovations, mostly inside the main part of the shop, although we did the kitchen area up a bit too.

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New doors and handles on our little kitchen area.

We laid a new base in the shop windows, which has greatly improved the look of the window displays.

And we then moved a few things about in the shop and built a new display stand for the “Brillant Bygones” bits and pieces.

Still got some things to do as and when finances and the refurbishment enthusiasm lasts!

We have also been doing a bit of housekeeping on the website, and opened up an ETSY shop:  Brilliant Bygones

If that wasn’t enough, we went to a dog show, where Fidget picked up another rosette:
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… and he has mostly been doing this sort of thing:

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… and we’ve been playing with lots of his friends, old and new.

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Now that September is here we plan to run off for a quick camping trip in North Devon, and to chill out for that rush starts for that thing I mentioned at the top of the post, but I won’t mention it again this month.

The Busy Month Of May ..

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So May has been a rather busy time here at Shooting The Dog, the (mostly) lovely weather has brought a flurry of dog photography customers, and Fidget and I have been making the most of the bits in between to have some fun too.

First up, we finished off the Cockerpoo puppy shoot at the six week stage and put together the puppy boxes for our client; these were then received and dispatched with the puppies to their new homes.

The boxes were looking good and were filled with a USB drive of the pictures we had taken over each of the three shoots, along with a book showing the progress of the puppies, and some yummy bags of treats from The Dog Treat Company, who are based locally.

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So after a successful prototype, we launched our puppy pack service onto the world (well, to Torbay and the surrounding areas anyway).

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Then the glorious sunny Mayday bank holiday saw us heading to the beach with Buttons, for our first “in the water” photo shoot of the year; the lovely sunny weather meant for a rather busy beach, so things were far from ideal, but we had great fun and got some lovely pictures.

Fidget and I squeezed in some time on the beach too and he enjoys a nice swim when conditions are good.

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Last week-end saw us heading out on a covert “birthday surprise” photo shoot with Sam and Luna (Sam being a rather daft Staffy and Luna a typical Beagle). Lots of serious running about ensued, but the preconceived lovely picture of the two of them in the bluebells or splashing in a stream was unfortunately rather elusive. However, we got some lovely shots of the dogs and the client seems very happy with what we managed to achieve.

Finally this month, we had the fabulous Gracie in for a studio shoot last week, she was the perfect model and was so well behaved, not bad for such a young dog. She came with a few challenges because of her colour, black dogs are always troublesome when trying to get lighting right, and exposing for detail in the faces means the coats tend not to come out as black as they seem to the eye.

We are now off on a short camping break in Cornwall, so you can expect lots of news on that adventure in the next blog.

I think Fidget sums up how we are feeling after this month:

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Our Christmas Advert

It seems all the rage with the major retailers to release a cinematic extravaganza each Christmas, so this year we thought we would jump on the gravy train.

Here is our Christmas advert for 2017 – move over John Lewis and M&S you have some competition.

Hope you like it, and please share it around.

Get In Touch

If you are interested in having an “action shoot” in the Torbay area, then get your human to contact Tom Horsley Photography on (01803) 859700 or drop into the shop at 12 Middle Street, Brixham, TQ5 8ER to have a chat with our photographer; or contact us on the form below.