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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

chloe on canvas

Have you met Chloe yet? She's top dog at our house, although our bossypants cat would probably protest this (Kitty thinks she is top cat AND top dog). We adopted Chloe at age four and despite her insane tennis ball obsession, she is just amazing. We love her. Here is Chloe at her birthday last year when she turned six.
And now I get to look at that moment every day because here is Chloe on canvas!
I ordered this 15x30 canvas a while ago, but didn't get around to sharing it until now. I love it! It's a gallery wrap canvas with a nice chunky profile — I offer this product through the Happy Tails collection.
Here's an even closer look at the thickness. This canvas is one-inch thick, but you can also order these at two-inches thick.
 These canvases are hand-stretched and come laminated for durability. The quality is really stunning. I swear it looks like Chloe is going to pop right off my wall!
Here's the back, which is neatly finished. It comes ready to hang too, with a wire hanger or metal brackets (these are not recommended for bigger sizes).
I think this is a great example of how to approach art and professional photography in general. Before your session, try to have a good idea of how you are going to display your images, so your photographer can help meet your needs. And don't keep your finished photos languishing on disc or print off a dinky 4x6. You are investing in art, so treat your images as such!

This canvas was ordered through one of my trusted professional labs — the quality of ordering through a true pro lab that caters to photographers is undeniable. Please don't snap up a WagJag deal or go to your local Walmart. You have made the investment in professional photography — don't ruin it on poor-quality printing.

And when it comes to choosing images, don't feel compelled to pick the ones that are the best technically. This image of Chloe isn't the best work I've ever done — I had half a second to capture it before she gobbled up that cookie and some of the highlights are blown out. But it makes me smile every single day. Images that elicit an emotional reaction are the ones you will get the most enjoyment from day in and day out.
I will have this piece of art to enjoy long after Chloe is gone. It's a sad fact that our canine companions leave us much sooner than they should. It gives me comfort knowing that I'll always have a visual moment to cherish of my most favourite four-legger.

~ Stacey

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At January 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM , Blogger Regina Marie said...

Beautiful, both the how you show it AND the image!! (Ok, especially the image! I don't think I could get my dog to sit still much less..... anyway...) I really love this.

At January 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM , Anonymous Tara Colburn said...

I am kind of flabbergasted that you were able to grab that shot! WOW!

At January 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM , Blogger stacey said...

Thanks Regina! It's one of those moments that just makes me smile. I think images with emotional content are the ones we connect with most, and should have hanging in our houses!

At January 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM , Blogger stacey said...

Tara - I knew I wouldn't have much time to get this! Chloe loves her cookies!

At January 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM , Anonymous Karen Cooley said...

Wow, I agree with Tara. Shocked that you were able to nab it! I think if I tried to do that with our Lab Molly, I would have to repeat many many times. LOL She inhales her treats!

Also wanted to say great reminder on WHY people get custom photography in the first place - the memories in art form. That is SO important!!

At January 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM , Anonymous Melissa Jean said...

Oh my goodness that photo is AMAZING!! I almost want that in my house even though I don't know Chloe!

And you're canvas looks great! I love that the back of it is finished too. =)

At January 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM , Blogger stacey said...

Thanks for the comments everyone! Luckily Chloe is a pretty good dog and gave me 1/100th of a second to get this shot, lol.

At January 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM , Blogger Sylvia Cook Photography said...

Chloe is a real looker and so is the canvas!

At January 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM , Blogger nattyjphotography said...

OMG!!!! My Piggy boy's birthday is coming up soon, what a great idea to have birthday photos done! And that canvas is gorgeous!


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