I am having a hard time keeping up with my blog posts every night! I am super busy at work and by the time I get home and get everything taken care of I am exhausted. So I apologize again for missing a day! I think when my 30 days are up, I will go to blogging every other day. That is a little bit more manageable for me. And after next week, I will pick back up where I left off in the 48 Days to the Work You Love book! I am so excited to keep it going, but life just gets in the way. That’s why we have to set goals for ourselves, otherwise we won’t get anything accomplished!
I have been working with several different organizations to get these major photo shoots planned and executed, and everyone I have worked with has been great! I want to give a shout out to these groups! First, we are using professional talent from 18Karat Modeling and Talent Management. Cindy has been great at helping us find models that fit our needs and even getting some models last minute for me when I had to rearrange the whole schedule this week due to rain! All of the models that she sends us are very professional and photogenic. Even the 5 year old walked up to me and shook my hand and called me Mrs. Huettel! Now that’s polite!
Next, an agency we are using to find our pet talent is Animal Actors out of Los Angeles. Gloria and Shane have been super helpful in finding us pet talent that fit our needs. We have had so many different shots that we need different pets for and they have supplied us with what we need! And the pets are very well behaved! This makes it so much easier rather than using ordinary pets. Especially the cats! We did a shoot a couple of months ago with un-trained cats, and wow, was it hard! We had hissing, scratching, hiding, biting, you name it! This time around we opted to go the professional cat route and I’m so glad we did! Samantha with Circus Cats has great cats! And they even play in their own rock band!
Another group that we could not do this shoot without is Charlie Brooks and his team from Brooks Photography. Charlie has done photography work for us at PetSafe for years and we are glad to have him here in Knoxville. He is an amazing photographer and knows his camera and lighting inside-out! And he is so patient with the models and the pets. He’s a dog person himself, so that helps! His team is always there helping him and us out with whatever we need at the shoot. And Beth, his location scout, is just great! She finds the beautiful locations for us, works with the homeowner to get the dates set up and then she is always the first one at the shoot and the last one to leave! She works so hard to make sure we have everything we need for the shoot, and then to make sure we leave the home looking better than we found it! All of the homeowners we have worked with are so great and willing to allow us to come into their home, bring strange people and dogs in, take photos and video inside their home, all while we are moving their furniture around and removing doors to make sure we have the shots we need, and more! We basically invade their space for the day and sometimes even into the evening and they don’t mind a bit! We truly appreciate them for this!
I also want to give a shout out to Lisa with Gourmets Market. She has catered lunch for us for two weeks straight and it has been wonderful! She will come to our location (even Sevier County!) and set up the food with plates, utensils, etc for us. She even accommodates our picky-eaters! It always comes with great sweet tea and dessert! And when Lisa comes in she is always smiling! That is what I love about her!
And last, but not least, is my PetSafe team that are on location with us making sure we have the right shot to fit the package, helping dress models and wrangle dogs, shoot video, make sure the product is being used properly and more! It takes a team to pull off a big production like this and I am so proud of all of our different groups that have come together and made it work great!
We still have the rest of this week and half of next week to go, but everything has been going great so far and I know it will just keep getting better! Thanks to everyone (even if I didn’t mention you-like my friends who have stepped in last minute to model for us and allow us to use your pets!!) for pulling together and making this shoot rock! I feel like I have made some good friends in this process and I every day I learn something new! Now this is a career that pulls my passions and talents into one!
Here’s a view into what we worked with today! It’s pretty hard being surrounded by all of this! =)