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Pets Charity and Christmas!

Pets, Charity, and Christmas – what could be better??

This year I volunteered to do pet photos at my local Global Pet Foods.  I should mention that I also work part time there as a store associate, so the gig did rather fall into my lap!  The store owner allowed me to name my charities this year, and I chose Ugly Mutts and the Toronto Cat Rescue.

We arranged a 15 minute mini shoot in a semi-private area of the store and encouraged owners of dogs and cats to book an appointment, as well as drop in for their photos.  For a 20.00 donation, each pet received 2 digital 5×7 sized photos, and were able to purchase a printable holiday card with their pet’s photos on it for a minimal fee.  These are a few of our photos:

Christmas pets

Armed with my trusty (and talented!) assistant Emily, we managed to capture most of our visitors quickly and efficiently.  Not saying there weren’t numerous outtakes, as well as some VERY camera shy pets, but I was quite pleased with the final outcome.  These are a few of the outtakes.

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We are looking to benefit new charities for Christmas 2014, so feel free to make recommendations!

Regardless of whether the photos were fun or serious, we were definitely left with Memories for Generations!

Adventures in Farm Animal Photography

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So today I woke up to my favourite kind of day of the year.  A crisp morning with plenty of fog or mist.  We only get a short number of these days, and I’ve been waiting for MONTHS for these days to arrive!

You see, I really enjoy getting out and taking photos of landscapes, nature, and animals.  I’ve wanted forever to capture a stream, a barn, a lounging cow – all in the early morning fog.  There’s just something magical and peaceful about these days, these mornings, out in the country.  It was my hope that I could capture a little piece of that magic to share with you.

I hustled the kiddos off to school, grabbed my gear, and stepped out on to my front porch.  Only to find the mist had dissipated in under 10 minutes 🙁  I thought “heck with it” (well not exactly those words, but we will discuss my vulgar language another time), and headed out anyways.  I live in an agriculturally rich area, and it’s really only a short drive to the more rural parts.

On my drive out of town, I observed a few things: Apples were hanging very heavy on the orchard trees, corn fields are starting to be cleared, and there’s not a lick of fog left to be found anywhere.  I also realized that all the times I had passed the things I wanted to photograph, I never once took a note of the actual location!  That’s ok.  I’m a mom, I can work with just about anything.  I might be like McGyver, even.

Convincing myself of my awesomeness, I come up on my first farm animals in the fields.  And it was along the road with a minimal, soft shoulder.  Of course bordered by a nice deep ditch, and enough traffic to be passed regularly at about 80km/h.  So I decide, Molly Make-do that I am, I will shoot from my vehicle.  It will be perfect!  I will use the windowsill as my tripod!

I whip out my camera with my “big” lens (170-500mm), clear the passenger seat (because I drive on the right side of the road and therefore the passenger side is closest to my animal subjects), and prepare to move over.  Smart overachiever that I am, I don’t get out and run around the vehicle and get in the passenger side.  Oh no… I decide I’m just going to ‘slip’ across to the seat, snap some shots, then ‘slip’ back to the driver’s seat and carry on.  And by slip, I mean pull my foot up by my ear, hoisting it over the shifter in the middle, knocking the rearview mirror askew, before placing it on the passenger floor.  Then I skim my generously proportioned rear cheeks over the console in the centre.  Falling gracefully into the passenger seat, camera in hand, left foot in the air beside the driver’s window, I shimmy into position.  Frankly, I was pretty proud of myself.  Mostly because no one passed me during this time, and therefore didn’t feel obligated to stop and offer to help.  I got a few photos, and decided to move on.

At the next location, I did not switch seats.

Cows and Horses

Portraits of 2013

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I’ve been lucky enough to provide portraits for expectant moms, tiny little newborns, families, kids, pets… it seems like I’ve had so many different opportunities in 2013.  To start my new (hopefully very regular) blogging, I’ve compiled some of my favourite images from the last year.  It’s been a wonderful, crazy year for Radtke’s Roost Photography, and I hope the trend continues!

I’ve even been lucky enough to photograph my first (solo) wedding.  I have done some 2nd shooting for other photographers, but was actually asked to shoot a wedding myself at the beginning of this year.  Although a very stressful, hectic experience, I wouldn’t change it for the world!!  I learned SO MUCH from just that one wedding, it shaped changes throughout my whole business!


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I have been ever so fortunate to have been selected as the photographer for several expectant moms this year.  Not only did I get to experience that wonderful maternity feeling (without the swollen ankles or food cravings!), I’ve been able to watch their children grow up!  The sessions with those moms, and then with their babies, will always have a special little place in my heart!

Maternity and baby photos 2012

This year I started photographing my daughter in her dance costumes (she dances competitively), in more stylized studio sessions.  I had such gorgeous photos turn out, that some of her dance classmates commissioned me to do their photos as well.  I have to admit, I have this special little feeling, this crazy pride, in these athletic and talented girls!  I adore these sessions, and can’t wait to look back in a few years to compare their ‘then’ and ‘now’ photos!

Dance Photos

Please feel free to check through my website and facebook pages and leave me a comment on your favourite photos this year!



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