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This week we would like you to meet the adorable Rocky, another one of our contestants in our pet contest.
Rocky is every inch the curious cat. He is always inspecting his world and loves to explore every closet, box, or basket that comes his way. One of his favorite pastimes is sitting on the window sill and watching the outdoors from a safe place. He also enjoys chasing his friend Yoshi, who is a black-capped conure, as he flies from cage to window sill and back. Yoshi loves to tease Rocky by staying just slightly out of reach!
He considers himself a stealthy cat (though his humans may say otherwise). He loves to hide in baskets but often his ears and eyes peak over the top. He thinks he’s hiding and no one can see him but in reality he’s completely giving his position away!
Rocky’s mom says the following about him: “He waits for my daughter (his favorite human) to come home.  You won’t see him all day until a few moments before she walks in through the door. He sits on his feet like a cat loaf and gives you a look like he owns the world, sometimes squinting and turning his head. Lol!  He’s such a boss!
He needs to be in the room with my daughter but not close enough to let her touch him.  Although he will step all over her and get close to her face.”

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This week we’d like to introduce you to another contestant, Capone.

Capone has been living with his family since he was a 9 week old pup. He is now a handsome boy of 12 years. His family describes him as loyal and lovable .He loves his humans very much, especially his Gramma! He greets his family everyday when they get home and is so happy to see them.

His hobbies include, laying in the sun and going for rides. He also loves to swim however he tends to sink so he wears a life jacket to keep him afloat. He’d swim for hours if he could. His favorite toys include beanie babies, and large rawhide bones which he doesn’t eat, rather he likes to hide them. He also loves to bury himself under his blankets just so he can un-bury himself again!

Capone also had a real life rabbit friend named Peter. Peter was a pet rabbit who had escaped from a neighbor’s house. For 2 years Peter hoped from house to house and was fed by the neighborhood. When Peter would come visit, Capone would never chase him away. Instead, Peter and Capone would walk around the yard together. Capone would often turn to see if Peter was following.

Capone is truly a lovebug. He loves people and has a very gentle soul.

 

 

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This week we want to introduce you to 2 more contestants in our contest.
Pepper and Marion were both adopted from ECCR back in June of 2018. In fact they were actually adopted one day apart from each other. I contacted their family and they told us the following story:
“My 9 year old son saw Pepper on their adoptables page and we went to an event and he happened to be there. We were just going to “look” and needless to say, the moment he saw Pepper he fell in love. I had been seeing Marion on ECCR FB page and she kept popping up in my feed. Her foster mom had posted a short video of her with a toddler family member and I saw how gentle and friendly she was. I mentioned her to Vicki at the event and she told me that she was traveling down to NJ the next day for an event and would bring Marion back up to CT. I spoke with her foster mom and Marion came to be with ECCR after a Good Samaritan found her with a broken leg on the side of the road in Georgia. She and Pepper are truly inseparable and do everything together!”
These two pups bring so much love and joy to their families. Pepper is true to his hound dog nature and he loves to sleep and cuddle. He’s got the sweetest brown eyes and is truly a gentle spirit. Marion is another gentle giant. She LOVES attention! Her hobbies also include lounging and cuddling. She is a classic wiggle butt and always greets her family with genuine excitement.
Due to inclement weather we opened up one last Saturday on March 9, for our pet contest. Click the link to schedule your session online. The fee is a 20 pound bag of dog food or $20 worth of pet supplies which will go to ECCR to help support their mission. Support a great cause, and celebrate your pet!

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We’ve extended our Pet Photo Contest! We will also be offering appointments this Saturday February 23rd. We still have some appointments left so don’t forget to schedule in your furry friend!

This week we want to introduce you to Mia. She’s a beautiful lab/pit mix adopted from East Coast Canine Rescue last May. She’ll be turning 1 this month. Her family describes her as energetic, friendly and playful. Her favorite hobbies include running, running and running! She loves to just run around in circles as fast as she can. She’ll circle around the outside of her home and yard again and again. Mia also enjoys playing tug of war with her rope and has been known to hide when it’s bath time.

In addition to loving to run, Mia also loves to be around people and other animals. She can often be found playing with other dogs, especially her “bestie” an 8 year old boxer. She tries to play with her 2 feline sisters but they want no part of it. She can be very persistent though, LOL!

Mia is an all around loving and fun dog. She loves to squeeze next to you on the couch and snuggle. She also loves to give kisses and likes to rub her chest on your feet.

When I asked Mom for more details she said the following: “She has fit in well with our family even turning me, who wasn’t fond of dogs, into a dog lover.  I cannot imagine this family without her. The love and excitement she shows every day when each of us gets home is unconditional. Saving her is definitely one of the best things we have done. She truly is the best dog.”

It’s for this exact reason that we hold this contest every year. We want to show our support for places like ECCR, how find loving forever homes for animals in need.

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Today we want to introduce you to two more of our lovely contestants in this years Pet Photo Contest. Both of these pets belong to the lovely B Family who absolutely adore them.
First up is Penny. She’s an adorable Bullmastiff and is 6 years old. She’s a seasoned pro in our contest and has been in several of our yearly pet calendars. She’s a true love bug and loves everyone. There is one thing she doesn’t love, however, and that’s getting wet! Rain, snow, baths, they all make her miserable and pout. Her portrait this year is a bit ironic as it features her in a scene with a sleigh and snow!
Next is up Norman. He’s a 2 year and 9 month old hamster. The average life span of a hamster is about 2 years so his family is very happy he’s still in their lives and was able to make the contest this year. His family said that though he may be small he’s brought them so much joy and that he’s a truly cherished pet. When I reached out to the B Family to learn more about Norman mom said the following which I think really says it all:
“Back in 2016 when we first got him, one of my sons would read to him every night(Humphrey the hamster series) and was actually able to overcome his stutter when he spoke from all this practice with Norman. So, as you can imagine he means so much to our family and we all will truly miss him when he passes. We love the photo that Charleen took of him-we like to joke that it is Norman in an end of life crisis!” (We’re not posting the final photo until voting beings so you’ll have to wait and see why Norman is having a mid life crisis!)

Norman is a great example that this contest is not just for dogs! Over the years we’ve had a range of animals from cats to bunnies. Our contest has been extended to February 23rd. It’s not to late to bring in your furry friend. Click here to schedule your appointment today.

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Our Pet Photo Contest is in full swing. Over the next few weeks we want to introduce you to some of the amazing pets that have entered. Some you may know from previous years and some are new to our contest this year.

First up is Mia. She’s a Chihuahua Yorkie mix and is 3 years old. She’s full of spunk and love (and is super cute, lol!). She loves a warm lap, snuggling on the couch, and has been know to sneak food from plates.

According to mom, Mia LOVES to play fetch.She could play at the dog park for HOURS and come home and STILL want to play fetch. She prefers the toys with the LOUDEST squeakers in them. The louder the better. She will sit there and just squeak the toy for a few minutes before she comes over to you and watch you TRY to get the toy from her mouth.

Recently Mia spent 5 days in Tufts hospital because she had fallen ill with meningitis. Even this didn’t slow her down!  She came home and it was instantly like nothing had ever happened. She was still the fun, hyper little “pup”. She is on 4 different medications for a year when she can be tested again to see how she’s doing. Mia does NOT like taking her medicine and makes sure everyone knows it!

Mia is a little dog with a BIG personality. She’s been known to play the diva card. If you take her toy away when playing she’ll give you the stink eye then walk away and not come if you call her. She can also be a bit jealous of her sister from time to time.

Even though she can be a diva, she’s also very loving. She loves people. She may be shy at first but once she gets to know you she’ll shower you with affection. If you’re having a bad day she knows. Her remedy? Kisses which instantly make you feel better. She also tries to take care of her older sister, Princess, whose going blind. Mia will go up to her (even though Princess is old and grumpy) and clean her eyes, almost as if to help her see better.

We love getting to meet dogs like Mia every year. Our contest has been extended to February 23rd. It’s not to late to bring in your furry friend. Click here to schedule your appointment today.

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It’s that time of year again, when cute furry faces grace our studio. Yes, our Annual Pet Photo Contest is here! Charleen created this contest as an ode to their family dog, Ruger. Thanksgiving Day of 2012 he wandered off. They looked everywhere for him and spent hours searching, going to houses and trying the shelter. At the time however, they were not open. The following day they went back to the shelter to find Ruger was taken there almost immediately after wandering off and was placed inside to keep warm. When they picked him up they were amazed at how many animals there were. Though she couldn’t adopt another animal at the time, Charleen decided she wanted to find a way to show support. Since the day Ruger introduced us to our local shelter in 2012 he revisited, two more times in 2013 and 2014, both times on Thanksgiving Day. Go figure. We think it’s because he can smell all the good cooking going on everywhere. Though we lost our beautiful Ruger in March 2015 we have continued to run our contest every year.

This year we are will be working with ECCR. For more information about them or dogs who are looking for forever homes check out their website: ECCR

If that touching story hasn’t peeked your interest, did you know our contest is actually two contests in one? Your pet will be entered in both with twice the chance to win!

Photo Calendar Contest You choose the image you like the best of your pet.The winner of this contest will receive Bragging Rights, a beautiful Throw Blanket with their winning image on the cover of the 2019 Pet Portrait Calendar.
People’s Choice Award The image your choose for the photo calendar contest will automatically be submitted into this contest as well. The Winner will receive a Beautiful Throw Blanket with their winning image on it and a prominent spot in the 2019 Pet Portrait Calendar.

Our Annual Pet Contest is a great way to celebrate your furry friend and help other animals in need. Here’s anything you need to know to enter:

  • The contest runs from January 26 – February 16.
  • The entry fee is either a minimum 20lb bag of Premium Pet food for a dog or cat, cleaning supplies valued at $20 or more.
  • Special packages with be available the day of your pet’s session.
  • The winner of the Calendar Contest will see their pet’s image as the cover of our yearly pet calendar, their pet will get a full page inside the calendar, they will win a copy of the calendar as well as a gorgeous woven throw with their pet’s image on it.
  • The winner of the People’s Choice Contest will have their pet’s image as a full page in our yearly pet calendar, they will win a copy of the calendar as well as a gorgeous woven throw with their pet’s image on it.
  • Appointments are needed so call today to schedule your furry friend or click the link below to schedule your appointment online.

Click Here to Schedule your Pet Contest Appointment Online

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Happy New Year!

The holidays are over and a new chapter is beginning. January is often seen as the beginning of all sorts of new possibilities. At the studio we’re looking to get back to our roots and focus on what we love doing. For us that’s creating portraits and capturing memories for families, children, and high school seniors. We’re currently working on our website so that it showcases what it is we do best. We will be unveiling it in the coming month so keep a look out!

I don’t know about you but with the rush of the holiday season over and the coldness of winter really settling in, I often start feeling the winter blues a little bit. For those of you that feel the same, here’s a few tips to help battle them:

  1. Keep in mind that the days are actually getting longer! Yay! It may not be noticeable at first, but just knowing that the worst of those short days is over makes me feel a little better.
  2. Get out of the house: It’s easy to want to spend your days curled in bed watching TV. Push yourself to get outside, even if it’s only for a little bit. Go for a walk or even meet up with a friend for a cup of coffee.
  3. Try something new: Keeping your mind active can help keep seasonal depression at bay. It can be something as simple as starting a journal. Not sure what to do? Visit your local craft store, bounce ideas off your friends, or even search YouTube for videos on any hobbies that might interest you.
  4. Make a movie/book list: Winter is a great time to read those books that have been on your list or go see a movie with friends or your family. I know there’s a lot of great movies coming out this year!
  5. Remember that winter doesn’t last forever! Try to appreciate those small moments, whether it’s sipping on some hot cocoa or waking up to a winter wonderland. Find gratitude for these small moments and keep in mind that spring and warmer weather will be here soon.

At the studio our way to beat the winter blues is to keep our schedule full of fun! We’ve been working hard to plan some exciting events and sessions. Here are a few upcoming events:

Monster Squad:

Our Monster Squad is back in action and open for scheduling. We will be doing Valentine sessions on Saturday January 12th from 10am-2pm. Ages Newborn to 12 years old are welcome. This mini session is 10 to 15 minutes long, includes viewing and ordering your images right after your session. You will also receive 10 Valentine cards with a package purchased, a $26.50 value FREE. Click Here to Schedule your Appointment Online

Photo Class:Starts January 29

Did you get a new camera for Christmas? Or maybe you made a resolution to learn how to take better photos. Join Charleen in a 5 week class to learn the ins and out of your camera. In this beginners basic class you’ll learn all the fundamentals to get you up and running and feeling like a pro! Seats are limited. Click Here to Reserve your Seat!

Pet Photo Contest: Jan 26-Feb 16

Our pet photo contest is right around the corner. We just love hosting this contest every year. We’ve met so many wonderful people and pets. This year the contest will run from January 26 to February 16. We will be posting all the details soon so keep watching.

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This year we are collecting toys for the Tommy Toy Fund. The Tommy Toy Fund started in 1974 with a simple letter written to the Norwich Bulletin. The letter was from a young girl in Eastern Connecticut concerned that there would be no toys for her younger brother Tommy on Christmas morning. She had overheard a conversation her mother was having that she had no extra money this holiday season to spend on toys for her children and instead needed the money for rent, utilities, and food. This young girl wrote her letter to the Bulletin in hopes that somebody in the region would be able to provide a few presents for them on Christmas morning.

“I’m old enough to understand,” the girl wrote. “But my little brother, Tommy, won’t understand why Santa Claus stopped at all his friends’ houses, but not at our house.”

The then editors of the Bulletin, Malcolm Morse and Greg LaFreniere, wrote a story and immediately published it just days before Christmas. The response from the community was overwhelming and enough donations were received that toys were provided to at least a dozen children in the New London and Windham counties.

It’s been 44 years but every year the Tommy Toy Fund continues to raise toys for children in need. This year Charleen’s Portrait Studio is an official drop off spot for the Tommy Toy Fund. Between now and December 8, you can stop by the studio and drop off a new unwrapped toy. The best part is you will be entered into a drawing to win a family portrait session!

If you are unable to make it into the studio by December 8, we are hosting a special event on Sunday December 9 from 1-3. Schedule in for a 5 minute time slot to bring you unwrapped toy to the studio and get a free family portrait taken on our beautiful Christmas set. We will provide you with a 4×6 as our gift to you.

Our goal is to raise 100 gifts for children in need. Please stop by and help us reach our goal!

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It’s our favorite part of the year again- Thanksgiving! It’s a time when we get to spend precious moments with the people we love the most. A time when we remember to be grateful for all things, both big and small, in our lives. Not to mention we get to eat the most amazing and delicious food!

We’d like to take a moment and let all of our clients know how grateful we are for their continued support. You give us the opportunity to do what we love every single day! Over the years we have met so many amazing, wonderful, funny and gracious individuals and families. We’ve been able to photograph newborn babies and watch as they blossom and grow. Photography is an intimate business and we are so grateful for each person that has let us into their lives.

So for every single one of you who has given us the privilege of capturing your loved ones and special moments, thank you! It has truly been an honor. We are looking forward to continuing this tradition of capturing the precious people and memories in your lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

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