A belated happy new year to all of you and I look forward to seeing you again in 2013!
Anybody who knows me knows what a dog lover I am. There’s something about their big round eyes and furry little faces that make my heart melt. Combine those big round eyes with a flat snout, wrinkles, and a snort, and you get a pug. My favorite!
8 years ago, I brought my little Brutus home. He was 4 months old and as spunky and sociable as a pup could get. There weren’t many dogs in our neighborhood so we took him to a monthly pug meetup at a local animal shelter. It was there that I met one of the volunteers and organizers at the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue and Adoption center. She worked closely with the shelter that we took Brutus to for his play dates and told me about another pug who was up for adoption and had been adopted and returned a few times. Perplexed as to how 3 people could adopt and return this little guy (named Harley at the time) and not wanting him to go through the trauma of being adopted and returned again, I put in an application to adopt this monster dog. A few weeks later, Harley, now named George, came home with us and has been a part of our family for the last 7 years.
Quoted from their website, NIPRA’s mission is, “to rescue, care for, and find suitable homes for unwanted, stray, or abandoned Pugs. To reduce pet overpopulation by increasing public awareness of the need to spay and neuter pets. To provide educational programs promoting the humane treatment of animals. This mission is accomplished through the dedication and energy of our board of directors and legion of faithful volunteers.”
This year was NIPRA’s 10th anniversary. I was honored to be a part of their 10 year celebration and fund raising event – Pug Jam 2012. The turnout was fantastic and through everyone’s combined efforts, NIPRA was able to raise not only funds for the rescue, but awareness for all of their special needs pugs.
It’s a great organization. For anyone interested in helping them out by either volunteering your time, making a monetary donation, or fostering a dog, please check them out…
This family was a lot of fun to shoot. Their daughter, Nidhi, was such a natural and who doesn’t love a family who includes their fur baby in their pictures too!
The Northern Illinois Pug Rescue & Adoption’s (NIPRA) 10th annual Pug Jam is coming up September 29th, 2012! Save the date and tell all of your pug loving friends. I’m happy to announce that I’ll be there this year, giving you the opportunity to have a portrait taken with your fur baby! 40% of proceeds will go to NIPRA, so please spread the word!
Our new gift cards are in, and just in time for Mother’s Day. *wink wink*
They can be issued in any denomination and can be used towards portrait sessions, event coverage, and prints!
I rarely get the opportunity to photograph adult families. It seems like the older the kids get the faster time flies and everyone gets so busy that they miss out on the opportunity to capture pictures of themselves any time other than a special occasion.
I’m so glad the W family remembered how important it is to capture this phase of their lives. They were so much fun and total troopers considering it was ridiculously windy and also very damp from the rain storm we had the night before.
The Art of Dog fundraising event, hosted by Shear Paradise Pet Salon in Mundelein was a huge success! Artists from Chicago to Milwaukee came out to support the event. Among them were Lainey’s Pawtique & Bakery, Adriana Willsie, My Fabulous … Continue reading
Shear Paradise Pet Salon is hosting a fundraiser on February 11th where proceeds will benefit Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue, a non profit all breed dog rescue. I’m excited to announce that Liz Mazur Photography will be one of the exhibitors! I’ll have discounted rates on photo sessions and am also giving the opportunity to win a free shoot. Please spread the word to your friends, and come and support local artists and Our House of Hope. There will be wine tasting, a silent auction, a chance to win a spot for your dog to make it into the Hometown Hounds annual calendar, and much more.
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Binding: This is what our lay flat pages and binding look like. The pages are 100# weight with a lustre finish.
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2011 was a difficult and trying year for us. We had to say goodbye to two pets who were members of our family for over 12 years, and my dad was diagnosed with throat cancer for the second time. He not only had to under go a laryngectomy, but had a lymphadenectomy as well. Recovery was rough, leaving him in the hospital for a month and a half and without a voice for over 4 months.
Thankfully, my dad made a full recovery and we were fortunate enough to be able to spend another Christmas with him. This year, my parents, husband, and I celebrated the holidays with my sister and her beautiful family in New Jersey (the first Christmas we’ve all been able to spend together in 4 years).
Of course, I had to take this opportunity to capture the time we spent together. We haven’t done this enough over the years, and I am making sure that we do from now on because nothing is more precious than a memory that can be shared with others. 🙂