In my break from photo sessions, print competition preparation, and other work-related daily activity, I often like to spend time with my own pets doing things we love to do. There are grooming sessions, play-in-the-back-yard activities, walks, and other adventures we like to do together, or we simply relax on the back patio.
Pets are good for our mental health. It has been proven, through many scholarly studies, that pets afford us many positive things. Here is a list of them:
- physical activity
- reduce anxiety
- boost confidence (especially in children)
- help you to meet new people
- add good structure to your everyday life
It has also been proven, that pets were instrumental in helping individuals through the anxiety and intensity of lock downs during COVID-19 year 2020. Click HERE for a great article that covers why pets are good for us. It's what I used to research the subject.
I have always valued my pets for supporting me through both tough and happy times. And I even forgive them when no one agrees to look at the camera!
I often use down time to try new things and experiment with new photography equipment acquisitions.
I recently purchased a Lens Baby, and have only had a minimal amount of time to play around with it and learn the secrets of what it can do. I took a Lens Baby class from a foremost user, but just need to set aside the time to put what I learned into practice.
I can guarantee I will be asking my pets for their assistance in helping me through the learning process. Here's a quick photo of Talley I did with the Lens Baby Sweet 35.
With six dogs, I always try to make time for each one, as they give so much of their time to me.
Click Into the Circle
I am part of a weekly blogging group of professional pet photographers located all over the planet. To see what others have blogged about in this week's topic "Serenity", start here with Nicole Hrustyk of Pawtraits by Nicole in Las Vegas, Nevada, as she shares what brings her zen. Then find the link at the end of each blog to click on to the next photographer.
We have a very warm weekend coming up, and I plan to spend some of it having fun with our pets! Have a great weekend everyone!