Thursday, January 3, 2019

Upcoming Updates to Allen Pearson's Photos!

"Sunny Clouds Over the Great Smoky Mountains"
(C) Allen Pearson

In 2006, I started a photography business after photographing nature in my wildlife garden and while taking hikes through various parks and nature areas. Soon, I became fascinated with the art of the unusual beauty I found in nature! I have always loved nature and being outside. Having a creative streak, which I didn't fully realize until a year prior, thanks to a leadership class at work, this art form caught my attention and kept it. I took classes in photography and did all I could do to sell my work and grow my photography business while working a full-time job.

It wasn't long until I was participating in around 20-25 art shows, exhibits, and outdoor festivals throughout Northern Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley, and Richmond. I became a member of several local arts organizations too. I had fun with this art form but soon found myself wanting to photograph dogs. I found myself becoming more interested in the art of photographing dogs so I included a few prints in an exhibit. They were my proudest works but didn't go well with the art group.

Soon after adopting my awesome dog Noah from PetConnect Rescue, I found myself wanting to photograph dogs even more so than ever! Fortunately for me, when PetConnect Rescue found out I was a photographer, I began a journey of photographing dogs who needed "Forever Homes" and loved every minute of it. And still do! To date, I have photographed around 300 dogs needing "Forever Homes."

"Sunlit Tree Silhouette"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
After Noah's adoption, I decided to stop participation in art shows, exhibits, and outdoor festivals for at least 6 months so I could properly train Noah. However, that really didn't work out! One of my favorite art groups, the Manassas Art Guild, switched the date of their show from October to April. Since they were a favorite, I decided to participate in the event, I found myself bored silly at the event while knowing Noah was at home in a crate waiting for me. It was the longest day! After the event and artist dinner, I went home and played with my dog! It was a turning point.

While I still photograph for rescues helping dogs and cats to find "Forever Homes," I am focusing on photographing for clients who would like photographs or social images of their awesome dogs, cats or horses. Also, I will be selling my photography work of nature's beauty, the art of the railroad, garden perspectives, and some of the artwork created while photography dogs, cats and horses from my website, my CafePress/AllenPearsonsPhotos store and eventually maybe Etsy.

Changes? Mostly in website URL. My current website is www.allenpearsonpshotos.com and it will be changing to www.allenpearsonphotography.com. There will be a "redirect" created so if someone has the old URL, they will still find me.

The other change will be to my photography blog. Currently, it is found at blog.allenpearsonsphotos.com and will be changing to www.allenpearsonphotographyjournal.com effective no later than January 13, 2019. How creative can I be right? I'm not much on the word "blogger" and tend to call myself a writer so I'm using the word "Journal" instead of "blogger."

My Photography Journal will be where I share my newest photography that I have added to my website and a few things I've learned along the way! I don't plan to publish more than a few posts a month.

What's not changing? "Wednesday's Words" and "Sunday's Thought" will still be published every week.  Why? When I was going up, we went to church every Sunday and I was taught not to work on Sundays - it was a day of rest and refresh! As a kid, I loved the idea because it meant no chores! As an adult, I love it too. So I thought it was a great idea to share a devotional note with God's Plan of Salvation every Sunday. On Wednesday night, we went to church to be encouraged, or refreshed, for the rest of the week. I created "Wednesday's Words" to be a mid-week encouragement for Christians.

I hope you will like the changes and updates. I will do my best to keep you up-to-date in all the changes. Please subscribe to receive my posts by email to receive the latest in your "in-box."
Railroad
"Norfolk Southern 9760 in Bristow, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

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