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New Photo: Ladybug Cupcake with Summer Theme

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on September 13, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader, 

We're "paw-ing forward" Catherine's latest photo idea: Creating a summer theme from a chalkboard drawing, grass and flower props, and a ladybug cupcake.

It's now available on Dreamstime: https://www.dreamstime.com/red-ladybug-cupcake-spring-summer-food-theme-includes-black-artificial-grass-flowers-plus-sky-sun-drawn-image76622082

Hoping it "paws-itively" inspires you.


Buster and Angel, the "Paws-itive" Kitties

Look Up to Take Better Photos

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on June 4, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,


Here’s a simple tip about how our mommy, Catherine, has improved her photography. We’re “paw-ing it forward” so that it can help you, too.

This tip is to simply… Look Up.


Here's an article on how "looking up" can present unique photo opportunities for you - with examples of how it's helped our mommy take better pictures.



Buster, the “Paws-itive” Kitty

Second Stock Image Ideas Newsletter Released and More

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on May 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

Looking for photos for your business or project needs? Are you a photographer seeking photo inspiration? My photo site www.StockImageIdeas.com can help.

On May 27th, the second newsletter for "Stock Image Ideas" was sent out among readers. It shares the following photography ideas: A “turtle cupcake” with a summer theme, an image about “Speaking the Truth,” and a “graduation” inspired owl photo described here.


Here's what else is new.

As our pets would say, this is a good article to "paw forward." It's about why some people succeed faster than others. It reminded me how important it is to focus on one area of my business and do it really well. Hope it helps you too. You can see the article here




New Photo Idea: Strawberry Heart Inspired by Fresh Grocery Store Strawberries

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on September 11, 2015 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

Fresh strawberries. They looked so nice in the grocery store that I wanted to take a photo of them. 

So Matt, my husband, bought the strawberries for me. He likes supporting my creative ideas even though I was happy to buy the strawberries myself. But I am grateful of how he encourages my creativity.

One of the strawberries was shaped like a heart and I wanted to do something special with it.

Here is my best "heart-shape" photo result…

The image represents loving strawberries as a favourite fruit or loving the healthiness of strawberries.

My “Strawberry Heart” photo is now available as a stock photo here. I hope this image helps you with your projects – or inspires photo ideas for you.

If it does, please do share in the Comments section (below). Thanks!



Yellow Daffodil and Paper Letters Inspire Mother's Day Photo

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on May 10, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

***An article by Angel, our Paws-itive Kitty***

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

One daffodil and two paper letter “M’s” from a package of die-cut letters create the most unique photo idea for Mother’s Day. (The package of letters was a treasure find from the Dollar Tree store. And the daffodil came from a lovely floral bouquet in Walmart for approximately $5.00.)

The result? The word “Mom,” spelled with the daffodil in the middle to represent the letter “O” in “MoM”. It’s a photo idea Catherine created.

You can see it at the top of this blog entry.

I hope it inspires ideas for your own photography. It’s also available as a stock image here if you’d like to use this photo for Mother’s Day, your blog, designs ideas, and more.


Angel, the Paws-itive Kitty

Planting Seeds of Faith: Photo Inspired by the Bible Verse, Matthew 17:20

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on March 9, 2015 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

“Faith the size of a mustard seed.”

Those words first captured me many years ago (when I was in my late teen years or early 20s). It’s a phrase from the Bible verse, Matthew 17:20:

“...For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there', and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

-- Matthew 17:20 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition (NRSVACE)

When I got into photography professionally, the Bible verse from Matthew 17:20 inspired me to take the photo you see with this posting. Discover more, including how this Bible verse can help you in your daily life, here.



Two New Valentine Stock Photos Available for Your Projects

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on February 7, 2015 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

If you’re looking for Valentine's Day themed photos…

…I now have two new stock images available. I had a heart-shaped box and numerous heart-shape foam heart props – and created two different photos from them.


One of the photos I created is called a “Chocolate Hashtag Symbol with Heart Shaped Box.” This photo can support social media messages about romance, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries or sending a loved one a box of chocolates.


The next photo includes one of my favourite desserts – cupcakes! I arranged these strawberry cupcakes to spell a loving message. This photo can support messages about Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays for husbands and wives, or more.

If you’re interested in using these photos for your project or business needs, I’ve listed the stock photo agencies they’re available at. You can see the list of agencies here.

Thanks for the opportunity to share these with you.




Hope Photos for Alzheimer's Healing

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on June 10, 2014 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

Do you have a friend or relative who has Alzheimer’s?

I do. My grandma, Granny Rea, has had Alzheimer’s for several years now. When we visit Granny Rea I wonder if she’ll still remember me. As soon as I hear, “Oh, Catherine!” I feel so relieved.

Granny Rea doesn’t recognize me as her grand-daughter though. She’s called me her cousin, before. And, that’s okay. I’m just incredibly grateful she recognizes I’m family.

I’ve only had one day so far where she did not recognize me at all. That was extremely hard for me to experience.

So, as a photographer, I decided to do something: take photos that support organizations looking for healing solutions to Alzheimer’s. Then, submit them to stock photo agencies – where they can be found and purchased – for websites, pamphlets, research reports, or any other published material a person or organization needs.

I’ve come up with a few ideas so far. Here is the first one I did -- available on several stock photo agencies, including Dreamstime…

My grandma helped me with this one during one of our visits… (Thank you, Granny Rea.)


I like incorporating engraved stones into my photos. In this case, I chose a stone with the word “Hope” to represent “Hope for people with Alzheimer’s.”

The flowers in these photos are forget-me-nots. They grow in our yard every year during spring. I selected them because one thing forget-me-nots represent are memory loss. For example, the Alzheimer Society of Canada uses the Forget-Me-Not flower as a symbol to represent memory loss. (Memory loss is “one of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease,” their website explains.)

(On a little side note -- I’ve read forget-me-not flowers have more than one meaning. For instance, they also represent true love and remembrance.)

But because forget-me-not flowers also symbolize memory loss, I felt that it was a good choice of flower for my photo ideas.

I’m hopeful my photos will inspire positive ideas for your photography too. If they do, I welcome your thoughts in the comment section of this blog. Thank you so much.



A Winter Wonderland in Spring

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on April 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

How is the weather for your spring?

Today feels like spring again – windows are open in my office, fresh air is flowing in, birds are chirping, the snow is melting... just lovely.

But earlier this week – on Tuesday morning – I woke up to a winter wonderland. Snow covered the trees… snow carpeted the ground again… and it snowed throughout most of the day.

The first day of spring (March 20th) was snowing for us, too. Now, I must admit – I do love walks in the snow. But being spring (and still snowy), it inspired a photo idea. I’ll share it with you in a moment.

First, I’d like to share some photos of the little birds and a chipmunk that visited the other day… as the snow started to melt again…

As for that photo idea I came up with...

Well, I had purchased several packages of glittery Easter eggs from the store, Dollar Tree.


With the glittery eggs -- I originally wanted to spell the word SPRING on a white background inside my home studio. But with all our “winter wonderland” days – during the spring season – I came up with another idea.

Here it is:

As I write this, my photo has been accepted into four stock photo agencies: Fotolia, Deposit PhotosDreamstime and Bigstock. It’s also in a fifth stock photo agency called Most Photos.

It took me a while to get this photo right. But in the process of improving my photography – to get the right shot – it helped me create “a stock photo checklist.” This checklist is now something I can refer to, to help me choose the strongest image for stock photo agencies.

If you’re interested in stock photography, this checklist can help you select the strongest photos for submission... increasing the likelihood they get accepted for sale, too. You can find my stock photo checklist here (link coming soon!).



6 Creative Backgrounds from Common Items

Posted by Catherine and the Paws-itive Pets on June 23, 2013 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sprinkle Goodness Reader,

If you are looking to create your own backgrounds – or sell background photos as stock… you’ll find opportunities all around you.

Here are six background images I’ve taken – using everyday items or products handed in.

Have you for instance, received items from a friend? Something they were looking to pass on?

Well, a friend of ours gave us her wind chime. It had a beautiful blue glass pattern. So, I took it outside and did an extreme close-up of only the glass section:


Our friend also gave us a unique Christmas ornament. I placed it on a red fabric giftwrap material to get this shot:


In another example, do you love crafts? Something in your craft collection could create a nice pattern for a background. I love sequins. So, when I purchased these sequins from a dollar store, I wanted to get a photo before I started using them for crafts or creative projects.

It was winter, and I remember placing the two sequin packets together outside in the snow. I was hoping the snow would help me get a white background. I’m still working on improving my white backgrounds, but here is what I got…

This next shot was taken in the autumn season at my husband’s parents’ farm. My mother-in-law gave us these squash (they looked like pumpkins!) and she had Chinese Lanterns, also known as "Jack-O-Lantern Plants," growing next to an old tree. So, I set the shot up a little – placing the squash at the bottom of the tree and moving the jack-o-lantern’s a little too, to the left of the tree.

For a fifth example -- here is a common item -- a car sun shade. I placed it outside on my car, and loved the pattern the sun created shining down on it. I thought it made for an interesting background image. Here is the result:

And, lastly, here is the foundation of our home... 

Areas around your home... the food you eat… the nature around you… and items handed in… could lead to interesting backgrounds, too.

How might you use these backgrounds?

You could make them available for sale on stock photo agencies. These photos here, today, are in my stock photo portfolios.

You could also create greeting cards or email greetings with them. I like making email greetings for family and friends. I’ll share some ideas with you in another blog.

Until then, please keep in mind I’m still learning to photograph backgrounds correctly, and I like to experiment – such as seeing if snow will create a white background. (Which, I can say is something that didn’t work the best. White cardboard is better!)

I do however hope these photos can help you see the possibilities that may exist around you too. I hope they spark creative ideas in you.

If they do, I’m interested in hearing how they helped you. Thanks so much.