If you went behind the scenes with us on the photo shoot with Annie’s new puppies and the extraordinary talented pet portraitist Amanda Jones, you’ve no doubt been wondering what that ridiculously cute photo session was all about. Well, we’re pretty darn excited to announce that Googie and Impy, Annie’s constant canine companions, are featured in Amanda’s new line of limited-edition note cards through The Dog Studio, to launch her Kickstarter campaign.
Amanda, who formerly worked in San Francisco doing kid, family, and wedding portraits, craved a change in direction in her work. So she invited some dog-loving friends to take their pets to her studio for a day of fun and shooting. “I was surprised at how good they came out and how much the owners loved them,” she recalls. “And pets aren’t self-conscious. They don’t care about their hair or their wrinkles, and they never fake a smile.” The photos were such a hit that Amanda made the switch to photographing animals full-time.
That was nearly 20 years ago. These days, most of Amanda’s clientele is dogs, with the occasional cat or child-and-furry-best-friend combo. She shoots in both her hip, laid-back studio in North Adams, Massachusetts, or on location across the country. (Check out her website to see if she’s coming to a city near you.) With her daughter growing up, Amanda decided to focus more on family time and less on travel, and hit on the idea of a stationery line. “I’m a big card, paper, and stationery love,” she explains. “But the typical dogs you see on stationery—in a hat or sunglasses, for example—that’s not a true representation of the pet. I wanted to do something that honors dogs as they are.
Amanda, who has also written and photographed four breed books and is working on a new book of pet portraits, is planning a series of note card collections featuring a range of adorable dog images, plus a variety of greeting cards. All feature her signature soulful dog portraits printed locally on high-quality stationery. Help Amanda meet her fund-raising goal and pick up your own cards and other dog-themed goodies!
Amanda’s giving away three packs of the Googie and Impy notecards, right here! Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win. Check out the Rafflecopter entry form below for 4 easy ways to enter! Contest ends on Sunday, May 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. View the full details.