How we chose our pet friendly flooring

Ten years ago when we visited an animal rehoming centre in Canada, I vividly remember filling out a form which asked if you had considered all of the potential implications of having a dog. Of course, a bit like when you have children, back then we thought we knew it all, but we were in no way aware of all the many small ways that dog ownership would change our lives over the next decade.

Six years later and back in the UK, we found ourselves trying to choose flooring for the downstairs of our house, flooring that suited both us and the dogs. Because yes, dog friendly flooring is an actual thing, not because you are trying to make the flooring comfortable for the dogs, but because we we wanted a surface that would survive the daily wear and tear of claws and mud.

I did a lot of googling at the time trying to find the right answer and four years later it seems like a good opportunity to revisit our decision making…

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Me & Mine – March

This is our second attempt at a March photo for Me & Mine, we were running out of places to take photos indoors and in the rain and cold, but while I was filling the kettle I looked outside, saw the very start of some yellow buds emerging and said “let’s take it at the end of the week, the forsythia will be out by then” and it was!

This winter seems to have dragged on forever and I am really ready to embrace any signs of spring I can find, a little sunshine and warmth would be even better next month please!

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Jane Cooke Jazz photo shoot at the Old Chapel

A couple of weeks ago I did my first photo shoot with my new camera, creating promotional images for Jane Cooke Jazz a local musical duo. We did the shoot in a recording studio which is in a converted church and is only a couple of minutes away from my house. I was looking forward to it as I was hoping I’d finally get to lay the ghost of my old camera to rest!

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Photos I have sold recently… and to where

I’ve been selling my photos through Getty Images for about six years. They initially recruited me via my Flickr account and in those early days the process of selling images was quite an easy one. The Getty team monitored your Flickr uploads and specifically requested to licence those photos they liked. Then you just had to fill in an online form and your photos were on sale.

When the Flickr/Getty deal came to an end, us contributors switched over to a new slightly less intuitive system and as a result the number of new images I was licensing tailed off, although the sales continued and every few months I’d get a nice surprise payment in to my bank.

After getting to grips with a few problems I’ve had with Getty’s system I’ve decided to be more proactive this year and spend time uploading new images to licence, whilst making more of an effort to analyse the kind of photos that are selling. So as part of this process I thought I’d start an occasional series of posts about the images I have sold recently. This latest batch cover the last six months, but as I have doubled the number of photos I have listed  this week, I am expecting the number of sales to increase over the year.

Bella The Beagle Shot From Overhead – This photo was taken last summer as part of the Home Life Project. It’s one of a very small number (15) of photos I licensed last year (due to problems with the system). It sold for the first time in January for quite a large sum to an advertising agency in San Francisco. Unfortunately I have no idea who or what they used it for, though looking at their client list my best guess is that it may have been used by their client Rover.com. Although it may look a little unremarkable, I think part of the reason it sold is because it’s got a lot of good space for text and would therefore work well in an editorial piece or as an advert. Photos with Bella in seem to sell well, so I’m taking a mental note to upload some more!

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Home Life Project – March

I have to admit I was a little sad that this month’s Home Life Project weekend missed the snow by just a matter of hours (in my part of the country at least!) as it would have provided such an interesting backdrop for March. However I did have some positive news this weekend, as at long last my camera is back from repair with Nikon, although after nearly six months with repeated problems, my confidence and enthusiasm for photography has really taken a hit and I’m still debating whether to trade my current model in and start afresh with a new camera entirely. I think it’s fair enough to say I have lost my photography mojo at the moment.

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Hello. I'm Clare.
I'm a photographer, maker & marketeer based on the West Sussex/Hampshire border. This blog focuses on creative family living through photography, design, crafts and interiors. Read more

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