When you call to set up an appointment, we'll also set a location.
Your home, a nearby park - anywhere your pet feels comfortable and relaxed.
We'll find out what type of portrait, and what sort of style you're interested in.
On the day of the session, we'll meet at the location we chose, I'll set up my equipment, and my assistant/wife and I will meet your pet and introduce ourselves.
A little play time, some posing, perhaps, and many photographs later, we'll wrap up the "shoot".
All of this may take as little as an hour, sometimes more. We generally go until we think we have enough good shots, or until your pet seems to want to stop, whichever comes first.
We can produce portraits in several styles - the one above was shot in our studio and the background/ foreground added in post processing.
In all of our pictures, we try to capture the personality of the pet. We want you to look at the portrait and say, "Yep. That's Muffy, all right." (or something similar) I kind of favor close-ups. Not to the point of distortion - we've all seen those pictures where a dog's nose takes up 3/4 of the picture, and the rest of his face is a distant image. That's not my style. And the total candid shot that looks like it was a snapshot? We don't do those, either. Not to say that some snapshots don't work, but we want the pet to be the focus, we want his personality to show through. View our portfolio and you can get a feel for our styles.
A few days later, after I've had a chance to look at the pictures and do some minor tweaking, we'll meet to go over the proofs and choose which one(s) to proceed with and print.
In the past, I've tried to promise these the next day, but I find that it's better to take a little longer and kind of let the images "settle".
Another few days later, I'll deliver your pet's portrait, and we can stand back and admire the beauty.
Our first iPad App!
Kick start your creative process!
Write your own non-sensical novel in the style of your favorite author! Generate reports for work in no time at all! Create a new and totally unique baby name!
Travesty can do all of this for you and more, at the touch of a button.
Use your own words for input or choose from one of Travesty's canned texts. Create new words or reuse the words from your input. Mix styles of your favorite authors.
Travesty analyzes an input text for letter frequencies and sequences, and uses that analysis to form new words that match the original's sequences.
It uses a user-selectable "level" to ensure that a certain number of adjacent letters present in the input will be generated in the output. When set to a low level, the new text has a number of gibberish words; at a high level, the same words from the input text appear almost untouched. Or, as Travesty would say:
Travesty an input text an input to a numberish words to for level
the output text from new text has an input text has and uses a user-selectable "level" to a low letters present letters present input to a high letter of gibber of adjacent input to for level, the input text an input will be generated input will be generated input.
The canned texts include several lists
(baby names, city names), and there's a new button ("Unique") to eliminate all the names in the original list and the duplicates that Travesty generates, so you have a nice, clean list of usable names.
Sometimes you sit and sit, waiting for some inspiration to lead you into a writing task.
Take some of your old writing, or that of a favorite author, and feed it to Travesty. As you read the output, enjoy a chuckle or two, and take inspiration from some of the new words that Travesty has come up with. If a simple computer program can do it, you can certainly do it better. Doesn't "pring decident" mean anything to you?
Travesty is a text-generating program that uses an input text to generate familiar sounding output
based on letter frequencies of the original text.
The levels of Travesty are inversely proportional to the number of beers you've drunk.
After a couple of beers, a level 9 analysis seems plausible, but to make sense of level 2 output, nine beers are required.
Travesty is based on a program published in Byte magazine (an early personal computer magazine) some 27 years ago.
The program has remained popular through the years and been ported to several languages and machines. Here's the iPad version of this much-admired program originally written by Hugh Kenner and James O'Rourke.
You owe... is the latest iPhone app
from Furry Friend. It is (we believe) the best check splitting application out there. It's fast, smart (it remembers a lot), offers usable options, and is, truly, the diner's calculator. We've gained forty pounds and spent thousands of dollars in researching this app. As a result, since it's something we use all the time, we've honed it to a fine edge.
It helps you enter data whenever possible
it remembers the names of diners (when you've saved them) so you can select them with the touch of a button rather than re-entering names, it remembers your tip percentage and before/after tax preference. It helps you enter amounts from the check, so that items ending in .25, .50 (and other common amounts) can be entered with a single touch. All of this so you don't spend a whole lot of time with the green eye shade and miss the party.
The feature list includes:
Rapid Data Entry
Quick Tip Calculation
Calculates Tip Before Or After Tax
Splits Checks Evenly
Splits Checks Exactly (Separate Checks)
Set up Lists of Diners
Select a List of Diners from Available Lists
Handles Discounts on Restaurant Items
Handles Discounts on Entire Check
Handles Gift Certificates
How's it work?
Use the picker to select a sound, a countdown, and whether or not to use the camera.
Countdowns are only selectable in the non-camera mode.
The countdown can be set to 0 (now) or up to 5 seconds from the trigger. If you select an amount greater than zero for a delay, the program ticks off a countdown by the second to prepare you for the action. You can listen to a sound by turning on "Sound preview" and then selecting the sound you'd like to hear.
When things are set the way you want them, tap the "Ready" button, and you get the screen below.
Tap anywhere to play (or to start the countdown, if you selected one.) When the sound starts, the little light under "Playing" turns green, and turns red again when the sound is over. This can be helpful if you selected a sound you can't hear (like the 18MHz tone) - well, some people can hear. Try that one on a teenager.
If you want to change your settings, to make a different sound, for example, touch the screen and hold the touch until the picker screen appears again.
We've tested and retested this little program, but who knows what will be encountered when it's released into the wild.
If you encounter problems, please let us know. We'll do our best to straighten it out.
Likewise, if there's something you like to see added, let us know.
Can't say we'll do it, but we'll think abut it. Real hard. (That's where the sound preview came from.)
Dine & Divide
Touch "New" if you're starting a new check. Then enter tax and total from the check. The "?" button will provide some hints and tips if you forget what's here. A button on the Hints page links to a support web site with more information about how to use the program, giving specific situations as examples. Touch "Tip prefs" to specify that tips be calculate on the pre-tax check amount, or post-tax. This is apparently a pretty contentious issue for some people. You can also elect to calculate the tip after applying discounts and coupons, and make sure your server hates you. The Waiter, author of the bestseller "Waiter Rant" and the popular blog waiterrant.net recommends settings for the before/after tax and before/after discounts and coupons settings. He's told me that waiters sometimes do unspeakable things to poor tippers. Be careful!
Name the people who will be splitting the check. Optionally, there are 4 built-in lists of groups of people (of size 2, 3, 5 and 10) you can select if you are typing-averse or if you're splitting evenly and don't care about names. Use the left and right arrows at the bottom to page through the lists. If you have a group of people you frequently go out with, or want to prepare ahead for tonight's dining, get a jump by setting up the list ahead of time and touching "Save list". Then you can left/right arrow straight to it. (Once you start entering items from the check, you won't be able to change the people paying.)
Enter line items from the check. To start, touch "Add Item". You'll get another screen where you can enter the amount of the item and assign it to one or more people. This screen shows a $25 item being entered and split between Karen, Jason, and Kevyn. You can select whether the item is a normal item, a coupon, a discount or a gift certificate. A discount can be for the entire check, or for just certain items. A discount percentage is made when you enter the first discount item. An entire check discount would apply when the restaurant offers say, a 25% discount on the entire check. If, for example, food items get a 15% discount, enter each food item as a discount item. The "Edit" button on the "Items" screen lets you delete items; a cancel button on the "Line Item" screen lets you go back to the summary screen without entering an item. To change an item you've already entered, to assign it to someone else, for example, or change the amount, just touch the item on the"Items" screen.
Assign a tip percent on this screen (the program remembers the percentage you used the last time, so you might not need to do this). You can then see "who owes what". Flipping to whole $ rounds the amounts owed to maybe make it easier to leave cash. Amounts less than $.50 round down, amounts greater round up. This can result in a total that is less than the total amount of the bill and tip. Rather than try and guess how you'd want to handle this. (Should Barry just leave $26 even though he was just a penny short of rounding up to $27? Does Karen plan on leaving her customary 2 quarters with her phone number for the cute waiter?) You get to figure this out and come with a way to cover the check. Change the tip percentage to 16%, for example and see what happens. Just don't leave the waiter short. Touch the little envelope button to send an email version of the check to people of your choice.
Coupons and Discounts
Here are some typical coupons from the coupon fliers.
The first one offers $5 off a $40 or greater check. If your party runs up a $65 check, you can redeem this coupon. Simply add it as an item, and mark it as a "Coup" coupon. It should appear on your restaurant check as a $5 deduction. You should present this coupon before your waiter presents the bill, otherwise she'll have to go back and redo it.
This second coupon gives you 15% off the entire check.
Although it's referred to as a "coupon", we really know it's a discount. Add this one as an item and touch "Disc" (short, of course, for discount.) When asked, touch the button to assign the discount to the entire check, and move the resultant slider to 15. Enter all the items from the check at their normal prices as normal items; the 15% will be subtracted from the check total. Again, the waiter would appreciate knowing about this coupon before presenting the check.
If you just want to add a tip and split things evenly, or if you want to just figure a tip, it's simple.
Press "New". Enter just the total. You can optionally enter the total on the "Split" screen.
Make sure the right number of people are listed (don't care who they are) if you're splitting. If you're not, skip this screen.
Don't go here.
Change the tip percentage if you need to. Otherwise, you're done.
At Your Location (home, park, etc.) "Groom and Shoot" Discount. Have your pooch groomed at Pawsitively Pampered Pooch and photographed the same day, and receive a 20% discount on the photography.
We’re a husband and wife team. We love animals and take great pride in our work. We take the time to get just the right result. Ben's the photographer, and Carolyn is the poser/wrangler.
Ben's been taking pictures since he was 5 years old, took photography classes through college, and practiced photography as a hobby through his "childbearing" years. He got his first digital camera in 1994, and ten years later, with the advances in digital technology, dropped film for good. He's been photographing pets (mainly dogs, but a few cats, too) now for a few years, and counts many satisfied customers and beautiful dogs as clients.