In Loving Memory

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Today is a sad day…after 12 years together, our family dog Maggie has reached a point where her body is just not able to sustain her anymore.  Over the last 9 months we have seen her deteriorate slowly.  Her Lab face always seems to defy the pain she is in as she perks up whenever we come in the room, take her on a walk, or give her some “floor time” to play.  Play times have gotten shorter, walks are probably more appropriately referred to as stumbles and flat out face plants, and her smiles when we enter the room have changed first to tail thumps, and more recently, just an ear perk.

I remember when I first got her – a dozen years ago.  I was a single guy in St. Louis, and many family and friends suggested I get a dog for companionship.  This bundle of energy snuggled into my arms from the litter almost immediately:

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When I met Tracy, the two quickly connected – each becoming almost as attached as I am with our beloved dog now of a dozen years. It was Tracy that started affectionately referring to her as “Maggie-Moo”, or now the more common “Moo” which everyone seems to know her by…

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Over the years, she grew, and enjoyed many many happy days.  Some of my favorite moments include particular events.  Here she is expressing her curiosity the year I got a 10-22mm lens, checking out the new gear in my bag:

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Us humans can take a page from our dogs, because they always seem to be smiling, happy to just be there, and both giving and receiving companionship, even just enjoying something as simple as a warm sunny day:

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Being the Lab that she is, Maggie also enjoyed every moment she could in water, swimming, chasing sticks, and of course, giving me a dousing whenever I needed one:

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Maggie is such a good dog – and acutely aware of people and their emotions  This dog never left my side when I was bedridden with pneumonia.  When something is missing or unfamiliar, she is always on the alert, checking things out to make sure all is in order:

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Not to say that she was always good – as sometimes Maggie would get into something either with our consent, or just from her own search and explore sessions:

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Her signature mark is a “happy wiggle” where she would literally throw herself down on the floor, and wiggle around on her back.  This was always a sign that we knew she was in a happy place:

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One of our favorite shots of her is one where she is obliging us with a pose over Haloween, so I feel compelled to share it here as well – so prim and proper…

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So, we made the painful decision to let her go with some dignity.  It was SO HARD to make this decision.  We cried and reconsidered countless times whether we were doing the right thing or not.  With no human children, Maggie really is our only child, and letting her go even today is something we feel physically ill about.  She just can’t handle another move though – there are literally weeks, possibly only days left, so we opted to let her go gracefully.

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It’s an inevitable part of the circle of life, and while the logical part of me knows and understands this, the emotional side of me will never be the same person again. It hurts so bad to let her go, even though I know she is going to a better place.  Thanks for the lifetime of memories “Moo”…we love you! You were larger than life itself!

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Launch of The DIY Legal Prequel!

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That’s right it’s now for sale in the eBook store!  After much hullabaloo and promise of getting this out sooner, I’ve finally crossed the T’s and dotted the I’s to the satisfaction of counsel and review teams, which means it’s ready for you!  So, what is the Prequel?  Well, as you may recall the DIY Legal Kit was a bundle of forms created by yours truly with a professional licensed copyright attorney – including such things as an event contract, a licensing form, model releases (adult and child).  It got a lot of positive feedback, with one minor (but important) note – there was no explanation of what each form was, and when to use them.  Enter the DIY Prequel!

DIY Legal Prequel

The DIY Legal Prequel not only addresses what each form is, but discusses the background of what the legal principles are that surround the entire realm of legal expectations in the photography world.  Everything from Copyright to Right to Privacy, Fair Use and more is covered in here.  It’s a pretty detailed discussion too – covering 12 pages of content.  It’s nicely broken up with questions, answers and short narratives surrounding each concept and is designed specifically with the photographer in mind!  Wanna know the best part?  You can get it for FREE!

DIY Prequel

Yup, it is available for a limited time as a free eBook when you get the Legal DIY Kit along with it.  Just use the discount code DIYPREQUEL when you go to check out!  For those of you who may be thinking “Ok, but what if I don’t need (or already have) the DIY Legal Kit.  There’s a discount code for you too!  To save 20% off just the DIY Legal Prequel by itself, use discount code CBPREQUEL.

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As if that’s not enough, I also went a little off the deep end (don’t ask me why), and decided to offer an incredible discount to anyone who might want to just get the entire collection of eBooks – with an ALLIN discount code to save 10% off everything!  The best part here?  You can use the DIYPREQUEL and the ALLIN discount codes in conjunction with each other, for some huge savings!  That includes the DIY Legal Prequel, the DIY Legal Kit, and 49 Tips, Volumes I and II!  Combining the discounts is pretty sweet too…$5 of the total, then 10% off the remainder all adds up to some substantial savings!  But ya gotta act fast – this is only good through Sunday, the 10th!

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