Monday, June 18, 2012

It's Blue Ribbon Time!

Each June, the WCA magazine publishes the Blue Ribbon issue in which breeders and owners showcase their Weims' accomplishments. The editor will create ads for a small fee in addition, but many people opt to have their ads professionally designed (or do them themselves!) Last year, at the behest of my dear friend, Linda Hartheimer, I created a book of ad designs to bring with us on our trip to the Nationals to show the Weim community what I could create for them...I met so many people who took my card and looked at my book (some even requested a copy of the book to take home with them!)
Although I still don't have my own copy of the magazine, many do and can see all the lovely Weimaraners' ads. I got a peek at Linda's copies yesterday and was excited to see not only my two ads, but some of the photos I have taken of other Weims used in their ads designed by fellow Weim lover, rescuer and designer, Sara Renee. (Those ads are for Bebe, Trudy, and my pbp, Savi!)

One of the two dogs I was hired to design ads for is Elle, a sweet girl from Silverhoney Weimaraners who is a new CH. I run into her owner/breeder, Suzanne at shows and some hunt tests. Back in February, I was taking some photos ringside and got a few head shots of Elle that I knew would be perfect for an ad for her. Many ideas danced in my head and Suzanne and I discussed the possibility of me designing an ad. Once Elle got her last points and finished her title, Suzanne asked me to send her some proofs! Just a few copy changes and we were all set to print!
This is Elle's 2012 Blue Ribbon:

The other ad I designed is for Cass! If you all recall last August, I posted an ad I designed for my friends in Alaska for their male Weim, Cassiar... Throughout his show career, I have watched him quickly earn his CH, Can CH and most recently, his GCH. Each step along the way, I made note that we would be sure to include these milestones in a Blue Ribbon when the time came (and if they wanted to hire me to design it!!) I had lots of ideas dancing around my head so when his owners asked me to create his Blue Ribbon, I quickly set out to pull it all together with some win shots. With a few tweaks called in from the RV while on the show circuit, Cassiar's ad was sent in just under the deadline! ;-) Here is Cassiar's 2012 Blue Ribbon:

Thank you to the following people for allowing me the opportunity to
help their Weims SHINE: Linda Hartheimer, Rich and Barbara Alfieri, Bonnie and Steve Lane, Suzanne Honeyman, and Julie Aune!