Pet Art Idea

Well, since mid December I have been working at a Dog Hotel/Daycare.  I love this job for the simple fact that I am working with animals and not humans. Don’t get me wrong, they can get attitudes and have bad days just like us, but at the end of it all, I feed them and they (most of them anyway) are always willing to give a cuddle afterward.

During my time at the hotel I have photographed dogs that I like or find unique or ones that seem to like the camera.  I will be posting some here and was wondering if any of my readers (if any, since I am so random with my posts) could tell me what they(you) think of making work out of this idea…

I plan to paint some of the ones that have a nice composition or are just intriguing. If I can find work in New Hampshire (My boyfriend and I are moving there in less than 3 weeks) at a doggie daycare, I’d like to photograph peoples pets in their element, instead of in a strange studio with boring sheets.

I suppose the point/question is:

If I were to make prints of these or paint them, do you think people would buy them? Would you purchase something like that of your pet?

Please feel free to respond!


Possible UTI Instigator

I was visiting with a friend a week ago for some home made Sangria. It was delicious, but that is not the point of this article. We were discussing different ways to make the Sangria, and I brought up how to make it with white wine. She told me that white wine causes her to have UTI‘s (urinary tract infections).

She said that she would drink it on Thursdays with her husband and a few days later she would have a UTI. She went to the doctor and they recommended she cut white wine out of her diet, just to eliminate that as a possible cause.  When she stopped drinking the white wine, she stopped getting UTIs.

So just as a precautionary note for women everywhere. If you are someone who gets UTIs often and also drink white wine, try drinking red or rose instead, and see if it helps. Do not get me wrong I love wine, this article is not meant to badmouth and white wine or their makers, however a woman’s health is often misunderstood and complicated, so here is a just a suggestion that without my friend I never would have though of.

Looking for a Resolution…

A  fellow animal lover and myself have come across this website…

We would like to know if the website is a scam or not.  There are no credentials or contact information. But the people who are “running ” it, took time to organize a website from

Just hoping to get the word out about our curiosity and hopefully get some answers from anyone who may have used this site.  Please comment and fill us in.

In addition, I would like to reassure my readers that I am not calling this website a scam, I am simply looking for information about it.

So if the website owners do stumble upon this blog, I apologize for any negative activity I may have caused (maybe you can clear it up).


I am so happy to finally have some good news to post on my site, the last couple have been so negative, helpful, but negative.  I have been hired on full time by the company Amazing Pictures.  They shoot people before a show/ride/attraction and offer to sell it to them at the end.  My station is at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas and the photograph is offered to people before they go up in the Eiffel Tower. I will be switching between photographing, selling and cashiering. SO it’s not a full blown photography job, but it will get my foot in the door.

So anyone who is job searching out there. Keep your head up and don’t give up and eventually, some light will be shed your way.  But remember, with everyone needing light during these tough times, only a little may be shed per person.  It’s up to you to make the best with what you have and live as simply and humbly as possible!

Dog Scams…Please Be Aware!

Please send the URL to this web post to anyone who may be dog searching.  We as a society need to do what we can to help each other when we can.  NO subscription is needed to view this blog. Here is the URL :

I have been actively looking for an English bulldog for purchase and for a generally decent price. I happened upon this add for English bulldogs for $200 for shipment at this site

and the seller emailed me immediately.  The seller lives in Cameroon, that is in Africa, FYI! So my boyfriend and I did some research and found multiple scam reports from Cameroon for different types of puppies.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some people forked over money and were very disappointed.

These two sites have multiple examples of Puppy Scams from Cameroon

Anytime the website mentions that their ads are free be suspicious.

Below are the emails from beginning to end between me and my miracle seller.

RE: About your ad…AKC English bulldog puppies for good home‏
From: Sonja Corliss
Sent: Thu 1/28/10 12:03 AM
How would you be receiving the payment if this were to happen? Do they have the same banks there in Africa? Excuse my curiosity but I have read a lot of puppy scams from Cameroon specifically and many of them have the same information that I have received thus far…

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 08:31:31 +0100
Subject: Re: About your ad…AKC English bulldog puppies for good home
To: Sonja Corliss
The transportation fee for each puppy cost $200.As regards the transportation , i will need your full detailed address , full names , phone numbers and the name of the closest airport to your house where you want the puppies shipped and after that home delivered to , i will also need your full names  so that i do the registration for the transportation of the puppies… they will be micro chipped because I do not want any difficulties when they are on their flight..also the puppies will be well taken care of during transportation and they will be delivered to you safely.please promise me you will  spoil the puppies to rotten and update me with pictures of the puppies and the new family when you have the puppies at your house.i can send them immediately if you email me the can call me at 01123779204438

On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 8:10 AM, Sonja Corliss wrote:

Hello, I am actually located in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I know I would be able to take care of them. My biggest issue is the transportation, that is a long way for only $200 dollars and I know that the trip would be a lot for them. I can really only afford one, but if there is something I can work our for both. Let me know if the U.S. is even possible for that price before I keep going on…

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 07:53:28 +0100
Subject: Re: About your ad…AKC English bulldog puppies for good home
To: Sonja Corliss

Hello thanks for the concerned and your interest in my puppies.They are  potty trained , A.k.c registered , vet checked and will come with all papers needed . these puppies are very playful and  also good with kids and other household pets. they have a wonderful  temperament. They are 13weeks old and they presently weigh 10 lbs and will weigh 53-55 pounds when fully grown. i am looking for a new home for them where they will be spoiled to rotten because we just moved into a new and non pet apartment in Cameroon.i am asking just $200 for the transportation of each puppy from cameroon to your location. one is a male and the other is a female,they are called precious and Eddie.precious is the female and Eddie is the male.i wish to know if you are interested in both puppies or just one.but i will prefer that you take both puppies since they have been together since they were born and separating them will not be a good idea.please permit me pose a few questions.were are you located?are you a breeder?are you sure you will be able to take care of them? how soon do you need them? below are Precious and Eddie’s pictures
thanks and waiting to read from you.
(3 or 4 pictures)

(3 or 4 pictures)


On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 7:51 AM, <Sonja Corliss> wrote:

Hello micheal90,

Listing these comments concern:

Below is an inquiry about your listing.

I am looking for an affordable english bulldog, is this puppy still available??

Re: About your ad…AKC English bulldog puppies for good home‏
From: micheal millan (
Sent: Thu 1/28/10 4:00 AM
To: Sonja Corliss

i am a devoted Christian and i cannot collect money from some one without sending his/her puppies for it is wrong in the eyes of God.if i had the money i would have shipped them directly to you without asking for a dime from you.the problem is that i dont have the money right now.that is why i asked for the money to pay for their flight.i am a worker as well and i know how we all work hard to earn the money which we have.i cannot be crazy to take money from you without shipping your i want u to be rest assured that you will have precious and eddie in your arms before you know it..but if you dont feel comfortable,i will look for another good home for the puppies else where.thanks

From: Sonja Corliss
Sent: Thu 1/28/10 3:33 PM
I don’t think I should follow through, this whole thing seems uncertain to me. And so you are not shocked to find that another interested persons has declined, I have found someone else who has the exact same emails…pretty much and she now thinks this idea is a scam. Just for the record. I think that what you are involved in is sick. People are broke as it is, and here you are trying to use a real world problem like dog adoption and turning it into something untrustworthy and fake.  I think you should get in touch with your god again and hopefully listen a lot better next time!

Change of Heart

For the past two years I have been taking photography classes at UNLV which  focuses on the fine art aspect. This semester a commercial photo class has been offered by Sergio Checko to help the students at UNLV get a wider range of education and practice.  I have completely fallen head over heels for this type of photography.  We have had three assignments so far and I have felt very strongly about the outcome of each one. The first was just a play with lighting, shadows and shapes, the second was food, and the third was headshots of our classmates.  All done with hot lights and reflectors!  I have always been more prone to documentary photography and attracted to landscape and wildlife photography, but was never able to act upon it because the classes I was taking required me to search my mind for fine art.  I have no problem with what I have been taught so far; in fact, I am glad that I was pushed to explore fine art before jumping right into commercial, it made me appreciate what other people can do. However, now that it has been introduced to me,  I am very excited to say that I have found my niche.  I will always shoot in documentary form and somewhat in fine art, since my eye has been trained to view things in this way, but my focus will be to shoot commercially for local people and hopefully a magazine.

I would love to work for National Geographic some day. I do think that with more experince I will be able to do so.   I decided to take four more classes in different fields of commercial photography after I graduate in December 2009.  I will be attending CSN to further my knowledge in the field of my future career.  When I open my own freelance photography business, it will be called Nativelea Photo. Keep an eye out and hopefully I’ll see ya soon!

Dawning of a New View

It has been a while since I have last written, but I feel it necessary to give the world an update on my new perspective on photography.

There have been many life changing events this summer for me, and they have all impacted me in an emotional and artistic way.  In my Intermediate Black & White photography class, I used a lot of control in my work and not a lot of feeling.  Don’t get me wrong I like the work I have done; each photo shows a little bit more of my learning experience.  This semester I am enrolled in Advanced Black & White Photography with Catherine Angel and I have already used a new method for my shooting.  I plan to incorporate my feelings into the photo; therefor, creating a more emotional experience for my viewer.

Now that I am living on my own, with no roommates and only the person on the phone as my company, I have had more time to myself to analyze what I would like to convey in my art.  I have always told people that the whole reason I photograph so many things is because I like to share the feeling I felt at that moment with someone else.  Then I realized I was not putting my heart into my work, I was simply doing the assignments.  Which may get me a grade, but it won’t make me proud of my work. Although I have recently gained a new feeling of confidence and appreciation for my time in Las Vegas, Nevada, my heart lies in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and I miss it dearly.  So why shouldn’t I show that in my work?  I should that is the point.

As soon as I get a moment to digitally photgraphy my new print style I will pot some pictures and hopefully get some feedback; positive or negative, I appreciate both.

Exposure 4

So, UNLV is putting on an exhibition of art work from the advanced and intermediate black and white photography classes. Three of my pieces have been selected as a maybe, but it is possible that one of them goes into the yes pile. I am hopeful. It would be nice to put on a resume. Anyways, if anyone would like to go and see the exhibition. Here are the details:

Exposure 4

Showing April 14-25

Opening Reception: Thursday April 17th, 6-9 p.m.

In the Grant Hall Gallery.

Very exciting. I hope some of you can come.

Black and White

I recently started my courses for the spring semester at UNLV. I also recently started my job at Chili’s as a hostess; hopefully a soon-to-be server. I am taking intermediate black and white photography, oil painting, kick boxing, second level voice class, and a survey of art history. So with just work and school on my plate, I am an extremely busy lady. To add onto that, I have a boyfriend of three and a half years to see once in a while. Through all this stress, I have come to love my black and white photo class. Even thought it is very demanding I have already learned so much from my teacher; Catherine Angel. I hope I can manage my time well enough to sleep and eat on a regular basis this semester. Wish me luck!