The intention of this project is to combine the letters with my own photography pieces, and create a publication accessible to others (i.e. blog, website, print format). If you have any questions on the information below, please do not hesitate to connect with me personally via email! All project correspondence can be done via email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or though the contact forms on my blog and main website.
#1 | Letter
Provide a letter in an emailed document.
Applicants are invited to write a letter to their dog (or any pet) who has passed on. The conversation is as though you were reading it to them, and not about them. Things to consider when choosing what to write are: how you met, what they meant/mean to you, what they taught you, what you miss, what you will always remember about your time together. Use the names/nicknames you gave them. You can also speak to the experience of the loss itself, what it felt like, what it was like for you after they passed, and how you feel now. There is no wrong way to write, and people are encouraged to write from a genuinely emotional space. Children are encouraged to participate.
It is not uncommon for one to experience feelings of regret or guilt in the grieving process. It is in the acknowledgement and recognition of these emotions that we can then move through them. In sharing them, we can create the space for others to heal as well. If you experienced any of these emotions, I encourage you to include the experience in your letter.
Please provide letter in a word document format. In cases where emailed document cannot be opened, it will be requested to send the body of text directly in email format. (No locked documents please).
Maximum 600 word count (one full standard page maximum). Don’t worry….if submission is over this guideline, components of your letter can still be utilized in the project!
#2 | Photograph
Provide a digital photograph via email or a hard copy photograph via regular post mail.
Type of Photo:
1) Photo of your dog or a photo of you with your dog. (Please do not submit photos with a third party unless they also provide me written consent).
2) Photo must be clear and identifiable. The general rule of thumb is that the subject should be close and take up two thirds of the photo frame.
3) Photos can be landscape or portrait orientation.
Photograph Submission Reference Samples:
Subject(s) clear, sharp identifiable as person and dog. Subject(s) predominant in photo.
Subject too far away. Subject fuzzy and not identifiable. Subject not predominant in photo.
1) Photo must be a minimum of 800kb and less than 2MB if submitted electronically. Generally, the photo needs to print to a clear, non-pixilated 4×6” print.
2) If able, please name the file photo with your first and last name.
Photo must not be copyright to a professional photographer. Please ensure written consent to use photo if submitted a photo that was not taken by you or that is not your own personal property. No logoed or watermarked files will be accepted.
#3 | Information
Provide the following information with your photograph and letter:
1) Name, address, email, daytime contact number.
2) Name(s) of animal in photograph, their date of birth and date of death.
3) Name(s) of people in photograph.
This is intended for reference and contact only. Personal information beyond your letter and first names will not be utilized in the final product of this project. Please ensure your information is accurate. If at any time during the creation of this project I cannot contact you for any further information or questions, I will not be able to use your submission.
#4 | Agreement/Release
1) Provide written acknowledgement of agreement/release below.
By submitting you letter and personal information for this project, you consent to the following terms:
Submission grants publishing rights and authorized use of all and portions of the provided letter text and photograph(s) in any and all of the following forms of media: online blog, website, material print, advertising, publications in both print and digital format, as it relates to any and all of the business of: SarahAnn Dog Photography. I authorize the use of all and portions of the provided letter text and photograph(s) in any and all manners, including composite images or representations, for the for purposes of publicity, illustration, commercial art, advertising, selling, publishing, and for any product or services, or other lawful uses as may be determined by Sarah Daloise. I agree that the photo supplied is not copyright to a photographer.
Please note that submissions to this project may be altered in the following ways:
Use of province/state of participants.
Cropping/manipulation of photo for layout, colour, design purposes.
Condensing of letter with/without grammar/spelling corrections.
First name use only in final product.