Sully - Our Halloween Adoptable of the Day

October 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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Sully is an adoption return feline to the Polk County Humane Society on Oct. 14. He is approx. 5 months old. He was raised in foster care and has been raised around many other cats and dogs. He would make an excellent addition to any home. He certainly loves to play hide and seek.

For more information on Sully please call PCHS: 863.324.5227

 


She is such a Blessing! Adoptable dog

October 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

BLESSING

Female Labrador Retriever Mix • Aprox. 6 years old • Intake: Stray

To adopt contact:

The Humane Society of Polk County 
3195 Dundee Road
Winter Haven, FL 33884
Call (863) 324-5227

Meet Blessing! She is a labrador retriever mix who was brought to the Humane Society of Polk County as a stray back in March of 2016. She is black and white with smooth fur and is medium sized. She has to die for brown or auburn eyes and cute drooping ears and a long wiggly tail. She is a lovable girl who just wants someone to love her. Preferably a woman. She is talented and smart knowing how to sit, sit pretty for treats, shake hands and also gives high fives. When taking her photos I noticed she is super affectionate and loves to give kisses. I had to wipe my lens off several times as she wanted to give me so many. She is housetrained and up to date on shots and is ready for her forever home.

 


Pageants helped me build self confidence - Auburndale Tiny, Little and Teen Pageant 2015

April 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Back in my pre-teen years I used to compete in pageants and I don't regret one bit of my participation. They brought out true inner beauty and self confidence in each of its contestants especially me!

Back in the early 90s the Miss Montana Pageant was held in Great Falls, Montana and since it was in my home town I wanted to enter. A friend of mine is currently Miss Montana and I am so proud of her. Go Tahnee Peppenger. She is quite the entrepreneur as well owning her own rodeo fashion company http://www.pinkspursco.com/.

Without doing pageants I would not have built my self confidence to speak in front of people. My confidence to just walk up to a stranger and strike up a conversation. My ability to be open and honest. My ability to sell...and own many different businesses throughout the years.

My mom, being a single parent at the time, told me that if I wanted to keep doing the pageants I had to pay my own way. This meant pay my entrance fees, for all my outfits and basically...everything! Well, this is where I learned to sell, sell, sell! I would do everything I could. Mow lawns, babysit, sell jerky at local bars and restaurants. I didn't get a fancy new ball gown but a beautiful used one from the Goodwill. If I remember correctly, my mom helped me a little with entrance fees but many were paid for because I sold so many ads in the program. It is crazy that if you really want something and it isn't given to you how much you can accomplish and learn from the experience. I really wish more parents nowadays were like my Mom. Make them work for it and they will appreciate it so much more.

 

dressingdressing Yes, I still have insecurities and I think we all do but being in pageants showed me that everyone is beautiful in their own way. I didn't win the pageant but took away more than I could have ever imagined at the time. 

 

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One of my favorite memories was doing my speech on some one I admired. Pretty funny when I really admired President Ronald Reagan. I thought it was pretty cool that an actor could turn President and that I thought he was so handsome. Not as the President but back when he was the "actor". 

moremore The Tiny-Miss Auburndale pageant was the first of it's kind for the Auburndale Chamber of Commerce and I think it was very well organized. Congratulations to all the winners and even the contestants themselves. You may not know it now but every time you are up on that stage you build self confidence and skills that you take with you for life.  For more information, call the Chamber at 863-967-3400.

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Auburndale Chamber of Commerce Leading Ladies Expo 2015

April 11, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

One of my favorite things to do is network and meet new and fabulous entrepreneurs especially women! Well, before moving to Florida i did a little Facebook and Internet research and found a great group of women entrepreneurs in Polk County, Florida. They are called FAB and they welcomed me with open arms. I have been their guest at two meetings and am joining this Monday. Here is a little bit about them taken from their website:

"FAB – Females Advancing Business – is a networking group for women in the Greater Winter Haven area. Formed in 2010 by Dora Lovell, Kathryn Smith and Cynthia Rignanese, the group’s purpose is to provide an opportunity to get to know others who are serious about building their business through relationships and referrals — all in an atmosphere that is informal, relaxed, and educational. If you are a FABulous lady, and would like more information, please contact us at: FABwinterhaven@gmail.com"

Since networking with them I have photographed the Auburndale Chamber of Commerce Tiny, Little Miss and Teen Pageant and this wonderful event below. I can't wait for more opportunities to come!

The Leading Ladies Expo and Luncheon 

at the Auburndale Civic Center

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Selfies for business owners are a thing of the past

March 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Today everyone needs a professional headshot.

If you are a business owner, you need a headshot.

If you are writing a blog, you need a headshot.

If you are in sales, you need a headshot.

If you are in the financial industry, you need a headshot.

Having a professional headshot on your profile, on your website or blog is the first impression a customer or client is getting about you.  

A professional image is very important and a cell phone "selfie" just won't cut it anymore in the online market. You want to portray your product as professional so you should also look professional. The only way to do this is to hire a professional photographer like April Spaulding to make you look your best. Correct lighting and posing will make you look fabulous and will also make people want to work with you. 

"It would be better to have NO photo than to have a "selfie."

Why not have a photo that is a true representation of who you are."

Your personality, style, passion can come through in a professional headshot. Whether you prefer natural lighting or in studio lighting there is still a drastic need (if not more) for these types of images.

"It PAYS to make the investment in YOU and in YOUR BUSINESS."

April Spaulding Photography not only does individual headshots in studio but can also set up a small studio at your place of business or on location such as a park or at a corporate or staff function. 

 

 

 

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