Ornamental, colourful, imaginative: These are the qualities of Wonderful Gracie Doodle’s Instagram and TikTok pages, the place you’ll discover the 6-year-old Australian Labradoodle Gracie wearing elaborate costumes, starting from a Christmas tree wrapped in garland and ornaments, “grilling” for the 4th of July and roses in her fur for Valentine’s day.
“Vacation images are my obsession,” says Gracie’s pet mother Fanny Karpman, who celebrates each Christmas and Hanukkah and every year has Gracie decked out in celebration of each.
Fanny began taking images when Gracie was a pet and instantly knew how a lot pleasure Gracie’s costumes might deliver to the world due to how uplifting the artistic outlet was for herself. A former lawyer, Fanny was going via a funk in her private life. Creating distinctive and colour costumes turned therapeutic, she says.
“I really feel quite a lot of love from the canine neighborhood,” she says of each on-line and in individual Los Angeles connections.
Inspiration for locating distinctive canine costumes
Fanny plans her themes and costumes months prematurely, getting inspiration from popular culture and driving across the metropolis in search of intriguing and vivid artwork reveals, metropolis murals and gardens. She carries props, lighting and treats in her automobile so she and Gracie are prepared when inspiration hits.
Her efforts have paid off. Not solely does she obtain messages from youngsters who’re going via their very own powerful instances saying Gracie is the one optimistic factor of their lives, however her cheerful images get picked up by quite a lot of main retailers.
This yr for the vacations, Fanny plans to recreate the well-known tongue scene from A Christmas Story with Gracie carrying a puffy jacket and licking a light-weight put up. Fanny’s trick? Somewhat peanut butter on the sunshine put up.
Ideas for creating distinctive vacation canine costumes:
- Costumes which have designs on the entrance work finest for canine images
- Hold props and treats in your automobile incase inspiration hits whereas on the go
- Cardboard goes a good distance when constructing props and backdrops for photograph shoots
- Join together with your local people on social media for group photograph alternatives
- Shops like Homegoods, TJ Max, Michaels and XX promote out quick; begin trying within the fall.
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