February 2019

February 2019 Editor's Note

Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Lucy, my lovable eight-year-old Bernese mountain dog, has become a bit obstinate in her old age. For the most part, she’s still a joy to be with, but specifically when it comes to time in front of the camera, she does exactly the opposite of what I would like her to do. This particular shot of Queen Lucy took at least 10 minutes of coaxing, more than a few Pup-Peroni treats as bribes, followed by a forceful drag onto the backdrop paper. And let’s be honest. As my good friend Tom Staebler used to say, “It’s not going to win any awards, but it’ll do.”

Let’s say, however, that I’m photographing a client and would rather Lucy not plant herself in the middle of the studio during the shoot. Yep, you guessed it. I can’t seem to keep her out of the shot. At first, I thought maybe she was slipping on the backdrop paper in her old age, and that’s why she, all of the sudden, refused to get in the shot with me. Now, I’m pretty sure it’s just a game and she’s being a stubborn old lady.

The February issue is devoted to pets and relationships—two topics we LOVE to talk about. We kick off the pet section with the winners of our Most Adorable Pet Contest, which we conduct on Facebook every year. (see page 31) This year, however, we did things a little differently. For every pet entered, we are donating $1 to the rescue of the owner’s choice. So, thanks to a few clicks of the mouse, the Lowcountry raised $600 for local rescues like Maranatha Farm, Palmetto Animal League, Rogue Rescue and Hilton Head Humane.

For our monthly fashion feature, our stylist chose clothing in tones that matched our furry friends. I’d like to thank all of the dog moms and dads who brought their “kids” to our shoot looking fabulous. Everyone was on time and so well-behaved. Follow us on Facebook for future model calls and contests—that’s how the canines on pages 32-43 were “discovered.”

For our focus on relationships, we highlight a few local entrepreneurs who have found their perfect “partner,” helping the business to thrive. Linda Hopkins writes about how to care for your significant other, because after all, the vow is “in sickness and in health.” The health part is easy; when someone’s not feeling so well, that vow is put to the test. And finally, Michelle Roldán-Shaw’s article about the relationship you have with yourself is a must-read. To become better at relationships with others, sometimes we must take a long, hard look at ourselves.

On another note, Barry Kaufman had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Hilton Head Island’s new Mayor this month, in his reoccurring column, Five Drinks With… Because space in this issue doesn’t allow for the whole transcript, we decided to put the video of their fireside chat up on our website. Please take a moment to go to our homepage (www.celebratehiltonhead.com) and get to know Mayor John McCann. He’s a Yankee fan with a passion for this Island, and he’s got a lot on his agenda for the next four years.
Thanks for your time Mayor McCann!

Have a wonderful February.


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