OMG! This little fluffernut! I about died when I met Daisy. I was almost certain she wasn't real...like a stuffed animal you could buy from the "super adorable" section of the toy store. And then she moved. And I squealed! Then she took...
It's 2016!!!! Time for new beginnings, fresh starts, and new goals. I have a feeling this year is going to be bringing some pretty amazing things. More on that to come soon!
As we get a jump start into 2016, I'll be getting you caught up on Fall/Winter sessions from 2015. As you probably remember, this past Fall was basically a bust for us in the South. We had weeks and weeks and weeks of rain. In fact, we had over 10 inches of rain in...(click on the image above to continue reading)
Oh my Dog! Emma could be the most sweet, sugar-coated, melt-in-your-mouth kinda pup I know. This little angel was a true gem during our session and she gave me some of my new favorite images. Her session took place at one of my favorite locations and we were able to explore and enjoy the lovely Fall colors. The sun...
The fall colors popped a little later than usual this year so Abby's family lucked out during their session. We thought we'd miss prime leaf-changing but Mother Nature surprised us!
Dear Abby's session (get it? hehe!) turned out to have some of the best color of all my Fall sessions. And Abby's gorgeous coloring was just the icing on the gold and orange cake!
Our session took place at Jetton Park on the banks...
Escher, Petey and Odin are a trio of amazing rescued pups with a mom that has a heart of gold. Her love for dogs, friends, and family runs deep. So much so, in fact, a special someone (or someones?) gifted her with a session for her three babies...(I will never tell!). Just their special way of saying thanks for being such a wonderful person and furmom. :) We spent a lovely evening in and around their Mount Holly neighborhood. The leaves were just past prime but we still succeeded in finding some wonderful color and a gorgeous field (that I fell in love with).
I introduce Petey, the shy but so, so sweet white Boxer/Hound/Bulldog mix; Odin, the little Chi/Jack Russell mix that loves his big brothers; and Escher, the goofy big Dane/Lab/Boxer guy that was our comic relief. :)
This could possibly be one of my favorite kissy picture. We were under high-tension power-lines with houses in the background, but at the right angle, these two look like the only ones around for miles. Love, love, love.Thanks for being such a wonderful mom and friend, Jen!!!
It's a horrible feeling thinking something is going to happen to your beloved pet. Trust me...I just went through a scare with my cat, Teton. Over Thanksgiving weekend, I was pretty sure he was heading down the road to Rainbow Bridge. Thankfully, with the help of the AMAZING staff at Independence Veterinary Clinic, Teton was better and back to his old self by Monday. Wow. It was a really long and tear-filled weekend. That same relief is, I'm sure, what Brutus' mom felt after he got the all-clear from his liver shunt surgery. You see, Brutus was born with a congenital birth defect which allows some blood coming from his stomach to bypass the liver. Those nasty toxins go straight into his bloodstream which is a recipe for disaster. This condition is very rare in cats and it manifested itself as blindness after Brutus was neutered (the blindness thankfully went away).
Brutus had surgery on August 26th. It was very risky with not a ton of success in cats. We, of course, immediately scheduled a session should the unthinkable occur. Brutus also had his Abyssinian brother, Caesar, join in.
Thankfully, after much observation and many tests, Brutus has gotten the all-clear and the liver shunt has been corrected. I couldn't be more happy for this seriously sweet and wonderful family. What a huge sigh of relief we all felt. With the good news, they even added on a third kitten after our original session! The little guy is named Diesel and we decided to have a fun little session with him in the studio!
I hope you enjoy some of the images from these kitty sessions. Virtual hugs to this entire family!!!!
Because these guys are hard to tell apart, I'll start off with the main focus of the shoot...Brutus! I'm head over heals about these kitties on this animal print goodness!!!
This curious guy is Caesar. He definitely did his best to steal the spotlight. He kinda did. ;)Love between mom and Brutus...On to the crazy boy Diesel!!! I mean, he's an adorable kitten let loose in a studio full of toys. This is awesomeness!His jig...The absolute favorite pastime of Diesel's is to attack the cowhide rug. So of course we had to include that! OMG!Thanks again to this fab kitty family. I'm so glad everyone is happy and healthy! I hope you enjoy your wall art and album for years and years!!!! :)
Back in the day, I learned photography with black-and-white film. I developed my own negatives, printed my own prints, and even made a make-shift darkroom in the laundry room of one of my apartments while in college. Needless to say, black-and-white images hold a near and dear place in my heart. However, typically with pet photography, the gorgeous sunlight and outdoor locations really scream for color. I typically only convert images to black-and-white when people are included in the shots. This allows the emotion and connection between subjects to shine through. Strangely, when I was editing Simone's gallery, something just begged for black-and-white conversions. I don't know if it was the indoor location, the beautiful "eyeliner" around her eyes, or the dynamics of a kitty-cat's life. I grinned from ear to ear when I saw how lovely this feline subject became in a monochromatic image. Therefore, I've dedicated this entire post to Simone in black-and-white. :)
As a side note, I really approached this session as a day-in-the-life of a cat. I, of course, threw in some portraits, etc, but I really wanted to focus on capturing the essence of this little rescue kitty subject. So, naturally, we start off by sunbathing in the warm morning sunlight...
Then it is playtime.A.D.D....is that a bird? or just a leaf falling?Just hanging out on her throne.This has to be one of my favorites. It's so quintessential cat overlooking her kingdom...Nothing like a good chin rub and some exploring.And the most adorable series of a kitty I've seen! ;)After all the adventures, it's time for a nap in the sunroom...I hope you enjoyed this black-and-white day-in-the-life of Simone. :) I can't wait to see this story come together in her Coffee Table Album! Meow!
Some days are just made for the perfect photo shoot. The day I met Fergie, the sun was out, there was a slightly cool breeze, and the colors of fall were starting to appear. We met in an abandoned field that was filled with gorgeous yellow flowers which complimented Fergie's wavy fur. Her spunky personality was on full display as she bounced around, explored, and chewed on sticks.
Even though Fergie had a busy day of traveling (she'd been visiting rescues looking for a fur-buddy), she could keep going and going. Every once in a while her eyes would get a little heavy, but then the breeze would bring in a new smell and her face would perk right up again.
Man, I just love this happy little girl! Meet Fergie, the 10-month-old Cockapoo...
Fergie's beautiful parents even joined in for some pics. Isn't that a lovely family?!?This session had definitely made me ready for the fall season! The colors throughout this shoot are going to be phenomenal in Fergie's Coffee Table Album! Can't wait!!!