Saturday, July 18, 2009

Wesley...



Many of you know I rarely photograph cats. Maybe it's because their owners don't think their cat would be the kind of cat that would like to have their picture taken.
I've been told by many cat owners...that they never expected their cat to come out from under the bed or that I was the only person to ever get a good picture of their cat.
That makes me feel good...so I'm always happy to get a call from a cat's human. Remember, if you don't like the pictures--you don't pay. Period.



Pax and Kiko




Here are two fun dogs! We shot these photos right before sunset one evening. You can tell they are just the best of friends! Meet Pax and Kiko!




















Pictures at PJC

Here are some senior portraits I did of my friend, Scott, and his beautiful dog, Ty. We took these photos early in the morning out by a small pond near our local community college.



Sunday, March 22, 2009

My New Friend Scarlett

I'd like to introduce you to a sweet baby named "Scarlett."

This tiny cutie weighs only 1.6 pounds and is a Morky (A Maltese/Yorkshire Terrier mix).

She is the sweetest little puppy! She is about 9 weeks old and lives with six of my other friends (another Morky and five Maltese). She can run with the big dogs though! She is so precious!

Maria

As many of you know, we have a little rescue dachshund mix named Fraulein Maria. She has been a really sick girl and since we adopted her in August of 2008, she has made a remarkable transformation.

Here are some photos I made of her this past week. She is truly a special little dog that is just so funny and full of life.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Olivia and Smoky

A couple of weeks ago I did a fun photo shoot of my friend, Olivia, and her horse Smoky. As you can see by these photos...Olivia makes me look like a great photographer.

She is such a beautiful young woman inside and out. And she's great with horses...thank goodness, because I'm a bit frightened of them! There were other horses in the pasture where we were shooting and they were very frisky kicking their back legs up in the air when Olivia told them to go away. Thankfully I had my friend Mary watching my back (and my tripod and my extra lens).

Smoky is such a good horse and you can tell there is a very special bond here...

Thank you for asking me to take your photos and as always ~ good luck choosing your favorites for the enlargements. That's the hardest part!

Other Special Horses...

While visiting the Pensacola Interstate Fair this year, I met Diane Lowery from the Panhandle Equine Rescue group from Pensacola. I found out they were having their First Annual Horse Adoption Day at the Escambia County Equestrian Center and I volunteered to take some photos of some of the horses and activities.


What a fun day for everybody that loves horses! They had horses for everyone to see in the stalls inside, along with photos of "before" and "after" shots of these rescued animals. Seeing all these beautiful horses--and how well they look now--it made me not want to see any "before" photos. The Panhandle Equine Rescue does such a wonderful job of saving these animals and finding loving, secure, forever homes for them.


There was a big fenced in area where rescue workers would saddle the horses and ride them around so people could see how well they handled a rider.

The activities on Horse Adoption Day (October 25th) included a petting zoo with all kind of animals including chickens, a goat, a donkey, and ponies for the children to ride.



They even had handsome ROCKS there and this young man was so proud of the rock he found. I couldn't wait to take a photo of him holding it.

If you are interested in finding out more about what the Panhandle Equine Rescue group does or want to attend their next Horse Adoption Day, visit their website at http://www.panhandleequinerescue.org/.



Find out what you can do to help their rescues during transition to a forever home!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Maltese Magic

Oh my goodness! I had the best time photographing this wonderful group of SEVEN dogs for Teri and Bill in Pensacola.

After I came inside and sat on the floor, we were like old friends! Good thing Teri was there to help me remember all their names! These are only a few of the many photos I took that day.


I can hardly wait till Teri and Bill see the rest of the proofs. Thanks for introducing me to your fun little herd. I could have easily put Raisin in my purse and taken him home! They were all absolutely positively adorable!

I know I shared a few proofs with you already...but here's one photo you haven't seen yet! What a beautiful dog...


Monday, August 11, 2008

Assistant Photographer?


Okay, this was a first! I was the assistant photographer this time. My twin sister, Susan, (aka NotKaren) had a photo shoot this past weekend and I went along as her backup photographer. I didn't know what to do with myself, so I tried to stay out of her way and when she was posing or shooting another member of the family I got these shots.

I guess I taught Sis well because we got a fabulous steak dinner after the photo shoot. That's another first! Thank you for dinner, Paula & Jim. We also had one of the most wonderful desserts made by two very special ladies.
Here are a few of the shots I got when Susan wasn't looking. Can you tell this was a fun shoot?? Thanks for letting me tag along, Sis!
























Sunday, July 27, 2008

Chantel

There's nothing like senior portraits at the beach when you're looking for a smile! Chantel and I spent the afternoon at Pensacola Beach shooting her senior portraits for her graduation from high school.






Even though there was quite a breeze and quite a few people around checking us out, we managed to get some really good shots for a nice collage celebrating this important milestone!





Congratulations Chantel!

Maxwell

I recently met Marcy, with a very special Cavalier Spaniel named Maxwell. They are from Mississippi and wanted to surprise "Dad" with a photo for his birthday.


I have always loved my job, but there are times when I really love my job...This photo shoot was one of my favorites ever--not because it was in Mississippi, but because of recent surgery for Maxwell, I learned of a bond between a very special dog and his family.


We romped through clover, we sat by the sea, and we even posed by pink flowers in the sun (I really looked for blue ones, Maxwell!). This fella is one of those dogs that knows what a photographer wants and it was a pleasure to take his picture!


Here are a few of my favorites. It was so nice meeting you, Marcy and Maxwell, and I'm so glad the pictures were a big hit. Yay!








Friday, July 25, 2008

Ceia

Some people will tell you it's not easy to shoot a dog with black fur, like a black Lab. I'll admit, if you don't do it right you might end up with a black blob instead of a dog photo. Here is one beautiful black Lab named Ceia (pronounced See'-a).

Mary, her human, met me at Bayview park and we had fun making portraits of this beautiful dog. Boy, was it hot out there!

In a few of the shots I could actually see about 20 little flying bugs perfectly in focus trying to land on poor little Ceia's head!

Mary is a Southeastern Guide Dog puppy raiser and Ceia is her next student. It was fun trying to find a tactic to get Ceia to look at me with her ears up...the old "Where's the kitty cat?" "Wanna go for a ride?" "Want a cookie?" didn't seem to work with this fun girl.
I laid on the ground, put a toy squeaker in my mouth, made exotic bird noises, and asked her if she wanted to go to the dentist--twice! Mary, I don't know how you kept a straight face! Here are a few of my favorite photos from our day at the park. You can tell the morning light was sooooo perfect by the way these shots show her beautiful coat. We need to get some photos with Ceia in her Guide Dog vest. We can certainly wait till the heat index drops below a scorching 100!
If you would like to volunteer or learn more about Southeastern Guide Dogs and what you can do for the puppy raiser program, visit their website at http://www.guidedogs.org/. Be sure to check out the gift shop and the puppy picture galleries!