Jackie and Chad

I got a sort of last minute request from Jackie recently. Could I do a maternity session very soon . . . because her due date was imminent. Talk about the nick of time! She had baby Chap the very next morning after our session! I’m so glad I was able to fit them in. And hearty congratulations to the young couple and their brand new baby boy.

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Olivia Turns One

My friend Ilana has not one but two adorable little girls who I have had the pleasure of photographing since before they were born. Baby Olivia turned one in August, and if we thought Kaylee, her sister, was a live wire, I think Olivia has her beat! After trying to fit in our session because of uncertain travel plans, and the cake not coming through for the cake smash . . . we got in a few cute shots and then cut our losses . . . lol.

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Terrace Hill Maternity Session

I had to step back from my photography because of serious health issues that impeded my ability to walk. I’ve since had major surgery that was h*ll to go through, but did restore the circulation to my legs. In the meantime, I’ve been on the fence about resuming photography as a business. Stepping back in after a few years is quite daunting – probably because I set such a high standard for myself and I don’t want to deliver less than the best I can do. In the meantime, I do pick up my camera when I have someone close to me that I can gift some photos. I’m happy to display this maternity session with Erin and Austin. They made my job easy – the joy of their young love and the anticipated arrival of their baby boy Carter spilled over, and all they had to do was be themselves with no prompting from me!

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Photo session with my own dogs

In case you haven’t heard, my dogs are the worst subjects ever for taking photos!

 

With a little help from my husband (aka The Fun Guy), I actually got a few shots – I think they cooperated because they knew they would soon get play time with the fun guy. The best was when Rex put a piece of cheese on Bella’s paw. The result was pretty cute. I’ve been practicing because I plan on trying my hand at pet photography. So here we have Chill, Bella and Jimi:

Be sure to click on each individual photo to see full size.

Bella and Pebbles

I’m quietly working on getting back to work after some serious health issues. I’ve been thinking about doing more pet photography. I found a step in the right direction doing a session with Linda and her two adorable little dogs, Pebbles, 12 and Bella, 8. Bella belonged to a homeless person who passed away. Linda rescued her and you can tell she was so very loved and will continue to be in her new forever home.

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Music, God’s little reminder . . .

“You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe, a harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.”                                                                          from August Rush, the movie

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There’s another quote I like that says, “The older I get the more selective I am of who is in my tribe. I would rather have four quarters than a hundred pennies.” Sorry I don’t know who the author is. My friend and brother from another mother came over and shared his gift of music with us recently. Bella especially enjoyed John’s playing and singing.

Photographer’s Day Off

I’ve been on a long break as I recover from surgery. Sometimes I have a hard time going out for a fun time, feeling like I must bring my big camera and equipment and aim for perfection. Luckily I was able to just bring my little point and shoot to capture our puppy’s first day at the beach. We didn’t stay too long because it was windy and damp and chilly at the dog beach, but I got a few fun shots. One downfall of point and shoots is that you can’t see the screen very well in bright sunlight which means sometimes you just have to aim and shoot and hope you captured something worth keeping. Chill, our almost 6 month old puppy had a blast. I would have to call him fearless, fassst and a fan of trying to chase seagulls flying overhead. I didn’t get many shots of our other fur babies, but I had to shoot Jimi with a face covered with sand. He doesn’t care, he is such a ball chasing maniac!P1000992 4x3P1010001 4x3P1010003 3x4P1010010 4x3P1010011 compositeP1010012 4x3P1010016 4x3P1010018 4x3P1010023 4x3P1010025 4x3 On the way to Morro Bay the dogs were full of anticipation – on the way home they were blissful with memories of sand, sea and chasing balls and seagulls (only flying overhead.)                                                                                                                                    p.s.: Can you guess which photo I photoshopped?