This is something I have been wanting to do for awhile and it still needs some work, but this is what I have thus far. Meet my friends! The furry friends!!!
These are all the dogs I take care of when their parents go on vacation. There are a few that I don't have pictures of (because my external hard drive crashed) :'( but I can always add more pictures later. I love dogs and love each of these dogs as if they are my own.
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." - Josh Billings
This is Sam dog - he is my number 1 dog (but don't tell him I take care of other dogs, he'll be jealous). Sam is so funny! He sneezes when he gets excited because he doesn't bark. But he doesn't know he can bark, because he barks in his sleep all the time.
Meet Laddie, my Uncle's dog. This is him sleeping. He loves sleeping on his back and when he is completely sleeping, he puts his right paw straight up int he air.
Miss Bailey! I haven't seen Miss B for awhile, but she still gets credit because her and I go way back! She is a trouble maker. If you leave food on the counter and leave for 2 seconds, it will not be there when you return. And watch out, her tail is dangerous!!! Wags all the time!!
HERSCHEL!! Enough said! Who needs an alarm on the house when this dog will greet you by the door?!?! Watch out!!! My fav is when I get to the house and yell "Herschy!" He sits in the room until I walk in, he sees me, and then he runs towards me shaking his butt! That's how you know you're in Herschel's club - when he gives you the butt wiggle.
This is Jackson. He stays at Aunt Shan's. He also thinks Aunt Shan won't know he was sleeping on her bed (he's not allowed on the bed). He thinks just because I didn't see him on the bed, I won't know he was there. He also likes to shred the tissues in the bathroom. He's funny! This picture took about 40 min. to take because I learned he is terrified of the camera for some reason.
Twin labs! Meet Cooper - he will always have a toy/ball in his mouth and will love you if you play catch! He also loves the smell of shampoo and deodorant.
And this is Reagan, Coopy's sister. She is the "mother" of the house. She loves giving you love bites and always finds a way of stepping on your feet. And when she sleeps, she sounds like a snorning human!
And then there is Titan. His mommy is a dear friend to me and my photography mentor. I figured this video was better than a picture. I was on the phone with Cooper & Reagan's mom to schedule a doggy play date, and I kept hearing a weird sound. I turned around and realized (I was talking with my hands I guess) he was chasing my shadow! Titan loves chasing shadows and looooves the snow!
Just a little project I thought of and wanted to do. It turned out perfect! :) What a fun day it was too!!! "R" and "S" are great and super fun and funny! I could not have photographed a more perfect couple!!! And it was the perfect location too!!! I love this song and thought it would be cute to capture it in photos :)
*Please note, engagement (like) photos are not my specialty*
I don't even know how to begin this post! Here we go....before I started working at the high school, I was a social worker for three years for adults with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Because of my work at the agency, I developed a huge passion for this population. They are some of the happiest people I know, and in return, they make me happy. Once I started working at the high school, for about three years, as best as I could, I would volunteer on Wed. with the special ed. class. I love these kids! I had an idea about two years ago, that I wanted to take "senior portraits" of them. With my passion for special needs, high schoolers and photography, I knew with the perfect timing, we would be able to make this work. The teachers and I finally selected a date and time and the kids were so excited to have their pictures professionally taken and to get all dressed up! It was a beautiful spring day and the weather was perfect and of course, so were the kids. You may notice a few pictures taken of me working with the kids as well. I wanted to capture what goes into taking these pictures. Thanks to Michael Carmody (check out his page: http://opportunityknocksnow.org/) for assisting with the background pics. Also, thanks to Miss "D" and her classroom as well and all the TAs that assisted to make this session a huge success! The biggest thanks goes to the kids! Going thru the photos, my eyes welled up at the beauty of the kids and I felt so blessed I was able to capture these priceless moments. Enjoy!
Senior session! I do not specialize, nor do I normally photograph senior sessions, but "T" has been one of my student trainers for the past 2 years. When she asked me to take her and twin brother's senior pics, I couldn't resist! Obviously these are not your average senior portraits - maybe that's why they hired me. ;) We had waaaaay to much fun, as you'll see..."expect more, pay less." ;)
My Uncle's dog. Laddie is super sweet! I think this photo captures his doggy personality well :)
JP and I go way back all the way to grade school! You'd think these are head shots, but they are just nice photos for his mom :) Enjoy!
What a great, beautiful day for a lovely engagement session for a lovely couple!
Jessica and I went to college together, but became closer after college when I found out she lived in Chicago. Another tidbit - we also have the SAME BIRTHDAY!! :) Yay!
It was really fun hanging out with her and her fiancé Brian. They are a fun couple and I enjoyed taking these photos for them.
Not a huge fan of cats. Well....I'm an animal lover, just more of a dog person. But, this is Waldo and he acts nothing like a cat anyway. This was from Easter. I like to photograph animals if I have the opportunity to.