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I’m sure everyone has or had a special pet that they will never forget. Your first gold-fish, a small bird, dog or cat. Pets bring love into our lives, teach us responsibility (I know, some Mom’s might end up taking care of them). But on that really bad day, they are there to listen, kiss and cuddle. OK, maybe I wouldn’t find that ball python cute and cuddly, but my daughter would beg to differ with me. Growing up she loved animals! We had quite the zoo in our home over the years. Dogs, cats, birds, geckos, mice, guinea pigs, snakes, frogs, fish, salamanders, rabbits not to mention the 1,000′s of crickets that go with the reptiles and I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few. She kept her interest in animals and in high school worked at pet stores and even had her ball python snake in some of her senior portraits! That was quintessentially her. She still loves animals many years later and it is reflected in her art work and the zoo is now at her house.
There are many people who are passionate about their pets. We have done many pet portraits over the years and love working with them and their owners. It’s as sad for us as for the owners when we hear that their pet has passed on. At least they have wonderful images to help them remember them by. In the old location of our studio, we had a neighbor who was crazy about animals and even had a rescue farm at her home. She was forever bringing something into her shop. She was and still is seriously passionate about this. She even has a rescue donkey at the farm. We worked together to raise awareness and collect donated pet food, find homes and of course photographed these pets. I have to say, Forrest was my favorite and was an amazing hamster. We had so much fun with him. To the point where we just laughed and laughed ourselves silly. He would do anything and loved it. We put him in flower pots, cookie jars, shoes, slippers, cars, you name it. However, below is my favorite picture of Forrest. I can’t help but smile every time I see this image and it really captures him. Well, actually her. Yep, he turned out to be a she and shortly after this picture was taken, Forrest became a mother to 6 babies! We just thought he was fat! Forrest is long gone, but definitely not forgotten.
Summer is a busy time for happy couples. We have photographed many weddings over the years. After a busy day of shooting, you go home dog tired but excited to download and start to review the images. Even after all this time, there are still images that bring tears to my eyes! It’s those true moments that are captured that say it all. At times, it’s something simple, but tender and touching, other time it might be something that the couple has shared with me that makes that image so special. One of my favorite things is the groom the first time he sees the bride. Sometimes, it’s coming down the aisle, others it’s in their private time we set up to capture their portraits and the bride is presented. These are always magical moments to me. It’s that split second, that wow moment, that “I’m the luckiest man in the world” look.
The image below has special meaning to me, but also shows the true powerful emotions of life. This was one of those love stories that they make lifetime movies about. Boy meets girl in high school, falls hard for her. Her Father breaks them up, ripping hearts in two. Boy and girl graduate and head down different paths. Thirty-five years pass (yep I said 35). Girl has beautiful grown children, boy has never married. Girl is now divorced and decides to look up boy. Looks and can’t find him. Registers on Classmates.com within days boy can’t get girl off his mind and decides to look for her. Doesn’t know if she is married or where to start. Decides to look at you guessed it, Classmates.com and guess what? Yep, finds her. Now the hard part, should he contact her . . . (well duh . . . we would have a short lifetime move if he didn’t.) So they chat and decide to meet. It’s epic, they are still mad for each other. She lives in Indiana and he in Illinois, not far, but not close. They date for a little while and he decides he can’t live with out her, pops the question! Well of course she said yes and well, that brings us to the wedding and image below, giving the bride away. His face says it all.
I’m trying another video to see if it will work on most of the browsers. Sorry for the trouble on IE8, we’re still working out the bugs. I’m also going to post this on YouTube and put the link below. We had a great time with Emily. She is involved in so much and like her mom, loves to sing. She and her sister Mary had entered several talent shows before Mary headed off to college. Now Emily will spend her college days at Xavier University in OH. She’s excited about going and her brother is next. Emily choose to have an album created to capture her senior portrait memories. We finished an 8×8 square leather album for her with 20 pages and I think about 45 images total. She had a great session and this video is just a few of the images.
Sweet little Rosie is here to help us celebrate our independence. I found this outfit years ago at a resale shop. It’s a pageant costume that was now too small. Lucky for me! I know, it’s like an addiction, I just can’t pass up some of these fantastic finds. Good thing I have such a fun job and can play dress up with so many children.