Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Eli

 



Now this is a face that makes anyone gush over!!  Big brown eyes.. a head full of dark hair and I would be crazy not to mention he is a sharp dressed little man!  What a great style Eli has greeted me with for this round of photos.

Last time I saw this little guy he was just sitting up.. I must admit he was just as cute then too!!  So I think it's safe to say he is just as cute as can be and I don't foresee this changing :-D

Eli is a year and is running full speed ahead.  His mommy said he started walking around 9 months, so needless to say.. he has had a good few months of practice!

It was so great to see Eli again for photos and I know we were able to capture some of his cute expressions he shared with us.  He was stingy with his smiles but he was nice enough to sneak in a few of them for me to capture..

Thank you for that Eli! 

His smile is contagious, so I'm happy to share these sweet baby grins with you all!!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Corporate Ventures











For the past handful of months I have really enjoyed freelance work for an Austin based company that hires photographers to come out and document local businesses within my district.  It has been a lot of fun and very rewarding to have the opportunity to meet many different types of business owners.

So far I've met chefs, wine connoisseurs, restaurant owners, auto dealers, peanut distributors, mechanics, vape specialist, health and fitness coaches and so much more!!  It has been a lot of fun for me!

I always leave the sessions feeling like I've learned a little bit more about their industry.  It is evident that these professionals and business owners are passionate about their work and it really leaves me feeling inspired about my own line of work.

Here are just a handful of the friendly people I have come across during these sessions.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Valyn 6 Month




Look who is sitting up and pulling up and she is just 6 months???  It's Valyn!  She just can't wait to be able to keep up with her big sis, Stella! 

It is always fun to see these precious girls!  I have really enjoyed documenting the Marchant Fam and their journey the past few years.  They have been blessed with two beautiful blue eyed blonde baby girls who aren't going to be babies for too much longer.

So I am so thankful that we are able to grab some of these fleeting moments between them all.




With all the cold we have been having, we loved how mild the temps were this past Sunday.. so we decided to enjoy their back yard for a handful of photos. Stella was loving on her baby sister and ofcourse she couldn't hold back her smile once her daddy got a hold of her with tickles.

It was a lot of fun.  I enjoyed seeing everyone as always.  This is such a fun age to capture! So much expressions were given.  It melts my heart!!!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Countdown




Sometimes I just walk past their pen while they sleep and just look at them and smile.  I find myself counting down the days that we have left together..  Sixteen days to be of fact.  


I have never experienced loving and nurturing a puppy that I knew that they would not be mine to keep.  It's tough as I see them bonding to me, trusting me, following me around, taking to my command, using the bathroom where they should be, running and playing and having not a care in the world. They play so carefree as though life is so grande and wonderful!

If I had one wish for these two pups it would be that they are adopted to someone that makes their life fun.. That they wouldn't have to worry about where their next meal will come from and that they will experience unconditional love from someone who is committed to see them through.

Will I foster again?  

Absolutely.. It is hard work, it is also hard to let them go and always wonder what happens to them.  I will always want to look for them years to come and I guarantee when I see a dog that looks somewhat familiar as how I think they would look later on.. I will think about them.

I don't believe in limiting my ability to open my home to others. My heart has grown as it needs more room to love more... so the more I help, the more I love and the more I grow from this experience.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mother Millie



It has now been two months since Millie's official adoption and seven months since her arrival at our home as a foster. I decided that since Millie has improved so much and does not require as much care as she did in the initial beginning, that it was time for me to foster more dogs in need.  This time there was a need for fostering two puppies.  I offered to help these guys for roughly three weeks until they are old enough to go on transport to another shelter.

They are two male lab-pit mixes that are 4 weeks old.  Their names are Jug-Head and Moose.. and my, what cuties they are.  It's been so long since I've been around a puppy that it is like I had forgotten how adorable they are as well as how much work they can be too!!







Never in my wildest dream would I have ever imagined Millie coming to my rescue and helping me with them.  She has truly taken on the role as their foster-mommy.  She will spend countless time playing on the floor with them, sharing the chew toys, licking on them and letting them chew on her gums, tail and ears.  They crawl all over her back as she licks on them and smells them as though she is nurturing them.  It makes me wonder if she at one time had puppies of her own.

I know Millie's presence has been a very positive experience for the puppies and I also know it has been a positive one for Millie too.  I like to think that she is paying it forward and showing them the love that she once desired and needed as I truly think she understands the need for second chances.




Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Spaulding Family






I sure hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and are still carrying on the holiday season celebrations!!  I know one family in particular sure is!!  I was thrilled to see the Spaulding family again and couldn't be happier that my friend, Sally, kept me in mind for this year's family photos..

It's not that often that she gets back this way so it was very special and rare to have her mom and dad as well as husband with their two gorgeous twin babies all together for a family photo. So she decided to give her mom a photo session as one of her gifts so she could have some updated photos with her grandbabies.  So special!!!

Sally and Chad have been living in Idaho probably going on two years now.  They had been living in Colorado for the past several years so it has been a while since Sally has lived here in her hometown.

I have fond memories of visiting her parent's house and loved returning to it this morning for their photo session.  Everyone looked like they had a very Merry Christmas and ofcourse the twins are growing up in a hurry!

I had met them only once before over this past fall and even since then, they have grown and transformed so much.

I would like to give a big thanks to the Spaulding family for taking the time to schedule their family photos.  I hope that Sally's parents will enjoy the remaining time with their grandbabies and have a wonderful new year. I do hope to be seeing these guys again soon and wish them all safe travels back to their home at the end of this week.






Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Millie Goes to the Lake
























Run, play..and run some more!  This past weekend my husband and I decided to spend some down time at the family lake house.  This was Millie's first time to visit the place and we weren't sure what she would think or how she would act.  Needless to say, she fit right in!

I do believe she was full speed ahead the whole time and I feel it made the trip more fun for Lola as well.  She had someone to accompany her with all the play time any dog could ask for.

The water levels were way down as they are most winters.. so this allowed us to explore the shoreline.  It made a great play ground for the pups, who ran tirelessly around in circles, played tug and ran up and down the shore, finding sticks to chew on.

I didn't see any fear in Millie's eyes.  It is as though she ran full speed ahead, not needing to check behind her or stop at the sight of something unknown that lay in front of her.

She seemed more concerned with keeping up with our Lolacoaster.

Morning times were my favorite time to take them walking.  We would walk to the top of the hill, around the circle and eventually end up down on the shoreline.. Where they would run and chase one another.

The sounds of summer were long gone.. on occasion, I could hear the wine of a fisherman's engine passing by as it echoed off the shore walls.  The lake was vast and empty.  It was lifeless compared to that of just a quick 4 months ago.

In the afternoon, Gary and I would play board games, watch Christmas movies, we went to town one afternoon and grabbed dinner.  We also decided to go see all the Christmas lights on display at the Sportsman Lake downtown. It was a great quick trip out of town that was very much needed by all!

Our little get-away was a very nice welcome.  There was no hustle and bustle of things needing to be done.  Time didn't exist for the past four days.  Having Millie join in on the fun added a whole new dynamic to our lake-cation..

As 2017 comes to a close, I find myself thinking how so much can happen within a year for many people.  Millie in particular has seemed to experience so much.. From being isolated and close to death to now traveling to all kinds of places with a family of her own and socializing with all walks of life. 

She's enjoyed the beach, hiking, several state parks, music festivals, Cocktails For Critters, the dog park, playing in the snow for the first time and last but not least.. the lake house, where hopefully she will spend many years enjoying!