Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tacky Shedder Sessions


Apart from my annual mini-sessions, I decided to add one more seasonal session to the list.  This is for my sister company called 'PIT-STOP' Photos.  This is my pet photography company that donates to the GBHS with every session. 

I felt that because L.A. Photography, LLC receives so many views and has several clients with pets, that it may peak an interest with some of you guys.

If so.. here is what you need to know about the 'TACKY SHEDDERS' sessions.  They are for pets of all kinds.  Yes, the tackier the better! So don't be scared to be bright and bold!! 

Also, these sessions are human friendly but these sessions have more of an emphasis on your pet.  So if you prefer more of a human approach to your photo session, I would recommend staying with the regular mini-sessions.

TACKY SHEDDER Sessions are similiar to the Mini-Sessions.. They are short and sweet sessions on location ( I prefer Morris Avenue for the best look for bright and bold).  These sessions are a great way to do something positive and give back to animals in need.

Your donations help to feed and provide medical treatment and care for these shelter animals!!  I hope to be seeing you and all those tacker shedders soon!!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Shunnarah Family








Have you ever met someone for the first time and feel like you've known them forever?  This is how it was when I met the Shunnarah's for the first time!  They instantly opened their hearts and home to me for our first photo session together!

These guys were so much fun!  I enjoyed meeting them this past weekend for a seasonal photo session... although, I do admit, it wasn't too seasonal feeling.  These guys pulled it off like pros though. It was a tad warmer than it should be for a mid-October afternoon.

Raymond Jr. is going to be a heart-breaker for sure!  He has a beautiful head of dark brown hair and big brown eyes!!!  Such a cutie.

I was happy to have taken part with this year's family session for them. 


Day 81


Every year Gary and I have our annual Pumpkin Carving Party where friends come dressed up. We watch scary movies on our back porch, eat chili and carve pumpkins.. in preparation for the week before Halloween.

Since it is Millie's first Halloween to spend with us, we wanted her to feel included and prepared for our get-together.  I wasn't sure if she would wear a costume at first due to her uncertainty about new things.. but the past few weeks.. she has become quite the adventurer.

I have noticed her approaching people she does not know and is less timid around new places.  She hasn't cowered down in a few weeks and seems to carry herself with more confidence.  She no longer tries to run away when Gary and I walk past her in a closed in area.. She used to run away when we needed to walk past her but now she has become a toe stubber as she won't get out of our way.

With all this progress, I decided to purchase her a 'WONDER WOMAN' costume this past weekend.  It just seemed so fitting due to her situation.  She has fought so hard to be where she is.  She has proven to be resilient to her horrible past and she believes and hopes in good things.  She definitely has my vote on being the REAL Wonder Woman.

The outfit looks perfect on her!  It looks like it was made for her!  So I am excited about included her with all our holiday festivities this year.  She knows she is part of our family now, as I can see how her layers have peeled back month by month..She shines like a new pearl.


 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Stovall Family













I was thrilled to hear from the Stovall family the past weekend.  It has literally been years since I last saw Dean and his family for photos.  Now that Dean has married and has a family all his own, I was honored to revisit the park where we had taken photos many years ago.

I loved meeting everyone and felt honored that they made the drive up from Pratville on a Saturday morning.

Everyone was awesome to work with and the babies were just adorable!  Elijah and Evelyn are just precious and both around 7 months, so they were sitting up really good for some cute head shots.

They were such a fun group and I loved having the opportunity to spend time with his beautiful, adorable sweet wife, Michelle as well as meet all his children.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Day 73









Just 17 more days until Millie will be eligible for adoption!  We have cared for her 73 days out of 90 days with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society foster program.  I can't even begin to tell you how rewarding it has been to have her under our watch.  She has truly come into her own the past couple of months.

My husband and I decided to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary with a quick beach get-away this past week. The progress Millie has made allowed us to feel that Millie was ready to experience probably what would be her first time to the beach. 

We have taken our Frenchie, Lola, before and felt that not only was Millie deserving of a vacation but Lola was in much need of one of her own as well.  Lola has been ever-so-patient with Millie's arrival.  She has learned to share her toys, her food, her bed but most importantly she has also learned to share her fur mommy and daddy.

We decided to revisit Fort Morgan again. This is my absolute favorite beach of all time because of it's isolation and most importantly.. the beaches at Fort Morgan are DOG FRIENDLY!  

Millie didn't know what to think when we first walked her to the sand.  She looked over at the loud waves as they crashed onto the shore and stared at them for what seemed like ages.  She tip toed on the sand and put her nose to it. 

We proceeded to walk her closer to the shoreline.. and then she realized the noise she was hearing were the waves and they are chasing her.. So she darted back up to what she presumed as the 'safe zone'.. where the sand was soft and dry and the waves could not 'chase' her.

She still is very cautious with the unknown and did not want to walk too close to the shoreline.. so we let her roam comfortably several yards from the ocean.  She loved the sand and the ocean breeze and we enjoyed taking her in the evening time to play and run around.

At night we would cook dinner and sit on the front porch with our dogs.  They could be found laying down, fast asleep from a full day of fresh air.  When the sun would rise, we would too, as we were excited to have another full day together.

As we gather new memories with Millie, I do hope that these new moments are starting to fill the space where her old memories use to be.. until one day, Millie will only think of and know of the life she lives now.

Friday, September 29, 2017

5th Annual Fall Minis


For the past five years I have had the honor and joy of seeing familiar faces who book me every fall just for the Fall Mini Sessions.  I always look forward to this time of year because it allows me the opportunity to see how much the kids have grown from the previous year.

This year is no different.. I will be booking these seasonal mini-sessions once again.. and for those who ask.. what is your mini session?  I have never booked this before with you.  I will gladly answer!!

These mini-sessions are only a whopping $120 that allow you 10 to 15 minutes of shooting time with roughly 20 frames of images.  This does include a low res proof download so you can keep your images and allows prints up to size 5x7.  The absolute BEST thing about these mini-sessions are that with the digital images, you can create your own Holiday Cards from the digital images!!!

This is why it seems to be such a hot commodity!

There are some PROS and CONS to these quick minis!!  So read carefully to make sure you are the right candidate!! 

Firstly.. because these sessions are so quick, condensed and minimal.. They tend to work best for individual or a family of 4.  If you have a larger family, that is more than fine.. we can just focus on group shots!

Secondly, because of the limited shooting time.. it really doesn't have room for any outfit changes due to the quick nature of a mini.  Mini sessions work best for those individuals who are just wanting one or two great shots to use and print from.

Thirdly, with mini-sessions.. it really doesn't allow enough time for several different backdrops.  We focus on a key area at said location, this way you can maximize our time!

With all this being said.. if you feel you'd be a great fit for one of these mini-sessions.. This special only runs from Oct.1 through Dec.1 ..

If  you feel you prefer a full session?  No problem, these are offered year round!

Looking forward to seeing you !

Monday, September 25, 2017

Day 65



With the beginning of fall, I feel that I must prepare for the cooler months by purchasing sweaters and other nick nacks that may be found useful with a cold natured dog.  I must say that guessing Millie's size is a tad tricky.  She's short, she's stocky, and she's long.  So.. when going to buy her clothes I must consider a sweater that is A) long enough a sweater that is B) wide enough and C) a sweater that will not drag the ground.

So, this is why I find this XL Pink Princess Decal sweater so comical on her.. evidently, Millie does not find it funny and is still weary of wearing anything that isn't her skin.

She's being a good sport about it and let's me dress her up like a barbie doll.  Such a sweet disposition and it makes me feel so bad for her.

She is going to thank me later though when the weather starts dropping in temps.  I have a feeling by the end of winter, she is going to be best friends with her fashion line.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Day 62



Lately, I have noticed Millie favorite thing to do is go hiking in the woods. This seems to be the activity that she becomes most excited about.  When she sees the leash and gets in the car, her head is held high and she looks out the window wondering where the next adventure will be.

Because of her enthusiasm, I thought it would be handy to have her start to wear a backpack to hold my keys, phone, her doggie bags, a foldable water bowl and water bottles, treats or any other item that could deem useful on a long hike.

I hadn't a clue how she would act when I put on her new back pack for the first time.  She seemed scared to move at first.. She didn't move an inch for several minutes until she saw me grab the leash and head for the door.

She slowly started walking towards me... Eager to not miss out on where it is I may be going.

Needless to say, that same day, I had her hiking a nearby, local trail to observe how she would behave.  The pack was empty as I want to build her stamina and confidence up before I decide to put all the common items needed for a day of hiking.

As of today, Millie has been hiking at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, Oak Mtn. State Park, Black Creek Park, Red Mtn. Park, Gardendale's new 'GUT' trail, Ruffner Mtn. and she has visited several walking trails, a festival and has walked street sidewalks and is seen with me on a daily basis.

I am thinking about giving Millie a tour of Alabama's state parks as out of all the activities, it is hiking that she seems most fond of!




Friday, September 22, 2017

Laurel Grace is One!

Laurel Grace @ 3 months

Laurel Grace 6 months
Laurel Grace 1 year











Laurel Grace turned one this past weekend and I got to take her last session to finalize and complete our 'Watch Me Grow' photo series.  She has really been a true joy to document the various stages she experienced within her first year.  She is already walking as it makes it easier to keep up with her two older siblings, Jonah and Audrey.

Her mother and I joked about all of our past sessions together having barefoot children in them.  Lindsey's babies LOVE the shoe free concept and I must say, I do too!

Each session I have ever worked on with Lindsey, it never fails.. Laurel Grace is always dressed as cute as can be.  She always has the cutest bows and outfits.  I love her little wardrobe full of lace, flowers, pink and soft colors!

She is beautiful and I absolutely was honored to take part with her one year journey!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Day 60


Two months and so much ground covered with Millie!  As she begins to fill out, I think it is pretty evident that she is a BASSET BULLY Mix.  Her extra long torso, short legs and big head and chest are the perfect combination of two dogs mixed into one.  She stands just maybe 15 inches high .. just a tad taller than our French Bulldog but yet she weighs twice as much.

I think it is safe to say that she is no longer emaciated, starved and neglected.  She knows us and she also has come to know her new name we've given her. I don't know if she will gain much more weight than she is now.  She looks as though she never was neglected or starved and those who pass us walking at the park will never have an idea of who she use to be.

She has grown fond of human connection and affection and often asks to be loved on, scratched, cuddled and talked to.  She asks to get in bed with us every evening.. We can never say no and always welcome her with open arms.

I have never in my life had a dog that acts with such human emotions. Her eyes carry so much expression. At night, she sleeps with her head next to mine on the pillow as she rolls over onto her back and snores.. I have made a vow to capture this one day.  It's too cute to keep to ourselves.

Millie has also learned how to sit and stay.  She waits for her command when it's okay for her to jump out of the car and looks at me for her cue. She has also grown accustomed to the word 'NO' as she has chewed up my favorite sandals, two leashes, an electrical cord and chewed out the stuffing of a comforter.

A stern 'NO' is all that is needed to hurt her feelings and let her know it is NOT okay to chew on our things. She is starting to understand that her toys are the chew toys and takes to correction very well.

She is easily trainable and is a great listener.  I realize that two months is nothing compared to where she has been, in what appears to a very tormented living situation. I still have realistic expectations with her and understand that progress doesn't happen over night.

I know it's a slow and steady process and whatever experiences she has had prior to living under our care will take patience.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Letter to You




To the one that quit Millie,
I often wonder what you were like and have a hundred questions I wish I could ask. If we are to ever meet I must admit, I will have prejudged you by the state you left Millie in the past.

Did you buy her as a puppy?  Was she a gift?  Did you find her on the street?   Did you decide one day that 'this dog was just a 'dog' and it didn't matter how she felt.  It is after all, your 'happiness' right.. that counts?

Let me guess.. she is after all just a 'dog'.. She probably wanted to play too much or she could of peed because you didn't let her out.

I'd like to know why she was starved soo? Did it not cross your mind to feed her? Was this some sort of punishment or was it because you left and were always on the go?

She wouldn't look me in the eye or even lift her head.  Everything scared her. No matter what I said.  She didn't trust me, but I don't blame her much.

It doesn't seem she was shown much compassion...I wondered why?  I wanted to show her that not all people are bad.

Now it has been two months and Millie understands.  It's not all people that are bad.. just some don't deserve a furry friend because they are always thinking of themselves instead.

She shows her appreciation every day when she greets me with a wagging tail.  Sometimes she can't contain her excitement when she sees me come home, so she jumps up and down.

Millie has so much to offer, I'm glad I get to see this.  Not all dogs are given this chance to show their worth. So for you that gave her up, you will never know what you could have had as you probably were solely stuck on yourself.. which is really sad. 

Since the day you left her.. Millie doesn't seem to look back. It is me that is often wondering about you and on the attack. 

She is too busy wanting to play fetch.  She loves when I take her places she's never been.. She's learned how to play and be a dog again. She looks forward to the weekend when I take her hiking.  She has really grown fond of socializing.

Everyone tells her how beautiful she is.  I think she's starting to believe them.. Her walk is confident, her head is held high, she even has a new sparkle in her eyes.

To the one that quit Millie.. I pity you. It isn't the dog we save .. but the dog that saves you.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Brita

newborn

11 month
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my repeat clientel!  This gives me an opportunity to actually see how the yearly progress report is going.. and for this little bright eyed girl.. All is ahead of schedule!

Ms. Brita is only 11 months and is practically running full speed ahead!  She was a quick little booger who I had to keep up with as if I didn't, she would be off into the next room before I could even focus!

They said she started walking just a quick couple weeks ago and there is no turning back now.  She loves her new found independence!

This little girl reminds me of a porcelain doll with her fair complexion, gorgeous strawberry hair and those bright green hazel eyes!!  She's a real life doll!

Jill and Eric have really been such a fun couple to photograph throughout the past year and it's just been a true joy seeing Brita blossom with her fun and full personality!

I really enjoyed hanging out with these three this past weekend! We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to enjoy some fun photos at the comfort of their beautiful home!