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!







Nina's 1 Year

newborn

8 month

one year
Time be still.. I often hear this term but oh how much sense this makes.  Nina is now a one year old and I cannot believe how quickly this year has passed by. Each session has truly been very rewarding for me to document and I love reflecting on the year with all our recent sessions.

Nina has a beautiful head of hair filled with curls and big brown eyes that make you think of innocence, love and hope.

We decided to meet at Nina's home.. where our first session took place. I really enjoyed seeing her in her own, comfortable space.  She loves her stuff toy and clung to it tightly.



I honestly don't think this sweet child knows how to take a bad photo!  She was such a blessing to photograph this past year and as always, I wanted to take a minute to post some of my own personal favorites from our session this past Friday.

A big thank you to the Uffingers for allowing me into your home to capture some of these up close and personal moments of your sweet baby girl as she has gone from being cradled to sitting up to now standing!

She is perfect in every way!!




Friday, September 1, 2017

Day 40


I think it's safe to say 'Millie is home now' and she knows it too!  She has carefully let her guard down in the safety of our house. She often rolls onto her side and dozes off throughout the day with no need to jump up at every strange sound. She loves night time when it is time for bed as she likes to lay right next to me, often begging for me to pet on her before we go to sleep and if I don't , she makes sure to paw and remind me that I'm forgetting something.

I don't think I've had a good night's sleep in weeks but it's totally worth seeing her want to snuggle with me. On nights when my husband has a late night gig, Millie awakes me from a deep sleep when she hears the back door open, as if she isn't sure who has entered the house. She uses her nose to push against me until I stir awake. When she realizes it is my husband and her fellow pack mate, she lays back down and falls asleep..

Millie tends to be a morning pup to my dismay, as on average, she naturally wakes me up just after 5 in the morning.  She just can't wait to get her day started as she runs around with one of her toys in mouth. It is as though she is excited to be alive and can't wait to get started living!

Lola and myself are a tad slower as we drag ourselves out of bed with a little less zest.  If I've learned anything from this sweet girl, it is to enjoy life.. be excited about it and yes.. I should face each day as she does with the excitement that she has to be alive another day.