The future has arrived

It feels like a million years ago when I started volunteering in greyhound adoption. I loved every minute of it and there is one thing I’ll never forget. The president of the group said, “there’s a home for every dog, sometimes it takes just a little longer.”

Chester, nine days in his forever home

When I found out I was going to photograph Chester, I started to do a little research. This boy has been in search of his forever home for 159 days. I’m sure he hated every minute of shelter life, but I also think it is just as important to find the right family to avoid bouncing from home-to-home.

Tall and proud

Some dogs wouldn’t mind the adventure of 1000 families and Chester’s sweet, old soul would have graciously accepted everything that was offered to him.

I think there’s a squirrel in them that bushes

Chester had a plethora of birds and squirrels to watch and dream… (you know of the day), made every day the best day ever.

Chester. This is the face of a dog that’s having the best day ever

Chester is a happy dog. His kisses are just the right amount of sloppy, wet and sweet. I believe his loyalty will be fierce to his new family. He will give them all of his big golden heart and protect them from the wild squirrels or rabbits or birds that roam freely through his new turf.

Catching the rays

Chester’s silly and most important, he’s relaxed character emerged after our little walk. This guy was born to be a model and he does model oh so well. But any dog that has spent a little time with me will tell you it’s exhausting and you need an invigorating back scratch and belly rub to rev up those engines again.


And so dear Chester, my new friend. My wish for you is that all of your days from here forth are the best days ever.

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My hot date

Sunday selfie (on Monday) number seventeen.

Every week I tell myself I’m going to do the selfie earlier in the day. Every Sunday night I’m in a panic wondering if I’m going to pull the selfie off. Well, the gardens kicked my butt yesterday and I decided it was best to wait a day.

Coffee in the barn

borzoi in barn
Every night without fail, this is our spot

We have a thing, Karen and Timber, Zip and I. This is our paradise found. Every night without fail, no matter the time, rain, snow or freezing cold, this is where we come for our end of the day cup of coffee. We’ve solved all of the world’s problems, discussed every detail of the day… good, excellent and do-over, laughed and even cried. We have big dreams, make big plans and start just one more to-do list.

This is our special place.

Behind the scenes

Once again, not what I planned. The skies totally changed from the minute I headed in to get the camera and back out. I pulled plan B out of thin air. But this barn, how could I wait so long to photograph a very important corner of our world.

We got the barn to hold all of our garden tools. On the very first day of it’s existence, it became our little Red Barn Bistro. It started with two chairs and two dog beds. A little table followed and then, the oh so important propane heater for those cold winter days. We’ve had our coffee in the barn when it was 20° out. My favorite though is to sit in there and watch the snow fall.

By the way, we had to get another shed to hold the tools.

We don’t always sit in the barn. When the weather warms we sit just outside of the goats and chickens and watch goat TV. Somedays we sit at the back of the acre and enjoy the gardens.

This is our special place.

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The grand dogs

The grandweimies came for a visit this weekend. Grammy’s place is best because she’ll throw the ball forever. Word on the street has it that her arm is officially 1.5 inches longer now.

I have finally reached Sunday Selfie number sixteen.

I’m pleased that neither Karen or I have allowed me to talk myself out of it. I have to use my imagination more and more each week, and I love the challenge and the fact that the final image is a couple of evolutions away from what was in my head.

Picture time, again. Look at Grammy

Goldee and Maverick

These are my grand dogs. Goldee and Maverick are long-haired weimaraners and they are beautiful. Maverick had been chasing a tennis ball for a couple of hours at this point and Goldee had hunted the perimeter several hundred times stopping on occasion to bark at the Iceys that are still in quarantine.

Some day, I am going to get the perfect portrait of the two them. I just know it’s in my future. Together they are such a gorgeous pair, but just like most brothers and sisters… Let’s just say they aren’t interested in pleasing Grammy. I guess they must have just a tiché of goat in them.

Behind the scenes

When I found out they were coming for a visit, I knew I wanted to use them for selfie. This one only took two assistants (is it still really a selfie if you aren’t clicking the shutter yourself?). Karen was my shutter buddy and Holly wrangled the dogs. Goldee sat in the same position the entire time and looked around just in case she needed to dash off on an emergency hunting expedition. Maverick moved this way and then that way just to change up the camera angles. He’s always concerned I’ll miss his good side.

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Introducing Greta

I was so excited for the Icelandic hens we were bringing home. The first and second time we added chickens to our flock, we got day old or so chicks. They were a blast and I don’t regret that time for a minute.

It comes with a test though. What if you get that 10% rooster? They have to be under a heat lamp for 6–8 weeks. They are kinda fragile, I worried a lot.

This time, we brought home a little older chick. It was kinda cool to see what their coloring was going to be. They have to sign a modeling contract before they can even come play in our sandbox. And we thought we had a better chance of getting hens and not roosters.

So this Sunday Selfie number fifteen. Every Sunday I check off is a good Sunday for me.

Will the real Greta please stand up

Introducing Greta

Well, we still brought home a rooster, we named him Gustav as soon as he started showing those gorgeous his saddle feathers of his. We were so lucky and grateful that Marshall Farms, my new favorite playground, for graciously letting us exchange Gustav for Greta.

She’s a pretty little thing and kinda sassy. Maybe Greta Garbo was sassy too.

Behind the scenes

This still is not the photo I had in my head. Not even close. But as I was getting ready to do the selfie, I started looking at old Greta Garbo movie posters and one jumped off the page and said pick me! Here’s a link if you want to see it.

So, I did learn something that will help me with my client work. I hope to put it to the test with my next session. I’m still feeling mildly silly doing this project and I’m also having fun. Most of the time, I’m really happy I decided to do this.

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Fundraiser for Project Pooch

We’re opening the gardens in June to do mini sessions as a fundraiser for Project Pooch!


We are so excited to be partnering with Beth at Tender Touch Grooming to do a fundraiser for Project Pooch. Our plan is to have little mini-sessions on June 22 and 23 in gardens.

It’s hard to say what will be blooming then, but I can guarantee you I am chomping at the bit for some color. We’ll be able to move about the acre for a variety of images for you to choose from.

Manny, Reggie and Walter

The session fee is $50 and will include one high res digital file. We will also have a variety of packages to choose from starting at $35. Bring one pet or two or three. I love the challenge of getting the “family” to pose together.


We live on an acre that has a six foot all the way around and is safe for all. Nearly all of the plants I have are pet safe and the few that aren’t are behind a fence so any accidental nibbling that happens will be safe.


This is a perfect opportunity to have portraits done of your pets in a safe, friendly and beautiful setting and the best part, 50% of the proceeds will go to a great organization, Project Pooch. Or, maybe it’s time to update your wall with a canvas gallery wrap.

Zip and me in the new bamboo forest

Call or email us now to reserve your time for a mini session in the garden and donate 50% to Project Pooch at the same time. 503-999-3047 or

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