Every year I look back on my photos from the year before and pick my favorites. They are always the photos that make heart smile.
On August 4 I celebrated my one year anniversary. A year earlier I hung up my shingle that said I was a pet photographer. I made goals, I missed some, I met some and I scratched some. The year was a whirlwind experience and every minute was savored. I loved all of the pets I met, but in reality, meeting their humans and hearing their stories was the best part.
AJ and Lily live in Connecticut. AJ is a litter mate to our borzoi Timber and thanks to the Internet we connected and met them when we were on the east coast this summer.
These two drove from the bottom to the top of California and then again through Oregon to attend a family reunion. They made just enough time to have their photos taken. I loved this one best of all. It sorta reminds me of Ma and Pa Kettle. Don’t ask me why.
These little beauties gave me one chance and one chance only. Cats are a hoot. Completely different from dogs and I relish every chance I get with a cat.
If you asked me my favorite location, I would tell you without missing a beat, the beach! Wide open spaces, fresh air and sandy toes. I usually drive home soaked to the bone, caked in sand and happy as a clam. The beach never lets me down, even on foggy nights.
I wish I had some sort of magic ball that could tell me what the weather would like, but seriously, the weather at the beach is a crap shoot. It just so happens that the foggy night I was there with this pair turned into one of my favorites.
Just one week later, we took our borzoi Timber out to the beach and this is what we got. A sunset, a reflection and a dog. It just doesn’t get any better than this.
This little mother-daughter team was definitely one of my favorite memories. We hauled the old settee over to their backyard and began working our magic on an entire family of littles. We had so much fun, but I’m pretty sure a nap was in order when we got back home.
Something that is very near and dear to my heart is adoption and rescue. I will forever and always support their efforts anyway I can from pet adoption photos to actual fundraising.
I am quite proud to say that between Aug. 1 and Dec. 14 I helped raise $5,000 for various non-profit groups. I couldn’t do it without everyone that took the time out of their day to have photos taken of their pets and for that I am very grateful.
Plans are already in the making for 2014 for fundraising efforts.
The magical season of fall does not last long enough. Getting out and about and finding new places makes my heart rush and my toes tingle. So many adventures, so little time.
The color in the background was just the bonus round.
Every pet has a story and I am charmed by their stories. Lu Lu Belle was a crafty stray on the streets, she avoided capture at every corner and as her story played out on the Internet, a soldier in Afghanistan watched. She promised herself and Lu Lu that when she returned to the states, Lu Lu would have her forever family. It was a happy ending for both.
And Pete. We really weren’t thinking about adopting another greyhound. We really weren’t. Between November 12 and December 19 we had a dog diagnosed with cancer and have a successful surgery, we had an emergency surgery late on a Saturday night and we lost three greyhounds. Each one of them a devastating surprise. We didn’t see any of their losses coming and after we lost our second one Skirvee, I knew we needed, we wanted a youngster in our lives.
The day after Pete came home our third dog went into the hospital. Danny Bleu was the keeper of my heart and I loved him with every part of being. Pete got me through some of my darkest moments in December.
It has been a great year. The pets that I have photographed have been awesome and their humans totally rock my world. If I didn’t make myself pick just 10 photos, my list would go on and on and on.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Here’s to another wonderful year.
And just to be clear, here’s my message to all: