Baby Preston

Posted on September 30, 2010

Since I scheduled my Indy trip around the birth of this little guy, he gets to go first!

Meet baby Preston – he’s just two weeks old here and I dare you to look at these without going “awwww”. Impossible. I had such a hard time choosing some of my favorites to share…he’s just too darn cute! Love-love-love them baby faces!

I’m thinking this one would make a perfect gift for his 16th birthday…poster size, of course. : )

Hangin’ with daddy – so sweet!

And last but not least, here’s one with big brother Parker, who will have his very own post soon!

Home Sweet Home

Posted on September 28, 2010

I just got back from my annual trip to Indiana and while I had a wonderful time as usual, it’s always nice to come back home. After spending time with some good friends and photographing a newborn, an (almost) four year old, a 9 month old, a mother-daughter duo, two adorable dalmatians and a few other four legged friends (all in 5 days), I think I might need a vacation from my vacation!

Of course I’m only kidding – I had a really fun trip and I can’t wait to share some of my favorite images here over the next few weeks. Oh, and don’t forget that you can become a fan (or “like”) Simply Spotted Photography on facebook, where I’ll definitely be posting some sneak peeks!

Little Bella here ¬†has been very patient…I had planned on sharing this lovely photo before I left, but considering I was still packing at 2 am before my 7 am flight last week, that just didn’t happen. Isn’t she gorgeous? And those eyes…*melts*.

Pongo | Healing

Posted on September 18, 2010

Today would have been Pongo’s (also known as my “original spotty”) 16th birthday. He passed away in April and my little spotty house just hasn’t been the same without him. I wish more than anything that he was still here with me physically, but thankfully I can take comfort in some of the many wonderful reminders I have of our time together.

Over the past several months I’ve had the pleasure (and admittedly, some heartache) of meeting some absolutely wonderful dogs who were nearing the end of their journey here on earth. I truly do understand how heartbreaking it is when the time comes to say goodbye. And while everyone deals with loss in their own way, I thought I would share a few things that have helped me through some very difficult days.

While photography has always been a passion, after Pongo passed, it became my therapy. I spent a great deal of time looking back through old images of him, most of which were never shared or published. I found myself looking at them with new eyes, and a greater appreciation of some of those little moments, that didn’t seem all that important at the time.

I am not a painter, at least not in the brush and canvas sense, but I started working on digital paintings from old photographs. They are still very much a work in progress, and may or may not ever be totally “finished”. But that’s okay…at this point, I’m not sure that I’m really ready for them to be.

I finally made the time to design a book, using images from one of my most memorable beach trips with him last November. And from those images, I put together a little video…

I’m not suggesting that the path to healing is through photography…or painting…or any other art form for that matter. But when I first started down this path, I really didn’t expect that it would be so therapeutic. kind of like why would you want to listen to depressing music if you’re already sad, right? I’ll admit that at first it was really difficult, but after a while, the tears were replaced by smiles. And now I have some lovely renewed memories of my original spotty dog.

Happy birthday, my friend. We miss you.

Cadyn + Riley | Sheltie Fun

Posted on September 17, 2010

Meet Cadyn and Riley, two of my good agility friends! These two handsome shelties train at SOTC and I’ve gotten to know them very well over the past few years.

First I have to say that they are both very, very sweet *and* they are therapy dogs which is of course, super awesome. But aside from their good natured temperaments, they have totally different personalities! Because they really do look very similar (especially in person), I was thinking that I might have trouble telling them apart in some of their photos, but that proved to be no issue because their expressions are so unique.

In these first two, Riley is on the left and Cadyn is on the right. Wanna take a guess as to which one is the “good boy” and which one is the “wild child”?

Cadyn, the “good boy”, is 5 years old and he’s one of the nicest dogs I’ve ever known. If he was a person, he would most definitely be a humanitarian and would do his part to help save the planet and end world hunger (starting with Shelties, of course). In agility, he’s a star – speedy yet very consistent. This isn’t to say that he’s never a little bit naughty, but when he is, you can’t help but laugh because he’s just so darn cute. Seriously, who could resist this face? And those big brown eyes!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at an agility trial talking to Cadyn and Riley’s mom when I’ve felt something poking (or nibbling!) at my pockets and look down to see something like this…

Those long noses come in handy! Cadyn says “I love you. Please may I have a cookie?”

Now for a little comparison, here’s Riley…

“Give me the (bleep) cookie NOW!”

At 4 years old, Riley is the “wild child” and you might even say he’s a little bit of a hot head. In agility, he is wicked fast and has a lot of talent, but he doesn’t always have the patience needed for such trivial things as waiting for the teeter to drop or keeping the bars up. He is a lot of fun to watch though and has been making some really good progress!

We decided to have our session out at the club, which made for a lovely setting, but Riley didn’t seem to understand why we weren’t out playing agility.

To say that he was unimpressed might be an understatement.

However, he was a good sport and just like Cadyn, is very photogenic….when he gets excited, his little teeth chatter. So cute!

Super big thanks to Cadyn and Riley for being so darn cute and so much fun!

Gizmo + Jazz | Happy Endings

Posted on September 9, 2010

Meet Gizmo and Jazz, two very sweet girls that haven’t always had such a happy life. They were both rescues¬†from the Humane Society of Sarasota County, but were certainly not “easy” adoptions. Gizmo spent a lot of time in the shelter and was labeled un-adoptable because she was so fearful, and Jazz was returned to the Humane Society *four* times before she found her forever home. And what a perfect home they now both have! Thanks to their awesome humans (including a HSSC volunteer mom!), these two are proof of just how much love, patience. and positive training can do.

These girls are both around 6 years of age and are very active – both train and compete in the sport of flyball and Jazz recently received her first two legs toward her novice rally title! Don’t they just look like two peas in a pod? Clearly they were meant for each other…

Gizmo cracks me up – she’s a very clever girl. I think her mom is a little sad to see her “greying”, but she’s still a beauty!

An Jazz is so expressive – she has such beautiful brown eyes. I don’t see how anyone could *not* fall in love with her!

Big thanks to Gizmo, Jazz and family for a fun session *and* for being such an inspiration for rescue dogs everywhere – shelter pups rock!

Goodbye Summer!

Posted on September 3, 2010

Even though we still have a few weeks before the official start of Autumn, Labor Day weekend is typically a time to celebrate (or mourn) the end of summer. Here in Florida, I’m definitely celebrating! As much as I enjoy the idea of summer, I am *so* ready for some cooler temperatures. The weather this past week has been almost pleasant, so it definitely has me thinking about fall.

First, my dates for my annual trip back to Indiana have been finalized! I will be in the Indianapolis area from September 22-27. While I’m still working on my exact schedule, it looks like I’ll have time for one or two more photography sessions. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me, and we’ll work out the details!

Next on my “things to think about” list is…are you ready…Christmas! I know, I know – it’s only September – BUT since I’ve already had a few inquiries, I thought it would be a good time to mention that if you’ve been thinking about the possibility of giving the gift of photography this year, now is the perfect time to schedule a session. This is especially the case if you are interested in custom designed holiday cards or other speciality items that may require a little more production time. I always try to be as accommodating as possible, but November and December are usually very crazy (in a good way!) months around here so it’s good to get an early start.

Speaking of great gift ideas – I’ll admit that I’m *very* behind on sharing some of my latest and greatest specialty products, but hope to have some new samples up very soon.

I thought I’d share our 2009 holiday card – while it makes me sad to think that my cards this year will be missing Pongo, this makes me smile and is a reminder of just how special our last Christmas was together.

Peyton, Indy, and I hope that you all have a wonderful (and safe) Labor Day weekend!

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