Happy Halloween!

Posted on October 31, 2010

WOW – Is it just me, or did we lose a few weeks of October? I can’t believe it’s already Halloween!

Fortunately for my spotty dogs, my busy schedule has spared them the embarrassment of getting dressed up this year. However, I did get my Halloween pup fix earlier this week at the Halloween party and open house at Happy Dog Pet Salon in Sarasota. The event was big success and a lot of fun – I think I photographed 35 dogs (and a few families) in 2 1/2 hours…whew!

Thank you to all of the super cute pups (and kids!) who joined us – I’ve sent out  images to everyone who attended so if you haven’t received your e-mail, please feel free to contact me. And, if you’re looking for an awesome groomer in the Sarasota area, I definitely recommend checking out Happy Dog Pet Salon – they have a brand new, super cute location on Sawyer (just off of Bee Ridge Road) and now offer small dog daycare.

In other news, I am waaaay behind on sharing some of my latest sessions here, but stay tuned as I have some really fun ones coming up! Also, my November calendar is almost full, so if you’ve been thinking about a session before the holidays, please contact me soon. I always try to be as accommodating as possible, but this is a super busy (and super fun) time of year!

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Allison + Alyssa | Little Pumpkins

Posted on October 21, 2010

This past weekend I headed out to the annual pumpkin festival at Hunsader Farms, where I had the pleasure of photographing two beautiful babies, Allison and Alyssa. The weather was perfect, and the pumpkins made for a really fun fall backdrop…especially with their gorgeous blue eyes!

Allison was not very impressed with the pumpkins, although she did seem to think that they tasted pretty good. This first image makes me laugh…what a face!

Alyssa thought the pumpkins were positively drool worthy…I just love how the reflections created such a fun, sparkly effect in her eyes!

Big thanks to both of these sweet girls for being so good, and to their moms for having me out!

Parker’s Turn!

Posted on October 19, 2010

Poor Parker; now that he’s no longer the baby in the family, he’s probably getting used to waiting patiently – or maybe not. I’ll just have to tell him that I saved the very best for last!

Some of you might remember Parker from last year’s Indy trip…well he sure has grown up a lot! He’s no longer the shy little boy that hides behind mom. He’s now an (almost) four year old who likes to beat up poor, unsuspecting friends who come to visit him from Florida. And yes, that would be me. : )

In fairness, he can also be very sweet. And silly. And definitely entertaining. We had some great conversations complete with lots of gestures, eye rolling, and some very dramatic sighs. While I have some classic, “cheesy” Parker photos, I was drawn to some of his more candid images. Being an awesome (brand new) big brother is a big responsibility!

Will Work for Puppy Breath | Dalmatian Puppies!

Posted on October 17, 2010

It’s not a big surprise to anyone who knows me, or follows my blogs, that Dalmatians are my breed of choice. I don’t think that there’s much that makes me smile more than a Dalmatian puppy, and as you may have noticed, I’ve been suffering from a bad case of dalpuppyitis lately. So naturally, when I learned of a litter of EIGHT puppies (sired by one of my favorite Dalmatians) was here in Florida, I just had to meet and photograph them!

These little guys and gals (5 males/3 females) were exactly five weeks old when I met them on Friday and oh. my. goodness. they. are. SO. CUTE. For the record, they were not the easiest subjects I’ve ever photographed – at one point I think at least 6 of them were either under me (working on untying my shoelaces) or attempting to crawl in my lap. Absolutely no complaints here though!

Those little smooshy puppy noses, their little grunts and squeals, the way they stumble/waddle/run – ADORABLE. And of course, I can’t forget to mention the puppy breath! They are all so darn cute and so much fun; I don’t know that I could even pick a favorite – although I’ll admit to being slightly partial to the little blue-eyed boy.

Now for my little public service announcement: As with any breed, Dalmatians are not for everyone. If you are looking for a Dalmatian, please do your research first and make sure that you find a reputable breeder that stands for outstanding health and temperament in the breed -or- support your local Dalmatian rescue. Of course, this is true for *any* puppy, but since I occasionally receive comments from individuals wanting to breed to my (both spayed/neutered, rescued) spotty dogs, I thought it was worth stating here.

A super big thanks to the R family for letting me come up and get a much needed puppy fix!

2011 Mini Calendar Books | Now Available!

Posted on October 11, 2010

I’m excited to share the newest addition to my specialty product lineup –  accordion mini book calendars! I love-love-love these little calendars so much, I’m going to be offering them as a FREEBIE with any new session scheduled between now and November  30th!

Aren’t they fun!?

Like all of my specialty products, these are custom designed and the colors and design can be changed to fit your personal style. And of course, they are also available to any of my past or current clients, so if you are interested in ordering one (or two, or three!), please contact me for details.

While regular accordion mini books are not exactly a *new* addition, since I have yet to share them here (tsk, tsk!), I thought now would be a good time to do so. These little hard covered books are the perfect size to keep in your bag or purse and feature a hidden magnetic closure. They are super cute and a great way to show off some of your favorite images!

Meet Preslee

Posted on October 9, 2010

Baby Preslee is one of my newest little Indy friends – she’s just 9 months old and is a DOLL! I think she’s probably one of the happiest, smiliest (is that even a word?) babies I have ever met. I had so much fun with her and her family, and every one of her images makes me smile.

Preslee is just starting to stand on her own and I know that pretty soon she’s going to be running all over place. Lucky for her, she lives on a farm and will have all kinds of fun things to play with growing up – including horses and cows! She is most definitely going to be one of the cutest little cowgirls around. : )

Thank you Preslee and family for being so much fun…hopefully I’ll be seeing you again next year!

Liza + Sharon | Indy Friends

Posted on October 6, 2010

Some of you might remember Liza, my beautiful and super talented friend, from last year’s Indy trip. Well, this time I got to photograph her *and* her lovely mother, Sharon. Together, they have to be one of my very favorite mother-daughter duos ever…gorgeous! I’m having such a hard time picking favorites to share, but here are just a few…

Reagan + Bentley | Dalmatian Duo

Posted on October 3, 2010

Meet Reagan and Bentley – two super awesome spotty dogs that I met during my trip to Indiana. I was sooooo excited when their mom contacted me about doing a session while I was in town! I knew they would be a lot of fun, and they certainly did not disappoint…it was all I could do to *not* try to sneak them in my suitcase and bring them both home with me!

Reagan is 1 1/2 and little Bentley is only 5 months old. Two young Dalmatians…isn’t their mom brave!?

I  just *adore* Reagan! She is so much fun, has an awesome smile, and is total momma’s girl. She is also an awesome big sister – it’s so cute to see how Bentley follows her lead. I’m trying to convince her mom that she would have a lot of fun doing agility…and of course she would be more than welcome to send her down to Florida for a little personal training!

Bentley is an absolute doll, but I didn’t get to see his usual crazy happy puppy self since on the morning of our session he decided that a rock would make a great snack. Thankfully he was fine, but had a bit of a belly ache. Silly spotty boy! Doesn’t he have the sweetest puppy face? Gah! Not helping my serious case of dal-puppy-want *at all*!

I had such a nice time with my new Indy spotty friends! I wish I lived closer, but hopefully we can visit next time I’m in town. Here’s a fun outtake I couldn’t resist sharing…thanks Reagan, Bentley, and Nicole for being so much fun!

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