Sadie + Jacob

Giddy. That was me driving home after my session with Sadie and her family. SO MUCH FUN! Sadie is a lab puppy and not only is she beautiful, but she has such a neat little personality. This little girl has an abundance of confidence and attitude…I know her family is going to have a lot of fun with her!

Jacob is her big (human) brother, and I’m thinking a career in acting could quite possibly be in his future. Such a ham! He and Sadie definitely kept us on our toes. : ) I had an impossible time selecting my favorites, but here are just a few…

What an adorable pair! I’m pretty sure I set a personal record for the number of favorites from a session…thanks again to Sadie and family for a lovely evening!

Aussies and Minis and a Border Collie – OH MY!

As promised, here are the rest of Pryce puppy’s lovely canine (and equine) family! I’m missing little Zoe, the papillon, but since she wasn’t feeling too great the morning of our session, I didn’t get too many images of her. Hopefully she forgives me. : )

First up are Owen (left) and Nike – both have awesome and highly contagious smiles, but I think Owen wins the “most likely to be a cartoon character” award.


Owen is also in charge of watching *his* two miniature horses.

Next up is Zeke. His expressions crack me up and I can’t help but to think that he knows something that I don’t…and he’s not telling!

This little guy (I forget his name) has a rockin’ hairdo!

And finally we have sweet Trace and his puppy friend, Pryce. I am so sad to report that Trace passed away the week following our session, just shy of 13 years old. I had the pleasure of knowing Trace for several years; he was a remarkable dog and I know his family is missing him terribly.

Baby Camille | Sarasota Beach Portraits

We’re enjoying some lovely weather here in Sarasota this week…fortunate for all of the spring breakers in town, and absolutely perfect for a sunset session on the beach!

I had a lovely time with baby Camille and her family. Isn’t she *gorgeous*? While I generally tend to be a big fan of color and contrast, I loved the softer, slightly vintage feel for these images…just a little peek at a few of my many favorites. So sweet!

Celebration of Pets!

My poor little blog here has been so neglected…between a few trips out of town and trying to keep my now 5 month old puppy entertained (quite the job!), I haven’t had much time for blogging. I hope to get back on track soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a very exciting event that is coming to the Sarasota fairgrounds next weekend.

My good friends over at Pet Pages are hosting their first annual Celebration of Pets! With close to 200 local and national pet friendly vendors (including yours truly), this is going to be one heck of a party. They have tons of fun stuff planned and I think it’s going to be a fabulous event! So mark your calendars – Saturday, February  26th – and make plans to join us! To learn more, please visit  Celebration of Pets 2011 online.

Please stop by and say hi – and just in case you need one more good reason to attend, there’s a good chance Derby pup will be making an appearance at my booth. He would love to meet you!

Meet Tardy | A Horse of Course!

I will freely admit to not being much of a morning person, but give me some lovely morning light and a gorgeous horse to work with, and I’m all yours! Meet my new friend Tardy – not only is she strikingly beautiful, but she has *the best* personality. She’s sweet, smart, and just a little sassy! I had such a lovely time working with her and her mom, and enjoyed reminiscing about my horsey days back in Indiana.

These two make such a perfect match! Tardy clearly adores Leann, and without a doubt, the feeling is mutual. Although Tardy is beautiful all on her own, I just *love-love* the images of the two of them together – simply gorgeous!

Thank you Leann and Tardy for a fabulous morning!

Meet Herbie

Meet one of my newest friends, Herbie. He’s a nine year (young) lab mix, who looks 99.9% lab to me – although he is a *really* big guy! Unfortunately Herbie has been recently diagnosed with bone cancer, but clearly no one has told him – he’s happy as can be! Other than a slight limp, he looks great and has that wonderful Lab smile (and some goofy faces) that’s totally contagious. Well, contagious to everyone except his one year old human Josh, who was not exactly impressed with our photo session. But that’s okay; Josh is still a cutie and we did manage to find a few smiles near the end!

I hope Herbie has many happy, smiling days ahead. Thank you Leslie and Kelley, for giving me the chance to meet your awesome boy.

Allison + Alyssa | Little Pumpkins

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!

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!

Meet Preslee

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!