It brings me such joy to finally be back behind the camera doing what I love, and working with this beautiful crew for my first shoot after a few months away was extra-special for me. I have known Momma my whole life. Literally. We “met” in high school and became friends. Then one day, when our Moms found out we were friends, we learned that we are actually distant cousins through marriage, and that we had met way before high school – when we were babies playing in the same crib or playpen or something. As life goes sometimes, young adulthood took us separate ways again, but several years ago, the good side of social media brought us back in touch, and we’ve been reconnected ever since. When it was time for hubbie, doggie, and I to move, it was my friend/cousin who helped us find the place we now call home. To see her so happy with her wonderful husband, her sweet, silly, adorable, delightful, little boy, and her first child (the four-legged one) makes me smile. And, to have been able to capture just a few glimpses of that happiness means the world to me. Thanks, guys, for getting up at the crack of dawn and braving the chilly fall morning shoot, and for getting me back out there again. You guys are the best!!!
The I Heart Faces (http://iheartfaces.com) Pet Photo Challenge is open to images of all critters, wildlife included, so I chose Frederick the Frog for my second submission. Named by our nephews, Frederick could very well be Frederica for all we know. He or she magically appeared in our fish pond not too long ago and seems to have chosen us to be his/her people. So while technically wildlife, he or she has also become a pet to us as well. 🙂
A break from romping on the Jersey Shore (at a spot where the New York City skyline can be seen in the distance), created this a poignant moment on the eve of September 11 this year.
Submitted for the I Heart Faces Pet Photo Challenge (http://iheartfaces.com).
Well. Here it is the start of Month Three of 2015. And, so far this year, my posts are once again coming at a snail’s pace. <sigh> In all fairness, it is a time of transition, so in some ways I feel like the snail’s pace is okay (for now anyway). The time will come when all of that will change, and I can’t truly wait.
In the meantime, though, there is this guy — a regal king who graciously shared his castle with a group of friends/former colleagues who came together for a mini-reunion not too long ago. His mom spoke so glowingly about him beforehand that I just had to have my camera in tow that night. Then, I was sure to keep it nearby at all times, as the king began striking what appeared to be very intentional poses as the evening went on. It was a real treat for me to get to photograph him. Here are just a few shots of this gorgeous creature.