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Big Bro, Baby Sis, Mom & Dad – New Jersey Family Photographer

This wonderful family was on the other side of my lens a few months back for baby sister’s baptism — a special day indeed! I am, of course, thrilled to have gotten to spend another special time with them (and Mickey too!) at their laughter-filled family photo session on a glorious fall afternoon not too long ago. These four are lots of fun and obviously share tons of love. And, big brother and baby sister already share a very special bond. He is an excellent big brother, and it is easy to see that even at less than a year old, she thinks he is pretty great. It is the kind of sweetness you wish siblings everywhere could share not just in childhood, but throughout their lifetimes. Here are a few highlights from our session.

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Super Special Family Session on a Beautiful Fall Morning – New Jersey Family Photographer

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!!!

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Frederick the Frog – Central New Jersey Pet Photographer

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. 🙂

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King of the Castle: Denver, Colorado Pet Photography

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.

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Playing and Posing in the Backyard: Northern Colorado Pet Photographer

It was a joy to share my first pet session of 2015 with this little guy — a precious three-year-old Corgi named Chopper. He is super friendly and welcomed me with open “arms” from the moment I walked through the door. Out in his backyard, he went from striking poses, to romping in the melting snow and mud, to sniffing out treats, without a care. What a sweetie!!

 

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The Year that Was and the Year that is to Come

2014, The Year that Was: Last January, I decided to start this page, and see where I could go with this whole photography “thing.” I posted early photos from my first “real camera,” came up with a name for whatever was that I was doing, got a logo designed, and made a feeble attempt at a 365 Project. As 365 turned into 365ish, then completely fell by the wayside, something incredible began to happen. I started to get requests from folks who wanted me to take photographs for them!

In the last year, I’ve been blessed to have done so many awesome photo sessions with families, pets, pets and their people, buns-in-the-oven, special events, head shots, and even spreads for a magazine. And, I got to use some of my skills in my nonprofit marketing day job. I am truly grateful for each and every session.

From January 2014 to today, I have learned and grown so much with each and every shoot and editing session, and I could not have done so without everyone who has taken their places on the other side of my lens. On top of the learning and growing though, it brings me such joy to be able to capture moments, life, and memories that folks can cherish. Again, I thank each of you so much. And I thank everyone who has supported me in this effort, especially my husband, family, and friends. Here are just some of many highlights from my 2014:

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2015, What’s to Come: I am beyond excited for this New Year and for all that lies ahead in this journey. There is, of course, always more learning and growing to be done, so I look forward to continuing my photography education, both in the classroom and in real life.

The biggest thing that lies ahead for 2015, I suppose, is that early in the year, my husband, little doggie/#1 photography practice subject, and I will be packing up and relocating to the East Coast for my husband’s job. The launch of my photography business has been on hold since we learned of the impending move – so once we are settled there, I plan on getting it off the ground, and we’ll see what we can see from there. (Colorado friends, after the move, I will be back to visit often with camera in hand, and will plan on fitting in some sessions when I am here as much as I can).

Thanks again so much and Happy New Year! May 2015 be a year of wonderful, amazing, blessings, and every good thing in life for one and all.