Lucky...Monthly Blog Theme | Colorado Springs, CO photographer

I am participating in a blog circle with several other photographers.  On the 20th of each month, we will all be posting a blog with a theme.  You can follow the circle around by clicking the next link at the bottom of the post. This month’s blog theme is…Lucky!

It being the month of St. Patrick's Day and all, I wanted to have some fun with this month's theme. So I decided to do a photo shoot of my babies, my dogs. Well, the joke was on me (oh wait, that's April fools). My two oldest dogs are very used to me, my camera and bright flashing lights. However, the baby of the family, Kaiya - who is 2 years old, has never had her photos taken. And let me tell you, it was as bad as taking a child into a big flashy studio who has never been either. It terrified her. And I mean T.E.R.R.I.F.I.E.D. her. LOL! She would NOT stand on the white background. Or sit still for more than 3 seconds.

So enjoy my silly dogs, my fetish with dressing them up and the fun outtakes from the session at the end. :)

 Our pug, Gadget.

Kaiya, the stinker.

Midnight, who hates that I dress her up.

the secret to the calm behavior of these two? I use a stool and then they are held captive. My husband was spotting them off to the side.Don't let this normal face fool you! Kaiya decided to give up the fight (and I mean literally) and let me take about 4 photos.

Gadget is our giraffe tongue dog.

The other secret to dog photos? LOTS of treats!

And let the outtakes begin with the TERRIFIED face Kaiya made when I forced her on the white background. haha!

This is how we got her to take any photos. My husband held her back end like a wheelbarrow. Silly girl!

And last but not least, Kaiya's true opinion of the photo session.

Thank goodness I'm not a pet photographer!

Now head over to Lisa's blog and see her take on LUCKY!

 

LOVE IS...MONTHLY BLOG THEME | COLORADO SPRINGS COLORADO PHOTOGRAPHER

I am participating in a blog circle with several other photographers.  On the 20th of each month, we will all be posting a blog with a theme.  You can follow the circle around by clicking the next link at the bottom of the post. This month’s blog theme is...

Love is...

I've been thinking about this post and theme for awhile. How best to describe what love is? February is the month of love. Valentine's Day gifts of chocolate, flowers, cards and so many others. But that's just barely scraping the surface of what love is. It's an outward expression of a deeper commitment.

Love is...

the hand written note at the end of a store bought card. Love is patience. Love is kindness. Love is grace. Love is holding my hand through happy days, and sad, and everything in between. Love is saying things that are hard to say because they need to be said. Love is being the bigger person without the gloating that usually goes with it. Love is not selfish. Love never fails.

Love is...

the 10 years I've spent with my wonderful husband Jay. Loving every minute.

Now head over to  and check out Dreaming Hollow Photography for her take on Love is...!

Black & White Monthly Blog Theme | Colorado Springs Colorado Photographer

I am participating in a blog circle with several other photographers.  On the 20th of each month, we will all be posting a blog with a theme.  You can follow the circle around by clicking the next link at the bottom of the post. This month’s blog theme is Black & White. As everyone knows, black and white photography was the first available photography long before color. These days, I find that black and white or color photography just come down to a person's personal preferences. I've discovered that my grandmas usually prefer color since it didn't exist when they were little and it was all the rage when it came out.

There are many versions of black and white photography. I am currently working on this photo journal of my Grandma B. When choosing which black and white, there are many things to consider such as amount of contrast and toning. I usually go for the first one in the list - a basic, high contrast image that is a clean looking black and white.

I want to know which one you prefer!

VOTE for your favorite! Leave your vote in the comments below. 

(1) High Contrast

(2) Low Contrast

(3) Blue and Warm Tones

(4) Old School Sepia

Thanks for voting!

Now head over to  and check out Dreaming Hallow Photography for her take on Black & White!

 

Miracle | Thankful Theme - Colorado Springs, CO Photographer

I am participating in a blog circle with several other photographers.  On the 20th of each month, we will all be posting a blog with a theme.  You can follow the circle around by clicking the next link at the bottom of the post. This month's blog theme is Thankful.

This year I am thankful for a lot of things but most of all, I'm thankful that I witnessed a miracle.

A few months ago, I heard through family and friends that there was a little baby who needed a home. I immediately thought of some of our dear friends. The thing that I'm most thankful for is that when I called to see if they would even be remotely interested, that there was a little soul who needed a home, their answer without hesitation was, "Yes, yes, yes!"

I know they are thankful for the phone call from me that changed their lives, but it was such a small part of this miracle story. It was just another connecting piece in this puzzle. There were many, many pieces that fell into place and many, many people who helped, loved and prayed. Every piece and every person was important. And I know that my friends are thankful for each person who helped, loved and prayed. ♥

♥ And everyone especially is thankful for this miracle named Ryan. ♥

Head on over to Dreaming Hollow Photography to see her take on this month's Thankful theme.

With Love to My Grandma M | Colorado Springs Photography

This has been a strange year. My Grandma B (my dad's mom) was diagnosed with breast cancer this year. She's doing great after her surgery. Then about a month ago, my other Grandma M (my mom's mom) was diagnosed with rectal cancer. Both of them are in their early 80s. My Grandma M is going in for surgery at 5:30 am tomorrow morning.

So it's made me think a lot. I take a lot for granted. I make excuses for not seeing my grandmas and family so often because my life is busy. But the reality is I need to make time for them. Because that's all that really matters - family.

With that in mind, I did a little photo shoot of Grandma M yesterday. And the things I love about her.

I love her smile.

I love that no matter how old she grows, she's still a kid at heart and has more dolls than all her granddaughters combined.

I love that she's creative and loves to make everything. My mom and I have inherited our creativity from her.

She made this doll (among MANY other things).

I love her hands. They tell the story of her life - the kids she cared for, the dinners she made, moments upon moments of her life.

She loves to read. So do I.

She believes in God and has lead her family by faith and love.

She's my grandma. And I love her.

We will be praying for the best tomorrow, Grandma! We love you. See you soon!