Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Special Dog, Mojo

I introduced our dog Mojo on my blog when we first adopted him. It has since been over a year, since Mojo officially became a part of our family. For those not familiar with his story, we adopted Mojo after he was rescued from a puppy mill. He was a little over 3 years old when we adopted him and he had a slight bald spot where his little head would rub the roof of his kennel. His bald spot is now gone but the scars of the puppy mills are still alive and well. It does get a little better every day but we still have a long way to go.
As I said before, it has been over a year...closer to two years. He still will not play like the average dog would, he's scared of just about everything and he prefers to lay in my bed than to socialize with people (even the family he lives with everyday). He has a fear of dog toys, especially raw hide treats. He won’t potty in the grass he prefers the gravel in the back yard or the sidewalk when we are out for a walk. He doesn’t bark or growl, in fact he doesn’t really make a sound at all. Regardless of these things he has won a special place in our hearts and whether he knows it or not he is a part of this family.
Mojo has found things he does love....treats, our bed (as you will see in the photos), running around the back yard with my husband and son, his evening walks after dinner and of course doggie daycare (Paradise Pets).

I hope everyone enjoys these photos of Mojo and I hope his story might help someone else who may have just adopted a puppy mill survivor. Always remember that with patience things do get better.


He jumps in my bed and will make a mess of it just to get under the covers. On this particular Saturday, he was keeping me from making the bed.

It's such a tough life!

I love his little whiskers.

He has learned to shake with both paws! We are still working on sit.

I love his pattern.

This is Dharma, she was rescued with Mojo but adopted to another home. No one knew how bonded they were before their adoption. Fortunately I have become friends with the lady who adopted her and we occasionally get together so Mojo & Dharma get to see each other. It is so cute to see the two of them together!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dwight, Illinois

A few weeks ago a friend from Dwight, IL contacted me about some of my landscape photos. While chatting, I mentioned that I would love to come and take some photos around her community. Last Sunday, we got together to do just that. Lucky for me she grew up there and was able to give us some of the history and background.

Jane, thank you so much for showing us around! I had a great time and learned so much!

I hope everyone enjoys these. If ever you in Central Illinois and want something to do check out Dwight (especially during the Bassett Waddle).


The Fox Development Center (originally the Keeley Insititute)
Erected in 1891 and Rebuilt in 1903

The beautiful stained glass on the second floor of the Fox Development Center.
Seeing, Hearing, Feeling, Tasting and Smelling. I wonder what the original thought was behind these.

The stairway landing with rays of sunlight coming in through the stained glass. I love the intricate detail of the stairway.

Columns on the old Livingston Hotel building kind of reminded me of the old houses back home.

The Dwight Train Depot.

The Keeley Windmill at the Country Mansion. A very unusual yet beautiful windmill.

Pioneer Gothic Church

A strange little surprise we found under a very large tree near the windmill.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Armond!

In Augusta, Georgia, 14 years ago today I gave birth to an adorable baby boy. While he is a handsome young man, he is no longer that little baby. He has grown taller than me and has a deep voice like his father. He's an amazing young man that makes me proud everyday.

Happy Birthday Armond! Dad and I love you very much! I hope you have a great day!


I'm lucky I have a son willing to help his mother out when she needs a model. Here is a shot from the Caddy Shoot we did in October last year.

This is Armond posing for me to test my lighting...such the rockstar.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Central Catholic Homecoming 2010

Last weekend I was asked to photograph a group of Central Catholic students for homecoming.  Chris and I arrived early and spent time with the family hosting the get together. As we were sitting down chatting, the party bus limo arrived and in 5 seconds flat the house was full of students and parents. We had a great time photographing the students and chatting with the parents.

I hope everyone enjoys these!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Paradise Pets- New Adoptable Dogs

Paradise Pets is a local Doggie Daycare and Spa that fosters dogs for rescues and shelters. Kathy and the staff are amazing! They truly care about the animals and really take the time to get to know your pet as well as the dogs they foster. If you are looking for a new companion, make sure and check out the adoptable dogs at Paradise Pets. Here are their most recent additions.




Izzy (deaf)






Kody and Brandi
(can NOT be seperated)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Central Catholic Homecoming 2010- Sneak Peek

This weekend I got a chance to spend a little time with students from Central Catholic and their parents. Here is one of the group shots as promised and a few extras. I hope everyone enjoys these!

Thank you guys for having me out! I had a blast!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

LaDonna and Scott- Wedding

If you've never been to a wedding with truck drivers, EMT's and fire fighters....well you just don't know what your missing. We'll just say they work hard, play hard and don't let rain stop their plans! (sorry I couldn't come up with a better way to start this post! HAHA!)
Chris and I had an amazing time capturing Scott and LaDonna's day. They are such an adorable couple. When they look at one another you can just see the love they share. They have a beautiful family and an awesome extended family! It was a amazing night filled with good friends, great laughs and who will ever forget the fire fighters dancing the macarena for the bride!
We wish you two all the best.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Carson's Senior Session

So I got an urgent call from Carson's mom a week or so ago saying Carson wanted photos with the corn behind the house. At first I didn't understand the urgency until his mom explained that they were in the middle of plowing and it wouldn't be long before it was all gone.

The next day we went out to their home for the shoot. Carson had plenty ideas for us and his grandfather was so accomodating. He gave us full run of his farm and even brought out one of the combines for us to use.

We had a really good time with this photo shoot. Carson, thanks for showing us around and tell your grandfather thanks for having us out.

I hope you like these!


Carson and his Grandfather