Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Eyes To Die For- Madeline

I was stunned by her eyes when I photographed her senior portraits last year and that didn't change this last week when I took a couple of photos to start off her modeling portfolio.
I was thrilled when I recieved the text from Madeline's mom asking me to schedule a session for her to kick off her model portfolio. Right away I contacted my dear friend and model Eli Aguirre to assist.
Eli came along to the shoot and did a fantastic job on make up and helped coach Madeline with modeling tips based of her experience. This was such a gift for both myself and Madeline. I just can't thank Eli enough!
Madeline did a great job taking direction and she is such a beauty. I have no doubt that I'll see her in a magazine one day.


Model- Madeline
Make-up- Eli Aguirre

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Doggie Diva- Zooey

I've always loved the look of pugs but have never had the opportunity to spend much time around one. That opportunity came last weekend when I photographed the adorable Miss Zooey. I have to say that this little girl has won me over to the world of the pug breed!
Zooey is beautiful and smart. Having been through training, Zooey had several tricks to show off for the camera too.
We started the session in my studio, once the little diva had enough of that space we moved on to a park nearby for some outdoor shots.
Zooey's facial expressions just amaze me. All breeds have facial expressions but I have to say the pug breed has to be one of the most expressive that I have encountered. I think it's the little buggie eyes and wrinkles that help with the expressions. What do you think?


I love the curly pug tail and how they can control it.

I just love the structure of their little faces...wrinles and all!

What a smile!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Madeline- Sneak Peek

Tonight I photographed a gorgeous young woman named Madeline. Here is her sneak peek...more to come soon.

Thank you so much to Elizabeth Aguirre for make-up assistance!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Kitty Territory

Cat's motto: "No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look as if the dog did it."

I'm pretty sure that this motto is true for my most recent clients pups and the kitties that rule the roost. Last weekend I had the opportunity of photographing five beautiful kitties. Wally, Tootsie, Noel, Fonzie and Ruth were all unique personalities to capture.
Wally and Tootsie were the more playful, goofy personalities, following me everywhere, playing in my gear and paper bags. Noel and Ruth seemed to be more of the distinguished maternal figures of the group. While Fonzie was more the aloof, yet charming one.
Out of all the kitties, Noel was the most challenging since she's only comfortable with her human dad, who was out of town during the session. Mom and I went into the kitty room and just chatted for a while to make her more at ease with my presence. As I started to take photos of Noel, I made sure to do things extra slow and from a comfortable distance to not frighten her. This process made it possible for me to get images of her looking comfortable and natural.

I hope everyone enjoys these!

Wally was my tour guide through the whole session.

Tootsie loves bags...I think she has a future in advertising.

Beautiful Ruth

Fonzie, not really interested in me or my camera at all.

Noel, watching me closely.

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Little Guest

A Bird 
Emily Dickinson

A bird came down the walk,
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angleworm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.
And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.
It's been a couple of weeks since my neighbor explained to me that he had been caring for a baby robin that had fallen from it's nest. He told me he was concerned because while the baby bird was growing well, he was going to be leaving for vacation soon. I admited that while I was impressed that he had raised the little robin from a featherless baby to the strong young bird it was, with work I would not be able to care for the robin in his place. (Also, I must admit that I am not a huge fan of birds but being the animal lover I am we all know how this is going to go.)
My neighbor didn't say a word when he left for vacation. He went ahead and found someone to come and check in on the little guy. What I did not plan for was this baby robin making himself a guest of  my home without an invite. When you hear chirping and look down to see a baby bird chasing you to your door, you realize that he needs your help.
My neighbor had been feeding him and caring for him very well but the baby robin hadn't learned how to search for his own food. He was adjusted to his meals coming from a human hand. Chris and I went out and bought a few different types of worms for the little guy and instead of hand feeding, we put the worms into a large tray which helped to trigger his natural instinct to search for his meals.
It took a few days of introducing him to feeding by tray and variety like berries and seeds. Meanwhile, the adult robins in our neighborhood were bringing him food also. By the fourth day, he came down in that morning and ate from the tray but by that afternoon he was gone. I have not seen him since that morning.
Occasionally, a robin will fly through our yard and come just a little closer than all the others and it makes me wonder if it's the baby.
I must add that during the four days that we cared for the baby robin, we never caged or brought it indoors at all. In the evenings the little bird would fly up into the tree to sleep on a branch and in the morning when one of us would walk out the door the little bird would fly down and land on our shoulder.
Here are a few pictures of the little guy during our un expected four day adventure.
He/She would sit on our legs or jump from his/her sleeping spot in the tree and sit on our shoulders.
His/her favorite pose....eat...food...yummmmm.
Looks like a little tough birdy here...almost like a baby hawk.
Amazing little feet!
I just hope the baby bird is well wherever he/she is.