Monday, August 30, 2010

in memory of rusty and peanut

iv'e been away for some time now deep in thought on many different issues. my last post may have been a while and i'm due for a new one. i stepped away from this blog to work on some learning projects and focus on important personal issues. it's time away well spent because i believe i may be a bit more motivated now. just heard of the sad news about a couple of critters who were something special. these 2 furry besties were hit by a car and killed a few days ago. they were part of a big pet family that belonged to my dear sister kay and her partner dan. there is nothing that hurts more than the 'choke you up, smack you in the face, pain in the gut' feeling of a sudden unexpected death of a pet. one thing that may soften the blow a little is the fact that they have other furry critters among them that will help the healing. this incident struck a chord with me and has motivated me to kick my ass into gear regarding the pet photography business. it's been a slow start but everything i do is related in some form or another to my baby. i know how much our pets mean to us humans. the connection we create with them can be so strong that losing one is unbearable. i want to create precious images that will be cherished. i had the privilege to shoot all of kay and dan's pet a year ago and it was a fantastic experience. needs to be repeated very soon. can't wait. rusty and peanut will be missed, but not forgotten.

Monday, August 9, 2010

puppy paws

i decided to use the ferocious furby as a model today. this is a 'front porch portrait' that i intend to explore more with in the future. portraits on your front porch is priceless. incorporating your home with your pets and people is a fantastic image to have. imho. this one is cropped for a unique shot-including a part of your front porch (door mat) an item you are pretty familiar with. and it has some sweet texture to it. scratchy and fuzzy. (sounds like a cartoon character) the mat has paw prints printed on it too-how perfect is that? iso 400, 1/100, f3.3, fl=38mm.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

teen driver anxiety!!

okay, okay. i know it's been a while since my last posting and that is unacceptable! i can tell you that i am in a car buying process and it literally takes all my energy away. i become overwhelmed and my focus is only on that and that alone. sheess, it's almost like buying a house on a small scale. is that possible? yes. we will end up purchasing my sister's 1999 honda accord. the timing is just right and i am sooo appreciative of kay kinda waiting unil now to consider her new car. it's safe, reliable, affordable and very decent looking. leia is truly a defensive teen driver. (so far) i trust her driving with me (nearly) and no longer do i need to use the 'ipb' also known as 'imaginary parent brake'. i give her permission to pick up her friend(in my car), drive to the movies, then taco bell and then drop off her friend-on friday night! as long as she was home by 11pm-16 year olds are not permitted to drive between 12am-6am. it's all good (my subie is ultra safe)but i still park myself in the front window of my living room staring outside(for many minutes)-waiting for her call to let me know she arrived safely(not while driving). iv'e heard so many stories about teen drivers from friends and family and there is one that sticks in my mind told by a dear coworker-she said that from the day her daughter started driving on her own, she began praying even harder every day for her. i think i feel the same. i never take for granted a day spent with leia.