Molly the Yorkie puppy

When I was growing up I wanted a Yorkshire terrier. Badly. I loved their tiny rascally bodies and long silky hair and cute faces. Plus they were pretty close to the Cairn terrier from The Wizard of Oz so that was all my eight-year-old self wanted in life!

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As an adult I have a poodle but darned if I wasn't so excited to meet this new Yorkshire terrier puppy. Molly is seven months old and is does not have the traditional Yorkie markings. She has white, brown, gray, and black in her body and face. In fact, her body is snow white except her tail, which is completely black. It's very unusual. In fact, her owner said the breeder has asked for Molly back because her markings are so rare and in demand. No way! She's at home now and doted upon. No returning this gal.

Molly joined 10-year-old senior dog Holly, who is also a Yorkie. Holly and Molly! Holly, despite her senior status, was on the MOVE. It was pretty nice weather outside and I was pretty quickly drenched after chasing Holly all over the yard. For an elderly dog and only three pounds with tiny legs she was FAST.

Molly, the puppy, weighs in at a whopping TWO pounds. She was pretty cooperative and stayed in one spot for me when I needed her to. I always have treats with me and I was breaking off my usual small bites to make them go further. After three treats she was finished. I realized that I'm not used to a teeny-tiny Yorkie belly! I tried little bitty broken pieces of treats and she just smelled them and turned away. Must be nice to have that self control around delicious food!

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Here is Molly looking up at me. She is so fluffy! She is going to be spayed next week - good luck, Molly! Get well soon.

Watercolor dogs

Every once in a while I like to play with my photographs and see what new designs I can do with them. I started playing around with watercolors and adapting some portraits to look like fine art paintings. I'm still brand new at trying this style, but it's something different and fun to do.

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And here's the (almost) original (with his owner removed).

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I'm working on a few others as surprises for their owners. We'll see how people like this style!

Czar the German Shepherd

I've photographed German Shepherds before, but none as totally focused and alert and ready to model as Czar. He is still a puppy too! Well technically he's an adult at one and a half years old, and his ears are up so he has reached adulthood, but other than his ears he still looks like a sweet pup to me.

I find it fascinating that German Shepherds' ears are floppy and the ends folded down until they are toward the end of their puppyhood or when they are finished teething. The way my poodle chews, I think she still may be teething at age three - but her ears are always floppy so there's no way of telling with poodles. I like the GSD for their unparalleled focus on getting the job done, whether that's searching for someone to rescue, finding contraband, or just plain modeling for a camera.

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Here is Czar looking awesome at sunset. I pointed where I wanted him and he trotted over, got into place, and all I needed was one shot. Perfect! I never get that lucky. It was the German Shepherd in him. My husband saw this portrait and wanted to hear all about Czar and then proceeded to tell me how much he loves GSDs and wants one. I might want one after working with this good boy!

Berger Picard

Talk about a stroke of good luck! Recently I had just finished up a photo shoot of another dog when I met a lady from Northeast Ohio who was in our area for the day. She and I talked about her amazing dog, Ginger, who is a Berger Picard. This is a French breed that is quite rare.

This owner told me how there are only about three Berger Picards in the state of Ohio and about 200 in all of the United States. I had never even heard of this breed so of course I had to look it up on the internet when I got home. It is indeed quite rare and was near extinction after each of the World Wars. I am happy to know one now!

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Here's Ginger looking regal at sunset.

Maya, the sweetest dog

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I had the most wonderful time with this beautiful German shepherd / lab mix named Maya. She is 11 years old and moving a bit slow but what a gorgeous creature she is. Maya was calm enough to go off leash and even walk down the sidewalk calmly. I joked with Maya's owner that my own dog would have been halfway to Columbus hitch-hiking if we let her off the leash!

We did a very early morning photo session so we could get the best light. There was a lot of morning dew and Maya didn't want to sit and get her bum wet. Who could blame her?

We started in the backyard for pictures and by the time we moved to the front of the house and the sun had warmed the grass nicely and we had a happy, comfortable, sweet, gentle Maya looking at the camera, ready to model.

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Look at that face! I made some silly sounds to get her ears perked up.

After all that hard work, Maya got to relax in her favorite spot.

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Look at this dog in front of the fireplace. Is that a Christmas card picture or what?

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Spring has sprung in Westerville

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There are some absolutely gorgeous places locally that I love to visit with my photography clients. Inniswood Park in Westerville is a spectacular place to see in spring!

This picture is of a little girl offering a rose. It's one of many statues of children in the park.

One of my favorite parts of Inniswood is the Sisters' Garden. There are many other gardens all within the park, but the Sisters' Garden is such a sweet little area that kids love.

There is a life-sized house and gardens and TONS of flowers. And of course statues of children to welcome their littlest visitors!

Here's another wee visitor among the flowers. These tulips are everywhere!!

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Outdoor family photos in Lewis Center

Outdoor family photos have become very popular in recent years, and for good reason. Getting outside lets the family play in nature and have some fun while the camera documents their interactions.

Lewis Center has some scenic locations that are fantastic for outdoor family photos. I have written about various places in Delaware County that set the scene for vibrant portraits. Check out my blog posts below for examples!

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Fall foliage and an epic baby announcement!

This post is so special to me because this family gave me the opportunity to share in some terrific and exciting news. Keep reading for details! But first look at those happy faces...

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The foliage in Highbanks was gorgeous - of course it would be with all those trees turning lovely colors. We caught the foliage at the tail end of autumn. I was at the same spot the following week for a shoot and the trees were almost all bare. By catching the end of the leaves turning, at least we had color left on the trees and of course we had Liam toss some leaves up in the air for good measure. That's always a hit with the kids!

The best part is always tossing the leaves!

The best part is always tossing the leaves!

As I was still in the process of developing these images I took a break from the long hours at the computer and visited a good friend at her house. I had the unprocessed files with me so she could see the latest family I had photographed. Out of all the portraits my friend stopped at the following image and pointed - "Look at the joy in that little boy's face!" she exclaimed.

He really does look joyful, doesn't he?

He really does look joyful, doesn't he?

I had to include it here because every time I see it now I think of her comment and have to agree. I love that Liam's fingers are all completely separated and outstretched, having just tossed a couple handfuls of leaves. It gives his picture so much energy. And it was just pure luck that the leaves he tossed formed a natural frame around him!

Well now for the exciting news - this family of three is going to add two more children to their roster! Mom is expecting twins and wanted a fun way to announce it to the world. Take a look at Liam holding a chalkboard that had the message 'Soon to be a big brother of TWINS!' on it.

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Throughout our session the chalkboard sign got a little wear and tear on it. Some smudges, some fingerprints, some fading - nothing a little Photoshop can't fix!

I usually have a small crate with me at outdoor sessions because they're so versatile. Kids can sit on it, I can place my camera on it if I need a steady shot close to the ground, and easiest of all I can use it to carry all my odds and ends.

We started out with Liam sitting on the crate and he gave us these adorable poses. I really like this one in particular where only his eyes are peeking out from the chalkboard.

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This was pretty adorable but I'm always trying to think up new ways to photograph kids, especially when I know it's going to be their EPIC announcement to the world! No pressure, right?

I asked Liam to sit on the ground next to a tree with the chalkboard beside him. He was getting a little restless and tired of smiling so I asked myself... "Self, what kind of expression would I want to see on a big brother's face when he learns this news?"

Liam's only four years old so I was pretty sure if I had requested "Liam, look shocked!" he wouldn't know what to do. Instead I asked if him he could make a scared face for me. Well that was all he needed. Liam slapped his hands on both sides of his face and gave me a look like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. It was HILARIOUS.

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Here's Liam looking shocked. His parents were thrilled with this shot, and I hear it was a huge hit with all of their Facebook friends!

See more sessions like this here.

UPDATE: You can fast-forward six months and see this family's maternity sessions HERE.