Jackie & Jermaine

Jackie and Jermaine were married July 28, 2012 at Gold Mountain Golf Course. It was a beautiful ceremony celebrating the love they share and the SIX children they have between them. I was truly blessed to be present, and believe me when I tell you it was a powerful thing to be trusted with capturing the powerful moments of the day – that’s a lot of pressure, people! It is my fervent wish that as they look at these images over the years they will be able to remember those intense emotions and be present in their love and appreciation for one another. Truly, my best wishes to two people who found their perfect match in each other.

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Aren’t they beautiful?


Dexter and Tucci

If you’ve been wanting photos but have been put off by the weather, here’s proof that you don’t have to wait until summer to schedule your photoshoot! Last weekend I had the immense pleasure of a session with Dexter and Tucci at their gorgeous Seabeck home.  I met their mom at PAWS Wagfest on Bainbridge Island in September (and she kept my card! and called me! thank you!). If anything, I think these images are even more personal and relevant, as they reflect Dexter and Tucci’s daily surroundings, as well as Karyn and Robert’s style.

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While Dexter and Tucci have very different personalities – Dexter is very shy and was pretty sure I was trying to do him in with that gizmo and Tucci is half Tigger and really, really wanted to chew up my ugly green camera bag – it smells SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD – they also have a lot in common. They are both rescues, both 4+ years old, and both are loved beyond their wildest dreams. Remember that commercial, “I’m a lucky dog”? Well, I couldn’t get it out of my head as I headed for home. These two sweethearts are both loved and loving, blessed and a blessing, goofy and well, goofy.  You guys rock.

Custom Holiday Cards!

Oh my! It’s time for holiday cards! You can laugh if you want to, but I LOVE to send and receive Christmas cards! Social media is fantastic for keeping in touch, but I just can’t wait to hear what friends and family are up to, and if they include a picture, Oh Joy!!! My mom sent out picture cards of me and my sister every year, one year it included Honey, the family dog – perhaps an early lightbulb for me? Several years ago someone mailed my dad their collection of our holiday cards that they had saved over the years! What a gift to have that record. I try to make sure I save one of mine each year for this reason.  From the first year we were married, my sweet, tolerant husband put up with me setting up the “family” Christmas card – that first one I sat with a Sharpie and colored in the glowing eyes of Jake, my Cocker Spaniel, and Jasmine, our tabby cat (she’s still around, but was exempted started the year we added a toddler).  Over the years, we staged a Hawaiian theme – I bought toddler sized Hawaiian shirts for Jake and his Beagley brother), a sports theme (Rugby shirts!), the classic Fleece Family, Cougar Nation – well, you get the general idea! Is it any wonder I’m a pet photographer? It was not easy to try to get us all in, and DH has long since declared our family card should picture only the children, “Why would I want a record of myself getting older, balder and fatter?” Hmmm, Grinchy! So sometimes I used the timer on the camera, and sometimes we pressed others into service – I will forever hoot when I think of my dad rolling around the floor, going all Annie Leibovitz with the point and shoot. Love you, Dad. This year I am offering custom holiday cards from your Four Foot Photography photo session – let me know which images you would like to include, what you would like to say, colors, size, etc and I will create Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year, Happy Holidays, Kwanzaa or Festivus cards just for you! Prices are approximately $2 per card, depending on one or two sided flat or folded card, the paper you select, etc. Cutout shapes are available – in the samples below I left the cutline to show the shape. There is a pearlized cardstock I adore, but my friend Julie accuses me of wanting to print my images on Human Skin (ie it costs more than glossy photo paper)! There is no profit margin for these cards, but I really, really love for you to have and send them, so Happy Holidays! Here are some samples, recognize anyone you know?

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Mike & Duke

I received a call late this summer (last summer already? Ack!) from Mike, who had seen my display at Woodside Animal Hospital and was interested in getting some photographs of Duke, his black lab and especially an image of the two of them together for a holiday card. I met them out at the public pier on the Port Orchard side of Sinclair Inlet, which was a really fun spot to shoot. There were folks fishing and crabbing and the sun was really sparkling off the water. Poor Duke – sooooo many wonderful, fishy smells! It turns out Duke hails from Kelso, my old stomping grounds! He is one lucky dog – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love love my clients – people who value the companionship their four-footed friends provide. In return, Duke lives the life of Riley! 

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When I first saw Mike’s lovely home (with all that clean, juicy wallspace!), I will admit I was thinking BIG CANVAS! However, I feel the artwork in your home is so personal (and that’s what I do!), it also has to mesh with your individual style. Mike selected a collection of 8 images in varying sizes, mounted on stainless standouts, for a very clean, modern look. It was also easier to choose 8 images than 1! I’m not going to share the Christmas card in case you are on Mike’s  list, but suffice it to say a Santa hat and reindeer antlers are involved…FABULOUS! Oh, and as we drove away after delivering Mike’s order, my 7 year old said, “That guy is AWESOME!” Right you are, buddy. Thanks, Mike and Duke for your business, for being such good sports, for looking after each other and also for sharing your relationship with me. I look forward to our shoot next year, and seeing you out and about on your bike rides/runs!