Jessie and Kevin ~ Engagement Photography ~ Theler Wetlands ~ Four Foot Photography

I love to meet with wedding couples to make sure we are a good fit. My favorite part is hearing the love stories, everything that has gotten them to this point. While it helps me document their big day and tell their wedding story in images, selfishly it just lifts me up to experience that joy and devotion (which helps get me through a 10 hour day lugging heavy gear and the many late hours of processing afterwards!). When I first met Jessie, we talked for 3 hours! I love this one so much! When it was time for engagement photos last fall, I hoped Kevin (who I hadn’t met) would be comfortable with me, which was no worry! Kevin is everything I would wish for for Jessie, and I am so buoyed by their love for each other. This is a copy/paste from my email to her after the session, “OHMYGOODNESSILOVEHIM. Yay, you! What a keeper.” Here are some favorites from their engagement session, in honor of their wedding today!

 

Happy, happy life to Jessie and Kevin! I am so blessed to have met the two of you. I love your life together, your values and your love for each other. Here’s to your wedding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fore the Animals ~ Kitsap Humane Society Golf Tournament ~ Kitsap County Photographer

What a beautiful day Friday, May 15th was – especially compared to the 2014 Fore the Animals KHS Golf Tournament (really, there was hail!). Trophy Lake Golf and Casting hosted Kitsap Humane Society‘s fundraiser for the third year in a row. There were some awesome sponsors, and by all reports, fun was had by all (present company included!). The canine turnout was excellent this year! In addition to Karris and Rueger, tournament regulars, I met Gus the Frenchie and 5 or 6 other amazingly well behaved darlings (the FFP four foots could never behave appropriately on a golf course!). #KHSgolf2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sibling Surprise!

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Last Easter I sneakily met up with these three darlings along the Port Orchard waterfront, to create the images for a Mother’s Day surprise. I love these three and their momma – it was so fun to have them together, as it was the youngest’s Senior year, and all the little chicks are leaving the nest. I knew this would be EXACTLY the thing their momma would like the best. We were so lucky the weather held out and their mom did not have complete apoplexy about all three of them being late for church! I have been a huge proponent of making images with and of your children (two or four legged), but even more so since my own mother passed. I cannot have any more photographs of/with her, but I can make darn sure my kids get them with me, and yours get them with you. It’s important. Have them made. Print them. #BePresentInPictures

 

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Daniel, Kaitlyn and Alyssa are so much fun, and beautiful from the inside out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pitties and Kitties Adoption Event! #GetLuckyatKHS Kitsap County Pet and Lifestyle Photographer

Kitsap Humane Society   always has fun events planned – this month it is “Pitties & Kitties” – #GetLuckyatKHS. I met so many sweethearts photographing adoptables last week!

 

I so appreciate the flexibility of my business that allows me to volunteer at KHS and PAWS of Bainbridge, promoting adoption and photographing adoptable animals. The many volunteers and staff at the shelter work so hard to get the animals safely in the shelter, take care of their physical and behavioral needs and get them adopted into their forever situation. There is so much to be done, from dog walking, cat socializing, feeding, cleaning, veterinary care, marketing, outreach, foster, adoption consults, clerical duties, fund raising, board duties – it is my privilege to help show the love to potential adopters. It really does make a difference in getting more animals adopted! Here is a small example of before and after – intake photo on the top, “take me home and love me forever” photo below.

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Find your lucky charm at the shelter!

Adoptables on Feline Friday – Kitsap Humane Society – Kitsap Pet Photographer, Four Foot Photography

Feline Friday at Kitsap Humane Society was bright and clear, but nevermind that, we had a studio-style kitty shoot planned. These gorgeous four-foots hit the catwalk to strut their stuff for Four Foot Photography, and were they ever fabulous! A few were too shy to leave their condos, but they are just as sweet!

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Four cats were adopted yesterday, one before I had even finished photographing them! Artie went to a great home, it was such a boost to me to see his happily ever after go down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gretchen – Kitsap County High School Senior – Class of 2015 – Four Foot Photography – Family PhotographerB

Sometimes I just feel so lucky! Gretchen first contacted me through my web site, so I had no idea until I met her and her mom for our planning session at Bluberry that she is so adorable! Beautiful Gretchen rocked that Audrey Hepburn vibe for her Senior Portrait Session at Penrose Point State Park. She also envisioned  a few images with a studio feel, so we did that as well. Lovely!

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I love it when I am able to photograph a session in a location that is meaningful to my clients, and Gretchen’s family has spent many happy hours together at Penrose Point, so it was entirely natural to throw in a little family sesh action. It was a lovely afternoon, and I genuinely enjoyed getting to know this great family, and documenting their relationship.

 

The Lund’s carefully selected custom archival print collection, prior to packaging and delivery:

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BI Barkery Holiday Pet Photos 2014 – Kitsap County Pet Photographer

I was beyond thrilled to be asked to photograph the 3rd annual BI Barkery Pet Holiday Photos on Bainbridge Island this year, following in the paw prints of the esteemed Julie Clegg of Bailey and Banjo fame, who was unable to be there this year. If you have not yet been to BI Barkery, it is amazeballs and you need to go! There are all manner of toys and sweaters and gear and wall art and a dog bakery!

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Kim Coletti, proprietor extraordinaire, set everything up, staffed and provided the space (and held a blanket when the sun was too bright!) and I donated my time, so ALL monies raised went straight to help the animals at Kitsap Humane Society.  Thank you to FFP Clients Rocky, Sam & Bella Anderson-Hollar, Mops & Dudley Minore and Casey Lasniewski for coming out, y’all are STUNNING. Ms Casey was also at the pet pictures with Santa on Saturday, high demand supermodel that she is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kitsap Humane Society – Pet Photos with Santa – Kitsap County Pet Photographer

As many of you know, I donate my services to Kitsap Humane Society on a regular basis. This year I was asked to photograph pets with Santa at Kitsap Humane Society, a huge honor as this tradition goes back 30 years. Some of the folks who brought their furbabies have been coming every year for 8, 12 or more years, a phenomenal support for the shelter.

 

This year, with my time donated {and Santa of course pro bono}, attendees were issued digital files instead of print packages as in years past. While there was a smidge of confusion, this allowed the shelter to keep ALL the donations, which was a terrific boost. I enjoyed each and every one, and hope I have a chance to do it again!

Jan’s 80th Birthday Soiree! Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

Jan’s Birthday

Celebrating family simply could not be more important. I was honored to photograph the epic family reunion/birthday party Cindy threw for her mom’s 80th birthday. It was a beautiful day with lots of kids, fun, food and family reconnecting. So much love.

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