National Cat Day | Kitsap County Pet Photographer | Four Foot Photography

Aha! Where are my feline-loving friends?! Today is National Cat Day, so I present a collage of some of my favorite kitteh pictures over the years. My own is among them – at just over 20 years old (but who is counting?) she is kind of loud and kind of gross, but I have lived with her longer than my husband, longer than my parents, she has outlived her share of dogs, and earned her queen status around here. Luckily, my husband is extremely patient and tolerant {because I am not even kidding about the gross}. Love you Jasmine.

Often I utilize a photo-ninja-sniper process with cats, so it tends to be more lifestyle, documentary photography, but can be really cool. Many of the cats in these images are rescues, and for most I was there to photograph the dogs, but I highly encourage you to photograph your cats as well, their personalities are so STRONG. Love it!

 

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Jake * Snohomish High School Class of 2015 * Senior Portraits * Four Foot Photography

THIS guy. I love him. That is all.

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Ha! Well of COURSE that is not all. Y’all are silly if you believed that. This is Jake, my handsome, talented and sweet nephew. I have loved him since before he was born, so it was really my great honor to be asked to photograph his Senior Portraits (or maybe I forcefully volunteered…). The day we hit Indianola beach, we had Jake’s Aunt Marianne with us – she is an accomplished portrait artist herself, the first person to hold Jake when he was born, and the kind of funny that makes for a super good time. I know I had fun, and Jake was most tolerant of the zany aunties. Jake is kind and intelligent, and sings like an angel – a very macho angel, but still, it is beautiful. Can’t wait to see where you take it from here, buddy. Mad love, Auntie Mary.

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PAWS of Bainbridge Island Wagfest 2014 ~ Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

Sunday, September 7th was a gorgeous, sunny, end-of-summer kind of day. I was lucky enough to spend it with the kind people of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap, celebrating all things canine. WAGFEST is an annual fund raising walk/run and vendor fair, held in Bainbridge Island’s Battle Point Park. There were contests, educational talks, bands, food and lots of fun! I am including waaaay too many images, but some of the little dog races are just so much fun…Check out Pickles photobombing the next heat in the race!

Click on the images to enlarge. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support PAWS of Bainbridge’s excellent work. I look forward to next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PAWS of Bainbridge Spotlight on Community Hero Pets * Kitsap County Photographer * Four Foot Photography

I was thrilled to be asked to photograph the PAWS of Bainbridge Spotlight on Community Hero Pets annual fundraising dinner and auction. This year the Hero Pet honors went to Fenway Bark, who works as a therapy dog at Ronald McDonald House; Miss Bean, a PAWS adoptee who alerted the family when her person slipped into a coma; Chevy, a St Bernard who died in a house fire, attempting to get a houseguest to safety. Heroes for Pets awards went to Robert Pregulman, founder of Seattle DogSpot, whose consistent and persistent reporting on the neglect at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks finally shut it down. At the time of this blog post, I believe there are just 11 dogs from the sanctuary still looking for their forever homes. Also honored as Heroes for Pets were EMTs Caitlyn Burbank and Casey Jo Clifton, who rescued 10 poodles from a house fire in Raymond, WA. They came dressed for the awards (great shoes, ladies!), but gamely donned their gear for a picture – such fun! Don’t miss the Queen of Kibble or the King of Kitty Litter!

Thanks so much to everyone who planned and executed the event so well; those who donated the fantastic auction items; the fun-loving, generous attendees; volunteers; caterers; musician; servers; auctioneer Cole Medina; tech crew; bid recorders; my assistant who was paid with pizza and wine afterwards at The Tree House (which was superb and I highly recommend!); and Manor House on Bainbridge. If you would like to purchase prints from the event, please contact me at info@FourFootPhotography.com or through my website, www.FourFootPhotography.com – proceeds benefit PAWS of Bainbridge Island.

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Sun Flare – Winter Lighting Challenge Week 22

Here it is, the last week of the winter lighting challenge, and I am so excited to be able to say I completed each week, within the time frame allotted. I am maybe more proud of that getting it done than of the images created, but I really love some of them. And the lessons learned! Huge! Pushed outside my (natural light during the golden hour) comfort zone, this old (ish) dog learned some new skills (tricks are for kids). Lighting is really everything in photography, so feeling confidant using sources other than natural light is invaluable and, it turns out, fun!

This week’s challenge was sun flare – the sort of lens refraction that used to be considered a mistake, and has been wildly popular the last few years. At first I stayed very far away from sun flare, as with anything trendy that dates my work. Over time I have warmed to it – while I still object to an entire session heavy with sun flare, I became intrigued by the challenge and like the variety it can add. I thought it would be a BIG challenge this week, as we were expecting rain all week, but this morning I woke up to lovely sunshine (now gone), and tried to make the best of it. Here are some I took today and some examples from a wedding I photographed last May, a pet photography session, a few high school senior portrait sessions, real estate photography and a family session.  Flare on, sun, flare on.

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No Fooling Here! Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

I super love love any time I get to spend photographing adoptable animals at Kitsap Humane Society, and this past Tuesday (April 1) was no exception. It was a beautiful day and I met so many delightful dogs, cats, bunnies and guinea pigs (and one little piggie who took one look at me and went into his plastic hut – not that there’s anything wrong with that!). I am in awe of the great work that is being done caring for, working with, and rehoming these beautiful little souls.

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Studio Work at Cindy’s Grooming Styles – Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

This week I was delighted to be asked by a middle school student if she could job shadow me. The specific day was Friday, my plan was to edit and work on taxes – a realistic view of my workday, but not something I thought would be too exciting for a 13 year old! The weather did not allow for outdoor shooting, but Miss S’s mom happens to own Cindy’s Grooming Styles, which has a large area for doggie daycare (and some beautiful wall art by Four Foot Photography)! We have talked about doing some limited edition sessions in the shop for Cindy’s clientele, so this was a great opportunity to do a dry run. Without much time to put out a model call, I decided to work with my own four foots – unfortunately, my wingnut Bichon was still several weeks from his next grooming appointment, and I really haven’t worked with our rescue pug that much. To that end, Cindy agreed to work Fabio in to get him camera ready, and I thought I would set up my mobile backdrop and bring Gladys along for a realistic study on how it can be to work with an animal who doesn’t have much experience at posing or isn’t particularly trained (Gladys is quite deaf). We had a lovely day – Ms. S is a bright, eager learner, Cindy did a beautiful job on Fabio, and Gladys was a pleasant surprise. Over the past several years I have been looking for the words to explain how the process of having your pet (or family) photographed can be very validating to the strong connection people have with their pets (and each other) – and also it is so FUN! The shared experience brings an emotional element to the images that is reinforced every time you look at those photographs. This was first called to my attention by the fabulous Stephanie Wright, whose rats I photographed my first year in business (Click here to see the images). She told me later that the evening after the photoshoot she just couldn’t put her girls down, seeing them through the camera’s eye she fell completely in love and just sat and cuddled them. This was the best compliment, and after photographing Gladys Friday, I got a taste of my own medicine. We loved her right away, stinkiness and quirks and all, but I am now SO IN LOVE with her adorable little head tilt! Here are my babies!

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I genuinely prefer to shoot in more of a lifestyle format and natural light, but this really got my studio juices flowing! Miss S had an opportunity to photograph as well, I will add some of her shots in the next few days (I REALLY have to get my taxes done!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holman Family Reunion – Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

This was one of my all time favorite family sessions, such a fun, vibrant, loving group, about to embark on a family reunion vacation. The session was booked by one of my favorite people,  Claire Kingsbury, and introduced me to her family of origin, EACH OF WHOM, individually, is filled to overflowing with life and love – put them all together in the same backyard, and the hilarity and affection explode in waves of joy. Think I am laying it on thick? Meet them, and you will know this is a great understatement! Three of the children married, two about to embark on their LDS missions, one still at home and two grandchildren. They were so real and connected, it was a dream to photograph them – I felt I could have stood in the middle of the yard and just spun around clicking wildly, and the images would have been amazing (I did put more into it than that, and the results I hope speak for themselves).

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 The Holmans had a  “Four Foot Photography Christmas,” so each household has their choice of artwork or photobook memory, we did Christmas cards, accordian books, layflat albums, float wraps, playing cards, prints and canvases.

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Feedback from the fabulous Mrs. Holman (This message made me so happy!):

“I just wanted to let you know that we got our package with our stuff and oh my goodness, we are over the top thrilled! Thank you so much, especially for the little extras you tucked in there, that was awfully kind of you. I have to say, those accordion books are my absolute favorite, they are so perfect for each of those kids, it is like you grew up with them (she is being overly kind, I am old enough to be their mother). They are going to love them and I can’t wait for the kids to see them. Have a Merry Christmas and we’ll be talking to you again.

 

This is an excerpt from Connor’s letter home to his sister (with permission), telling how he uses his accordion book in his ministry in Africa. I love this so much, I am changing my name to Megan.

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If you are planning a family reunion, I highly recommend planning a reunion photo session, I will be adding it to my session options for sure. Whether you hire a photographer at your destination, or appoint Uncle Bob, not only is it important to document your family, the process is emotive in and of itself (I have talked about this before – I feel strongly that creating the images is as important as having the images, from rats to dogs and their people to weddings to extended families!). The Holmans will always have these images to recollect and validate their relationships and remind them of the fabulous memories they made on the vacation they left for when we wrapped the session.

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I have officially applied for weird aunty status, I love these people so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Confidence given, confidence returned…Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

I attended MeRa Koh and husband Brian Tausend’s Confidence Workshop at the Hotel Murano in 2011, in the midst of the biggest ice storm2014-03-17_0007

 (not my favorite picture, but it had been two very long, emotional days!)

 we’ve had in the PNW in 15 years, and believe wholeheartedly they will achieve whatever they set out to accomplish! MeRa moved seemingly insurmountable airline mountains to get back to Tacoma in time for the workshop, which had women coming from all around the country. She started a fantastically successful wedding photography business, then moved into teaching photography skills to other women (hence the “Confidence” workshops were born!), and was featured on the Nate Berkus show among others. You may have seen MeRa at a photography trade show, on Disney or Nate Berkus, and she is a local Tacoma girl! She and Brian and their children have a dream to create a family travel show (read more about it here) and they have 6 more days to reach their fundraising goal – help out a little or a lot if you can, and watch for their new TV show, and you will see me sporting my headbands this fall (in lieu of a haircut or two, but I’m all about pursuing your dream!)…I still need to work on my confidence in some areas, but not so much in shooting, and I feel this workshop was a huge jumping off point for me. I will forever be grateful for the friendships made, technical skills learned, confidence gained and ideas gathered in this two day period. It was also the beginning of my love of lifestyle photography, which I now emphasize more than strict portrait photography. Here are a few of my favorite images from that Confidence workshop, the ones of my kids are some of my all-time favorites, and are canvases on my own walls:

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MeRa and Brian, thank you for the confidence you have given me, I give you back the same – I know your dreams will come true, and become new, brighter, bigger dreams. Bon voyage!!

Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Candle light

This week’s lighting challenge was not as technically difficult as some, just meant to get us thinking outside the box. Candle light photos of course would be great for WEDDINGS, ENGAGEMENTS, BIRTHDAY PARTIES…since none of those was on my radar for March, I thought I would do a project with my boy, who got a new set of Legos from his Auntie Jessi this week. They are Avengers – Captain America on the motorcycle, Ironman in midair, Loki launching missives from the boat, Redface in the vehicle, and some other ugly dudes (I thought I was doing well to have paid that much attention). We had some fun!

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