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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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

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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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Pet Pictures with Santa! Gig Harbor Mud Bay, 2014 – Kitsap County Photographer

It was my great pleasure to be at Mud Bay in Gig Harbor on Sunday, November 23rd to photograph pets with Santa – many for the first time! It was such a hoot, thanks to Santa and his elf and … Continue reading

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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Arin and Jeremy 2014 * Kitsap County Photographer * Four Foot Photography

Arin Williams is an annual client and everyday friend, and never disappoints in arranging her session. Girlfriend does her homework, and always knocks it out of the park. Last year we had the Narrows Bridge in the background, this year in Wright Park in Tacoma. We did not let a little rain stop us, it was a good trial run for my emergency wedding umbrellas! This is the 4th time I have photographed Titan and Chai, and as much as Chai makes me work for it, I can always count on Titan to pose majestically on a rock (you can see the original, when he was less than a year old, on a large canvas in Pet Town, Port Orchard). Arin has volunteered extensively for Kitsap Humane Society, and is a tireless animal advocate. I kid you not, that Jeremy is not only a cutie, he is the best sport around, I have not caught him so much as rolling an eyeball (he COULD be an eyeball roll ninja, but I have a 6 and a 9 year old, so I don’t miss much!). I super love their connection, and there is no where on the planet that “love me, love my dog” applies more. Fortunately, Jeremy does. Here’s to the family we choose, here’s to love.

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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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