This is my fifth consecutive year attending PetsWalk as a vendor, and it just keeps getting better! Like last year, PetsWalk was held at the Poulsbo waterfront. There was a wonderful turnout of dogs and their people and a bird! … Continue reading
High School Seniors are always such a fun assignment! Not only are ALL 18 year olds good looking, they are vibrant, interesting and full of anticipation – and that is where the similarities end – it is cool beans to meet, even for a short time, these young adults, who seem to be all lit up from inside, and focused on what lies ahead. I love to include mom, dad or a sibling/friend in the session, but my favorite is to photograph the whole family, and the Matala family was all in, even Sadie the Sheltie. These folks are a blue print for how to enjoy your family photography session. More fun, open and playful I could not have asked for, but I suspect they are always genuinely enjoying their life together. A senior’s achievements are always impressive, but how awesome to take the time to freeze this moment, enjoy each other, and make memories together as your young person goes out into the world. Thank you!
High School Senior Portraits, Family Photography, Kitsap County Photographer, Portraits on the beach, Port Orchard Photographer, South Kitsap High School Class of 2014, Manchester
Here’s Finn, a recent graduate of Shooting Star Service’s obedience class. April Franz is passionate about educating people along with their dogs. A lifelong animal lover, April has a Sheltie, a Belgian Malinois, two cats and a chinchilla (and a very kind husband). In addition to being a Certified Animal Trainer, April works at Woodside Animal Hospital and Pet Town in Port Orchard.
Recently I was asked by a client to photograph a gathering of Navy wives & families as they waited for their husbands & fathers, sons & brothers to return from a stint at sea. Always up for an adventure and a chance to learn something new (generally from my mistakes), I packed up my trusty Canon and hopped in an enormous SUV packed with kids, dogs, cooler, chairs, etc. Did you know they make retractable running boards? So. Extremely. Cool.
The idea was that I would be taking pictures, so the families could be in the moment and not worry too much about getting the shot – airhorns, anyone? Turns out, I saw some pretty fancy cameras, some savvy photographers, and I would be willing to bet my shots weren’t the best taken, but I did enjoy it so, and I hope there are a few keepers in the bunch!
Here are a few images of the evening that left an indelible impression on my heart. It was a true privilege to witness the sense of community and commitment these women are bound by. They are every bit as brave and noble as any warrior. I was struck by their passion, their hope and their isolation, even within the crowd.
God Bless America.
Meet Quint! I was honored to be the pupparazzi when Quint, a Belgian Malinois, arrived at his new home in Port Orchard from the breeder in Kansas. To make it even better (I know – better than puppies!?), he waltzed in to a yard complete with Sheltie, Golden Retriever, Great Dane and Bulldog. Oh, you’ll be seeing more of these furbabies!