Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Opinion, please!

I actually imagine the word opinion to be said in a very Adam Sandler voice... Waterboy-like. : )

This is Frank, the one eyed pug. I met him in Seattle... isn't he a cutie?!!?
My question is which coloration do you like best?




Let me know what you think! Please!

EDIT: And one more... this vintage look is from this site. I first saw it on Sharon Montrose's blog and then again on indie kate. So I had to try it myself. It's fun!

Monday, October 27, 2008

They say it's your birthday!

We got Professor a year ago today!

We're planning to have a celebration tomorrow after I get home from work but I couldn't resist seeing if 'fessor would let me put one of the hats I got on him!
He let me... but you can see he's not exactly happy about it!

Happy 7th (or 8th) Birthday Big Boy!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Max and his Mum

I know it's a bit strange... but I was taking it myself (with my left hand stretched out on the floor). I like the way Max is looking at me though : )
He's such a sweetie.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Okay... so the canvas I ordered from Simply Canvas came Tuesday and I immediately ran outside with it and took photos. Sorry it has taken me until now to post them... I've been distracted.

Anyway, back to the canvas!!

I ordered it with a digital stretch because I was curious how it would look. I really like it where there is grass but don't care for Professor's ears being all crazy. Next time I might try the color border. It is also offered as a natural stretch where the photo itself is wrapped around the edges. I really like that idea too but I find that a lot of my work doesn't lend itself to that as well because I enjoy having my subjects way off to one side or another. It may be something I think about on my next shoot.
I'm already looking forward to ordering canvases of Apple, Uni, and Max so I can have a collection of the whole family! I wish it were possible for me to take a photo of all of them and Chris and I as well all in one photo...

And one last shot... from our latest visit to the dog park!
I'll get the rest up from both of our recent trips there asap!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stop it!

Not you...
Because if you read my blog you must love animals!
But the people who dump their pets at my park (I work for the National Park Service as well as run Furrie Fotographie) make me see RED!

As most of you know, Max was an abandoned dog that I brought home... goodness, a month ago!?!? I fell in love over the two weeks we had him and then we found him a home. Unfortunately that didn't work out so we now have him again and are planning on keeping him. He needs lots of playtime but I think we can handle it!
Max wasn't the first dog that I ever brought home from the park.
This was:
Pardon the quality but it was taken with Chris' phone...

That dog broke my heart. She was gorgeous and well trained and loved me. Too bad she didn't love other dogs. The journey to finding her a home was long and horrible and I don't want to get into it here but she found a place with a man and his son. The son had been in a horrid accident in which he was kicked in the head by a bucking bronco. He was still in a wheelchair and going through therapy to relearn to walk and talk. His face lit up when he saw the dog though and he was trying so hard to say thank you. I still think about her every day and hope that she is well and that she is doing as much good for her owners as they have done for her.

So yesterday a shih tzu was tied up to Ribault Monument! Tied there and left all day. I suppose the owner thought someone would take him. Ugh!
A visitor reported him in the morning and when he was still there in the afternoon, one of the rangers brought him over to me. Double Ugh!
Can I tell you how cute he is?!?!!? He's all blonde with a dark brown crazy smushed in face! Who could leave that little face out in the wild?? He was scared and grumpy... who wouldn't be? But with some petting and chatting, he came around. He even rolled over to let me pet his belly!
Of course I'm the mushy girl who can't ever resist. My husband says we need a farm... rather than our apartment that already has two dogs and a cat and now Max as well.
I didn't bring him home. I couldn't. I knew it wouldn't be okay.
But one of my coworkers couldn't resist either so he is at the vet today getting shots and all that jazz. He has two little dogs and a cat at home too but in a house with a yard. Keep your fingers crossed for me that it all works out!

Also, while you are thinking good thoughts for Baxter (it has to be a good sign that Jason already named the little guy!)... please keep Ryder in your thoughts too. Ryder is an 8-month old black lab. I was supposed to do a shoot with him and his two other siblings this weekend but he was having leg problems... possibly his knee. : (

Thanks guys!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Egret and Professor and Sneak Peek... OH MY!

This morning I woke up to fog...
Our apartment is in the back of our complex in the corner... next to lots of trees and a pond. We seriously have the best view ever from our third floor balcony.
So I was getting ready for work and looking out the window to see if my ducks were waiting to be fed and I saw this egret.
You know what I had to do!
Check out this great series!

Then this afternoon when I got home from work, I noticed the light was really warm and pretty. I grabbed Professor since he is the one who will walk with me without a leash and we headed out. This particular shot doesn't really show off the gorgeous orange-y light but it is the one that, when I was flipping through the shots with my husband, made us both immediately say awwwww out loud. I'll share the others later.

And last but DEFINTELY not least, while I was out with Prof... we ran into my neighbor who was out with her two very fun dogs. She was out chatting with another neighbor so we had a mini photo session right then and there. I can't WAIT to show you the rest of the photos... but here's your sneak peek!


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Another card...

I know I should probably wait until I have a bunch ready... but I'm the type who gets overly excited and has to show everyone what I'm doing.

So this is a 4x8 flat card...
I used photos from my trip to Seattle for the Cowbelly Workshop!

And if you watched this season's Project Runway, you will get a kick out of what I named the family on the card. : )

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


needs a home.

If you missed my post about Max, it can be seen HERE.

Chris is ready to keep him but we also know our apartment is too small. Plus we already have three other pets and can't really afford a fourth.
He is up to date on all his shots and is fixed. He weighs about 65 pounds and is supposedly, according to the vet, 1 1/2 to 2 years old. He has the energy of a puppy.
Therefore, he ideally needs a home with another big dog or children who actually spend a lot of time in the yard with him. I think for your sanity, and his, he needs a fenced in yard.
He knows commands and listens well. He does get excited and jump so he needs someone who can be firm with him. He also needs lots of exercise.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested, contact me. My husband will probably ask you a thousand questions but if you are right for Max, then we will all be ecstatic.
And know that if you ever need a dogsitter... seriously, I'm all over it!

Plus, your dog is famous! He's all over my business cards! : )

Monday, October 13, 2008

Holiday Cards!

I've been working on some template designs for holiday cards! These are folded 5x7 cards... The colors and text will be customizable! I'm so exited... now I've just got to figure out a way to get my two dogs and my cat to sit together nicely so I can put together my own order!
I'll be posting more soon but I wanted to show you the first one!

I'll be working on several more later this week so keep checking back!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Dogtoberfest Photos!

Whew... it's been a long day and I'm exhausted but I'm so excited to show off the fun photos from today's Dogtoberfest event!
Amanda picked me up with Zoe and Chloe. I didn't take Apple because she gets all scared when there are a lot of other dogs around. So instead I helped Amanda so she could bring both her cute pups!

We then headed over to Traci's place to meet up with Mr. Big!
Zoe and Chloe showed off their little witch hats... and Mr. Big was a moose!

And then we picked up Toni and Cubby. Cubby was dressed as a pumpkin! I don't have any shots of Cubby to show off this time though : (
EDIT: There is a shot of Cubby further down... in the cut out shots!

Finally to Metro Park for the dog party fun!!
Some dogs were dressed up and others weren't but every single one was cute as can be! I'm such a sucker for a furrie face...
This was the sight that greeted us:

Check out this Pimp Daddy!

As soon as I saw this Corgi I knew I had to get some photos for my husband. He loves corgis! Although I think he says that about every dog, just like me!

And I love big ears on puppies! I believe this German Shepherd's mom said she (he?) is 10 months old... look at those ears!

Okay, I'll show you some costumes!
Thing 1 and Thing 2 with The Cat in the Hat and The Fish!

These cracked me up... we always say Apple is like a wookie! She kinda looks like one and she sounds like one! I guess someone else thinks their yorkie does too!
And that "lobster" in the pot is a riot!

I love skunks!
And baseball!

This Boston is a doll!

I think this is my favorite trifold of all time!

Awww... gorgeous Chloe:

And Chloe playing with Zoe... these crack me up because Zoe looks like an insane monster when in reality she is totally sweet and calm. She slept/drooled on me every time we got in the car. : )

Here she is calmly meeting another doggie:

This is the effect I have on dogs... or maybe it was the pocket full of treats I had...

Okay... so I went a little insane with this pup. I couldn't resist!
Meet Baxter!!

hee hee... look at his wittle teefs!

He loves sticks! KILL the stick, Baxter!!

On our way toward the exit, we saw these fantastic dogs getting a photo taken in a cut out!

So of course we had to take some too!

As we were leaving, worn out... and the dogs' bellies full of treats... we saw these darling pups in the parking lot:

Pup and Mom

And these two were leaving as well, probably good and ready for a nap!

Speaking of naps, between going to Dogtoberfest and editing all these photos so I could post them asap... I'm ready to hit the sack myself! I had such a great time today though and I could have spent even longer out at the park in the fabulous weather with the even MORE fabulous pups! Jacksonville's dogs ROCK!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Dog Park Sneak Peek

Okay... so there are no photos in this post.
But that's because I made a slideshow! The photos are straight outta the camera but very fun nevertheless. And the slideshow can be found on my WEBSITE!
Go to the website and click on slideshows. It's the only one there so far...
And check out the rest of the site while you are there... let me know what you think! : )

And yesterday I attended a webinar for Simply Canvas. The webinar was to teach us newbies how to use their ordering system. I can't wait to place an order to go with my portfolio to show clients. I think canvases are gorgeous!

Monday, October 6, 2008


If you have a doggie and you live in the Jacksonville area, you have got to go check out Dogtoberfest this Saturday!

I'll be there with my friends and all our pups! I think I'll drag Apple out because she's so darn cute... and she has a ballerina outfit. I know it's silly but she likes it and it's a Halloween thing!
She gets scared around lots of dogs which means I'll be the girl with the camera in one hand and a yorkie in the other.
Yes, that's right... CAMERA!! Canon fixed the screen and sent it back. I tracked it and it'll be delivered TOMORROW!
I love Canon!! They fixed it so fast!! I didn't expect it for at least another week or two!

And just in case you want to say hi... here's my profile shot, enlarged. I wanted to post a wedding photo but you probably wouldn't recognize me from those! : )