Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I know I haven't been great about posting but here's something from my photo shoot yesterday.

Happy Solstice!

I took these WELL after midnight, so they are today's shot! The clouds were bad last night, I actually went to bed thinking I would miss it, but Rey called me a little after midnight and when I went to check, I realized that about every 5-10 minutes, there would be a small break in the clouds and I could see the eclipse briefly! I dawned my coat, boots, tripod, and a chair and spent the next couple hours outside waiting for rare glimpses of the moon. I didn't get to see it at full eclipse because of the clouds, but I caught a few shots when there was a break! Here are a couple:

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The biggest town around...

Yup, we really do live out in the middle of nowhere! I dream of taking night cityscapes, but for now, I'll have to do with the biggest town in the area, up on a hill. LOL

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Black & white morning

I had a really nice morning shooting. I took my camera with me on my petsits, thinking maybe I could shoot another lovely sunrise and alas, there was no sunrise! Well, I'm sure there was, but it was behind a layer of clouds. I stopped quite a few times to take pictures and just really enjoyed the quiet morning to myself. Here are a few of the shots I took:

I love the animal prints in this one, it looks like someone was going in circles and confused! LOL

If you are easily offended, don't look too close at this one. I've been coveting this shot for a long time and revisited it this morning and think I was fairly successful at getting some feeling out of this. There's something that I like about the harshness of the graffiti and the cold beauty of nature behind it.

Friday, December 17, 2010


We were gone all day at the Nutcracker and I didn't take my camera out for more than a few minutes, but I got a few shots!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Three lovely bellies!

Sorry for not posting the last 2 days, I'm really sick.

Friday, December 10, 2010


I enjoyed the sunrise this morning while I was out petsitting! I hear there is going to be SNOW this weekend, so that will lend itself to some good shots as well...

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Christmas cutie...

I've really struggled with these pictures and therefore haven't posted any. (I've alos been extremely busy with a family emergency.) I'm the least unhappy with these pics from my last photo shoot so I thought I'd share.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

still editing!

Working on Molly's pics right now, although I did take some shots of the sunrise that I'll get to here soon, as well!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

More editing fun...

Another pic I took a while back that I played around with today. I like even better than I did before. I've mostly been working on making my pictures better but still realistic. I feel like I'm getting better at it so I'll probably need a new challenge soon. I'm thinking that I'll play around with my filters more. But tomorrow I have a photo shoot so the practice will have to wait.

Friday, December 3, 2010

I know I haven't posted

and I'm not going to tonight, but I'm saving it up for this weekend! I have two photo shoots that I'm really looking forward to!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

More eyes...

Still working on eyes. I'm really happy with the progress I'm making (thanks to lots of time on photo boards and youtube). The top picture is the original which I already really liked, in fact I didn't think I could like it any more. But a little work on the eyes and now I do!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

22 weeks!

Summer is coming right along and she's the only person who graced my lens today, so she's gracing the blog again! :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The eyes have it...

Another shot from Thanksgiving. I've been trying to work on my editing technique to make the eyes pop while still looking natural and not drastically changing the color. I still have a lot to learn but was pleased with this one. I have a photo shoot this weekend with this little cutie so you'll be seeing lots more of her! :)

Self reflection

So, I took this shot last spring/summer in an attempt to accept who I am for exactly who I am. I was pleased with it! What's funny is that now I've taken it and made it into a beauty shot. LOL. I wanted to give Rey a good photo of me to take in his truck, so I took the original and played with it until I liked how it looked. I think it came out pretty ok! Too bad I can't photoshop my face everyday when I wake up! LOL

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thankful for my girl...

Karen called me out for not posting on the blog so here I am! LOL This is one of my favorite shots from Thanksgiving day. Not so original, another shot of Kya, but I like it. :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kitty eyes...

Shot these today at a client's house. This is Pete: LOVE his blue eyes!

and this is Pajamas...pronounced PA-JA-MAS. (with a short A sound on all syllables. It's hilarious b/c it's spelled pajamas, like pj's! LOL

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

These two just melt my heart...

A few more shots of the A-DORABLE brothers from the shoot I did Friday. I'm all finished editing them so now I'm going to have to find some new subjects. Any takers?? ;-)

Monday, November 22, 2010

She's got legs...

I'm practicing my skills with some tasteful, burlesque style photos. I think these could make great Valentine's Day gifts and I want to get them just right. This was one of my favorite shots from a first attempt. I'm looking for volunteers to practice more before advertising if anyone is interested in being my guinea pig.


I've come to realize that Black and white photos take some time and effort for me to get right. Today I've spent a lot of time working on my B&W shots!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


One of my favorite shots from editing today.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


photo shoot today. These girls were so gorgeous, made my job easy-peasy!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Cuties...

My first sale!

I was pretty excited this morning b/c I sold my first print. yes, it was my sister who bought it, but still!

If for some reason you read our blog and don't know about my website, here's the address: www.portraitsandpaws.zenfolio.com Lots of pics there as well!


I'm only 4 hours late. I've been busy working on some of my landscape prints. Some of them will have quotes or words on them and can be personalized for gifts. Here's an example:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas is coming...

I meant to post this yesterday and forgot! I'll try to do better, I promise!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Half the way there!

I'm doing a timeline of Summer's pregnancy in front of a chalkboard, so that's what I took a shot of today!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I'm the apple of her eye...

My Mom. :)

Sorry I've been slacking on the blog! To be honest, I wasn't sure anyone was still reading, but that shouldn't matter. It's not that I haven't been doing photography stuff, I've actually been very busy with photography related things, shoots, reading, but I've slacked on my blog responsibilities.

So today we spent the day with my mom. I was actually testing some metering on my mom and she gladly obliged me, which was more than I could say for my children, who wanted me to PAY them to take their pictures! LOL. My mom is 78 years young!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Beautiful Mama

Just call me Crazybusybarbie

It's not that I'm neglecting the blog b/c I'm lazy or not taking pictures, I'm actually very busy and keep forgetting b/c I'm editing or taking pictures more often than not! Here's a shot I took yesterday

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A candid moment...

I told you I need a swift kick- I almost forgot to post this despite spending a lot of time on the computer today!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Now look at the camera...

I need a swift kick in the pants- I just keep forgetting to post! A few shots from the family shoot I did Sunday to make up for the last couple of days. If I remember I'll have more later today!!