Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing -- love is in the air! I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the #Caturday before Valentine's Day than by sharing these images of my good friend and former bride, Bethany, with her beloved cat, Toby.
Bethany married her long-time sweetheart last summer, and when she first asked me to take bride and cat photos, I wasn't at all surprised -- she's a huge animal lover! I was, however, slightly concerned about pulling this off. After all, wedding days can be hectic and cats can be finicky. But with a little love, patience and some kibble (how could we forget the kibble?) Toby turned on his charm. If you're wondering -- yes, that's Toby giving his mama a high-five/high-paw on her wedding day! The cuteness is almost too much!
Each winter, Cliff and I make an annual pilgrimage back to Nebraska to spend Christmas and New Year's with family and friends. It's always nice to go home, but one thing I particularly adore is stopping by Cliff's family farm. Far from any town, it offers a peaceful place to escape and unwind and has become like a second home to me. Part of what makes this place so unique (and fun!) are the animals that also call 544 Road J home -- namely, kittens!
By now, photographing farm kitties has become a tradition in it's own right. They're just so stinkin' adorable! Most of the time I have to bring them indoors one by one to get good shots, but this particular litter of kittens hung out in Cliff's barn (as opposed to the chicken shed or dog house) which offers enough space to move around and change angles. A little back lighting and some warm hay made the perfect setting for some adorable photos!
Much to the chagrin of Cliff's mom, a few cats did make it inside for photos. (I couldn't resist! Just look at that face!)
I grew particularly fond of a sweet girl I named Phoebe. She and I cuddled about as much as a cat and human can cuddle -- which was a lot! Seriously. You have no idea how badly I wanted to bring her back to D.C. Unfortunately, Louie and Cliff were not thrilled with this idea... :/
During the visit, I got to meet another new face. This is Jackson, who joined the Starkey family earlier this year. Jackson is a 1-year-old English Springer Spaniel and he's one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. Best of all, he loves the kitties and the kitties love him back!
Sometimes most challenging part of writing blog posts is the beginning. I want to get the intro just right to set the tone for the rest of the piece. When it came to DachtoberFest, I just didn't know how to start. There were so many great things about the festival!
I asked Cliff for a little help. His response was perfect.
"Because puppies! What else do you need to say?"
Seriously? What else do I need to say?
Spending a day surrounded by these pups and their owners was such a joy! Cliff and I both agreed that the best part was knowing that we could pet any dog, anywhere, and not only would be not have to ask, but our affection towards them would be welcome.
DachtoberFest patrons, please see the note at the end of this post. Enjoy!
I think it's safe to say that October has officially become my favorite month. I seriously cannot wait for the next DachtoberFest! I had so much fun photographing this adorable breed and the owners who's hearts they've stolen at the Frederick Fairgrounds last weekend.
The festival boasted a costume contest, parade, and dog show. But my absolute favorite part were the races. As fun as it was to see these tiny, four-legged friends dash from one end of a room to another, the bit that got me were the racing categories. There were races for little links (puppies), bratwursts (adult dogs), senior schnitzels (seniors), and -- wait for it -- hot dog carts. You know, those little guys with the rolly wheels that help them walk? Or in this case, run?
If you haven't squealed with delight yet, don't worry. You will! Stay tuned for more coming soon!
As a reminder to all DachtoberFest patrons, prints of all photographs taken at the Fest by jhPhotography will be available for purchase soon. Learn more about the DachtoberFest deal here.
We all need a good dose of adorable sometimes. I know, I know. This post isn't exactly about dogs, but the cute factor is purrrfict.
The kittens live on the farm where Cliff grew up. It's always a special treat getting to play and photograph the kitties every time I go home!
They say friends get scattered by the wind, tossed upon the waves and lost for years on end.
Those words may ring true for some relationships, but not the bond I share with a close friend, Kristy. Our friendship has withstood the tests of time and distance. As we grow older, I think it's safe to say we both take joy in each others' successes and life achievements.
Kris and I met in high school and have a special bond formed through a unique experience. We worked together at a mom and pop diner in our hometown called Howard's Pantry. Though Howard's no longer exists in its original form, the relationship Kristy and I have built is stronger than ever.
Kristy herself is a photographer who manages a small, local business in Nebraska much like jhPhotography. Through Whisker Photography, she caters to Nebraska families looking for inexpensive, quality portraits.
We often share tips and tricks with each other, so when she asked me to take portraits of herself with her beloved dog, Blizzy, I jumped at the opportunity to share in a learning experience with a friend.
Kristy is blessed to have space for a studio, a luxury that I don't often get the chance to experience. As we laughed and chatted, remembered old times and new, she let me experiment with backdrops, reflectors and a tripod. I'm pleased with the results, but even more excited about the time we were able to share together.
Of course, after our photo shoot, we indulged in peppery, hand-patted burgers, hand-battered onion rings and green rivers at our old stomping ground.
What photography blog would be complete without photos of Louie?
Those who know me know I'm crazy about my four-footed feline baby. He came into my life six years ago, and neither of us has ever looked back.
Louie is an exceptionally social cat who loves to play, but also delights in a good nap. He's picky about his toys, but not his food, and he never passes up the opportunity to be mischievous. Yup. I'm pretty sure we were made for each other.
This may be the first posting about Lou Cat, but I suspect it wont be the last. I mean, how can you not love that face?
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love animals—especially dogs. Big or small, I go crazy over waggly tails and warm, wet tongues. So when newlywed Larysa mentioned she wasn’t able to get wedding photos with her own dogs, I happily traded puppy time for a few portraits.
The four of us spent a beautiful fall afternoon traipsing around a park in Arlington where dachshunds Zirka and Gretchen hammed it up for the camera. Both pups were silly but loveable and the bond they shared with Larysa was evident.
Like me, Larysa is a huge animal lover. A lawyer by day, she has devoted her free time to improving the integrity of this breed and helping any lost or stray dachshunds find loving forever homes. This year, she even took it upon herself to help organize the first annual Washington Metro Dachtoberfest, a day-long event celebrating these silly little dogs.
Zirka and Gretchen might not have been able to attend their mom's wedding, but it's clear they both have a special place in her heart. Who says diamonds are a girl's best friend?
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