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Time, Memories, and Pups – Spokane Photographer

“The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough.” ~ R. Tagore

I have come to empathize with the butterfly in these past 6 months.  Time can be measured in moments and there have been plenty of those to look back on.  I’ve not posted a blog in a long time.  Not necessarily because I’d rather be outside photographing than writing but because so many moments came my way that kept me from putting them all down into words.  I’ll cover them all in order so that you can follow the progression.

Back in the July, I met the most incredible rescued German Shepherd, Shadow.  His Mom, Kathy, had put her name down for a session I donated to a local auction benefiting one of our shelters, S.C.R.A.P.S.  Kathy and Shadow won!  The moment I met that big boy, I fell in love.  I couldn’t believe he had been on the kill list at another shelter.  I have met and trained many GSD’s but this guy was the sweetest I had ever encountered.  I am so grateful to Kathy that she snatched him away from death and gave him a beautiful life.  Even now, I miss his burly hugs.  Here is a photo of him from our session at Mirabeau Meadows…shadow-0592-ee-new

On the heels of Shadow’s session, I was contacted by a delightful woman who has a Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie cross),  Michelle and Jack.  They booked an Aplenty Session and we met at Manito for our photos.  At that time, I had rented a Sigma 35mm Art lens and it became the predominant choice for the session.  It ended up not being the focal length that I like but I’m glad to have tried it out.  Jack was a ball of energy and fun.  Just a puppy, wanting to see the world with all his senses.  We had a blast watching him frolic about the park.  Michelle became a good friend, too.  Here is a photo of Jack boy…

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And, then…the moments slowed and narrowed.  My father-in-law was hospitalized in August.  He was in late stage Alzheimer’s along with my mother-in-law and living in a memory care facility.  While enduring heart disease, he had still been plodding along life.  But, a sepsis infection set in.  By late August, he was gone.  Jim was very much a father in my life.  A jewel of a man, kind and generous.  He is greatly missed.  img_8138-ee

September was a whirlwind.  School started for my kids and I began teaching another quarter of S.T.A.R. Puppy class at the dog club I belong to.  I was also asked to participate as a 2nd shooter at a wedding by a very dear friend and fellow photographer.  I’ve never officially photographed a wedding before.  It was exhausting but a lot of fun, too.  The bride wanted a country western wedding and the venue was a ranch.  Horses and dogs galore, to my delight!  I took this image of her dog, Shank, lounging outside in the rain.

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Not long after the wedding, I was contacted by a vet oncologist, Megan, who I have known for a couple of years.  She competes in the local obedience, conformation, and agility with her dogs.  I had done some win photos of her and her dog, Zin, over the years at my dog club’s semi-annual trials.  Zin, a Belgian Tervuren, had lost a leg to cancer a few years back.  The cancer was back.  It had found a home in Zin’s spine and now she was dying.  So, we dropped everything and got Zin into a Golden Road Session as soon as possible.  We headed to Mirabeau Meadows where we created memories, moments to collect so that Zin’s spirit will always remain.  Zin is strong.  So very, very strong and it is impossible not to admire that inner strength and her beauty.  I will always admire her.

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And, Zin wasn’t the last.  I am working through the images of another Golden Road client right now.  Her moment on these pages will come soon and I’ll tell her story.  For now, I am grateful to be here, right now, catching memories for people to store away in their hearts forever.  Thank you for joining me on the journey.

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Downtown Spokane & Light Reflections

Today is a double-up post!  I want to share with all of you a couple of beautiful Aussies that recently helped me out, AND, our session location fit perfectly with this weeks Project 52 lesson: Light Reflections.

For some time, I’ve been wanting to do a portfolio session in downtown Spokane.  We have so many old buildings with great textures and some fantastic artists who have worked on a wide variety of surfaces.  The efforts to beautify and uplift our city center has been wonderful and I know many people continue to work very hard at the endeavor.  I wanted to get more shots within Riverfront Park but parts of it are being closed or blocked to implement some fantastic new features and upgrades.  It has come a long way since the World Fair in 1974 and it is time for the park to receive detailed attention.  Because of that history, I HAD to get in as many shots as possible.

Insert, Jewel and Dallas…two gorgeous Aussie dogs who won an FB drawing/contest I did for friends.  They were such a great help as we navigated through an area of the park and one of our city’s main streets.  There is a lot of noise with construction, Pokemon Go players, kids playing in the park, sirens, and all the sounds of urban life.  But Jewel and Dallas are service dogs with great poise.  I couldn’t have asked for better models in working a new location.

At our first stop in the park, we were right by the Spokane River.  Perfect opportunity to work with Light Reflections!  In our Project 52 Visual Toolbox book, it mentions how photographers can get so focused with their subject that they forget to see how the environment around injects itself into the portrait.  Reflections from shiny surfaces or water can ruin an image if you aren’t taking it into account.  In my case, I wanted to see familiar landmarks of Riverfront Park reflected in the water behind my subjects.  Not in an overtly clear way, but subtly.  The dogs still needed to be the main focus.  But, I also needed to watch how strong the light bounced off the water.  Below are two different perspectives from two sides of the river…two Aussie dogs by the Spokane RiverAussie dog on 2 concrete blocks

You can see how differently the light responds based on which side of the river we were on.  I love both results, though!

We continued down Howard St. to look for urban textures.  I’m pretty sure this image is my favorite out of all the session photos.  Jewel is a uniquely colorful girl with golden toned eyes but the textures of her coat and walls had a black/white overlay calling to me.

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  If you are interested in seeing more great pet photography, please follow the Project 52 blog circle to: Kim with BARKography based in Charlotte NC.

Meet Rip, Mr. Amiable – Spokane Pet Photographer

Yes, it’s about time I found a moment to write about this particularly sweet and affable black Labrador, Rip!  Rip’s dad contacted me with the plan of purchasing a Hoof N Paw Aplenty session for his lovely bride’s birthday.  Rip is a treasured family member and what better gift than lasting images of his cheerful self.

Given that we were in the latter month of Spring, the days were abundantly full of thunderstorms.  This meant a longer wait than we all wanted.  But, the day finally arrived for Rip’s session and it couldn’t have been a better one!  I was immediately enthralled with Rip the moment he came out of the car.  His black coat, so soft, and his eye alight with good humor.  Rip is a happy dog.  And, I discovered, exceptionally patient!

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As we walked about the session location, stopping for shots, Rip worked hard to not let his nose and desire to explore get out of hand.  It isn’t easy to be still and act handsome when there are other dogs running about, playing and sniffing.  He was the epitome of patience and didn’t give his photographer a moment of frustration.  A jewel among Labradors!

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On occasion, Rip likes to go hunting with his dad.  He does a pretty good job, too!  He listens and tries hard.  This inevitably came as a blessing because doing a lot of “sit-stays” or “down-stays” for an hour and a half can be wearying for a dog.  But, Rip was a champion!  He enjoyed our break for play-time and kept that smile on his face at all times.  Of course, with his customary, adorably upturned lip.

 

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Rip did a fantastic job and I know his parents are proud of him!  Thank you, Rip!