chris.

In July of 1997, my parents and I went to Disneyland. We went to Disneyland a lot in those days, since my dad worked for the Mouse, but this day in particular was of great importance. This day, standing in front of the Walt and Mickey statue, I met a little boy named Christopher. Our dads worked together, and since we were all new to California, it was arranged for us all to have a Disney day. Christopher and I were 2 years old, so to be frank, I don’t really remember much from that day. I do remember that there was a photo of us from our dinner that night at Goofy’s Kitchen on our fridge for 9 years. I remember several other Disneyland trips, one that included a giant dill pickle and one that made him wish he had never encouraged me to go on Tower of Terror (I love it now… just… not so much the first time). I remember us playing with Legos. I remember arguing over who got to wash their hands first. I don’t actually remember the gymnastics classes we took together, but thank god for parents and their natural instinct to document every embarrassing endeavor of your childhood. There are videos of every class and every birthday party. Photos of every Halloween costume and every ridiculous face.

No, really. We made ridiculous faces. That’s me on the left, Christopher on the right, and my aunt Maiya in the middle.

I’m fairly certain that, 15 years later, we all still make those faces. It’s just that now, Chris and I are taller than Maiya.

Christopher and I grew up together. We spent hours on Neopets and MapleStory together, stayed up late watching Harry Potter movies in the living room when we were supposed to be asleep, took my dogs for walks, made grilled cheese sandwiches, and made up insane stories about the world domination plan of gerbils everywhere. I remember when he first started going by Chris, and how hard it was for me to remember to say that instead of Christopher… it’s still a little difficult now. I was there when his siblings were born. He was there when I moved away to Minnesota.

A couple of months ago, his little sister asked me, “Are we, like, friends, or are we family?”
I’m pretty sure we’re both.

So needless to say, getting to take his senior photos meant the world to me. During the early stages of planning, we talked about a lot of elaborate shoots, including one with explosions in the background. In the end, we had a simple shoot with just him and his dog, Mindy. He turned 18 today and left for college, so it seemed about time I share his photos with you all.

It was a really fun session. Every set of shots would start out serious and end up with him making faces.


Mindy loves her boy.



Serious… happy… aaand silly. Every time.


We did a few that were a little more artsy.


But then he went back to being silly.

Really, really silly.

Still, we got a lot of nice formal shots. Y’know, to make his mom happy.


I’ll put a bunch more on my facebook page soon — we took a lot. I had so much fun with this, just as I have with every day I’ve spent with this crazy guy as my friend.

Happy birthday, Chris! Good luck in your new college digs.

chris – sneak peek.

I so badly would like to put up my full posts, but this is better than nothing. And hey, school is almost over, which means lots more time to take care of these things! Even with school and finals going, I thought I’d take a minute between taking chemistry notes and writing a poem based on The Pit and the Pendulum to give you all a sneak peek of my awesome senior portrait session with Chris (and his dog, Mindy!).

I have a fairly long story to go with this photoshoot, but that will come later. I hope you enjoy this little preview!

watson & mindy – happy 1st birthday!

Yesterday was Watson and Mindy‘s 1st birthday! We wanted to celebrate this red-letter day right, so we threw them a party. Call us crazy, but I have to say: it was pretty awesome. There were pink (Mindy) and green (Watson) decorations, doggy-themed desserts, and even a cake for the dogs! Enjoy these photos of our ridiculous tribute to the best puppies ever.

Poop cupcake anyone?


The doggy cake consisted of over 5 pounds of meat (ground beef and lamb) with mashed potato frosting. Mmm… tasty…

Watson knew there was food being prepared…

… but was unamused when told he had to wait to eat it.

The cake looked awesome, as did the decorations.



Mindy and family!


Cake time!





And finally, a quick picture my mom took of me and my puppy. I love him so much. I can’t believe he’s already a year old! I am so very much looking forward to celebrating many, many more years of Watson.

trials, tribulations, etc.

My calendar was pulled off of CafePress yesterday. Now, there’s no reason to panic. I have already fixed the problem and gotten the calendar back online. It is available here, and you should totally check it out. And tell all your friends. And all of their friends. And all of the random people you meet on the street. Because… well… puppies.

The reason why it got taken down is quite fascinating, really. As you can see in the mosaic in my previous post, there is a photo of the adorable Darby facing off with a dreaded Dalek. It’s really one of my favorite photos that I have taken. CafePress, however, did not like it so much. Their Content Usage Policy says that “NO pictures or photographs of products (such as toys). Even if you own a product, trademark laws may still prohibit you from selling merchandise that features pictures of it. For example, you cannot take a picture of your Barbie and sell Barbie merchandise with that picture.” Clearly, I am not taking a photo of my Dalek and using it to sell Doctor Who merchandise. I am selling a puppy calendar, which happened to contain a photo of a Dalek threatening to exterminate a puppy**. It really isn’t copyright infringement, nor am I trying to offend the fine people of Doctor Who in any way. However, CafePress just has a blanket policy that no photographs of products can be used.

So, there you have it. No more Dalek. Too bad, so sad. I have shifted things around so that my Watson can be featured prominently on the November page. All other pages remain intact. Also, don’t forget to check out the other puppy products here and my art prints here. Have a great week, and keep an eye on the blog. Photos from my session with Clare are coming soon!


**No puppies were exterminated in the making of this calendar

puppies 2012.

Hey everyone!

I am very excited to announce the launch of my 2012 ‘Puppies!’ wall calendar! I have been working on this project for close to a year now and I am so happy that it is finally done. The calendar features thirteen adorable rescued puppies, six of which were our foster puppies at one time. This calendar would make a great gift to a friend or family member, or even to yourself! 10% of the profits from each calendar sale will go to ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation, which is the rescue we did all of our foster work for. Plus, the world is going to end in 2012 anyway, so you might as well get your fix of puppy photos now.

Special thanks to Ben, Mark, Darlene, Vicki, and ACT V for their help in making this project possible! Thanks also to all of my wonderful puppy models, of course. I hope you all like the calendar!

Check out the calendar here. For some more cute puppy products, click here. Also, don’t forget to check out my art print shop!

something to look forward to.

I had two fantastic shoots today — an adorable session with 6 amazingly cute puppies and an awesome portrait session with the wonderful Clare. I have so many photos to go through, but I wanted to post a quick sneak peek to tide you all over until I can get the full posts up.

Believe it or not, these puppies are all from the same litter! They are all so different in every way and were such a joy to photograph. Enjoy this shot of them, and one of their lovely mom, Ginger.


My session with Clare was a such a dream. The lighting was perfect. Our locations were wonderful. And of course, Clare is absolutely stunning. I can’t wait to share the rest of her photos, but here are just a couple from this amazing shoot!

doctor watson.

So, speaking of puppies…

I really feel the need to talk about my Watson for a bit. I spend approximately 420% of my time every day thinking about him. He’s been such a weird and wonderful thing to watch. And when I say thing, I really do mean thing. Some of you may recognize this photo of the three little orphans about a week after they came to us as fuzzy, wiggling worms.

He then proceeded to grow…


And grow…


And grow!



While he has been growing, so has my adoration of him (cue studio audience ‘awww’). I don’t know how to explain the joy I feel when I come downstairs in the morning to be greeted by my Watson. My day hasn’t started right unless I’ve had a couple of minutes to sit down on the floor with my (over 50 pound) puppy in my lap. He rides with me in the car on my way to school and is sitting in the backseat waiting for me when my mom comes to pick me up. He just makes life good.

I’ve been spending some time taking him to the park nearby to work with him on modeling paying attention to me even when there’s lots of other stuff going on around us. Lately, I’ve been combining that with some photo time, because he quite frankly has become a truly handsome specimen of a dog.



This next one is really just an outtake… but I’m sharing it with you all because it makes me laugh every time I look at it. Watson is generally such a zen dog. Curious, but not spastic… well, that’s a lie, but you get my drift. However, there was a game of catch going on behind my head while I was taking these photos and at one point, he apparently just couldn’t take sitting still and watching it anymore.

The last few are a bit more personal. Their main purpose is to provide more puppy-filled fodder for my profile picture on facebook, and are therefore not really my best work. They mean a lot to me, though. They are really a perfect display of why I love photography. These are moments, captured. Frozen in time forever. These are all moments I find myself in several times a day with my dog, and now they have been documented. Just the way they should be.




I kinda, sorta love him.

Okay. I’ll stop obsessing over my dog now. Thanks for reading. =]

puppy models needed.

Hey everyone!

I have a request. I’m looking for puppy models under 16 weeks old for a photo project in the Los Angeles area. Compensation would be one 8×10 print of your choice, from the shoot. See some of my previous dog work here, or just browse around the blog. If you have an adorable little fluff, or know someone that does, let me know in the comments or via email. I’d like to be done with my project by October 8th, and those pups are getting bigger by the second, so time is of the essence!

Thank you so much for your help!

neigh-sayers.

As some of you may know, I love horses. Like, really love horses. When I was 11, I wrote a very detailed pitch for my parents to show them why I should have a horse. It featured a pro-con list, several testimonials, pages of research on horses and horse care, a place to ride and board, and even a horse that I had picked out for purchasing. His name was Dunny. He lived on a farm 10 minutes from my house and was advertised as a great Western pleasure horse for kids in the arena. He was also blind in one eye, but I didn’t care. That was the horse for me. It was all very elaborate and exciting and I presented it to my parents very studiously.

I am now 16. I have still never owned a horse. However, I of course leap at any chance I get to see horses. Even if I don’t get to ride, I will gladly tag along with a friend to visit some horses, take some photos, and have my hair chewed on by several large quadrapeds. So, that is what I did one cold, snowy day this past January. I hopped in the car with a family friend and we drove up to visit her horse and wander the barn. Here a few photos from that fun outing!