Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Latin Chariot Race by A Soon To Be Empty Nester Maine Mom Photographer

My baby graduates High School next week.  I've been going through some stuff, mostly being proud and a little lonely thinking of the coming changes, but today, another change smacked me hard.  I like to photograph my kids and whatever activity they are participating in.  Today it was the Latin classes and the annual chariot race.  Beautiful day, sunshine, kids having fun, what's not to love.  Today was the last Latin class chariot race I will photograph...unless...someone...anyone with a kid taking Latin next year, invites me to adopt their kid...just for that half hour... :)

Here's my personal version of how it went down today.

and, if you would like to see last years 2015 race...

and, if you would like to see the debut of WHS Latin class chariot race 2014...

these videos are all embedded, so if you can't see them, here are some links.

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Birds Eye View by A Maine Bird Photographer

I have a new found obsession.
Obsession is a bid negative...let's start over.
I have a new found way of seeking inspiration.  Photography inspiration.
Guaranteed to suck up more time than a morning catching up on Facebook.
It's my bird feeder.
...and I'm not the only one who has become obsessed :)  Catch that reflection?

I "strut like a rooster" sometimes "naked as a jaybird""eagle eyed" sometimes "run around like a chicken with it's head cut off" looking "for something worth crowing about"


I'm sharing some of my favorites.  A friend gave me a great book so I could do my best in identifying them.  I'm new at this, so don't get madder than a wet hen if I misrepresent...A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. (Chinese)

    Mr and Mrs Northern Cardinal

    Mr and Mrs American Goldfinch

    A blissful pair of tufted titmouse

   Not sure who this is...maybe a house finch?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Chloe and her Birthday Puppies. A Maine English Cream Golden Retriever Mom and Photographer

Chloe's first litter turned two last week!

...and I am happy to say all these beautiful babies are living the good life.

Beckett.  She's the one on the left in the above photo.  Beckett's human Mom, Shari, tells me that Beckett is definitely a very happy well behaved dog.  Sounds like she has everyone wrapped around her "paw" too.  Beckett likes to take over Dad's chair, she likes to watch tv, expecially commercials with dogs in them.  Shari, if you haven't already, you need to let her watch Marmaduke.

Beckett loves to sit in front of the big bay window and people watch.  She loves to play in the snow with Liam, her most favorite young human in the world.  The two of them love to play soccer together too.

Beckett is still not very fond of car rides, and her sixty five pound body pretty much must be lifted up and placed into the vehicle for her to go anywhere...but when it comes to her manners, they are exquisite.  Beckett has never stolen food off the table or countertop and she is always very gentle when receiving treats from human hands.

Thank you Shari for sending this wonderful update on beautiful Beckett.  

If anyone is interested on my earlier blog post of when these pups first went to their forever homes, here is a link

Next we have Jaxson.  He's the middle pup in the very top photo of this post...the only male in the whole group.
Jackson's human Mom Penny tells me Jaxson's living quite the life already, going to work with his human Dad everyday and having lots of friends, both two legged and four legged.  Speaking of legs, it appears Jackson likes to sit with his hind legs stretched out straight, not much like a dog at all.

Those Snowypaws, never a shortage of humor.

Jackson likes to lay on his back, and hold a toy in his front paws and play with it.  (his Sister Violet does something similar, she does it with a bone)
Jackson loves to play in the lake, and he loves to retrieve but he's not so great at bringing it back to the person he's playing with...short attention span...squirrel...squirrel...!!  So, the fetching "toy" of choice is usually a stick...and a game of fetch will have many, abandoned sticks.

Penny shares that Jaxson is very sweet and affectionate.  (and speaking just like a Grandmother might I add have you ever seen such beautiful dogs?  :)

Thank you Penny for the wonderful update on Jaxson.  Wishing you and your family health and happiness.  
Anyone wishing to read about these beautiful pups and about birthday number one, you can find that here.

Now, for an update on Violet and Mom Chloe.  Violet is the shy little wallflower on the right side of the photo at the top of this blog post.

Violet stopped being shy the moment she got home.
Violet LOVES her canine Mom and all of her human family.

at two, Violet is still very much a puppy and we love that she is keeping her Mother young too.  We have not had any weight issues with Mom since Violet has come home.  Playtime is constant...not to mention, Violet begins each day with a good tail chasing
Violet has her human Daddy right where she wants him.  She needs a daily pick-me-up...
and she steals his chair every chance she gets whether he's in it or not.  She loves to watch out the window, and since we have no human neighbors, Violet spends a whole lot of time waiting for something to visit the bird feeder.
neither one, Chloe or Violet like to ride in a vehicle, but we seem to be getting better with that.  Our vet had recommended that we take small rides more often, and so that is what we do.  We try to get in a long walk at a local trail every weekend.  Both Chloe and Violet enjoy it so much, they actually are jumping into the vehicle now, instead of running away :)

Violet is still very much a puppy.  Beautiful. Energetic. Mischievous. Playful. Sweet. Loving. 

Our babies. We love them with all our hearts.  All of them.  Our next steps will be getting all of Violets breeding checks taken care of to see if she will keep her legacy going.  Mamma Chloe has retired.  Job well done Chloe.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Inspiration. A Maine Photographer

Every year, for the past six years I have blogged on February 10.  I have blogged about my sister Carmen.  February 10th is her birthday.

Carmen died in December of 2009, after a long illness.  At that time I was just beginning my photography journey as a professional.  My work has grown so much in six years, that one thing I know with certainty is if I had asked Carmen to allow me to document her journey and bring awareness and knowledge to her struggles, I believe she would have embraced it.  I truly wish she was here today to share with me...her journey...and my journey.  She will always be an inspiration to me.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was going to be posting some photos of people who have brought me inspiration this past year.  I have more to share, so I will continue to do so in the next few posts.  I started this particular blog series in preparation for a photography inspiration retreat I would be attending.  I attended Inspire last year and couldn't wait to do it again.

Inspiration can and does come in all forms.
Last year I met Vy.
She greeted me when I walked into the hotel for the Inspire convention.  A little welcoming committee all on her own.  She invited me to sit on the sofa with her and talk.  Vy is from Vietnam and her English is very good, and although my middle aged ears kept asking her to repeat she never seemed frustrated with me and always repeated whenever asked.  We became friends instantly, and touched base throughout the event.

Once home, Vy and I became facebook friends, and then I started to see a glimpse of her life as a whole, not just the young photographer I met.

Again, inspiration comes in all ways.

Vy is a young Wife.
Vy is a Mom to a very special little girl named Tamara who has SMA.
Vy has a facebook page Rolling with SMA to educate and share.
Vy started her photography business because she has to be a stay at home Mom.
Vy is always learning how to communicate in English, both spoken and written.
...and if all of this isn't inspiration enough...
Vy is a positive, smiling, energetic bundle of fun!
Vy is fearless!
Pardon my English Vy, but you are a badass!
You, are an inspiration.  :)

Vy and I just reconnected at Inspire 2016 this past week in Newport RI
Vy submitted her work to be critiqued by some amazing photographers.  In her words, she was in the "hot seat"
Vy is a badass...and an inspiration.


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