Roly poly wrinkly chubby butts!  This litter of beautiful little . . . or not so little, Saint Bernard/Great Dane puppies was just a blast to play with!  Can you believe I got all of those 7 week old pups to sit together?!?  Hahaha!  Fooled you!  They did not sit together.  Not any of them!  They were movers!  So I challenged myself to one big composite of them all together.  I’m rather pleased with the end result!

Welcome to the family, Chunk!  My Mom and Sister picked up this handsome little guy on Friday.  He is an 8 week old Cattle Dog.  I’m not sure if you have ever met a Cattle Dog.  If not, there is a very special trait that you should know about.  Their bark.  The bark on this fella is like, if fingernails on a chalkboard were a being, it would run scared from the sound.  He’s a lucky boy to have a family that appreciates his . . . special singing voice.

Why is he looking the direction he is?  Well, because I’m planning for the future.  Puppies change so much in the first year of life.  They grow so fast and even their overall colors shift and change.  So with every puppy sitting, I’m going to plan this setup – where the puppy can look up at his full grown self in a year or so.  The changes will be so fun to see.  Stay tuned for next year’s Chunk!

This is Hazel, the new office mascot.  Her mom was sent to a rescue in Wisconsin from Hazard, Kentucky.  Maybe we should have named her Daisy Duke but I didn’t read the paperwork on her mom until after we named her.  I had to laugh after I found out where she really came from.  Since she flies . . . like the General Lee jumping ponds in the Dukes of Hazard (favorite show as a kid) and running from the law!  She cracks me up.

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I’ve committed to a personal project with Hazel for the year.  I didn’t try this with the other two girls and am really excited about it.  I will be doing one photo every week of her in the same studio location.  52 photos of a year’s growth.  I’m three weeks in and there are some interesting learning curves and marked improvement in how she sits for the camera.  She may be learning faster than me.

Would you guess that this is a January day in Northern Michigan?  Where did the snow go?  It may look like an unseasonably warm winter day, but it was not.  It was 100% winter temperatures.  We had a big January thaw the week before and of course, the week after we got bunches more snow.

 

From the light rains of spring, to bright sunlit summer-drenched beaches, through the early-darkening of fall, and on to the crispness of winter; this year has been beyond spectacular!  Thank you, to each and every one of you who supports me and makes all of my days at work absolutely enjoyable.

What’s better than a pretty young lady, a beach, a killer sunset, oh, and a horse?  How about . . . not one thing!  This sitting was so much fun!  I could have stayed for hours longer but when the sun is gone, it’s gone.  Baille was joined by her Mom (a.k.a. the horse wrangler) and her Grandma and Grandpa (a.k.a. the horse chauffeur) for her senior photos at beautiful Empire beach.  Did you know you can ride a horse on the beach in Empire?  Me neither.  But we asked the local people in charge and it is a thing.

I did a little testing with my new studio things and background that I got for Christmas.  I am really quite pleased with the outcome.  Of course, my best test subjects only work for a handful of treats.  Hopefully, I will have more time this month to do some further experimenting.

There is nothing better than the first few days after you pick up your new best friend.  When they are just weeks old, you have to figure out their habits, their routines, and their personality.  Honestly, I expected Lukka, the Akita baby to be spunky but he sat like a little doll.  I can’t wait to have him back to sit on those boxes in a few months when he is pushing his 90+ pounds of full sizeness – – it’s going to be hilarious!  But, that face!!!

And then there is Ziggy Stardust . . .  this little dude is the size of my fist with a serious attitude of full-speed-ahead-play.

I got to spend a few hours on the farm with Pam, Steve, the Boys, and Steve’s awesome old truck to create some new photos for the French Valley Vineyard website and sales collateral.

And yup, that is a dog in a hat.