I was recently commisioned by a very proud grandpa to paint a portrait of his two grandsons. The painting is a gift to his wife for their anniversary. I was able to take a very low resolution cell phone image and turn it into this painting of two very handsome young men. My client says he bets his wife will cry when she sees it. As long as they are happy tears, that's ok! I'm sure sweet surprises like this are why they are celebrating over 20 years of marriage! It makes me so happy to be able to help with surprises like this, no matter what the occassion!
My latest painted portrait is of Rimma. She's a beautiful chocolate lab that loves to be with her humans, especially when they are outside. They have watched her grow from a four pound puppy to a 64 pound bundle of love. She's almost the same color as her favorite sofa, so it's easy for her to nap inconspicuously. I think she may be a bit spoiled, but after all, she is just a furry four legged baby!
Here's what I've been working on the last few months! I have created a coloring book that will take you back to some of the fun things of the 1970s! The 1970s were my "growing up" years. I loved all the artwork in bright colors and the bold designs. I spent many hours creating colorful doodles on my blue denim three ring binder, my brown grocery bag book covers, and my folders. My favorite medium was Flair markers, but I also used colored pencils and pastels. If you're a child of the '70s like I am, I think you will enjoy some coloring fun and de-stressing with my coloring book "Memories of the 1970s". It's available on Amazon here. Let me know what you think of it. If you love it, I'd appreciate you leaving a positive review on Amazon.
Little Gauge is 3 months old! It doesn't seem like 3 months since I took maternity photos of his mom, Dana. He is such a cute little boy. He was all smiles because he was staying with his Nana Judy who was doing her best to spoil him!
Skipper is always on watch for those pesky squirrels. He was staring out the window at the tree where two squirrels had been just a bit earlier. He barked and scared them off. He's a good watch dog!
Here's a few more photos that I took this past weekend at the "Not-a-Workshop" hosted by Joshua Gull. Maryland wedding photographer Annabelle Dando and her husband Patrick were kind enough to model for us.
About two weeks ago I had the honor of shooting a maternity session for one of my best friend's daughter. I remember when Dana's feet didn't hang over the end of a chair and it seemed she always had Cheeto dust on her mouth and fingers - Cheetos are still one of her favorite things. Now she has a "little Cheeto" of her own - baby Gauge was born yesterday evening. He decided to come a week early. Hopefully I'll have some newborn shots of him to share in the next couple of weeks. :)
Well....let's just say I've been busy and haven't had a chance to post photos. I've been taken them but there's been so much going on that I haven't had time to post. Here's the bulk of the catch up photos. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2" orderby="title"]
My five year old granddaughter's kindergarten teacher must be planning on a lot of sticky projects. The supply list states four bottles of glue for each child. Of course I know how quickly you can run out of glue if you have a lot of paper pieces, macaroni, or sparkly things to glue onto a project! :) I liked the reflection of the glue bottle in the plastic on the notebook paper.
Ok, I'll admit I didn't take these today. It's been a long, long day and I'm really tired......not a good excuse, but that's my story! Since I didn't have a new shot (that I liked) to post today, I thought I"d treat you to some remarkable cuteness. Sugar Lump is now six months old. I did a portrait session of her when she was three months old, and she has grown a lot for such a little puppy! Here is a sample of her six month portrait session that I recently shot. [gallery link="file" columns="2"]
Here are the photos of the two wonderful families I had the privilege of working with at Photos for the Flood. The summer heat didn't stop a fantastic turnout of both photographers volunteering their time and talent and families supporting the flood relief efforts (and getting new portraits in the process)! Altogether, just under $3000 was raised to help with the flood relief efforts. We had a great organizer and great turnout all around. I'm happy that I could be a part of this! [gallery link="file" columns="2"]
This is my niece dog Rosie. She's spending the weekend while my brother and sister-in-law are out of town. She's loves Skipper's squeaky toys. They get a good workout when she's here. She also likes to wind up and lay in one of Skipper's beds. She has to go around in circles two or three times to get wound up small enough to fit.