Tis the season to give thanks. I have so much to be thankful for. I am able to do what I love everyday and put food on the table. I am blessed to live in warm weather and sunshine. But what I am most thankful for are the men in my life. I'm so grateful for my brother, Kyle, who supports me everyday to do in life what makes me happy. And than there is my man, Kevin, who has been my backbone from the get go with my photography business. He has continued to push me closer to my dream because he sees how happy it makes me. And last but not least, I am grateful for my dog, Tito. He is the guy that I spend the most time with, he sees my triumphs and he hears my tears and yet he stays with me. We have been through so much together this past year. I wake up everyday and thank God he brought Tito to me. Its funny because we as humans say " oh this is my dog, I rescued him". I honestly think it could be the opposite. Tito rescued me and has made my life nothing but an adventure since we've been together. So enjoy your turkey and stuffing. And when you lean back in your recliner to watch the game make sure to give your pup a little love. They are the greatest form of companionship we as humans get to experience. Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I have always been an earth girl. I love to be outside mostly on the beach or in the ocean. Ever since moving to the beach two years back I have been an advocate for recycling and making the earth a better place to live. I see so much waste wash up on the beach, some recyclable, some trash. Regardless it has been my mission to try and live as green as possible. That being said, as a photographer it is easy to be careless. Wasting paper, using too much packaging, printing out everything. There are ways in which I, as a photographer can reduce my carbon footprint. I recently discovered a great resource called Greener Photography . It's a wonderful website that gives great tips on Eco-friendlier printing products, paper, ink, etc. I am now an active member and I encourage all of you to make a difference in the world with something you feel strongly about. Me, I'm going green!
Monday, November 10, 2008
So those weren't all the shots I had from the Pets on the Patio event. Per your request, a few more fun moments at Gaspars Grotto.
I can't wait to do it again!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Alot of blogging today but there has been so much going on with Pawsitively Pictures I can't contain myself! Yesterday and every first Saturday of the month Gaspars Grotto in Ybor city hosts an event called Pets on the Patio. From 4 - 6 pm pets and "paw-rents" are allowed to socialize in a fun environment of music, drinks, food, and other fellow pet lovers. Most of the time they will allow a rescue group to attend as well. Yesterday it was the Great Dane Rescue of Tampa Bay, Inc. It was such a blast. Dogs in all shapes and sizes. Check out some of the pics we were able to capture yesterday.
Meet Luke. He is one of the beautiful Great Danes available for adoption from Great Dane Rescue of Tampa Bay, Inc. The first time I met Luke was at the SPCA Pet Walk mid October. He was happy, alert and full of life. When I saw him yesterday at the Great Dane meet up he was more reserved and nervous. In speaking with Linda the woman who runs the rescue program she informed me that Luke had been adopted. However the new owners decided to keep Luke in a utility closet and then called to complain to Linda that Luke was crying incessantly. Really? Is that what you do when you get a dog? Store it in a closet? I know I store my clothes there I didn't realize it was the new way to house a living creature!!! Arrrgh. Well now that everybody knows how I feel about the situation let me just add one more thing. Dogs are the greatest creatures I have experienced in my life. But you get a dog to be a part of your household, to be one of the family members. Then and only then will you experience the full joy that a dog can bring to you.
"Dogs give unconditional love, for me they are the reason for being alive" Gilda Radnor
Last Friday Tito and I spent the morning at Ft. Desoto Park. I was busy with my camera and Tito was busy trying to rid the world of every and any biker he could see. What's great about the dog park at Ft. Desoto is that it is completely fenced in. So Tito can run free along the fence where the bikers trail is and I don't have to worry about a thing. Now I'll admit he had been running for about 35 minutes and according to my guestimation he probably ran the equivalent of 10 football fields up and back. So being the good mother I am, I decided to grab him and hose him off so he could cool down. Tito didn't like that idea so immediately following the light spritzing he decided to roll in the dirty watered down gravel next to the shower. That was the greatest laugh I have had in a while so of course I had to snap a few shots. And here is what a dirty shih tzu covered in dirt, grass, sand and who knows what else looks like.....He looks pretty happy. Oh My Tito
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Ah the joy of getting an unexpected extra hour of sleep. I truly believe that Fall daylight savings time is the one of the best days of the year. That being said I think it only appropriate to display some of the Fall images I took while up in Philadelphia. My boyfriend and I went to Longwood Gardens.Located about 45 minutes outside the city this 300+ acre horticultural phenomenon was created by Pierre S du Pont. His goal, was to save many of the indigenous plants and trees while teaching the surrounding people about the beauty of the earth. It is an amazing place to see and a GREAT place to photograph. I had such a blast walking around and shooting all the different flowers and trees. Living in Florida we have beautiful vegetation year round however it was super refreshing to see the changes of season exhibited all around us. Here are some of my favorites.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
This post is dedicated to Tracy and Pawsitively Posh Pooch. Last Saturday I was the judge at a Pet Howl-o-ween costume Contest. This store was amazing and the contest was a blast. I think the one that made me laugh the most was this princess Cinderella chihuahua named Dolce.
Tracy let me know what you think of the medium size pictures :)