We’ve all had animal friends in our life that fill up our heart and bring us so much joy that we feel like we want to burst. This sweet girl, Stella, is one of those dogs. Now that Stella’s face is turning grey, her family wanted to capture this amazing soul, so when the time comes, they’ll always have these precious images to remember her and her smile. We loved spending the afternoon with her, her mom and dad, and siblings, Grayfus and Vespa. Modeling is hard work Stella! We hope you got extra belly rubs and bacon snacks after!
Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the cruelty of the world. I can’t even turn on social media anymore without being bombarded of heinous crimes, international tragedy and unmentionable thing humans are capable of doing to one another and other innocent beings. I’ve been known to break out in tears at my desk due to a video where I should have never pressed “play”. But then, something wonderful usually happens if I look just a little closer, and try and find the goodness that I all know we’re capable of. Sometimes if I’m lucky, I get to meet a person, face to face, whose soul is shining so bright with so much love for the creatures of the earth that it makes me cry once again, but instead of sorrow, it’s tears of hope and joy. Maryann is one of those people. As soon as we pulled up to her gorgeous and serene property, we were overwhelmed by all the love radiating from her and her sweet animal friends. From the chickens, cats, dogs and amazing horses, you could almost feel the heartbeats of all them in unison, thumping out the care, joy and magnitude of love for each other.
Maryann hired us to photograph her aging horse, Joe, now 28, who spent his younger days as a show horse. There’s no more competition for Joe now, he’s enjoying his retirement on a beautiful property south of Sedona filled with lots of friends and sweet green pastures. Joe’s the kind of horse you can fall in love with right away. Those soulful eyes were filled with so much love, appreciation and happiness for life that I could have stared at them forever. We also got to photograph his companion, Matsi, who was charming and beautiful and had us laughing out loud at her love for the camera! And then there was Huck the German Shepherd, a sweetheart whom loves sticks as much as he loves his mom Maryann.
We so enjoyed creating these memories for you Maryann. Thank you for adding so much love and goodness to this world.
We first met Kaitlin at Pets in the Pines, a event put on by Second Chance Animal Shelter to create awareness about pet overpopulation and encourage the adoption of companion animals. Kaitlin said she had to get her sweet 16 year old Shih tzu, Daffney, photographed. Melissa and I met Kaitlin, Kyle, Daffney and her brother Jackson on a beautiful part of the Flagstaff Urban Trail System. Jackson and Daffney are such sweet puppies, they were the best models!
Jessie the Golden Retreiver first came to us because she needed some photos for the Dog Actors Guild website. Yes, there is such a thing! She was only 9 months old then and when her mom, Lori, told me that Jessie just turned two I couldn’t believe it! It seems the older I get, the faster time slips by. Jessie is still the sweet puppy that I’ve always known. I love it when I see her, she gets SO excited that she starts to run towards me, but she doesn’t know she’s on a leash. Her legs just go a hundred miles a minute and it’s like she’s a sports car reving up for the start line! It’s so adorable, I wish I had a video of that. Happy birthday my sweet puppy, next time I’ll make you a bacon cake! 🙂 ~ xoxo, Melissa
“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, Filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have.” ~ Thom Jones
The day we announced our Ginger Sessions, photo sessions for terminally ill pets, I got an email from Christine DeAngelis. Her sweet pup, Bloom, had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and would soon pass. With a heavy heart, Kristen and I met Bloom and her family just a couple of days later. As we walked up to the family, Christine’s little girl, Kaya, came up to us with teary eyes and told us, “I told Bloom that she’s too beautiful to go bye-bye…”. At that moment, I wasn’t quite sure I could pull myself together enough to do the shoot, but then I thought of this young girl in 40 years, showing her own kids photos of her first dog, Bloom. And then I imagined her telling stories of Bloom and her growing up together, and those stories that unravel from looking at photos are what keep memories alive.
Kristen and I couldn’t be happier with this new site! It’s easy to navigate, shows our work much better than the old one, and combines our blogging and our website in one! And, it’s mobile friendly! Click on the “Portfolio” tab to see slideshows of different types of photography that we offer. Click on “Categories” to see all the blog posts associated with a particular interest. You can even follow our Facebook and Twitter posts from here too! We hope you like this new site! Sedona wedding photography, flagstaff pet photography, Scottsdale boudoir, and Flagstaff family photography are all represented in our beautiful new site!