Thursday, October 30, 2014

Phil, Michelle, and Gracie

I loved working with this awesome family! I have gotten know Phil and Michelle over the last couple years, and they are such a joy to be around! Phil is the youth pastor at our church, and Joe and I are still very involved with that which is a lot of fun!

I was initially worried that since I had to postpone this shoot that I wouldn’t be able to reschedule it before the weather got bad or the pretty leaves were all gone. However, the weather was perfect and the park was still so beautiful! This meant that there were lots of other people out enjoying the day which was very distracting for Gracie. She was so well behaved and did a pretty good job of staying where she was told to be, but she wasn’t the best at looking at me. :)

I had treats in my hand to hold her attention and that worked pretty well. Sometimes a little too well. :)

I love taking pictures of dogs because they have such unique personalities. I like this last picture because you can see that Gracie was ready to be done with the photo shoot. Or maybe she was wondering why I kept calling her name and showing her a treat but making her wait to actually get her reward. Either way, she’s adorable! :)

Thank you Phil, Michelle, and Gracie for a fun evening! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I had SOOOOO MUCH FUN with Eliana!! Granted, we both about died multiple times during the photo shoot, but that’s fine!! :) (There was that one time when we were walking through really tall grass behind a fallen-down barn when I put my foot down and heard a distinct hiss. I just moved my foot, and we both pretended we didn’t hear anything while I worked as quickly as possible so we could get out of there.)

Elaina had a natural sense for what I was going for, so some of my favorite pictures were when I were tell her where to stand and then tell her to look at me, and that’s when I would snap the picture. It was when she wasn’t yet expecting it, but that is when I was able to capture her natural beauty more so than if I directed her every move.

Eliana was such a trooper for putting up with the bugs. So many bugs… We both nearly got eaten alive. She was so good at ignoring them and holding a pose while I practically dropped my camera to swat at them.

I was so thankful for her patience as I quickly had to recompose pictures in my head when it became clear to me that the location and the weather weren’t going to provide for me what I had originally planned. And she put up with me every time I said, “okay I am good now” only to turn around five seconds later and say, “wait! Can we try this?!”

So, thank you Eliana for putting up with all of my shenanigans! :)

PS.... You are BEAUTIFUL!!! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

afO's Interval

I am late posting these, but I was able to photography another wonderful all for One play! This was the production ofInterval. The entire play revolved around a string of conversations between two people, Lenore and Alan, who accidentally met in a secluded part of Central Park in New York. They continue to meet weekly over the span of many months. During this time, a murder occurs at Lenore’s work. Alan and Lenore discuss the investigation surrounding the murder case, when another murder occurs. What started as silly speculation turns to thoughtful exploration as Lenore and Alan continue their conversations.

This performance used just two actors, Sam and Sara Ward (who are actually married in real life).

I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of comedy and mystery that runs throughout this play. It was so intriguing that I found myself getting too caught up in the story and forgetting to take pictures. :)

All for One’s production of A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas is coming up soon! You won’t want to miss it! For more info, check out