D’oh!

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I hoped to share some lovely new pics from my lovely new Canon 6d and three lovely new lenses. I received the lenses and flash a few days ago, and have been patiently waiting for my camera to arrive.

It arrived today. I could hardly wait to open the box! So much planning went into my selection of the camera, lenses, and flash, and I couldn’t believe the day had finally come when I could hold it in my hands and feel the smooth shutter release under my finger, just waiting for me to press it.

I pulled all contents from the box, carefully removed the plastic and unwrapped the manuals, looking for the quick start guide. And there it was, sandwiched between two manuals, the sight of it filling me with excitement at the thought of what – or whom – would be the subject of my first photograph.

Step 1 – insert battery (check!)
Step 2 – insert SD card…

Dang. Guess I should have ordered one of those.

More to come soon :)

An angel plotting an attack.

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There aren’t many people that would call Ralph an angel after meeting him. They’re wrong. He is incredibly sweet. To me, anyway.

In fact, that is one thing I agree with the haters about… Ralph loves only one human in this world: me. I am the lucky one that gets all of his sweetness.

In this photo, the little angel is watching birds… And plotting to kill them.

Taken with my Samsung Note 3 with no editing (read: LAZY).

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PS:some of you might remember him from this gem:

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Do you have a pet that only seems to like one person? Feel free to share your story in the comments.

Dog, contemplating.

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I couldn’t resist sharing another shot of this photogenic guy. He seems to be contemplating the meaning of Christmas, but really he is just trying to move his face away from the camera. This was taken with my Samsung Note 3 (again – I can’t wait until my new camera arrives!).

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Time to clean ears

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Franky has such an amazing, expressive face. I love photographing him, but unfortunately he does not love cameras, so my photos of him typically consist of him looking away or off to the side.

In this photo, he is suspiciously eyeing the ear cleaning solution we are about to administer. The way he looks, you’d think we were about to torture him.

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I hate ear - cleaning day!

Holiday traditions

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In the past, I have posted photos from the Christmas tree farm we visit, but for some reason this year was a bit more fun. Perhaps because I am moving on to a new job and life seems so full of possibilities I could burst.

Have you ever taken a step back from yourself to assess your life and suddenly realized how lucky you are? That happened to me this week.

The following photos aren’t particularly special works of art, but the strong sense of peace and love coming from my soul when I made them was very special.

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Horse('s), Ass
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Our two (yes, I said TWO) trees

Fur and Paws

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Whenever any furry critter is around, I will be the first person to focus in and attempt to cuddle, kiss, and of course take photos of them. I have 5 pets myself, so I have a lot of opportunity to practice. It can be very tricky, especially when they don’t trust the big metal contraption you keep trying to shove in front of their face. But, in the end, the reward of the perfect (or almost perfect… Or flawed-but-strangely-perfect) photo is enough.

Again, these photos were taken on my phone and filters were used. Not all of them turned out the way I hoped, but I still loved each one.

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My precious Lou.
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My host dog while on vacation in VA
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An unintentionally freaky photo of a very sweet (and handsome) kitty
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Leaping Lou.
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Smile, you handsome devil!

Back in the saddle again

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Since it’s been a while, I thought I would go all in and create several posts from photos I’ve taken in the past month. These were all captured on my phone (Samsung Note3 – highly recommend!), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on my camera skills. I’ve been pretty busy with that, and plan to officially launch as a business soon.

This first batch was taken while on a road trip in the western VA/WV area. I absolutely love the mountains and can’t wait to plan my next mountain vacation!

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It was a great trip!