So, maybe it’s not really a pet. But, I found not one…but NINE of these in my backyard. What is it? A black fuzzy spiky caterpillar with red spots! It kinda freaked me out actually. But, then I had to get some photos of it so I could try to find out what it is on the internet. Come to find out, it’s a Mourning Cloak Butterfly Caterpillar. I’ll admit, photographing this insect was not easy and yes, there were a few screams. :-)Okay, there were a lot of screams. But, it eventually made it into a jar, in hopes of seeing it turn into a beautiful butterfly soon.Stay tuned for it’s transformation. In Hawaiian, we call this a Pulelehua.
I woke up yesterday and saw an email from a woman in North Carolina named Diana. My first reaction was it was one of those emails requesting money or one that told me I was entitled to a large sum, like $1,000,000.US dollars. You all know what I’m talking about. However, I kept reading and found out it was in fact about a woman who happens to love dogs and was seeking help. Diana was tagged in a photo on facebook of a 10 year old chow mix dog that was just dropped off and at the Downey Shelter in Los Angeles. The photo was of Blackie on the concrete looking out for his owners, which made her think of her own dog Rocky. She then arranged to have a rescue center pull him out of the shelter and take him to a rescue boarder called Top Dog Resort. Blackie was neglected and his coat fully matted. She paid to have him groomed, which meant a full shave down and he has been at Top Dog Resort since January 12, 2011.
Diana is currently unemployed and has shelled out close to $1,000 trying to save this adorable dog. Here is a woman who lives in North Carolina and is saving a dog she has never met. Amazing. She found my blog post I did about a dog found, by the name of Popcorn. You can see that post by clicking here. She reached out to me to see if I would be interested in taking 4-5 photos of Blackie, so they can place him in a good and loving home. Being the dog lover I am, I could NOT refuse. It just so happened this weekend was my catch up weekend with no shoots or meetings, so I happily agreed. I took a spin out there, met Blackie and grabbed a few pics of him. He was a little camera shy, although he loves to have someone pet him. Adorable dog. If anyone can assist in finding him a home, please let me know. Diana, thank you for giving Blackie hope and thank you for contacting me. I hope Blackie will be in a safe and loving home soon.
Happy Sunday all…:-)
Here are a few pics from a headshot photography session I did last weekend in Honolulu for Jazmine. I am offering a limited offer for any photography session (portrait, headshot, maternity, family, product, engagement, pet, corporate or newborn sessions) for $150, where 100% goes to Life Rolls On for the They Will Surf Again event on 4/30/11. This headshot session was for a darling little 10 year old named Jazmine. Her sweet and adorable personality made me wanna squeeze her because she was so cute. Instead, we talked about her favorite person in the whole wide world…Justin Bieber! The photos are headshot style and not my typical portraiture, so they have a little different feel to them and will be used to submit to local modeling and talent agents in Hawaii.We finished off at Ala Moana beach park where we had a little fun in the sand and grabbed a few pics with mom.
I have a few slots available if anyone is interested, let me know. It’s for a great cause and you can see the details by clicking here.
This 3 year old will change your perception of life and open your eyes…just so you can see the world in a different light. Her courage, strength, determination and passion for life is beyond amazing. Plain and simple. She possesses qualities that are so admirable, it often leaves me speechless (which is a difficult task). I will keep this post short and sweet and let you see for yourself. Please watch the short clip below by clicking play. She is one of my heroes for more reasons than one… and she just happens to be my niece. My dear Maile, you are my sunshine and my light. You make me a better person. I love you so much and am so proud of you. Thank you for spending an incredible day with my yesterday. You are the bestest! Thank you for being in my life….
Newborn photography can be tricky at times, but can make for some awesome photos. I love children, so photographing them when they first enter this world is amazing. Little Walker is only 10 days old in these photos and when I first arrived at his Beverly Hills home , I was greeted by his parents Austin and Alli and his four legged brother Cooper. Before Alli gave birth to Walker, Cooper was the only “child” and anyone who loves their pets like their children always gets a two thumbs up from me. Because I knew how much Cooper was apart of their family I was all smiles because I knew I would be able to get Cooper with his newly arrived baby brother Walker. Dogs + babies = happiness
Take a peek at this newborn photography session below…