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Social Media Mini Sessions – Raleigh Head shot photographer

It’s time to set the right first impression.  Are you a business professional, entrepreneur or creative?  Are you on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram?  Then this is for you!

Make sure your profile photo represents you and your business accurately.  Step away from those selfies and take down that photo of you from your best friend’s wedding.  InBetween the Blinks is launching a new way to make the right first impression in an affordable, do-it-on-your-lunch-break way.

When: Friday, February 10th, 2017 | Noon-1:30pm

Deadline to sign-up: Midnight, Tuesday, February 7th

Where: Natural-light studio in Downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street

What: 10-minute head shot mini sessions.  Professionals will receive a link to an online gallery to view images one week after the session.  Each person will have 5 images to choose from.

Head shot photography raleighChoose between three package options:

Package One:

$99 – your choice of one digitally-retouched image file in hi & low-resolution

*additional individual digital files can be purchased for $50 each after your gallery is posted

Package Two:

$175 – your choice of three digitally-retouched image files in hi & low-resolution

*additional individual digital files can be purchased for $50 each after your gallery is posted

Package Three:

$225 – Five digital files digitally re-touched in hi & low-resolution

How to secure your spot:

  • Fill out this online booking form
  • You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours confirming your time slot as well as an invoice to be paid online

Additional details:

1) Have a business partner and want shots of you together?  Sign-up for two time slots back to back so we can get individual shots and shots together

2) Bring props!  Are you a veterinarian or doctor? Bring your lab coat!  Are you a florist? Bring a nice arrangement to set beside you or for an action shot of arranging flowers.  Do you survive on coffee? Bring your favorite mug.  Are you a blogger? Bring your lap top.  Not every shot will include your prop, but this can be a fun addition to help tell a visual story about you.

3) What to wear:  The space we are shooting in is bright white with floor to ceiling windows.  Avoid wearing white or black (exception: lab coats for doctors!).  Although black pants can work.  Stick with a pop of color and avoid busy prints.  Ladies, a touch of hairspray always helps to calm down those fly-aways.  I’ll have an extra can on hand!  Feel free to bring a few extra pairs of earrings/scarves to give a different look.  Men, bring an extra tie if you will be wearing a suit.

Other questions? Call Tara at 757-406-2752 or email her at

Rosabelle’s Farewell Session – When love means letting go

It’s taken me a while to write this post because I felt like I had to share my own story of re-homing my dog Lily first. It took me from last February when we last saw Lily until the end of December to write Lily’s blog post. Now that I’ve worked through those emotions, I am able to also share a similar story of one of my dear clients Jheri and her sweet girl Rosabelle.

Jheri adopted Rosabelle as a puppy in early 2014.  She was the last in the litter of white boxer puppies at a local rescue.  She was the last because she was overlooked due to being deaf.  Jheri says she knew Rosabelle was meant to be hers. “The night of February 1st, 2014 was when my life really began because that was the night my girl got to come home to her new family.”

I first met Rosie when she was three months old for her puppy photo session.  I would continue to see her and Jheri at each year’s SPCA Dog Walk and in the following years as Jheri added Anubis and Nava to the family.  We kept in touch often.  Rosabelle reminded me so much of my Lily who I always suspected was a white boxer/bulldog mix.  They were about the same size an had many of the same silly quirks.  They weren’t easy dogs, but they were OUR dogs and we loved them fiercely.

After countless medical procedures to help Rosabelle stay healthy, Rosabelle started to show concerning signs of aggression.  Jheri worked relentlessly with her vets to try to find a solution.  Jheri, as any pet parent would, struggled with how to determine what to do.  How do you protect your family, be a responsible dog owner and do what is best for your pet? All questions I had to ask myself in dealing with re-homing Lily.  Jheri and I talked often.  It was suspected that Rosabelle had a brain tumor that could be the cause of her aggression.  At that time, she knew she would have to say good-bye to her sweet girl.

Jheri shares her story in a beautiful, honest and heart-breaking blog post, that provides more details than my condensed version above.  I encourage you to read it, and a grab some tissues.

Jheri scheduled a farewell session in early June.  We both promised each other we wouldn’t cry.  At least not until the end.  Rosabelle was always a little weary about people, especially new people, but always remembered me.  Since her condition had worsened, I went to see her the day before our session in hopes that might make her more comfortable during our shoot.  Thankfully she came right up to me, plopped her paws on my shoulders and licked my face.  Yep, that’s Rosie.

The next day we had an entire county park all to ourselves.  There were clouds and some light rain drops that created a beautiful and peaceful backdrop.  We recreated a photo I took of Jheri and Rosabelle during their first session together.  Rosie was relaxed, beautiful as always and went about a million miles an hour when we put a long leash on her and let her enjoy some zoomies.  That face!

At the end of the session the skies opened up and the three of us crammed into Jheri’s truck.  I enjoyed lots of licks and snuggles with Rosie and Jheri and I shared tears.

Soon after our session, Jheri decided to euthanize Rosabelle.  I had Rosabelle’s session edited a few days later but didn’t want to send it and have Jheri look at it alone.  I texted her, grabbed a bottle of wine and my laptop and went to her place to look at the images together.  We cried, we laughed and cried some more.

There are a million quotes out there that try to define and explain love.  None seem to come close to really put the weight, the burden, the joy and the sorrow of love into words that do it justice.  For me, this first photo below is love.  If somebody asked me what love looked like, I’d show them this photo.

The Golden Guys – 2016 pet portrait session

Golden Retriever lovers unite and squeal with delight at this blog post!  Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Golden Retrievers!  Oh how I love these boys!

Mom Wendy is a volunteer with Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue and a foster for them.  She and the pups recently moved to a new state and now the pups enjoys snowy winters and frolicking in the snow! Well, since many of them are older, they just like to walk around in it. 🙂

Meet the Boys:

Wendy says, “Beau (6yrs) was rescued from NRGRR in Raleigh. He is the only dog that I have fostered that I adopted. Chase (15yrs – in the first photo) and Teddy (11yrs) were adopted from Adopt a Golden Atlanta because they were special needs and difficult to adopt out to a normal family. Freddy (10yrs) was adopted from AGA in November of 2015 and came all of the way to America from Istanbul, Turkey, where he had been living on the streets without a home for most of his life. He has some chronic medical challenges because of his previous living conditions. Goldens with special needs are my absolute favorite kids!”

Scroll to the bottom for a look behind the scenes video of how eager most of the dogs were for their close-ups!

Wendy has fostered and loved many dogs over the years.  She spread the ashes of some of those dogs that have crossed the rainbow bridge at the base of this tree.  Her boy Beau will take all the doggy toys and leave them at the base of the tree.  It’s his little way of saying “we have not forgotten you sweet pups. Here are some toys just in case you need a few extra in doggie Heaven.”

A local student came with me to the session who is interested in video production. She put together this video of our session. Sometimes you just have to climb into the bushes to get “the shot.”

Nava – Raleigh puppy photographer

I’ve been photographing Jheri and her doggy family since early 2013, but it seems like so much longer.  We instantly clicked and her first puppy Rosabelle quickly became like my own child!  She was a lot like my Lily.  Two adorable white puppies with their unique challenges and sky-high adorableness.  Our “soul pets.”  Since that first session, Jheri has welcomed Anubis to the family and this year, Nava.  She also had to make a difficult decision to say good-bye to Rosabelle.  You’ll hear more about that story on the blog next week.

Nava was just three months old during her first session this summer, about the same age as Rosabelle was for her first photo shoot.  She was cute as could be and very well behaved.

Here is Nava’s adoption story told by Jheri.

“Before I had to put Rosabelle down on June 11th, I went to Saving Grace in Wake Forest to look at a litter of eight-week old boxer mix puppies they had just rescued. I didn’t want Anubis and I to be lonely and sad after saying goodbye to Rosabelle so I decided I wanted to rescue a puppy. I had already decided which pup from the litter I wanted before I went to the rescue, but when I got there and saw Nava, whose name was Marigold at the time. I felt like she would be a better fit for whatever reason. I brought her home on June 9th and got to spend almost two days with the three most perfect dogs I could have ever asked for. Rosabelle was the best big sister to Nava for the short time they had together. And I believe that Rosabelle is with Nava all of the time because Nava is like her in so many ways.”

Kicking off 2017 volunteering at the SPCA of Wake County

As I popped my memory card into my computer last weekend, I realized it was time to start a brand new folder for my SPCA of Wake County photos.  2017!  It always excited to start a new year and look back at the same time.  2017 will mark my SEVENTH year volunteering at the SPCA in Raleigh, North Carolina.  It all started in 2009 when I lived in Charleston, adopted Baxter and started volunteering at a local shelter there.  I’ve now lived in Raleigh longer than any other city since high school.  I can’t believe six years have come and gone bringing us so many changes.

Here are some photos from my volunteer visit last week and a few favorites from 2016.

January 2017 Adoptable dogs and Cats at the SPCA of Wake County:



A few favorites from 2016:

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