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Brooklyn and Baby Luke – Maternity and Newborn session

What a joy to welcome this sweet couple into the InBetween the Blinks family!  Mary is a friend of two previous clients and to know her is to have permanent sunshine in your life!  She and Greg welcomed Brooklyn the mini Goldendoodle to the family earlier this year.  We had a puppy session on the books, but a mishap at the groomer and then a broken leg (silly puppies!) changed the plans.  So we had double the fun with a maternity session that also featured Brooklyn as the new addition and big sister.

Rain forced us to reschedule at least once and then we had beautiful weather for our spring maternity session.  We were able to take this first family shot right before dark clouds suddenly moved in and it began to pour!  Thankfully we had a nice covered porch to take cover and these easy-going parents-to-be were able to roll with it and we kept shooting on our dry cozy porch.  And after about 20 minutes, the sun came back out for some gorgeous final images.

Baby Luke arrived July 8th!  He was just six pounds.  We did his newborn session when he was about three weeks along and settled at home.  He stayed asleep the entire time.  His porcelain skin was perfection and I wanted to smooch those sweet little lips non-stop!  My daughter Emerson is now five months old and it’s so hard for me already to look back and remember that she was just 4.5lbs when she was born!

Brooklyn was a very proud big sister during Luke’s newborn session and didn’t mind sharing the spotlight.  Mary and Greg, congrats on your stunningly beautiful baby boy!  I can’t wait to watch him grow along side sweet Brooklyn!

The Golden Bacons – Maisie joins the pack

It’s hard not to fall in love with a Golden Retriever. Especially, a golden puppy!  The Bacon family welcomed Maisie to the mix in the fall and she is just as cute as can be!  Big Brother Murphy has been showing her the ropes (aka…how to be a wild child).

Murphy joined the family at Christmas of 2013 and I first photographed him and his big sis the next fall and have been following this sweet family ever since.

Mom, Colleen says Murphy “spent his first year shadowing our sweet senior girl MacKenzie, terrorizing her with his puppy antics. He also underwent elbow dysplasia surgery at seven months which continues to restrict the amount of exercise he gets. With the passing of MacKenzie he became bored and lonely. We think all that pent up energy comes out whenever he is out somewhere new or has new visitors. He has become our big goofy wild child! What better way to tame a wild child then with the addition of a new puppy! At least that is our hope! We are giving him a new sibling to keep him company, distracted, and playful! Now he will be the big brother and it will be his turn to be terrified by puppy antics! We have always been a two dog family and the house has felt empty without MacKenzie so we feel the time is right to add this new puppy and are excited to capture some of those first days we share as a family.”

Oh Murphey sure is getting the treatment he gave his big sis when he first joined the family.  You can follow these two along on facebook and see how Maisie has grown since our first session!

Baxter’s Birthday – When your dog turns nine years old

My sweet little nugget of a dog is NINE! Where did the time go?!?  We adopted Baxter in 2008 and he literally has changed my life.  The short story: I started volunteering at an animal shelter soon after adopting Baxter.  That led me to photographing the pets in order to get their profile photos online.  (We drove 2.5 hours to meet Baxter based on seeing his snapshot online.)  I wanted to take better photos and purchased my first DSLR.  I came up with a name for my hobby at the time as a way to share my images on a website and facebook.  Six years later, I left my 10-year tv news career to pursue photography and that also led to me now working part-time at the SPCA of Wake County as the Communications Manager.

It’s been a full year of this newest adventure.  I now have TWO children, sleep, and am so incredibly happy.  This year hasn’t been as fruitful in terms of my business as I’ve hoped, but I know I am also enjoying being a mommy of two and helping Emerson grow big and strong during her first year.  I also know I set my bar for success way up high past the stars.  And that’s okay.  Aim big!  I am excited for the fall photography season and making sure to enjoy the slower time of year now.

Thank you Baxter for the incredible gift you have given me.  You have been my inspiration and have helped hundreds of animals find their family through my volunteer work as a pet photographer.  You have helped other families preserve precious memories of their pets and you have made our family happier with your presence and my career change.  Thanks for being my shadow, my goofy model, my “little spoon” at night in bed and my constant companion.  I love you more than I ever thought possible and I know you know I do.

Baxter the Pomeranian – Raleigh, NC

He prances. He plays. He wears bow ties. This little nugget has got more style than I do!  I enjoy photographing Baxter each fall and look forward to his new accessories!  He keeps me giggling during our sessions and always jealous that my Baxter would never be so well-behaved off leash.

Dogs and Cats for adoption at the SPCA of Wake County – July 2017

It’s been nice being able to get back to some more regular volunteering at the SPCA of Wake County now that I am officially back from maternity leave!

Here are some of the dogs and cats for adoption at the SPCA of Wake County from this week!