We photographed Sara and Jackson back in 2016 when they were freshly engaged and before I knew that Sara had a household full of plants. SARA HAS A HOUSEHOLD FULL OF PLANTS. They’re all wonderful. She’s a very good plant lady. The plants like her. She keeps alive plants I’ve killed many times. Likewise, her husband Jackson and dog Pippa are also still alive (I’m clearly running out of good transitions) and thriving alongside Sara. Jackson is still a paleontologist (YAY!) but is still not Ross from Friends (booooo) and still doesn’t spend his weekends in tan khaki shorts, wool socks, hiking books, and a safari hat digging up bones with little brushes in the desert (double booooooooo). It’s really disappointing but I still like him. Sara is currently completing her masters and just finished a complicated thesis! She was thankfully not hunched over a computer typing during the shoot but instead had that satisfying look on her face of “I’ve turned in a large paper and now there’s nothing left to do.” A wonderful feeling. Together, they live with Pippa, a VERY GOOD GIRL who does tricks and is exceedingly friendly but looks like we’re constantly embarrassing her (probably because we are). So they put her in a Christmas sweater and made guacamole and I photographed it.
We have been photographing Kim, Ginny, and their dog Levi since 2014 and they are so special to us! They live in DC, but they either come down to us, or we go up to them depending on who is in town for what various other things. This time we had a wedding in DC so we hung out with them near one of their favorite walking trails. And this time the adorable fluff of a dog named Levi brought his new brother Finn with him! Both Levi and Finn are Coton de Tulears and that translates directly to “A Ball of the Cutest Fluff You’ve Ever Seen.”
Levi is a mature gentlemen of 12 who has triumphed over a heart condition and now continues to live comfortably following everyone around. But! His energy has surged since Finn was adopted, and now they both act like puppies, frolicking and following everyone around together. Finn is a tad more unpredictable than good old reliable Levi, but not in a bad way, just in a little, easily distracted puppy sort of way. However, he is still 98% just a ball of fluff with eyes, so he’s quite easy to wrangle. But, I’m not entirely certain he’s real. Half of the pictures I took look like someone made the cutest stuffed dog in the world designed for optimal sales to small children and just sat it in front of me. He is almost unbelievably cute.
We’re so happy this family of four continues to see us (we LOVE seeing them!) and we’re glad Finn hit the family jackpot! Love you guys!
Brandie and William are getting married on her parents’ lovely property in Stem this upcoming summer and we are super excited to be there! They also wanted their engagement photos there because the pups were a priority to them (and being able to run free without their leashes on was equally a priority in picking a spot). Quinn, the German Shepherd mix one, is pretty much all about having his picture taken and may or may not participate in the actual wedding, depending. :) Parker, on the other hand (the Australian Shepherd mix one), is scared of camera shutters, barks at other unseen dogs in the distance, and did not want anything to do with Geoff’s car coming down the driveway (he promptly ran up to it, stopped right in front of it and barked at it, then just stood there unmoving for a good while). So Parker was kind of the wildcard in terms of “dog participation” in the wedding, so Brandie and William decided to get pictures of and with them prior to the wedding in case they can’t attend. ;)
It rained off and on for the entire session, but they were in from Tennessee to visit her parents, so we carried on with the session and had a great time! They were good sports despite rooting for bad sports (William is one of the few people we’ve met who, along with Geoff, also loves the Pittsburgh Pirates despite their inability to consistently play well), and happily trudged through high grass and woods surrounding the property. We are so excited to see and work with them again in August, but will miss the dogs if they aren’t there… let’s be honest. Because who doesn’t love dogs in bowties? :)