Geoff and I went home to Pittsburgh last weekend to celebrate his birthday and do whatever he does that involves his fantasy baseball draft. I also was tasked with the mission of photographing my family’s diva cat, LaSalle Faironaire (affectionately dubbed Sal for short). We’ve had Sal since I was 9 years old. She’ll be 16 in May. We credit her longevity to her voluntary solitary confinement in the basement for the first 13 years of her life… avoiding our two tabby cat hellions, Tang and Button. Tang died three years ago, followed by Button a year later, and finally Sal came out of the basement, happier than ever before. She now fully occupies the house (but mostly the kitchen) and has taken to sitting next to all the heating vents and stuffing her face in my parents’ space heaters. My dad calls her the Head of Maintenance.

Sal is both French and Jewish and in her spare time enjoys reading Anne Rice novels and watching Beyonce music videos. We photographed her in my parents’ kitchen where she spends 99.9% of her time.

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Most of her time spent in the kitchen is spent hanging out with my mom, who is technically Sal’s owner. When I was 9 and my sister was 13, we just wanted cats who looked like Garfield and my dad was only interested in fish. So Laura and I got orange cats, my dad got fish, and my mom took home Sal, who was a rescue.

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The picture below was about halfway through our shoot. Sal is being as patient as possible, but it’s beginning to show.

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My mom said that the below picture “…isn’t really in the spirit of Sal.” …..

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….She then proceeded to stuff Sal into a little French beret.

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The shots below were taken by my mom, who said that they would showcase the rapport I have with my subjects. :)

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We love you, Sal!

a few weeks ago my dear friend and bridesmaid extraordinaire alaskan kate asked me if i’d like to do a modeling shoot with her wearing some awesome custom gloves, hats, headbands and scarves from the ever amazing amber of raimbow tree and i said, OF COURSE. amber and kate went to high school in alaska and have reunited here in raleigh, nc where kate is teaching and amber makes her awesome crafty goodness and sells it around the triangle and beyond.

you may remember when i photographed some of her stuff at her booth from the designer’s downtown market in march! she works some serious magic with felted wool, fleece, and other beautiful and colorful materials that she custom makes for adults and children alike. if you’re looking for an awesome gift for somebody this holiday season to keep them warm and cute at the same time, check out her etsy store!

so amber wanted a few new pictures on her website and marketing and kate and i, being the nice friends that we are, happily obliged. :) so we headed off to west point on the eno in durham to begin our photo shoot. and nobody makes a more attractive model than our dear kate!!

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kate got me one of the below headbands with the little flower for my bridal shower and i love it! it doesn’t slip off when i move my head (which always happens with headbands) and adds an extra touch of cuteness to whatever you wear it with.

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since kate’s from alaska she is not afraid to climb trees, so i put her in one.

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she makes really great long, soft scarves. great for cold days that require multiple wrapping!

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i was in love with this scarf! and west point on the eno’s very eco-friendly look of their park! and alaskan kate’s gorgeousness!! we need to get you into modeling, my friend.

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if you like kate’s awesome accessories, please check out amber’s shop to purchase some great gifts! she makes a lot of other stuff than what’s pictured here and i’m sure she’ll make you whatever you want if you ask. :)

out of raleigh and back in pittsburgh on august 28th for nicole and luke’s wedding. :) this was a cool wedding to do seeing as how i went to high school with luke and how i’ve known his older brother since my days of braces and extreme hair cuts (ohhh, middle school…you were shameful years, indeed). his brother chris was good friends with my sister and we knew each other through her and various marching band appearances (i told you they were shameful years). anyway, chris was in my sister’s grade a few years ahead of me while luke was a grade younger than me. chris and i have kept in touch via facebook and he’s been following my photography progress since i’ve started. actually, i owe the whole creation of the carolyn scott photography blog to him! it was totally his idea. thanks, chris!

anyway, when luke and nicole got engaged, he recommended me to luke and i ended up booking them for their wedding. :) it was super exciting and awesome to see everyone again and to meet the lovely nicole for the first time (although we’re pretty sure we must’ve met before at some place…sometime…which neither of us can really remember). they had a gorgeous wedding at st. george orthodox church in new kensington, pa while their reception was at the oakmont country club (helloooo nicest golf course in the states!).

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gotta love getting ready in a children’s school. this sign was amazing (it’s the elementary school teacher in me).

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WEDDING FACT: nicole and i chose the same bridesmaid dresses for our girls except hers are purple and mine are black. also – both of our dresses are la sposa – an amaaaazing spanish wedding gown maker. ::high five, nicole!:: we have good taste, what can i say. :)

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nicole is beaaaautiful!

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WEDDING IRONY PART ONE: this was the first wedding where i had absolutely no restrictions inside the church whatsoever despite it being the most religious/scared ceremony i’ve ever attended. in fact, i was encouraged and asked to use my flash through the entire ceremony and stand up front with the priests (yes, multiple priests…3 to be exact). i never use my flash during the ceremony, but this church was extremely dark and i did so at the request of the bride. the church was seriously breathtaking and i’ve never been in one like it.

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WEDDING IRONY PART TWO: so usually i have a ton of restrictions placed on me at the church during the ceremony and total free reign at the venue where we usually take the formals. however, this was totally opposite. no restrictions whatsoever at the church… a trillion restrictions at the country club. we were allowed to take pictures in a very limited area of the course due the fact that it’s a very prestigious country club and, as we were told by the man that followed me around to make sure i didn’t break any rules, that a spike from a bridesmaid’s heel could cost the course $4,000. soooo, we obviously followed the rules. :D geoff was also told that he was not allowed to check a voicemail out in the hall, but that he had to go outside for that…which cracked me up. this club is serious stuff!

but what it lacked in freedom it made up for with its gorgeousness, delicious food (or so i hear because i still can’t eat much), and overall coolness because hey – i was at the oakmont country club! NEAT.

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they are a seriously good looking couple!

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this picture never fails to crack me up on chris and his jumping sister. THIS IS FOR YOU, KAIT.

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it was a great wedding that i was so happy to be a part of! it was an honor to be able to photograph such an intimate ceremony and to be able to shoot inside the oakmont country club. :) congratulations to the newlyweds and please keep in touch! and thank you, luke, nicole, and chris, for making this happen!