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. :)

more tabitha, the adorable dog i had the pleasure of photographing this weekend. someone needs to sponsor her as a dog model for purina or something.


morgan and tabitha!



in north carolina, dogs have favorites when it comes to college sports too. :)


tabitha, morgan, and elisa: tabitha only sits still for more than 2 seconds if there’s lots of attention involved – one of the few pictures where her tongue is not out. :)




such a sweetie! hopefully i have the opportunity to do more pet photography sittings in the future. i love to photograph everything, but pets are especially fun to photograph because they present a unique challenge: you cannot pose them. unusually obediant dogs, maybe, but even then it is nothing like posing a person. it’s candid and action photography as its best and definitely keeps you on your toes. you have to constantly adjust camera settings and patiently wait for that perfect moment when the dog actually looks in your direction. :) it was a blast!

csp’s gone to the dogs.

first and foremost, my camera is back!

thank you, canon, for being super awesome in the customer service department. they repaired my baby and had it back to me within 7 days, good as new. they repaired the pixels and the focusing mechanism, cleaned it, and did a wonderful job. it’s good to have you back, camera.

so i resumed shooting on sunday morning when i figuratively put on my pet photographer hat and tromped back into west point on the eno where i was stung/bit several weeks before by an unknown bug assailant. morgan and i had been talking for several weeks about tabitha’s shoot and we were so excited! we originally intended for this to be a sort of halloween/fall type shoot with pumpkins, hay, etc., but quickly found out that it’s generally frowned upon to take your dog to a pumpkin patch, so we had it in the park instead. although we didn’t have pumpkins, tabitha did bring along a few costume changes and her favorite toys.

needless to say, tabitha is an adorable dog! we did lots of posed “glamour” tabitha shots and lots of action/au naturale shots of tabitha romping through the woods. both came out equally cute. this was such a fun shoot! thanks to morgan and elisa who helped make this shoot incredibly amusing and for helping pose my most wiggly subject yet. :)








more doggone fun tomorrow…(sorry, i just can’t resist these dog puns)…