Brandi

Fur Balls

December 27, 2012

Miss Phoebe was not too thrilled when fur balls Kali & Kole joined her family! At 10 and 12 weeks old, they were already bigger than Phoebe. I’m sure she’s fully aware that they are nowhere near done growing!

Kali & Kole, on the other hand, are quite happy to have joined Phoebe’s family. Not only do they find her very intriguing, but they love having each other to play with and wrestle. Their days consist of lots of playtime, followed by some serious sleepy time!

Mommy’s definitely going to have her hands full with these two. They are expected to grow up to 75 pounds. At the time of photos they were around 13…eek!

(I heard the other day that Phoebe actually joined in some playtime with her two crazy siblings! Sounds like there was lots of running, chasing and maybe even some wrestling…although Phoebe was quick to let everyone know when she had had enough!)

Princess Pebbles Strikes Again

December 26, 2012

The attention and popularity is starting to go to her head, but we wanted to share the third edition of the Princess Pebbles Holiday Newsletter with all of our online friends! Hope your holidays are full of love and laughter!

Happy Holidays to all…two legged and four legged!! It’s me, Princess Pebbles, with my annual end of year letter to all of my fans! I know you’ve all been on pins and needles waiting to hear from me.

The first thing I must fill you in on is the one thing that is most important to me. My parent’s obsession with continually adding new smelly, living, breathing creatures to our home. This year, they brought home a new feline! Seriously, one wasn’t enough? Don’t they realize how hard I have to work to keep these spies away from our home? I don’t know if you remember, but a couple of years ago, a kitty cat named Shadow started living in our barn. She would hang out around the house and stick her face up against the windows to drive me crazy. Now, there’s a second kitty and her name is Treat. She lives outside with Shadow, but she spends most of her time on my front porch. Every time I go outside I have to run her off, but she comes back the minute I go inside. She really likes to pester me by sitting on the porch railing. I can see her from every angle, but yet my parents won’t let me get to her! I’m sure you’ll meet her if you come out to the house; she does her best to run out and greet any and all cars that pull up. I know she’s trying to out do me in the welcoming department! The worst part of it is that she and Shadow are becoming buddies. I know they are conspiring, looking for the best ways to drive me crazy!

Shadow

Treat

At the beginning of the year, Daddy started spending his days in other parts of the house, usually rooms with closed doors. My understanding is that he joined the Corporate America workforce again as a Business Consultant for MarketSphere. He spends his day talking into this odd thing that hangs off of his ear. He talks to people named Kodak, Crocs, Wrigley and CVS…weird names if you ask me, but no one usually asks my opinion! Since my brothers and I tend to bark, play and make noise during the day when we’re hanging out with Mommy in her office space, Daddy had to find a new space to work. He was out of town for a handful of weeks this year, but most of his time has been spent at home. Which means we get to go get the mail together and take lunch breaks together. It’s great to have him close by, even if he’s not in the same room!

This year, Mommy’s goal was to spend less time sitting at the computer and more time playing, lounging and spoiling ME! She did a really good job of this until the end of the summer, when the holiday season started. Over the summer, we would sit outside after dinner, enjoying the summer smells, warm breezes and nature sounds. (Thankfully this was before Treat joined our family. I’m sure next summer it’s going to take all my energy to keep her from invading my summer relaxation!) The holiday season has kept Mommy very busy with outdoor sessions and holiday card creations, so I haven’t been getting my evening spoiling. I’ll be happy when the last holiday card has been delivered!

Right before the holiday season started, Mommy and Daddy left town. Our Aunt Karen came to stay with us. We love when Aunt Karen comes and stays: she spoils us rotten! Lots and lots of loving, toy playing, barking and sleeping…is there anything better!

Mommy and Daddy headed across the pond to spend a week on a big boat. Since I didn’t get to accompany them, I just have to repeat what I overheard them telling everyone. They flew into Rome and spent a day touring the city, after which they boarded a cruise ship. A couple of days were spent resting and relaxing on the ship, with stops in Sicily, Athens, Turkey and Crete. I know they really enjoyed themselves, but were also happy to come home to our adorable, smiley faces!

If you haven’t spent time perusing Mommy’s blog, you must check it out! You can see lots of photos of ME (and my brothers), photos of Mommy & Daddy’s trip, and of course lots of photos of all of Mommy’s adorable clients…big and small, two legged and four legged!

I’m looking forward to lots of relaxing, eating, and playing time over Mommy’s holiday break. I wish you the same…be sure to spoil all of your favorite people and pets this year. Take a break and enjoy the moment!

Love, Pebbles (and Brandi, Pete, Joey & Bruiser)

Holiday Greetings!

December 24, 2012

Yep, we made the Naughty List again this year, but it was totally worth it!

Hope your holidays are full of nice (and naughty)!
Happy Holidays! Joey, Pebbles, Bruiser, Brandi & Pete

Wobbly Walker

December 14, 2012

Zeiva is walking, but she’s a little bit unsteady and it’s not necessarily her first choice for getting across the room. So, when we wanted to get a photo of her standing all on her own, the first thing she did was protest and sit down! Eventually I figured out that if we started singing paddy cake, she would get distracted and start clapping while standing all on her own.

Of course, anytime she was doing paddy cake or walking, she was making the craziest faces. No smiles, just focused, full concentration faces. To top it off, I think when she is focused on something really hard, she sticks her tongue out of the side of her mouth.

Fish, Kitty & Deer, Oh My!

December 13, 2012

From the second Joey bounded out of his car and exclaimed, “Momma, fish!” I don’t think he stopped talking! I’m not even sure he stopped to take breaths. Sometimes he was telling stories and sometimes he was answering questions, but usually he was in his own little Joey world of imagination.

Joey’s an animal lover, so it was perfection when the session started by seeing the fish. Then Treat, the kitty, introduced herself to Joey, and, while we were getting primped and ready to start, four or five deer ran by the studio windows. Of course, we also spend a good part of the session talking about my Joey, since they share the same name. This also meant we had to talk about Joey’s black puppy dog, Coopey, and how he chases the squirrels and tries to eat Joey’s food.

All in all it was an animal filled session!

Conversations & Stories

December 12, 2012

I love it when the kids I have been photographing for many years start to reach ages where we can have conversations and they can tell me stories. It’s fun to see their creative minds working, and to see the uniqueness that is within us all.

Ardyn and Eli were full of stories the day of their sessions. Ardyn’s stories were about princesses and the color pink. Eli’s stories were about music, farms and trains.

Even the way they answer my questions gives me insight into their minds and their way of thinking. I ask the question, “Which is better, a lion or a bear”. Ardyn’s answer, “A tiger!” Well of course, why didn’t I think of that?!? I ask Eli what his favorite food is, “Peanut butter and jelly.” Of course! What did he have for breakfast…peanut butter waffles. I think I have found a peanut butter lover!

It’s fun to just go with the flow, feed off of the stories they tell and ask probing questions, and really just let them be them!

Does anyone else see a mini Starla and a mini Kendall?!?

Jungle Gym

December 11, 2012

Elisabeth took a nap in the car on her way to the studio, so when she woke up in a different place then she had started in, it caught her off guard. It took a little while for her to wake up and then she needed some Mommy time before she could really warm up.

We put Mommy in front of the lights and Elisabeth treated her as a jungle gym, climbing on her, falling on her, twisting and turning. As long as she had at least a hand on Mommy, she was happy as could be! It worked for me, because I was able to get cute, fun Elisabeth smiles!

When we added the bench, and Elisabeth started to treat it like the same jungle gym, climbing and spinning, Mommy was close by to make sure there were no accidents! Elisabeth was very proud of her big girl self!

The Attention Span of a Two Year Old

December 10, 2012

Is Tiny! Austin was a perfect example of the tiny attention span of a two year old! He went from one thing to the next, and was typically moving on to the next thing before I could blink.

Unless, we told him no! Then, all of a sudden, he could think of nothing else! It was quite funny that the things we approved of, or cheered him for doing, lasted just a few seconds, but the things that we said “no, don’t touch or don’t do that, you’re going to hurt yourself” he wanted to do over and over again.

Ah, the life of a two year old, from happy, to mad, to sad in just mere seconds!

Touchy!

December 4, 2012

You would think that, being a second child, Chase would have the ability to sleep through noise, movement and all activity. Maybe he does at home, when he’s dressed in clothes and bundled in a seat or being held by someone, but not when he’s at his newborn session – naked and exposed!

Chase was super sensitive during his entire session. If we moved him or touched him his eyes would fly open. I’d get him to the brink of sleepy land and something would startle him awake. It was definitely a waiting game!

Of course, towards the end of the session, I finally got him to fall into a deep sleep. I was able to move him, turn him, position him however I pleased. It was exactly what I had been waiting for, except he didn’t lose his touchiness. Every time I would touch him, he would throw his arms and legs out in a jerky spasm and then, like it hadn’t even happened, he would settle back in to sleep. It was quite entertaining!