this beautiful bundle of joy is named Presley.

she has the best cheeks, the bluest eyes and the most doting parents.

at only 2 months old, i’d say she was pretty much a super-star during this shoot.

 

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instead of the usual shopping mall  Santa Claus Christmas photos,her parents prefer something a little more subtle for their Christmas cards.

Merry Christmas.

 

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this, i am pretty sure will be Nelson’s first Christmas with a family that is crazy in love with him.

i was explaining to him that we will have a  decorated tree, BUT not one that he can pee on (like he does in the forest).

i also explained that it will be a really fun time with people that love him.

and that he will get to unwrap presents on Christmas morning.

i think he was a bit overwhelmed with the information.

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my friends got married last weekend.

they had a beautiful, heartfelt, idyllic wedding.

it was perfect, like they are for each other.

( i was a guest with a camera. i don’t shoot weddings.. )

 

 

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ordinarily, i will just shoot what i am being commissioned to shoot.

but, sometimes i will see something  begging to be captured.

this lonely collection of poppies just wanted to be noticed too.

 

 

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he has endured so much in his short life.

he is as sweet as can be.

he loves to be photographed.

i love to photograph him.

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all things must end.

 

a book project that started three years ago will be coming to an end after one final shooting trip.

it was a time full of dogs, wine, poetry as well as many laughs .. long hours of driving, listening to music and much too much caffeine.

i can hardly wait to see the final product.

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