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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this is Nelson, a street-dog we found in a village in the middle of nowhere in Greece. he was skin and bones, suffering from severe mange and malnutrition. with much help from rescue organizations in Canada, the UK and Greece, as well as generous financial donations from all over the world, sweet sweet Nelsie was nursed back to health from the brink of death.  (hard to imagine, i know.. considering how awesome he looks today)

go Nelsie go!

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