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Kira’s Christmas Photo Shoot

I had a Christmas photo shoot yesterday afternoon at a friend’s home. My photo subject was an adorable 3-year-old Maltese named Kira.

Kira’s Christmas Photo Shoot

My friend and Kira’s owner, Cheryl, and I worked together to get Kira to pose on a stool covered with a blanket.  I photographed Kira quickly,  before she moved.  Kira is a wild little girl; she was very excited about getting her picture taken.  I think she liked the experience, though.  As I packed up my camera to go home, Kira made boisterous attempts to get into my closed camera bag.  I think she wanted me to take more pictures!  Cheryl will be printing one or more photographs to put in Christmas cards for those who have not yet seen Kira.

Family Photo Shoot

My friend Marge has two sons.  Marge’s two sons and their families would all be gathered together at her house on Friday, June 28.  Marge said it isn’t often that the entire family is together in one place.  Marge asked Bob and me to join her family for a picnic on that day.  She asked if we could come a little early so that I could take some pictures of her family before the picnic got underway.

My friend, Marge, and her husband

Marge and I used to work for the same catalog company.  I worked for the catalog company from September 2008 through May 2009.  Marge had been employed at the catalog company for many years; she retired in early 2011.  We have kept in touch with each other via Facebook.

Marge’s son, Michael, and his family

Michael and Andrea’s son is such a loving child.  After some time had passed, he ran up to me, out of the blue, and gave me a hug.  He gave me a hug goodbye too.  Perhaps the hugs were because I asked him to help me, while I was taking pictures of his aunt, uncle and cousins.  He stood next to me and made funny faces to make everyone smile.  Nah, I believe he hugs people whom he likes.

Marge’s son, John, and his family

This is a blended family — one child is hers, one child is his and two children are theirs.  John, Missy and their children interact well together and genuinely care about each other.  If I hadn’t been told that theirs was a blended family, I would not have known it was so.  John and Missy’s youngest daughter was not so much into having her picture taken.  It was a rare moment indeed when she smiled or even looked at the camera.

Marge and her family

Sisters
(and finally a smile from the youngest family member)

Marge, Neil and their grandchildren

Bob and I had a great time with Marge, Neil and their children / grandchildren.  Thank you for inviting us, Marge!

Jordan’s Senior Portraits

NOTE:  I discovered this blog post in my drafts the other day.  That is why you are seeing the post today, when the events described in this post happened 6 months ago!

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I met a Facebook friend, Katrina “Kat”, for the first time on October 4, 2012.  We became Facebook friends in  July 2009, as a result of a Sean Patrick McGraw concert that was held in Warren, PA.  We both attended the concert.  I blogged about the concert, sharing the blog post on Sean Patrick McGraw’s Facebook page.  Kat left a comment on my blog post that she had photographs from the concert as well on McGraw’s Facebook page.  Here is the dialogue between Kat and myself, when we first conversed on Facebook:

July 22, 2009
Linda:  “Are you the writer of  the xxxx xx xxxxxxxxx blog?

July 22, 2009
Kat:  “Yes I am, why do you ask?”

July 22, 2009
Linda:  “You commented in my blog that I could see the pics that you took at Ribfest on Facebook. None of my Facebook friends posted any pictures of Ribfest. I remembered seeing other Ribfest pictures somewhere, so I went to McGraw’s Facebook page .. and then remembered that I had seen yours yesterday I believe. I was just following up an assumption that you were the xxxx xx xxxxxxxxx writer.   Are you OK? Your blog is so sad. It was written 3 months ago. I hope that you feel better.

July 22, 2009
Kat:  “Ahhh — Thank you for asking… please send a friend request for Facebook…. Yes, I am better now. That was a very dark time in my life. I should now update it.”

I sent Kat a Facebook friend request that day, and we have been friends ever since.

Meeting Kat for the first time didn’t seem it was the first time at all.  Our friendship fell right in place, as though we had been getting together in person regularly, rather than conversing only via the Internet.

Now onto the subject of this post — Jordan’s Senior Portraits.

Kat lives in New York, about 80 miles north of our house.  I drove there on October 4th to conduct a senior portrait photo session for Kat’s daughter, Jordan.  Jordan and I are Facebook friends as well.  Without further ado, I share with you some of the photographs that I took during Jordan’s senior portrait photo session.

Jordan

Jordan and her horse, Snickers

Jordan and her horse, Snickers

Jordan and her dog, Sadie

Jordan

FAVORITE!

What a beautiful young lady Jordan is. It was an honor for me to do her senior portraits.

G. Family Portrait Photo Session

Yesterday I conducted a photo session with Sandy and Jerry G. and their three grandsons.  The grandparents are friends of my husband and myself.  Jake, the oldest grandson, is in the military. He came home at Christmastime, as a surprise for his mother who had not seen him in 2 years. The photographs that Sandy and Jerry have of their grandsons were a few years old. Sandy asked me if I could take a few photographs for them, while Jake was home on vacation. I readily agreed.

I included two furry family members in one of the photographs.

Nathan, Jake and Dylan with Simon the cat and Rufus the dog

Michelle B.’s Family Photo Session

The month of August was a photograph intensive month for me.  It seems all I have done is click, edit and upload!

On August 11 I conducted an engagement photo session at my brother’s camp near St. Marys, Pennsylvania.

On August 12 I conducted a family photo session at Allegany State Park near Salamanca, New York.

On August 18 I photographed a wedding.

On August 26 I conducted a second family photo session.  This photo session was held at Betts Park in Warren, Pennsylvania.  I finished editing and uploading the photographs from that photo session last night.  I created a collage this morning and am sharing that collage with you in this blog post.

Michelle B.'s Family Photo Shoot CollageMichelle B.’s Family Photo Session

Such a lovely family!  I enjoyed photographing each one of them.

E. Family Photo Session

I met the E. Family at Allegany State Park near Salamanca, NY, at 10 A.M.  this past Sunday (August 12th).  For the next couple hours I had a wonderful time photographing this young family at various sites in the park.

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Donald and Gina’s Engagement Photo Session

Bob and I spent the better part of the day, Saturday (August 11th), at my brother’s camp in Jay Township near St. Marys, Pennsylvania.  My sister-in-law invited us to a fish fry.  Most of my brother’s family was there, as well as a few of Jim and Judy’s friends.  Judy’s brother, Donald, and his fiance Gina were there as well.  Before enjoying the scrumptious fish fry and assorted side dishes and dessert, I photographed the engaged couple.  Donald and Gina are getting married next year.

8x10 Engagement Photo Shoot Collage

I had a good time doing this engagement photo shoot. I have known Donald since 1980, when his sister married my brother. In all these years, I have never known Donald to be happy in love. I am glad that he and Gina found each other.

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