April showers bring May flowers, that's how the saying goes .... and boy, has it been raining in Oregon! But today, there was a break in the rain and the sun even came out.
I met up with Liz and Whitney to capture special moments at Forest Park and Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon. And their pups, Rudy and Yoshi even came out for the stroll in Forest Park and I couldn't help but smile the entire time I was going through their photographs.
There was a lot of growth for me and for Western Rose Studios in 2018 and even more new things that will happen in 2019.
Usually I write this blog post right at the end of December/beginning of January, but this year things are moving a little more slowly. But first, I'm going to reflect on 2018. I decided to focus on a couple new adventures in Western Rose Studios, such as teaching watercolor classes, photographing less landscapes and more people and pets, and networking with other small businesses. I was also blessed with being the winner of the 2019 St. Paul Rodeo poster contest, creating special custom watercolors that were Christmas presents for others, and attending a couple new events.
Yesterday I traveled nearly 500 miles to capture once in a lifetime moments of sweet mama to be, Stevie, with her super sweet mare, Freckles.
Stevie is nearly at the end of her journey of meeting her little girl at 34 weeks. During our session, the little girl even gave a few kicks. Maybe she's ready to come out and meet Freckles? At least she was where it was warm and cozy, because it was a very blustery day!
Freckles was a champ when it came to the wind and dresses fluttering in the steady gusts. Stevie's daughter is one lucky girl to have Freckles show her the ropes of being a little cowgirl.
Sometimes you just have to head up to the snow for a little winter fun! And that's exactly what we did, with Laura, Kevin, and their two pups, Daisy and Archer. We traveled up Mt. Hood from Portland, Oregon to find ourselves some snow for a mini engagement session. We found some wonderful patches of snow between pine trees up at White River Sno Park.
Now, these two faces might look familiar because I took late summer engagement photos of them on the Broadway Bridge and at Cathedral Park under St. John's Bridge in Portland, Oregon. You can see their photos here. We definitely had some wintery fun during our session!
This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Elise and her posse of critters. Her pups, Axel and Arcus, her fuzzy mare, Sierra, her 6 month old colt, Winston, and her cutting mare, Vixen.
Originally our photo session was scheduled for two weeks ago. A week before our session, the weather forecast was calling for rain and lots of it. I'd rather postpone a photo shoot than cancel it and this is a fantastic example of when it's worth the wait.
Elise had the perfect barn for some fantastic black background photos! Here she is with Axel (left) and Arcus (right). They are quite the goofballs, running around the farm and dragging around branches twice the size of them.
Have you ever wanted to have your pet on your Christmas tree? Maybe just their sweet or mischievous face? Well, I have some exciting news for you, I am now accepting orders for my very popular custom pet portrait shatterproof Christmas ornaments! They were so popular last year that I had to stop accepting orders.
All of the ornaments are a matte gold, 3.25" diameter shatterproof (plastic) ornament. I use your photos as reference for painting your pets likeness in acrylic.
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