Category Archives: animals


if you have a dog (or any other animal) that you adore and want to incorporate into pictures, we are probably going to get along very well. i’ve had a few opportunities to work with my couple’s dogs this year and i’m lovin’ every minute of it…

i met up with laura and steve and their adorable dog, gary, in their hometown of hoboken one beautiful afternoon to take some pics…

we headed to a few spots including where they had their first and second dates…

it’s hard to see them in this picture on the blog, but i don’t care, i’m posting it anyway because i like the feel of the picture…

um, can’t stand the gary cuteness here!

gary takin’ it to cuteness overload…being a little camera shy…

love this…

i love how much steve can make laura laugh…


although steve wasn’t exactly feeling like a natural in front of the camera, i think i’ve proven him wrong with these pics…

i had a great afternoon hanging out with laura and steve and gary (and i enjoyed my brief encounter with hank, the cat). i’m looking forward to a fun wedding with laura and steve next year.

i’ve been a bad little sister. 

i haven’t formally announced (but i guess i’m about to) on my blog about the fact that my sister and i founded an animal rescue organization over two years ago. our organization is called karma cat + zen dog rescue society and it is the product of over 10 years of my sister and i envisioning helping animals.

my amazing sister left her engineering career to be the executive director of karma cat + zen dog and she has done a fantabulous job so far. i can’t put into words how proud i am of her for getting our organization off the ground and running so well. we have adopted out over 250 cats so far with the help of some amazing and dedicated volunteers and donors.

christie, my sister, is often faced with tough situations when taking in cats. when she decided to take in kandy, it was discovered that she was FeLV/FIV positive and she had a couple of infections and and some veterinarians suggested euthanizing her, but my sister would not give up on kandy, or kandy pants as we like to call her now. 

you can read christie’s blog from 2011 about kandy here

christie holding kandy in june of 2011…

but maybe you are still wondering why i am a bad little sister?

i’m a bad little sister because i took these much-needed updated pictures of kandy pants 4 months ago and i am just now presenting them to my sister. some people think, ‘ooh, how fun that you have a photographer in your family’… my family thinks, ‘i hope i get to see the pics you took the other day before one year has passed’ or as my other sister says, ‘do you think i can see the pictures of the kids from christmas 2008?’ my family understands that i am busy fulfilling work for my clients, but i will yell it out to interweb that I WAS A BAD LITTLE SISTER because my amazing sister deserved these pictures months ago. 

so here are some updated pics of kandy pants… who is still up for adoption to a loving home that can understand her condition…

not bad for the kitty that was once fighting for her life, huh?


this shot cracks me up… she just kinda appeared into my frame surprised to see me there…

umm, freaking adorable. you might think there are too many pictures of cute cats on the internet, but come on now… just look at her!

because she is FeLV/FIV positive, kandy pants needs to stay separated from other cats who are not FeLV or FIV positive so that she isn’t able to transfer the virus to the other cats, so she has become christie’s office cat. she might look like she is at home, but we both know she’d love to be able to roam around an entire house puking cuteness everywhere…


i love you, christie. you have done an phenomenal job bringing our vision into something beautiful that has changed the lives of kandy and many other cats. 

i’m sorry i was a bad little sister. please don’t tell mommy on me…

christine and michael love the shore and spend plenty of time down there with their new puppy, honey. i caught up with them in long branch to grab some shots of the ridiculously cute and soft, honey, and then we headed to asbury park for some more nj shore photos…

honey is so cute, she doesn’t even look real!
when i first met honey months ago, she was this fluffy little puppy. eventhough she has grown so much, she still has her super soft fur and her cutie pie puppy personality…

love this!

lovin’ this too!

 i like when my client’s color coordinate well with walls…

one of my faves…


a funny thing happens after labor day… the beach is empty!

awww…

and more aww…


looking forward to christine and michael’s wedding at the shore in a couple weeks!


it may have be a windy day at the shore, but the weather held out for jeannine and sam’s wedding day… lots of love and laughter and even one special furry…


jeannine takes a second to vogue on her wedding day…

love the lace and the light…

i love how the incense slightly fogs this image…

i like the idea of the crowns… the new king and queen are to establish their own little kingdom where they are to provide love and comfort to please one another. that’s a nice concept…

love jeannine’s reaction…

i like this picture because i am a fan of the cheek-shoulder lean. one way to tell if i like you is if i give you the cheek-shoulder lean…

sam’s dad gets censored…

sophie!

i’m a sucker for a senior doggy… sophie is 13 and sooo cute…

love this…


love sam’s reaction…


 i love how jeannine and sam’s parents connected during their first dance…

the guy on the left learned a lesson today: make sure the photographer isn’t looking when you attempt to lick a person at a dinner table…

censored again…

sam’s dad = adorable

i love the whole chair in the air tradition because the faces of fright mixed with excitement are the best…

i love me an honest dude…


thanks to jeannine and sam and their friend’s and family for a wonderful afternoon and for braving the windy shores with me! 


a couple weeks ago i was in town just chatting with some people when this sweet little doggy came by. he was very friendly and came right up to me so i could pet him. i said hello to his owner, joe, who then informed me that he feared it could be tux’s last walk. tux has been battling cancer. he hadn’t been doing very well. as we chatted, i was reminded of my sweet ben who also battled cancer and the efforts i put forth to cure him…

tux had had several homes before joe adopted him for good one and half years ago. he’d finally found his forever home and an owner that would do whatever he could to take care of him. i understand that love. as i stood there, i just kept thinking that tux needed to be captured photographically. he had this awesomely sweet spirit and i wanted it to be captured somehow forever.

i then told joe i was a photographer and told him that i would love to photograph tux if he was comfortable with the idea. he said he loved the idea of it. tux was heading in for chemo the next day and so we spoke of a shoot a couple days later. joe said he would call me no matter what happened with tux.

i waited on monday to hear from joe. after waiting most of the day, i got a call from joe who informed me that tux had gotten another round of chemo and was doing pretty decent so i told him to come on over so we could take his picture…


i love this sweet little face!




coming in for a kiss…



joe just called me the other day to let me know that tux had another round of chemo and managed to put a few pounds back on. i’m hopeful for tux and so happy to have had a chance to meet him, photograph him and be kissed by him!


update (may 14, 2012): sadly, tux passed away peacefully early this morning in the arm’s of his person, joe. tux was 4 1/2 years old. joe was the 5th person to adopt tux at the age of 3. joe had the patience and understanding to give tux time to adjust so that his sweet spirit could be revealed. animals have so much give if they are given the chance to feel safe and loved. i’m so glad our chance encounter on the street led to me being able to capture the sweetness of tux for everyone to see. he will be missed.