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I’m behind in updating this photoblog but at least it’s because I’m too busy taking photos. This post is one I’ve been meaning to post from this past fall. The light and fall colors were perfect in the Boston Common back in November and a collegue of mine at the Celebrity Series, who is also a talented actress and director, wanted headshots so we spent a lunch-hour taking these.

The morning after our first winter snow storm in Boston, and just days before the New Year arrived, I got the opportunity to walk up the street to the Arnold Arboretum and follow the adventures of a neighbor’s dog named Riley. As a photographer who gravitates to portraiture over nature photography, I might not have bothered to take the camera out and photograph the beautiful aftermath of this storm but with a muse like Riley offering the emotional spark to take some cool photographs, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to vicariously experience the crisp cold air and the fresh snow through his exuberant eyes.

  • Jessica - March 25, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    Beautiful as always!

  • Denise - September 25, 2013 - 8:42 am

    Great photos!

Gizmo is a white Maine Coon cat and Greta is a brown Tabby. I got to photograph these two beautiful cats with their owners a few weeks ago after waiting for weeks to schedule a weekend that wasn’t raining and which allowed us good window light. Cats are generally much more difficult to capture in photos than dogs partly because the light is usually inside light and often too dark. Dogs get to go outside and the light options are so much better. So when I have a session with cats I make sure that the cats are going to be able to handle my presence and my photographing which can only feel like harrasment to a cat. These two cats were welcoming to me and indifferent to my camera and mostly stayed in the warm window-lit room where I wanted to shoot. The more pressing reason for this photo session was to photograph 11 year-old Gizmo who had a heart ailment that was only going to worsen and my clients wanted photos of him before he got too sick. Sadly he died the week after our session but thankfully we got some really beautiful photos of him with his family.

  • Jessica - November 18, 2012 - 10:49 am

    As always, these are beautiful. The first one is absolutely breathtaking.

  • Carrie Cheron - November 18, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    Just gorgeous. I adore you.

  • Denise - September 25, 2013 - 8:44 am

    Makes me want a cat even more! Beautiful work.