Category Archives: Cody

Cat Photography

Poppy the Cat (1 of 6)Cat photography has never been on my radar. I didn’t have a cat growing up and have pretty much been scared of cats my entire adult life. It’s not an unwarranted fear, they really seem to hate me. Showing houses I have had cats just walk up and bite me on the ankle, leap across the room and shred my mls paperwork, just harassing me. They love to be in my face, almost certainly aware of my fear.

Well this week we got a cat. We adopted her from our neighbor who fostered 5 kittens since they were found about two weeks old under a neighbor’s back deck. Her name is Poppy and she is pretty unbelievable! We are 4 days in and everyone in our family is in love with her, including Cody the Goldendoodle who was also adopted about 6 years ago; maybe he feels a connection with her…

I’m excited about the opportunity to photograph her as she grows from a kitten into a cat. Her markings are really beautiful, and something I assume sets every cat apart. One thing I really like are the five stripes down the back of her head and neck. What made her jump out to me at first was her white paws and the white splotch on her chest. We almost named her Boots because of her white paws, but after a slew of name ideas and changes we landed on Poppy. Watching her play around the name really fits her, she loves to pop around chasing her tail, shadow or whatever has her immediate attention.

Check back here to see how her little kitty life evolves, I will do my best to photograph her often. Hi-res images can be seen and purchased at


Carson Matthews
Carson Matthews Photography


Signs of the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta

Driving around Buckhead today I saw only a few signs referencing the SEC Championship game going down tomorrow at the Georgia Dome between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama.

The first was at the Pool Hall on Irby Avenue:


This sign is at the Buckhead Saloon on Roswell Rd:

Buckhead Saloon

The best sign of the day was on the marquee at the Fox Theater; this image is from their Facebook page:


Cody the Goldendoodle says “Go Dawgs” and so do I!!!

UGA Goldendoodle

In Preparation for the Georgia Florida Football Game

Cody the Goldendoodle is a huge Georgia Bulldog fan, and recently he borrowed some of our team apparel to show his team spirit.  Here is a picture of him all dressed up.

He will be ruffing on the Dawgs as they go down to Jacksonville and take on the Florida Gators which are ranked #2 in the BCS this week.  The Gators pulled through for us last week by beating South Carolina, but now it’s time for a repeat of 2011.

Cody the Goldendoodle Celebrates 1 Year in the Matthews’ House

Today marks one year since Henry and I drove up to South Carolina and adopted Cody from some guy’s backyard.  For the 8 months prior to our arrival Cody had been living outdoors and was not being cared for.  His ears had matted up and all but grown closed, his coat was the same and looked like he was growing dread locks, and later learned that he had heart worm as well.  Since coming home with us we have been on a constant road to recovery and are happy to say he’s a totally new dog!  We were so lucky to find him, and I owe it all to facebook and my wonderful sister in law Stacy.  Just days before I posted that we were looking for a 1 year old Goldendoodle, a friend of Stacy’s told her about a dog named Echota that needed a new home…the rest is history.

It’s hard to explain how awesome something like a new dog is.  You know you want one, but like all things there is a huge unknown, but man has he blown away all of my expectations.  He’s a great friend, he’s patient with our children, he loves a good car ride even if it’s just to school and back (picture head hanging out the window), he won’t climb on the furniture unless you make him, and he’s always looking out the window when you come up the driveway.

Here are some pictures of our first year with Cody:

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