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.
Rudy the Elf on the Shelf is happy to have a Christmas tree to hide in. Photographed while watching U2 play in Paris. As I type this they are teasing Burning Down the House with a cool lady moving in mysterious ways.
We are 8 days away from Christmas and the decorations are in full swing. We have some new things this year that have made decorating a bit more fun. The first thing that is new is the mantle below. It is a cedar block mantle that was installed by my builder Stuart Grubb. Finally we have a place to properly hang our stockings. You can also see Rudy the Elf is hanging around in the garland above.
Here is our tree all decorated, waiting to presents to arrive under the tree.
Oh the joy of getting the Christmas cards ready… the Christmas tree lights made for fun photography and bokeh.
This year I added lights to the gutters of the house which looks pretty awesome at night, and also made the columns into candy canes.
Last year I made this outdoor Christmas tree out of recycled oak hardwood floors.
Here is our Nutcracker manning the front door
One of these pictures is not like the others… The picture below was taken with my iPhone of our mailbox all decorated by our neighbors to support Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta.
And finally here is Rudy the Elf on the Shelf keeping cool in the front window.
Each year at the beach we pick a night to get all dressed up in our whites for a family photo. This first picture is of our family minus my sister and her family who are in Germany. The second is of my parents walking away from the shoot…sweetest picture ever. The balance of the pictures are in the slide show below.