Kailee’s Senior Photo Session

Kailee told me that she considers entering her senior year as one of her biggest accomplishments!  I agree, Kailee!  And that is why we celebrate and honor the importance of graduating high school.

Kailee loves animals and cares deeply for their health and well-being.  After graduation she hopes to become a dog-groomer.  I love this!  I always say people with a strong compassion for animals are the most endearing people of all!

Kailee is also an artist and loves to sketch!  It’s one of her favorite hobbies other than caring for animals.  I’ve seen her sketches and they’re amazing!

She also love participating in cosplay along with her twin sister Jaime.  They both attend cosplay events together whenever they can.  These girls know how to have fun!

I wish you the very best Kailee!  You and your sister are very special to me.  I know your future holds many special experiences in life for you!

Alex’s Senior Photo Session

This photo session was especially close to my heart because I have watched Alex grow up into this handsome young man.  I can’t believe he is now a high school senior!

This session was held in September.  It was a beautiful warm fall day.  So glad we got to capture these wonderful images.

Alex will be pursuing a degree in the field of engineering technology and not surprisingly following in his father and his brother’s footsteps.  He has yet to decide whether his focus will be on mechanical, electrical, or civil engineering, but in the meantime he has applied to several schools and is waiting to hear back from them.  He is looking at going to Wentworth Institue of Technology and also considering Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

For now, he is spending his senior year figuring all that out while enjoying playing the trumpet in the school band.  He also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee in his spare time when he is not working.

I have no doubt that Alex will succeed in whatever engineering field he chooses!  Best of luck to you Alex!

Radke Family Photo Session

I was so excited and want to start off this blog essay by thanking the Radke family for choosing Photography by Wandering Images to photograph their family portrait session not once, not twice, but three times!  I photographed Jesse last fall and Taylor earlier this year and I was honored to photograph the entire family this time around!

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I’m thrilled that I got to meet Alex and Oliver too!  I brought my husband with me to this session to help me carry my gear, so a special thank you to Alex and Oliver for keeping the husband entertained with discussions about golf.

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I also have to give Lori many kudos for scheduling and taking the time to gather the entire family together before sending her two daughters off to college.  So much on her plate to juggle and plan.  Sending the girls off to separate colleges and traveling back and forth is no easy feat.   The wonder woman theme song runs through my mind as I type!  Yes, I’m from the Lynda Carter generation and every-now-and-then I hear that song when I see a woman accomplish amazing unselfish goals for her family.  It also warms my heart that Lori understands the importance of capturing the family at this stage in their lives.  And it’s a memory I hope she holds dear to her heart when she looks back on these photo images.

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Thank you Lori once again for giving me this wonderful opportunity to photograph you and your family.  I look forward to keeping up with all your family dreams and goals thoughout the years.  I wish you and the family much happiness and success!

 

Matthew’s Senior Session

I consider it an honor that in this field of photography I get the opportunity to meet so many gifted and talented young people.

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I met Matthew and his Mom through mutual acquaintances.  Matthew is  a gentleman through and through and our photo session went extremely well, due to Matthew’s positive attitude and patience, despite us both having to deal with some very windy weather conditions on the day of the photo shoot.  My reflector came close to blowing away a few times, but we all kept on smiling.

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Matthew is graduating from Bedford High School and plans to attend the University of New Hampshire (UNH).  He will major in Forestry and wants to be a Park Ranger.  He gained his love of the outdoors as an Eagle Scout, which is considered one of the highest honors in the rank and requires an extensive review process and several years of merit achievements to gain the work-level requirements of being an Eagle Scout.  I could tell that being outdoors–in a forest environment–definitely helped Matthew’s comfort level.

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Matthew is also  a Bedford Crew rowing team member.   I recently read that the team did very well in their last regatta race!  Congratulations to the Bedford Crew team!

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Best of luck Matthew in all that you do and for following all of your dreams.  I know you will make an excellent Park Ranger!

 

Cunha Family Photo Session

I loved this late fall family photo session.  Autumn’s color palette combined with a beautiful family paints a pretty fall scene.   Add an adorable two year old and a family pet with lots of personality and one has a concoction that is perfection.

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Shelby the pit bull is not only gorgeous, but knew when it was time to pose with the rest of the family on cue.   She was a complete love and sweetheart.  And, not to mention her silky coat fit in with the autumn color theme as well.  What more can a photographer ask for.

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Thanks to the Cunha family for providing a lovely setting to photograph their portrait session.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and holiday full of love and cheer!

Green Acres is the Place to be

This year we skipped our yearly week long stay in Pittsburg, NH, but drove through on our way to Quebec City for a four-day mini family vacation.  On the way, we stopped at Green Acres Farm Stand and North Country Decor.  Yes, you read that correctly–Green Acres.  My husband can recite the Green Acres theme song, word for word, and has a habit of entertaining us on road trips through farm-lands.  But all kidding aside, if you are ever up in this neck of the woods, make sure to stop by and visit Green Acres Farm Stand, located on 223 Day Road ~ Pittsburg, NH.  You will receive a warm welcome from the owners: Kathy Meader and Alan Koslowski.  They officially opened their store earlier this year.

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We came across Green Acres several years ago while mountain biking up Day Road.  Back then Kathy sold her homemade jams and other goodies from a small stand outside their home.  Homemade jams is always a treat that we can never pass up.  In a small town word gets around quickly. Kathy’s homemade jams: blueberry, strawberry,  rhubarb/strawberry and also her baked goods grabbed the attention of not only the locals, but those who visit Pittsburg on a yearly vacation basis.  My son is addicted to Kathy’s blueberry squares.  Last year we witnessed the start of the construction.  It’s been nice to see their business grow every year.  As Kathy states: “everything in the store is made with love.”  I was especially impressed this time around with Kathy’s and Alan’s personal handcrafted home decor.  A great place for souvenir shopping.

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Every year we look forward to stopping by to say hello and stocking up on our jam.  So if you are ever up in the North Country, we highly recommend you stop by and say hello to Kathy and Alan.  You will be greeted with a smile and warm hospitality.

 

The Prom Dress 2015

With May/June 2015 coming to a close I look back at the photo sessions I photographed these last two months.  In today’s modern times, finding that perfect prom dress is almost as important as finding that perfect wedding dress.  I have to laugh because my dress back in the day was this bright purple puffy sleeve ensemble.  It was quite the sight.  Today, these lovely young ladies wear dresses that speak classic, sleek, and stylish.

Prom season is always a joy to photograph!  Just look at these amazing colors and style!

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NISS Sculptors at Work

I spent a few hours on Saturday hanging out with the sculptors from the 2015 Nashua International Sculpture Symposium.  It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon; the sun was out and a nice cool breeze made the working conditions for all three sculptors comfortable.

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The sculptures are all coming to life.  I got a chance to chat with the sculptors:  Ennica Mukomberanwa from Zimbabwe, Ana Duncan from Ireland, and Petre Petrov from Bulgaria.  I’ll be busy photographing the closing event, so it was nice to talk to them one-on-one about their creations.  The closing ceremony is scheduled for May 30th at 1:00pm behind Nashua City Hall.  Two trolley buses will be available where attendees will get a chance to see the locations and the unveiling of all three sculptures.  The artists will also speak about the inspiration for this year’s theme “Reflections on the River.”

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It was also nice to see Katherine Rudolph of Katherine Rudolph Jewelry and Master Sculptor, John M. Weidman, Artistic Director of  Andres Institute of Art located in Brookline, NH.  Below are photos of Katherine watching and learning from sculptor, Petre Petrov.  And as always, John provides his guidance and knowledge every year to the sculptors who participate in this yearly event.  There is much to learn from a master of the craft.

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Hope to see you all at the closing event!

Katelynn and Aaron Life-Style Portrait Session

Katelynn’s and Aaron’s photo session was held in April and I’m finally getting the chance to blog a post about the shoot. Katelynn and Aaron were wonderful to work with and made my job easy.  I love their look and raw style.  Aaron’s tattoos and Katelynn’s fresh face made this photo-shoot really stand out.  Katelynn wore no make-up and it was refreshing to photograph someone completely confident in their own skin.  She definitely did not need make-up to bring out her beautiful face.

It was a great session and I wish Aaron and Katelynn all the best for the future.

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In Support of Last Hope K9 Rescue

When I photograph the interaction between a family and their pet it is special.  The camera lens will only capture the truth.  There is nothing contrived about the photo shoot.  It’s emotional to the core because a family pet only shows the photographer what is real and true: the unconditional love and bond they have for their owners.

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Meet Tibbles who was rescued by Natalie and her family two years ago from Last Hope K9 Rescue (LHK9).  These pictures show how Tibbles has adapted to his family and his new life.  Tibbles is blind and can only see partially from one eye.  That does not stop Tibbles and once he gets to know you and he’s comfortable around you, get ready to be slathered with kisses.  I was lucky enough to get a big smooch from Tibbles at the end of our photo shoot. Tibbles did exceptionally well and he was a complete natural in front of the camera.

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Here is additional information about LHK9 Rescue League and a link to their website:

“LHK9 Rescue is an all-breed rescue who saves abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs from high-kill shelters through out the United States.  Located in Massachusetts they adopt out to bordering states.  LHK9 does not have a physical shelter, the rescued dogs are placed in supportive foster homes where they are nurtured, trained, and loved by exceptional foster volunteers.  Even after the adoption process, they remain active in your life by connecting families through a Facebook group which offers up support from other “fur-parents” and training specialists.”

Click here:  www.lasthopek9.org