Stoli’s Winter Wonderland

We got our first real snow here in Missouri on Saturday. We got about an inch, but had high winds, making it pretty nasty out. Luckily it has started to warm up and the snow is melting. Stoli wasn’t exactly sure what to think of the white stuff. When we let him out for the first time in the snow, he was startled. He started barking at the flakes and trying to bite them as they fell. One he realized he wasn’t going to die from a little snow, he started getting a bit more curious. He didn’t like the cold on his feet, so he would try to bounce from pile to pile of leaves in the yard while he figured out what this cold, wet stuff was. After a while, he decided he was done with the excitement so he went on the porch and whined to be let back inside. Throughout the rest of the night, Stoli would forget that it was still snowing. He would go ring his bell to be let out, dash out the door, and skid to a stop at the steps when he realized the snow was still there. The next day, however, the dog got brave. Stoli decided that he was the champion of tis wonderland, and he tore around the yard with his mouth open and head to the ground, scooping up snow. Now every time we let him out he has to run around and gobble up a ton of snow before he’s satisfied enough to go back inside. I didn’t get any shots of him playing around while we had the full amount of snow, because we had highs of 15 degrees with 30mph winds out of the north. Finally today I got a couple photos documenting his newest craze.

 

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Stoli and the Cat, Part II

I think Curry’s house seems to draw stray animals from around the neighborhood. ( I have noticed that Missouri people aren’t exactly the most, er, “protective” (for lack of better word) of pet owners. They have no problem letting their animals roam free through the streets and neighborhoods.) Anyway, the cat came back today. We’re pretty sure it belongs to the neighbors, because it’s always around. Stoli tried making friends again. He always gets so excited. He really reminds me of a little kid. He tries to see how close he can get to the cat before he gets a swat from her. Anyway, I hadn’t shot since Saturday, so I figured it was time to get the camera out and make some images. I know they’re not super amazing photos, but I’m just trying to remain active with my shooting. Again, I’m sorry for so posting so many pictures of Stoli!

 

Stoli Update

I haven’t updated on Stoli in quite some time! The little guy is now almost 18 weeks old. He’s finally got all his puppy vaccinations, and is now looking to get neutered in the next week or so…Well he’s not looking forward to it, we are! When we took him to the vet he weighed 10 lbs and has put on weight since then (it’s been almost 2 weeks.) He’s such a lap dog and a mama’s boy. It doesn’t matter who’s holding him, if I’m in the room he feels like he needs to be right by my side. He gets jealous when I pay more attention to Andrew than I do to him. He seems to think that I should only be able to love one guy. I haven’t done any shoots with him recently, but I did snap a couple shots of him last night. I’m including a couple shots I did with him playing with Charlene’s Do, Monty. I’m planning on doing a shoot with him soon now that the leaves are finally turning colors. Anyway, here’s your fix of cuteness to get you through the day.

 

Studio? Not so much…

I’m taking intro to studio at the moment, and I am discovering that’s basically the opposite of everything I like about photography. I am currently in the media track at UCM, meaning I’m looking into doing photojournalism, nature photography, etc. Basically I REALLY don’t like having to construct a set, diagram out the lights, and take a meter reading 15,000 times before I can even begin to think about taking a picture. With media photography, I love capturing the action and shooting for that decisive moment. When nothing moves and is a lame inanimate object, I get really bored and frustrated very quickly. I definitely don’t like the technical light ratio stuff and all that mathematical jazz. Anyway, I seem to be struggling trying to figure it out. It’s seriously not my forte, but here are a couple images from my last shoot. The assignment was to light a tennis ball and then add props to make it interesting.