For The Love of Dog | A Pet Story |

Our puppy has turned two the beginning of May. Although the youngest of the three, he is the biggest. But acts like a big baby! Dexter is 1/2 Australian Shepard, 1/4 poodle, 1/4 German Shepard.

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Like most Shepards, he has loads of energy and love human interaction. When we got him, he was only four pounds, and now weighs in at approximately 65 lbs. However, he thinks he is still small and insist on crawling up on our laps like the other two lap dogs.  He also has a way of being a bed hog (according to Jennifer who shares a bed with him) and must each night before he goes to sleep, check to make sure everyone has turned in for the night.

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Valeria’s Last Weeks In The USA – | An Exchange Student Story | Ottoville, Ohio

The first time I met Valeria she had stopped by with my brother (her host father) to ask about purchasing some chicken bbq tickets. Val is an exchange student from Sassair, Italy. At that time, her English was very broken and I’m not sure how much we understood each other. Since then, Val and I have spent several hours together and as we approach her returning to her home, I know I am going to miss her a great deal.

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Like most photographers, I love working with  clients who have great  camera presence. Val has made my job easy and fun. But Val is so much more than a beautiful face. This young lady is intelligent and very sweet. She works hard at her school work and her grades show it. She also has such a tremendous love for her family, here and abroad. And as we are growing closer to her flying home, you can tell she misses her family in Italy greatly.

I don’t know how to say goodbye to someone you  have come to care about so much and may never see again. I hope her travels here have given her everything she has hoped for. And I hope someday, I can photograph her again. And maybe spend an the afternoon enjoying each other’s company. Safe travels my dear friend! Carry on.

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Koester-Miller [A Family Story]

Don and Moni and their 15 children, their children’s children and their grandchildren’s children celebrated Christmas together at Ottoville’s Parish Hall. All but three members of the family were able to attend. That’s pretty impressive!  But what is even more impressive is the three that weren’t able to make it that Sunday, agreed to  have their picture taken on a later date so I could photoshop them in with the rest of the group.  Here they are all together.

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Model? Yes please!

At a very young age little girls dream about being one of the pretty girls they see in magazines. They want to dress up in all those pretty clothes and have their hair and make – up all done up and pose for the camera. Some girls outgrow this desire to be in front of a camera. While others continue to love the idea of being the face of a cover story.

From time to time over the last 16 years,  several women have worked with me for just that experience.  And then this last March, I attended an event in which several men and women define themselves as models. It was exciting to do photography in which the person I was taking pictures of had practiced moving for a camera and knew how to pose.

I have since worked with other models and have found myself drawn into a larger community of photographers and models. And with this new experience has come a few women approaching me about modeling.

Ashlee and Shay spent a short time with me and we created some wonderful images for their portfolio. During the photo shoot, I gave them a few tips on posing and discussed their strengths and assets.  Hopefully this experience will help them decide if modeling is something they wish to pursue or not. If not, we had a lot of fun taking their pictures.

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