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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jewelry Photography for Deborah Brennand Designs

Here are some beautiful Murano glass and Bali silver bracelet designs I recently photographed for designer Deborah Brennand. Check out more of her elegant work at!

Pumpkin Cat-astrophe!

We'd like to introduce you to one of our family members, Pumpkin. We adopted her from the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) about 7 years ago. The AAWL goes to the local pound and rescues a small number of animals that are on the euthanasia list. It is hard to imagine how such a sweet animal could end up there! Pumpkin is tiny for a cat, and stands a bit sloped forward, much like a hotrod. She is quite nimble and has been known to leap across an entire room in a single bound. Best of all, she has a fierce meow that sounds more like a bark, and she loves to give headbutts!

We adopted Pumpkin to keep company with our other AAWL adoptee, Kennedy. They have since developed a great friendship and our kitty rescue club has grown to 5 members!

Well, poor Pumpkin has been having some teeth problems as of late. We finally got her into the vet, and were sad to learn that she has periodontal disease. She got a thorough teeth cleaning and had two teeth removed. She came home the same day and we put her up in our cat-free bedroom zone where she could recover from the narcotics away from the rest of the crew. We set up some food and water and even a little litter box in the bathroom. Of course, Pumpkin got comfortable right away and decided to pee on our soft cozy bed instead, saturating 6 layers of blankets and sheets all the way down to the mattress! So Amanda and I had to camp out on the futon in the office last night, while we washed all the blankets.

Pumpkin is now well on her way to recovery and a much more pain-free existence. We're just so happy to have her with us!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Good Enough to Eat: Jewelry Photography

Amanda's mom Nellie has recently taken up jewelry making, and needed some photos to help advertise her designs for a Christmas bazaar. We decided to try something different and came up with some fun concepts!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Holiday Art and Music Festival at Mesa Arts Center

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out the Holiday Art and Music Festival this Saturday, November 22nd, 10am to 6pm at the Mesa Arts Center! The festival will feature live music, activities for the kids, food and beverages, and most importantly, amazing fine art for sale from over 80 artists. Glass artist Dolly Ahles will be there to show off her beautiful creations such as the lampworked glass necklace shown below. So get out with the family to enjoy the weather and take in some awesome art!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fall is Finally Here! (I hope)

It's been a long, hot summer--not much different from any other year here in Phoenix--but the 90-degree days were getting really old. Today is our first day with a high in the 70s! Another sign that it is finally fall are all the ripe pomegranates in our backyard. This year we definitely have a record crop. And the birds have all come back to the garden where I can watch them out the window--even an occasional cardinal!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Jen and Rob: Wedding Photography at Superstition Springs Golf Course, Mesa, AZ

These guys were ready to have fun! They came prepared with a slew of photo ideas and were willing to try anything! The bridesmaids and groomsmen had complementary pastel dresses/vests and ties, that made this wedding feel like a spring celebration, even though in fact it was September.

Portrait of a Jewelry Artist: Leticia Niemuth

Leticia is the creative force behind Gem-n-i & Co. Designs jewelry. We spent the day with her, her husband Nathan and their cute little pug Oso to do some portraits. Oso needed some motivation in the form of biscuits! He could sniff them out no matter where we hid them!