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Mooresville, NC: Remembering Sinnbad

A few weeks ago when I was visiting the Atlantic Rottweiler Rescue Foundation to take portraits of their new foster dogs, I got to meet + photograph a spunky rottweiler pup called Sinnbad.

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Sinnbad had a rare + fatal condition called Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis + Polyneuropathy (JLPP). This disease is a recessive genetic disorder that can be detected with a DNA test before breeding the potential rottweiler parents. Puppies with JLPP don’t usually make it to their first birthday.

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Rottweilers with JLPP suffer neurological difficulties including larynx paralysis, respiratory issues, poor vision, muscle weakness, difficulty walking, + more.

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Even though Sinnbad had unique challenges, he always had a good attitude. He was lively, friendly, + loved everyone he met. He spent his days happily playing with his toy collection, eating treats, and doing physical therapy with his person.

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Sinnbad’s life may have only been a few months long, but he had all the love + care a dog could hope for.

Through his story, many people have learned about JLPP and the importance of DNA testing before breeding. Please share this post to raise awareness about JLPP!

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To make a donation in Sinnbad’s memory, please visit arrfnc.com.

-Liz K.

Mooresville, NC: Adoptable Dogs Galore!

Last week, I made the trek up to Mooresville, NC to the Atlantic Rottweiler Rescue Foundation to photograph the new foster dogs. ARRF has placed many of their rescued canines since my last visit (yay), and has refilled the recently vacated crates with more dogs in need.

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The Atlantic Rottweiler Rescue Foundation is a small non-profit organization made up of a handful of dedicated volunteers. The rescue provides sustenance, shelter, and medical treatment for each dog as they wait for their new family.

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Below are the portraits I made of ARRF’s current foster dogs. Be sure to scroll to the end for puppy portraits!

 

Damon, intelligent + playful rottweiler

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Luna, cheerful + cuddly husky

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China, sweet + mild rottweiler

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Bruno, reserved + lovable Corgi mix

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Ruby, shy + precious rottweiler mix

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Cyrus, amicable + mild pitbull

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Zeke, vivacious + friendly rottweiler

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Joffrey, agile + happy shepherd mix

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Puppies, possible rottweiler mix

 

Creating quality foster dog portraits for this rescue is my favorite way to volunteer my time! I look forward to working with the Atlantic Rottweiler Rescue Foundation in the future.

To provide a loving home to one of these amazing animals, please visit arrfnc.com/info/adoption to fill out an application!

Photography made with my Canon 5d III camera and Canon 50mm 1.4 lens.

-Liz K.

p.s. Tyson (below) was my favorite foster this visit, and he has already been adopted! He is going to be working hard to become a service dog.

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Matthews, NC: One Year Later

One year ago today, Matt and I officially adopted Quorra! We had been fostering her for a few weeks and realized quickly that she was a perfect addition to our family.

Not only is she a great companion, but Quorra also makes a for a great subject for portraiture! Quorra is a willing and cooperative subject, sitting politely with a smile for photographs.

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When I would like to try out a new trick or lens, Quorra remains my most available subject. She sits patiently while I play with subframing or backlighting.

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I love to feature delicate flowers in her photos -fresh blooms humanize her sweet face.

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Additionally, I think the use of fresh blossoms in these double-exposure portraits highlights her sweet and gentle personality.

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I’ve found that Quorra’s features lend themselves well to photographs of dramatic tone!

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This past year with Quorra has been a wonderful one, and I look forward to having her here (and photographing her) for many years to come!

Portraits taken with my Canon 5D III and my Canon 40D.

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-Liz K.

Matthews, NC: Emily’s Summer Portrait Session

On a gloriously clear June morning, Emily + I set out on a Matthews, NC greenway for a styled portrait session.

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styled session: conceptual photography shoot with curated wardrobe, makeup, hair, + props

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

The concept for this styled portrait session is “sun goddess.”

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Matthews NC Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

I took the opportunity to play with my new lens (Canon 50mm 1.4) while we had some quality backlighting to work with!

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

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A maxi dress is a great choice for a portrait photography session -it easily adds movement + drama!

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

A wide-brimmed sunhat both adds texture + a natural frame around Emily’s face.

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Matthews, NC Photographer Portrait Photographer

 

All photography made with my Canon 5d iii DSLR, Canon 85 mm lens + Canon 50 mm 1.4 lens.

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

What do you think -did we nail the concept?

-Liz K.

p.s. For a portrait session of your own, click “contact” on the upper right and send me a message!

Matthews, NC: Summer Photography Session Lookbook

Have you ever found yourself at a loss when selecting your outfit for a photography session? Below are some seasonally-inspired looks to help inform your wardrobe decisions for summer portraits!

 

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Your portrait session is about you, so don’t be afraid to dress casually if you’re a jeans + tee sort of gal! For this outfit, I paired my favorite rose tee with neutral olive green shorts.

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To make my rose tee + olive shorts more interesting, I threw on a matching large-print floral kimono. This easy layer elevates my casual ensemble from basic to notable! I selected comfy Vans + simple jewelry to complete the look.

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An A-line dress is a great choice for a portrait session. The shape is figure-flattering + the full skirt provides visual interest with every movement! The textured overlay adds one more pleasing component.

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I styled this outfit with ballet-inspired black flats, a slim belt, and simple silver jewelry. I chose accessories with curved + tied shapes -braided belt, bow necklace, ankle-ribboned slippers- for continuity.

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Rompers are squarely on-trend for summer, so why not wear one to your portrait session?

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This lily-printed evergreen romper feels like a feminine sundress with its wrap-style bodice + butterfly sleeves. To accent this piece, I donned matching caramel open-toed booties + braided belt. A set of hand-made tassel earrings is the only jewelry I wore.

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All photography shot by me with my Canon 40D paired with my Tamron 24-70mm lens with the help of my remote shutter release.

– Liz K.

p.s. If you have fashion-related questions about your upcoming photography session, let me know! I am happy to provide outfit advice to my clients.

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Matthews, NC: Gracie’s Pet Portrait Session

The cherry on top of a wonderful May week was this pet portrait session!

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Gracie is a vibrant, 4-year-old Weimaraner. She casts winsome grins towards everyone she meets!

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I paused many times between snaps to reward her with the attention she begged for.

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I loved capturing her in action as she tore across the yard in pursuit of her favorite tennis ball.

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That tennis ball demands her attention!

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I loved playing with and photographing sweet Gracie! I find pet portrait sessions like these to be very personally rewarding.

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All photography captured with my Canon 5d III and Tamron 24-70mm lens.

-Liz K.

Would you like to schedule a pet portrait session for your favorite critter? Go to the “contact” page (upper right) and let me know!

NC Business Highlight: Body Helix

In May, I had the exciting opportunity to work with NC business Body Helix! This company provides high-quality compression wraps for athletes of all kinds.

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According to the Body Helix website (www.bodyhelix.com), their products help both reduce inflammation + increase circulation to the area hugged by one of their compression wraps. This means that Body Helix wearers benefit from less injuries + faster recoveries!

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Body Helix wraps are fabricated with non-slip and ultra-stretchy material (no adjustments or restricted movements)! The company’s website states, “You can continue to play your game, your way, without limits.”

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The compression fabric is made with closed-cell technology; this means that Body Helix wraps don’t trap sweat or bacteria.

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Body Helix offers a wide variety of compression wraps. If it hurts when you work out, Body Helix has a solution for you!

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To upgrade your workout + recovery, visit http://www.bodyhelix.com.

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Photography created with my Canon 5d III, Canon 70-200mm lens, and Tamron 24-70mm lens.

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– Liz K.

works cited: http://www.bodyhelix.com/why-compression-works/

Charlotte, NC: Lovebirds Mini Sessions

For the month of June, I am offering mini portrait sessions exclusively for couples!

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Celebrate your love + document this season of your lives together.

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details:

30-minute outdoor session

15 finished images

$99

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Lovebirds mini photography session pricing valid 6/1/2018 – 6/29/2018.

To book your portrait session, go to “contact” and send me a message

OR

e-mail me at elizabethaimages@yahoo.com!

 

-Liz K.

Matthews, NC: Will’s Portrait Session

On a crisp spring evening, my brother agreed to a mini portrait photography session during a recent visit home from college.

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Will, a freshman at Liberty University, is studying to become a computer engineer.

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All photography captured with my Canon 5d iii camera paired with my Canon 85mm lens.

-Liz K.