“HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY, COOPER! Vibrant and beautiful is your heart, your soul….as is our love, friendship, bond, and our journey. Thank you for the smiles, the unconditional love and for being my guardian angel. I look forward to many more sunsets with you. Now let’s go get you a big birthday doggy bone!”
Cooper is a very special dog and is a huge part of my heart and soul for so many reasons. And it was through him that The Journey Photography and logo concept was born. I wanted to convey much about, my bond with Cooper and my personal life, which I don’t often share. I’m quite certain that many of you can connect with the concept of the new logo. The concept is “the journey of paw prints on my heart”. I have had a life long journey surrounded by the blessings of many dogs…often a pack at a time. When I found myself facing health issues, it was 4 paws who came to my rescue…an amazing chocolate lab who is now my medical alert service dog. He has taught me that anything in life is possible…and it was through him that I decided to chase my dream and become a photographer, with a focus on my love for dogs. And that is how the Journey Photography was born. Dogs are truly amazing creatures…they can teach you how to love better, to become a better person, and to never.give.up.hope! And in my case, my guardian angel happens to have 4 paws.
Being a dog photographer in Alaska, has so much to offer. Beautiful landscapes, amazing sunsets…and of course, our amazing fur kids. Here are a few photos taken of Cooper to celebrate his 4th Birthday. And we even got a couple of his little brother, Archer. We are truly blessed!!
Beautiful Miss Ruby…our newest S.C.A.R.F. Project superstar. From the instant I met Ruby, I could see the energetic sparkle in her eyes, her big heart and gentle soul. I had a blast photographing the amazing Miss Ruby and her beautiful mom, Shannon. These two are the perfect duo; fun loving, with a special kindness and heartfelt beauty. We not only did posed photos, but candid of running and playing in the leaves. They are a dream…they seriously should be models!! Such a perfect day!
Thank you, Shannon for participating in the S.C.A.R.F. Project. A donation will be made on your behalf to Alaska Dog and Puppy rescue, as well as your additional donation to the cause. And thank you and Ruby for such an amazing day!!
Here is Ruby’s story as told by her Mom, Shannon:
“In December of 2013, I came across an ad on Craigslist that had 3 puppies needing a home. I immediately knew the one with the blue eye and the freckles on her nose was the one for me. She was the cutest little puppy I had ever seen. I drove out to Wasilla that same night, picked her up, and immediately fell in love.
Ruby will be 2 years old at the end of October and she has brought me so much happiness. She cuddles up to me under the covers every night when we go to sleep, LOVES her squeaky toys, and her favorite treats are carrots and bananas. I look forward to creating many more memories with my baby Ruby.”
I had the pleasure of spending an evening with these two amazing dogs, and their equally amazing human mom! Meet Bud and Corby. They are now Safe & Cozy Animal Rescue Friends, through the S.C.A.R.F. Project to raise money for Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue. They made an additional donation by matching the S.C.A.R.F. Project donation. Thank you to Bud and Corby for a heartwarming evening. Thank you to Liz for sharing your amazing dogs with me, for booking a session for a good cause, and for your additional donation. Your family stole my heart!!
Here is their story as written by their human mom (Liz):
“BUD – ADPR Alumni Buford Uhland Davis (John Travolta’s name in Urban Cowboy) was born (we think)June 2003. When he picked me at ADPR he was on his third home in 7 weeks. I did not want a male, a lab, or black dog. He was this little butter ball who rolled out of the box and landed at my feet, stood up, shook, and turned around planted his little duff right on my shoes, leaned against me looked up and said, ”Mama I’m ready to go home ”. That was all it took and we have been together ever since.
Corby – Sandy Corbett picked my son out as her soul mate in September of 2000. She is a mama’s girl until James walks in the room and she will not even look at me. She got smart real quick when she figured out I am the one with food.
In these puppy’s senior years I am their best friend. I remember their pain meds and food. I’m also the one who is patient when they need to sniff EVERY LEAF on the block.” ~Lizabeth Spikes
Well here it is, my first blog, introducing my photography website. If you had asked me 15 years ago, “do you think you will every write a blog”, I probably would have said, “what’s a blog”? As for photography, it has been a creative desire of mine since I can remember. However, I found my path in life led me in a different direction…I proudly served my country as a United States Marine, I got married, became a mom and joined the “working world”. My creative outlet was always writing poetry…along with being a mom, which of course takes a lot of creativity.
Then, a life altering experience stopped me in my tracks. I remember the day I decided to purchase a camera and begin my journey with photography. I woke one morning, bones creaking more than usual, the house was quiet, kids grown and gone and it hit me…WHOA, I’m getting old! And for a moment, the world stopped and memories flooded my mind. So many wonderful memories, but I was longing to see the emotion that went with them. I wished for a photograph to hold in my hand, to stare at as it took me back to another place in time and to just breathe in the emotion it portrayed. This was the turning point and I began photography as a hobby, to be in touch with my creative side while capturing the beauty around me. The passion to learn more, to capture more, became overwhelming and seemed to breathe new life into me. It was then I knew photography is my passion!
My goal as a photographer is not to just take “pretty pictures”, it’s to create amazing images that capture emotion and tell beautiful stories. I don’t want to show what you look like…I want to show who you are, who your loved ones are…whether they are in the human form or the furry four paws form. I strive to make a connection with each of my subjects, to capture natural expressions, whether it be a hearty laugh or a soulful glance. My goal in each session to create timeless portraits showing a glimpse of each subject’s personality, individuality and heartfelt emotions. You will take away keepsake photographs to hold in your hand and breathe in the emotion it portrays. I truly do see beauty in those I photograph…everyone has a story. Everyone has someone who would cherish the keepsake of a photo.
This journey called “life” changes so quickly…children grow up so incredibly fast…loved ones leave our world too soon and moments fade into memories. It is my hope to help you capture heartfelt, soulful pieces of your journey and I invite you to follow me in this new chapter of my journey.
Last but not least, I would like to thank my amazing husband, my beautiful daughter and the wonderful friends and family who have offered support and encouragement as I start this new chapter in my life.
Embrace the journey!