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DAY ONE.

Today is DAY ONE.

As of today I am living my dream as a full-time photographer.  This dream has been burning in my heart for a while now, and so at the beginning of April I had to share with my co-workers that I was going to be leaving the Governor’s office at the end of the month. Throughout April my head and heart were filled with mixed emotions.  Should I really do this? Am I walking away from something that is too good to be true? Do I have what it takes to really run my business? I even had a few dreams that someone stole my identity at the office!

I wanted today to set a tone for my business.  I wanted to not just take a few days off, but really hit the ground running.  Let it be known the t.v. has not been on all day.  I started the day reflecting on yesterday and my past 4 1/2 years at the capitol.  I thanked the Lord for his affirmation this morning that I am right where HE wants me.  And, I headed out to help our Lab Rescue friends. I wanted to share Churchill with you in more detail.

I dare you to look into his eyes and not be moved.  I wish that I could also convey how this gentle giant moves when he walks.  How he sits close to those he trusts.  How inside this broken body is still a spirit of love and a heart that wants to play.

I fed him a treat trying to win his trust and attention.  It was at that moment that I started to tear up…he has no front teeth.  My heart sank.  My eyes are watering as I even remember it now.

I squeaked a ball and his head turned just like a puppy and he looked down for it.  I had to put down my camera for a while and just love on him.  He is like every lab that we pay $$$ for from a breeder.  Who knows!  Maybe he came from one?  But why did he end up tied outside to a chain?  We as humans mess things up sometimes…big time.  They think his teeth came out from trying to get out of his chain and also malnutrition.  Yet, he is one of the sweetest spirits I have ever met.

A special angel.

Churchill made my day.  In a lot of ways he is just like all of the other labs we see in the rescue, in need of love and attention, a safe place to sleep.  I am at a loss for words though when trying to share his spirit with you all.  I hope you can see it in his eyes.

I will never forget my DAY ONE.  I am SO thankful that it is only the beginning!

To keep up with Churchill and other sweet lab loves visit the Atlanta Lab Rescue, and please come check them out this Saturday at K9 Planet in Roswell!

Naomi - Hi Alana,

Congrats on your Day 1 as a full time business owner! I know everyone at the capital misses you, but I am excited for you on your new start!

Thanks for sharing the photos and the story of Churchill. Dogs are so forgiving, and I wish people could be more like them.

I won’t be able to come to the adoption this Saturday with Bard since I have to work, and I will be taking a break from fostering labs while I am traveling. But I hope to see you when I come back and start fostering again.

– Naomi

Alana - Naomi! Thank you! You will be missed, but please stay in touch. You know where to find me! 🙂 I hope that you have a great summer!

Down By The Riverside…

We love taking the dogs to the river.

There are so many “firsts” ahead for Maggie this summer: the river, kayak trips, jumping off the dock at the lake, swimming at the beach, and chasing the largest birds she has ever seen!  We visited a new section of the river the other day.  Not the most dog-friendly section, but great for playing volleyball and they even had this outdoor workout area.  Really cool, but no great spots to just jump in the water and play, or run off-leash a little while.  Non-the-less, we had a good time, and the section we went to was maybe 5 minutes from our house- tops.  I am excited for these new adventures, and getting to share them with our baby girl this summer!  If you all know any great dog friendly sections of the Chattahoochee let me know!  We want to get out and meet new friends this summer!

We walked out on this crew dock and the light was just blasting through this huge tree…I am glad I had my camera on me!  You can see my little family below.  Magnolia always has her eyes on her mama…Mason always has his eyes on the geese!

Life is like this sometimes…all twisty-tangled up…those are the moments I cherish our little walks by the river.

Maggie says she will give you a kiss if you check out our Facebook page & LIKE us!

You can also follow our adventures on Twitter & Instagram (abjphoto)!

Atlanta Lab Rescue Adoption Day | Roswell Dog Photography

We had an awesome day Saturday at K-9 Planet in Roswell!  Other than a bit of a sunburn, the day was a huge success!  New dogs found homes, foster families, and had their first showing.  David and I can’t always bring another dog home to OUR pack, but have had the great honor of helping these and other dogs find forever homes!  To find out more about these dogs, and others, LIKE our ABJ Photography Facebook Page and check out the dogs on the ATL Lab Rescue Petfinder page!

Toffee (below) is a beautiful tripod lab that came into our care (ATL Lab Rescue) a few weeks ago.  She is getting along SO well, and would make any family complete!  We hope to show you another tripod pup from the rescue in a few weeks as I gather images for our upcoming project.

Buddy is a little sweetheart!  Look at that adorable face!  He was totally showing off for the camera on Saturday!

Ariel (above) and Noel (below) are looking for good homes!  Ariel could really use a great foster family too!

Handsome boys showing off their ball handling skills!
We LOVE helping out at the Atlanta Lab Rescue!  To find out more about adoption and fostering check out their site today!

Maxine + Jacki | Atlanta Dog Photographer

In Atlanta lives a dog named Maxine!  She is a beautiful Rottweiler who has lived quite an interesting life!  I have to say, when I got to Maxine’s house, I was not sure if she was going to let me in her yard…but after introductions we became fast friends!

Jacki + Maxine are the best of friends.  When I first spoke to Jacki on the phone I could tell that Max was a special girl, and they had a special bond.  I got to meet Jacki, her daughter, and Maxine this past weekend.  We had a great time relaxing in the yard, taking some photos, and laughing as Maxine entertained us with her personality, and some singing!

Maxine is truly one of the girls!  I could hang out on the deck with her all afternoon.  She had her eye on Jacki the whole time, and at her center, she is a girl with a mission- to take care of her mama.  Thank you Max for letting me hang out in YOUR yard, and thank you Jacki for allowing me to photograph you and your girls!  It was such a great afternoon.

For more information on how to schedule your dog’s photo session please visit our SERVICES page, or EMAIL ME today!

Atlanta Lab Harper | Decatur Dog Photographer

Meet Harper y’all!  Rescued and loving life in Decatur, Harper is one of the models for the special project I am working on for Atlanta Lab Rescue…I mean, seriously, look at that sweet face?!?

Harper is a one year old lab mix- a special blend of Lab, German short-haired pointer, love-bug, hound, high jumper, and now model. She was kind enough to show me around her town on one of these amazing pre-spring weekends!

During our tour, we got to visit the Decatur courthouse, and courtyard.  She kept a watchful eye out for friends, and treats.

I love the expressions on her face, and the added detail in her ears…I have a special place in my heart for puppies with big ears!

I know this face, it is the face of a girl who will melt your heart!

The image below may need to be hung on the wall of cuteness in my office!

Such a fun play date Miss Harper!  I hope out paths cross again some day!  I am SO happy that you are with your forever family!!!!

To find out more on how to book your dog portrait session, and play date, please contact me through the EMAIL ME button above.