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Magnolia | Atlanta Dog Photography

This is my Magnolia!  A fellow Atlanta Lab Rescue volunteer shared a neat photo site with me over the weekend, 500pix.com.  Y’all should check it out.  After spending way to much time on that site I created a little photo challenge for myself.  It was fun putting this shot together, and I am excited to see what it looks like in print!

Keep your eye out for another great session on the blog this week!

Rumple Family | Duke, Jake, Chelsea, Trooper, and Eddie :: Marietta Dog Photographer

Oh my goodness y’all!  I cannot make up my mind when picking photos to blog, ESPECIALLY when my subjects are as cute as these guys!  My blog is about to EXPLODE with lab love!

A few weeks ago I got to hang out with Duke, Jake, Chelsea, Trooper, and Eddie…ALL Atlanta Lab Rescue doggies!  I was introduced to them a few at a time, and soon we were exploring their back yard and getting to know each other (A few of you got to see previews over on TWITTER).

Please snuggle in as I introduce you to each of them, I have some fun group shots to share too!

Yes!  We even got a few photos of everyone together…and on a bench!!  The photo below has some pretty funny out-takes! 🙂

Say hello to Duke, the senior of the crew.   He was so loving and friendly right from the start, showing off his toys and tricks, always a smile on his face.

Jane got LOTS of kisses during our session!

Oh Jake, Jake from State Farm (like the commercial), haha!  Jake is so young at heart!  I swear he is two not six…he has such a neat personality, and as you can see in many of the photos below, not afraid to check out what everyone else is going.

Chelsea is a little camera shy, but not afraid of telling these boys who’s boss!  She is the lady of the pack and even wears her own set of pearls! 

Oh Trooper, what a handsome boy!  Trooper is going to be in our Atlanta Lab Rescue calendar!  I will never forget when we first went outside Trooper ran right to his “pantry” and got a stick to show off.  He keeps his collection of sticks and things in one area of the yard under a canopy of trees, hence the name “Trooper’s Pantry”.

**update** Trooper lost his front leg as a result of a hunting accident.  The owner vetted him and then turned him into the Dekalb animal shelter. 🙁  Thank goodness for divine intervention,and the work of the ALR volunteers he found his way to his forever home!

Eddie is last, but not least!  He reminds me so much of my Mason.  I think Eddie plays hard to get…here is why…when I first arrived Eddie stayed back, gave me a few sniffs.  He was shy in his first photos, BUT then he started coming around with a rope to show me, and then it was a stick. By the end of the night he jumped right up on the couch next to me and snuggled in!  To me, that was the highest compliment!  

I love the rest of these shot because we just got to just hang out a bit.  I have so many it was hard to select what to share, but I thought some of these really caught the essence of the Rumple’s pack.  These pups are so fun, I cannot wait to come over and visit, I might have even offered to dog-sit!  Hehe!

I am SO THANKFUL to the Rumples of letting me come to their home!  I had a blast, and left with my heart so full.  This is an all-star lab rescue team!  And, these pups made it to paradise when they met Tom and Jane. 🙂

To find out more about scheduling your pet and family photography session please click the EMAIL ME button at the top of the blog!  And, to meet some amazing labs check out the Atlanta Lab Rescue website today!  Thanks y’all!


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!