Gorgeous Family - Gorgeous Fall

Gorgeous Family – Gorgeous Fall

Gorgeous Family - Gorgeous Fall: Happy Happy

Happy Happy

This beautiful family asked me to capture their family photos this fall.  I am so excited to see this particular family as I was lucky enough to hold the baby photo session when this little one was teeny tiny.  We arranged to meet at Eagle Creek Park in November and were pleasantly surprised to see bright foliage waiting on us!  And even though it was a rainy day – it cleared up enough for us to capture a fun time.  What a gorgeous family and gorgeous Fall!

Gorgeous Family - Gorgeous Fall: Get Set!

Get Set!

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous Family - Gorgeous Fall: Go!

Go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here are just some plain old photos of the gorgeous park.  Enjoy!

Gorgeous Family - Gorgeous Fall: Lilly Pond

Lilly Pond

 

Gorgeous Family - Gorgeous Fall: Eagle Creek Park

Eagle Creek Park

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Tradition: Fall Roadtrip

Tradition

Tradition – a big word.  To me it usually entails a family activity or event like Christmas stockings hung on Christmas Eve.  Tradition literally is the handing down of customs or beliefs from one generation to the next.  If you read the various definitions of tradition it points to beliefs, customs, or the way of doing something that has existed for a long time.

But tradition, to me, can be defined as something special we do routinely today.  It can be handed down from one generation to another or it can be something we started on our own – a new tradition.  Just like the one my sister I started a few years ago traveling from Indianapolis to southern Indiana every October.

Each year we head out on a Saturday or Sunday morning and do not get back until evening.  Some years it is freezing cold, other years the fall colors are in their prime, and other years, like this year, the weather is in the low 80s with a nice cool breeze.  A perfect day to take the trek down and back to southern Indiana.

The main purpose of this annual trip is to visit the graves of our parents, grand-parents, the aunt I was named after, and many other extended family members.  We usually take something to put on the five main graves – a flag, a rose, something.  It is hard to believe our parents both are gone and even harder to believe it has been 4 years for our mother and 21 years for our father.  But they are buried in a beautiful peaceful cemetery and we were lucky enough to hear the church bells chime while there.

Tradition: Cemetery

Cemetery

Another purpose is to get a hamburger and milkshake at The New White Steamer in Washington, Indiana.  When we were kids and lived there roughly a year, we would walk over to get waxed paper wrapped hamburgers and french fires for dinner for the family.  We loved those walks down Main Street and loved our house and our grandparents’ home.  Special times.  It is nice to see how Main Street is changing for the better each time we visit.

Tradition: Marty and Maria 2011

Marty and Maria 2011

Another purpose is to pick up pumpkins for Halloween.  We found the Etienne’s Farm Market by accident on one trip and now must stop there for the beautiful pumpkin variety each year.  I always buy more pumpkins than planned but enjoy them thru the Fall.

Tradition: Etienne Farm Market Pumpkins

Etienne Farm Market Pumpkins

Tradition: Misty

Misty 2014

Tradition: Ardath

Ardath 2014

And the last purpose always is to stop on the way back at Graham’s Farm in Elnora, Indiana to get the best Colby cheese ever.  We would travel there as kids from Washington or stop in there when visiting our grandparents.  But we always had to stop for Colby cheese and if anyone in the family dared to be in the general area and not bring Colby cheese back for the rest of the family, they got coal in their stockings for Christmas.

Tradition: Marty and Ardath 2011

Marty and Ardath 2011

This year Graham Cheese closed their little store we were so fond of and they moved their inventory to a Dutch Pantry in Odon, In.  But that location does not have the charm or the memories of the Graham Cheese original location.  We liked going to the same place our parents and grandparents shopped in.  It was the same store our parents loved – it had the same floor our grandparents walked on.  That was the point.  It wasn’t necessarily the Colby cheese – it was the tradition.  And now unfortunately this tradition – as small as it may seem – is over.

Tradition: Graham Cheese Shop

Graham Cheese Shop

So….sometimes traditions may have end points.  I am sure there have been many traditions that have stopped through the years for one reason or another.  But when they do, those traditions become memories.  Nothing can take away the memories we have of times in that quaint little cheese shop.  The memories of our grandparents, our parents, and of us taking our children and reminiscing.  And we can continue to smile remembering.

I love the annual trip tradition Misty and I started a few years ago.  We notice the changes in the landscapes along the way and reminisce on memories.  Sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming driving on the same roads we traveled on as kids with Mom & Dad or in Grandma & Grandpa’s car heading to the farms or to dinner or to Indianapolis.  But mostly it is a comforting day remembering those great traditions that are now wonderful warm memories.

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Lucy

Pet Photography Blog_Pups of the 800 Dock

Ardath Waller – Pet Photography – Indianapolis-Greenwood Area, Indiana

 

Meet the Pups of the 800 Dock.  These pups have it made!  They get to spend many weekends on boats all summer long.

Pups of 800 Dock: Who? Me??

Who? Me??

 

 

They easily hop on and off the boats with very little trouble.  Well, sometimes they miss and land in the water but that does not happen often.

 

 

 

Pups of 800 Dock: I love big bones!

I love big bones!

 

 

 

These pups get super spoiled by everyone on the dock as they head back from taking walks in the grassy areas.  On Labor Day weekend they also get huge bones to munch on!

 

 

 

 

There are almost as many dogs as there are kids on the dock which makes it even more fun for the pups – they love being with the kids.

Pups of 800 Dock: Baby Doll Shelby

Baby Doll Shelby

Some pups know which boats have treats and they’ll head over for a visit especially in the morning just in case there is left over cold coffee to slurp up.  And some of the pups love rides on the dinghy to remote beaches to run and play.  They have to ride up front – nose first – king or queen of the dinghy.

Pups of 800 Dock: Sadie says it is HOT!!

Sadie says it is HOT!!

 

 

Pups of 800 Dock: Pups of 800 Dock: Sweet Sweet Tommy

Sweet Sweet Tommy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others love to hang out on the dock and get anyone passing by to turn on the water for a quick drink.

I ask very politely

I ask very politely

 

There is no doubt about it.  These pups are so lucky.  And so are the people of the 800 Dock.  There is no better welcome than the one from the 800 Dock Pups!!

Pups of 800 Dock: Layla posing in front of her boat

Layla posing in front of her boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pups of 800 Dock: Oh geez! Is it over yet?

Oh geez! Is it over yet?

 

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Senior Photo Session - Brooke

Senior Photo Session – Brooke

Ardath Waller – Photographer in Indianapolis-Greenwood, Indiana

Brooke came into town and then we hit the canal area for her senior photos.  The Indianapolis canal is a perfect backdrop for portraits and the weather could not have been more perfect.  Meet Brooke.  She is  EXTRAORDINARY and BEAUTIFUL and FUN and super SMART.  You will see these qualities in her photos.

Senior Photo Session - Brooke - 16

Senior Photo Session – Brooke – 16

 

Senior Photo Session - Brooke - 19

Senior Photo Session – Brooke – 19

 

Senior Photo Session - Brooke - 60

Senior Photo Session – Brooke – 60

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Senior Photo Session – Brooke – 64

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Senior Photo Session – Brooke – 51

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Senior Photo Session – Brooke – 44

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Senior Photo Session – Brooke – 14

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Senior Photo Session – Brooke – 10

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Senior Photo Session – Brooke – 56

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A Horse in Love

Pet Photography Blog IPPG Roselane Sept 2017

Ardath Waller – Pet Photography in Indianapolis-Greenwood, Indiana

Earlier this month I was excited to spend some time with the Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild  (http://www.ippgonline.org) at Roselane Farm (http://www.roselanefarm.com) in Sheridan, In.  It was a perfect evening to spend with beautiful horses and people.

Ardath Waller Pet Photography Indianapolis Greenwood Indiana

Beauty in the Eye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ardath Waller Pet Photography Indianapolis Greenwood Indiana

Beautiful Blue Eyes and Harness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ardath Waller Pet Photography Indianapolis Greenwood Indiana

Lovely Pose in the Stable

 

Ardath Waller Pet Photography Indianapolis Greenwood Indiana

I Can See You

 

Ardath Waller Pet Photography Indianapolis Greenwood Indiana

Matching Harness and Dress

 

Ardath Waller Pet Photography Indianapolis Greenwood Indiana

Thinking

 

Ardath Waller Pet Photography Indianapolis Greenwood Indiana

Beauty

 

Ardath Waller Pet Photography Indianapolis Greenwood Indiana

Stable Kitty

 

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Pet Photography Blog_Baxter Sept 2017

Hello – Baxter here!

I am a 9-year-old golden retriever who lives with my Mom, Ardath.  I remember the special day when she picked me up and brought me home to live with her.  She had a golden retriever who passed away earlier that year so she found a breeder and had the first pick of the litter.  She would come and play with us every weekend.  Her eyes were on one of my siblings but the day she came to take her new puppy home was the day I made myself known to her. I ran right up to her, looked up at her, and wagged my tail.  She laughed, bent down to pick me up, and said “where did you come from?”.  And that is when I won her heart.  At 6 weeks old, I headed out with my new Mom – the Mom “I” picked.

Ardath took me to Puppy Kindergarten when I was 9 weeks old and I learned the 6 basic commands – sit, stay, lay, heel, come, and my not-so-favorite word – no.  I excelled at the class and would do anything for a treat.  Still do!  Later I passed the exam to become a therapy dog and still love learning new tricks.

Baxter and Ardath at Gulf Shores

I really enjoy it when we go on walks around the neighborhood or hiking on trails or walking downtown with a bunch of other dogs.  I get to sniff at everything, check out the latest pee spots, and eat tall grass.  Here we are vacationing at Gulf Shores.  We loved that beach because I could walk and run on it with her.

I spend most of my days keeping track of her and trying to get her attention when she is working from home.  Sometimes I’ll bring 4 tennis balls into her office hoping to get her attention but those conference calls are hard to interrupt.  And I love to spend time with her grandchildren – one is especially loving with me.

Baxter spending time with my granddaughter

Paw to hand

 

 

 

Ardath realized how much I liked the camera when she took me to a Christmas photo shoot her camera club was holding.  I loved all the attention and was included in other family photos that night!  So now she creates a new portrait photo of me every Christmas which is included on the Christmas cards I write to her family and friends.  Here is a photo the year she made me wear an ugly Christmas sweater and Christmas lights.

Baxter’s Christmas Card Photo

When my Mom is not working her day job, she is a Photographer.  Ardath has taken many pet photographs and has a special talent in getting even the most bashful of my 4-legged friends to pose for the camera.  This blog is a passion of hers as well.  She would love to meet other pets and learn their stories.  All pets have a special story that should be told.  Watch for her.  When she is out walking around with her camera, she is always on the lookout for a new 4-legged friend’s story.  She would love to hear your story and blog about it!

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Wynwood – Miami

Wynwood Art District – I headed to Miami recently for a 4-day weekend.  My good friend from Naples joined me and we decided to be the typical tourists by riding the big red bus around the highlights of Miami.  Our tour guides were great guys who loved to share their knowledge of the city they live in and love.

One area that caught our attention was the Wynwood Art District.  I had heard how Miami was a thriving art district but had not experienced it until this trip.  As we sat on the upper level of the double decker bus we were able to see wonderful presentations of various types of art on the sides of the old warehouse district.  Wynwood exhibits the art of some of the most renowned street artists.

Love the figure creeping up the steps on this building.

Eyes – I love eyes!

This red building caught my eye.  Love the design on it.

Rats!  Ugh!!  But very fitting next to a construction site. 🙂

A bunch of bad guys.

The next day we headed back to this wonderful district and walked around.  Art was on many walls.  This was an alley across where we hopped off the bus.

And there is a center with several pieces of art all together called Wynwood Walls.

This is in an entrance to a nice restaurant.

The people in this photo help to give perspective of how large the walls were.

Love these large fingers.

A view of the large fingers from afar.  The doors lead into galleries featuring particular artists.  (
And they were a nice air-conditioned break from the heat.)

A nice city scape in the midst of everything.

More of the Wynwood Walls.

Here is a photographer taking a photo of a cool looking guy sitting amongst the fans.

And more eyes!

I plan to go back sometime when it is much cooler when we can walk around leisurely.  Here is Jane and I during this awfully hot day.

 

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A Girl and her Dog

 

Charlie

Meet Charlie.  Charlie came to his photo shoot with several outfits but in the end he was only in the mood to pose in his winter sweater, Colts jersey, and Pacers scarf.  Charlie is itty bitty but has a wonderful huge personality!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie

Maggie was super excited for her photo shoot and was super excited Mom stayed in the photos with her!  Maggie is the most lovable little girl and definitely likes having her photo taken.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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