Recently, Lisa and Jackie came over to my house for a doggy (and human) play date, where inroads were made to bring the two pups closer. Even though I couldn't get a shot of the two of them together, if cautious butt sniffing is any indication, it went a long way :)
Here are a few of my favorite shots of the sweet and handsome Frodo!
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When I think back to my childhood, a staggering majority of my happy memories are linked to summer vacations, and especially to the pool in my grandmother's backyard. My sister and I used to swim all day long, pretending to be mermaids, only coming out at night when we could no longer ignore the fact that we were wrinkled, shivering and starving. Nothing in the adult world compares to the joy and freedom a kid feels with the entire summer stretched out ahead of them. A few weeks ago, I captured evidence of that kind of joy when I went swimming with my sister Lisa, my sister-in-law Virginia and my niece/goddaughter Anna.
Watching her splash around in the pool reminded me of how I used to do the same thing, before I started worrying about my hair getting wet, getting pool water in my contacts, my mascara running and other mundane adult concerns. Whereas I tiptoed my way in the water, she cannonballed in without hesitation. I wanted to whisper to her, "Don't grow up!", but instead I decided to just immortalize the moment with a few photos that I hope one day she can look back on, when summer vacations are a happy memory in her past. I hope you're all having as good a summer as Anna is.
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Angela's House is an organization that assists families of children with severe disabilities or conditions that require a lot of medical attention or equipment to survive. This amazing organization was started by Bob and Angie Policastro, whose daughter Angela was one such child. Their experience getting Angela the care she needed revealed to them the gaps in the system that could have provided them with support and resources to improve Angela's life, and theirs. They started Angela's House to make sure families going through similar issues would have an advocate on their side. Since 1992, they have been coordinating services for these families to get medically frail children the help they need, both at home and at residential facilities.
The work they do is incredibly inspiring. I've donated a basket with a free photo session and a $100 print credit for them to raffle off at their Rock and Roll Barbecue fundraiser this Sunday at 89 North in Patchogue. I've also seen some of the other fantastic raffle baskets they've collected and I can tell you there will be something there for everyone. I hope their fundraiser is so successful, because the work they do is so important for the families in this community. I'm really excited to be involved. You can find all the information about the event right here. Admission is $20. Come listen to great music, enjoy free BBQ and help support this life-saving organization at the same time!