Monthly Archives: March 2009

2009 Spring Sports Photography Coverage is Officially Underway!

It’s official.  Our photography of 2009 Spring Sports is ramping up to full stride this week, as we begin with coverage of Central Bucks East mens lacrosse.  Also on the docket are mens baseball, ladies lacrosse, ladies soccer and ladies softball in coming weeks.  And if you have any special requests — including booster club needs, team and individual portraits, as well as one-on-one individual commissions, let us know and we’ll be more than pleased to accommodate.

Our unique visual perspective takes you right up close to all the game action — allowing you to experience key moments on the field with the players, or perhaps to simply enjoy a reflective moment that’s representative of  what we call “sports portraiture”.  Additionally, our unique artistic enhancements  to select photographs continue to set imaging standards that sports enthusiasts will enjoy today and in years to come.

Included below are 8 image highlights from C.B. East’s mens varsity lacrosse 14-2 victory over North Penn on Tuesday afternoon.  Complete photo coverage of select competitions this year can be found in the online proofing section of our website, where image galleries are organized chronologically by individual school and sport.

Enjoy!!!

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Did Someone Say Double-Trouble? But They Look So Innocent!

Sometimes, life’s little ironies can be entertaining — regardless of how unplanned they may be.

Case in point…  Shortly after Zuke went back to The Seeing Eye for his medical evaluation and formal training, another local Seeing Eye puppy-raising family asked us if we’d “puppy sit” for them during mid-March, starting on March 13th.  They were raising a female black Lab puppy, named Oceana.

I vaguely remember thinking something to the effect, “Sure… no problem.  It’s a common courtesy among Seeing Eye puppy-raisers to help each other out from time to time.  And since Zuke had just gone back for training, it would be great to have another black Lab around — albeit temporarily — to fill the void we felt when Zuke left.”

Well, you know what they say about best-laid plans.  Little did we know that Zuke would be released from the program back to us by early March.  So by the time March 13th rolled around, we would have not one puppy — but TWO black Lab puppies in our care… and for 10 days no less!!!

At one point in the week, when our puppy duo temporarily tired of their near non-stop antics and chicanery, I managed to capture a few “photo op” moments with my handy, unobtrusive Canon G9 camera.  In each of these images, Oceana is the puppy on the left (who’s all of 9 months old)… and Zuke (now nearly 21 months old) is the familiar puppy you’ve come to know on the right.

And of course, here’s a casual moment featuring yours truly trying to keep both puppies in check for a photo op while outside in our front yard on a cool Spring afternoon.

Life is beginning to resume a sense of normalcy, now that we’re back to just one puppy in the household.  But the week that Zuke had a full-time playmate is one that we won’t soon forget!!!  And more than a few clients stopping in for a photo session or to pick up orders were pleasantly amused with the added entertainment as well.

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A Seeing Eye Puppy Comes Home…

Thomas Wolfe coined the phrase, “You Can’t Go Home Again”, in his novel by the same name.  But thankfully, that doesn’t apply to Seeing Eye puppies that don’t — or can’t — complete their formal training program as originally planned.  Or so we would hope.

This past Thursday afternoon — six weeks to the day we said our puppy-raising “good-byes” to Zuke — we were notified by The Seeing Eye that Zuke was being released from their puppy training program due to a minor medical condition.  It was nothing serious or life-threatening; however, it would preclude him from being considered for further formal training as a dog guide.  Whenever this occurs, the puppy-raising family is often given first choice to adopt the puppy.  So on Friday afternoon I made the drive to Morristown, NJ to formally adopt Zuke and bring him back to his familiar home in Doylestown, where we raised him for nearly 18 months.

Upon entry to The Seeing Eye’s main campus in Morristown NJ, I couldn’t help but notice the huge banner acknowledging 2009 as the 80th year that The Seeing Eye has been training dog guides and matching them to people in need of their services.

Having not seen Zuke for 6 weeks, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.  However, after completing the adoption paper work, I was quickly greeted by one very happy black Lab puppy — tail wagging feverishly followed by a quick, unabashed roll-over onto his back in expectation of a healthy belly rub.  Zuke was still Zuke!!!

Before jumping into the car for our ride back to Pennsylvania, I gave Zuke a good walk on The Seeing Eye’s campus and captured a quick picture of him near one of several bronze monuments on the campus grounds.  It was admittedly the most reflective portion of our walk, because that moment-in-time represented a “destiny unfulfilled” for an otherwise healthy and promising puppy we so lovingly raised for a very special purpose.

The inscription by this monument reads: “BEST FRIENDSThe Seeing Eye gratefully recognizes the children, familes and 4-H leaders whose gifts of love and gentle guidance nurture our puppies during their first formative year preparing them for their special destiny as Seeing Eye dogs.

Upon reading that plaque, although we were proud to have helped Zuke this far along in the program, I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad that Zuke would never reach that special point in the program where he’d be partnered with a person in need of a guiding pair of eyes.  At the same time, I also realized that Zuke’s ultimate destiny is yet to be determined.  And my wife Linda would love to introduce Zuke into the pet therapy field, where he could periodically bring a special dose of his energetic enthusiasm to people in need, while serving in a job that would be much less-demanding than that of a full-fledged Seeing Eye dog guide.

Meanwhile, Zuke is now back in Doylestown… making the adjustment to being our pet and loyal companion — all the while defying the notion that “You Can’t Go Home Again”.  In fact, he’s most likely going to discover his ultimate destiny in his own way and in his own time.  And from the looks of things (seen here with one of his favorite toys), he’s definitely going to have fun trying — amidst the comforts of home!

Watch this space closely, and stay tuned for future updates!!!

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