Adoptable (and adorable!) Kane

If you follow Cobalt & Co. on IG you have seen a couple of my recent posts about Kane. And if you follow us on the FB page, you’ve seen even more. Kane is my current foster dog and he is just amazing.

Why is he so amazing, you ask? Well first and foremost, he had never stepped foot in a house until a couple of weeks ago when he came to my place. In fact, it was a struggle to even get him to do that! When we got home from the shelter Kane was literally too scared to get out of my car. So hubs and I had to actually pick up the crate that he was in, pull it out of the back of my Jeep, and carry it in the house.

At this point, some of you may be wondering why Kane had never been in a house until he got to my place. I’ll try to give a short answer here but this is a topic I’m particularly passionate about, so forgive me if I ramble. First you need to know that generally speaking animals are considered property, just like a tv or set of pots and pans. They have no rights of their own. The implications of this legal situation are vast but as it applies to Kane, it meant that he was born in a shelter because his parents were being held as evidence in a legal case.

Yup, in the same way that a firearm or drugs would be held as evidence, this dog, and hundreds more every single year, have to be held as evidence. That means that these precious souls have to wait days, months, and in the worst of situations, even years while the slow wheels of the legal system turn. One day soon I will share with you all the story of one of my dogs who spent almost 15 months being held as evidence before she was able to be adopted. More on her later! For now, back to Kane.

We have been taking things nice and slow since most of what Kane is being exposed to at my house is completely foreign to him. Even little things like the sounds of a vacuum cleaner or doorbell are new so I’m making sure to keep every single interaction and experience that he has 110% positive. Just like people, dogs are individuals and learn in their own ways and at their own speed. I am so extremely proud of the leaps and bounds Kane has made in the short time that he has been with us.

This sweet boy is going to make someone so very happy. He is a total ham, giant snuggle bug, smart as a whip, and a huge fan of doling out kisses. What more could anyone really ask for in a dog? If you or someone you know think that you might be interested in adopting this handsome man, please leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I would love to tell you more about Kane!

When Pinterest Comes to Life

Guys.  This family.  It's like they stepped off a pinterest board and straight in front of my camera.  

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I'm not sure how this momma has managed to have not just one but two of the sweetest, kindest, and most respectful teenagers out there, but she sure has!  

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The older I get, the more I realize how quickly time flies.  Kids grow and go off to college.  Parents, do yourself a favor and document these moments while you can!   

James Family | Lifestyle Session | Jacksonville, FL | Cobalt & Co.

Matt and Sierra recently purchased their stunning home near the beach with the help of their agent, Kavie Stahl of Caldwell Banker Vanguard Realty.  My husband and I are building a house right now and I would be lying if I said I didn't get some design inspiration from this couple's gorgeous home.    

I mean, hello bright white crisp & clean kitchen!  But as much as I loved their design, what stood out the most to me was the love that filled their home.  So much laughter.  So much cuteness.  So many snuggles.  Talk about #goals.    

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I absolutely love in-home sessions.  I just don't think traditional portraits can capture this level of love and intimacy.  Whether it's a milestone event or just because, I would be honored to do the important work of documenting your life and love.       

Parks Family | Lifestyle Session | Jacksonville, FL | Cobalt & Co.

The Parks Family is truly the definition of 'adorable'.  We're talkin' a-freakin-dorable.  Just see for yourself:  

A family that includes their pets is always a winner in my book.  And even though I'm totally the girl that goes to a party and makes friends with the dogs, I have to admit, Hadley totally stole this show.  Have you ever seen such a real life doll?

In-home sessions are always my fave.  Don't get me wrong, I love a good portrait, but there is just something so sweet and intimate about capturing real families in the midst of their real lives.  If my *ahem* thirty years have taught me anything, it's that change is the only constant and life moves far quicker than you expect - and rumor has it, this is even more true when you have children.  My greatest hope is that the images I create will invoke warm memories as families grow and evolve.  

This session was a complimentary gift from Kavie Stahl of Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty.