May the fourth be with you at Yappy Hour.

We love our Fridays at Yappy Hour at The Wine Bin. Add on that it was Star Wa…May the Fourth be with you day and it was a great evening. A few threats of rain, and a heat wave for the day didn’t help, but the crowds came out in force (ok I’ll stop forcing the forced jokes about the force… insert your eye roll now).

There were two very awesome basset hounds who we got to talk to and spend some time with. Dodger and Angus were very fun to meet. Dodger was overwhelmed but his brother Angus brought him out of his shell and he let me pet him and got him feeling more comfortable.

We also got to meet Luna, a 12 year old (I know she looks far younger) Aussie who just wanted more reasons for treats. As well as some of the others who came around to it.

The rescue of the night was M.A.S. Rescue (http://www.masrescue.org/) and the dogs they had were absolutely adorable.

What does a photographer do…

So what does a photographer do when they go to one of their best friends wedding? They get bored not having their camera in hand of course…

I wanted to write something profound but I’ve got nothing… So here are pics as a guest of the wedding.

 

The niece of the bride kept being cute… I could make some jokes but I think she knows that there is a family history of firefighting and wants to slide down the pole and get to the fire truck.

They did a beautiful job decorating, and gave really cute shot glasses as the guest gift. I don’t drink, but they were cute and fitting for the bride and groom. Instead of a guestbook they had people leave notes and advice on Jenga pieces so when they played in the future they could have an awesome takeaway they’d use.


Camera went away to enjoy the toasts, and only videoed the first dance, and mostly to not intrude on the photographers paid to be there. I did have to capture some of the cutesy moments as the kids danced with various guests as well as the father daughter dance at the very end (after videoing the father daughter dance).

The boys got in on the dancing with their moms as well. As a friend of the family it was cute to watch the sister and sister in law bring smiles to their respective boys smiles.

As the night went on, the drinks kept going, and so the dancing got even more fun to watch and photograph. The best man (no jacket, and hair on his head) and groom (jacket, vest, no hair on head and glasses) had a little bit of fun. And the bride and groom danced together quite a bit.


The mother of the bride and groom were both dressed stunningly, it was nice seeing them both so excited to be there.  It was also really cute to watch the mother of the bride dancing with the groom.


And then my highlights of the night… Watching my friend smile as she danced with her new husband. I am so happy they met each other, and that he is able to bring out that smile of hers. They are amazing to see together that happy, surrounded by their family and closest friends. Even cuter when my friend and her husband are dancing next to her parents, joking back and forth, having fun.

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Dancing under a tent in the middle of the Patapsco Female Institute, a STUNNING venue for a wedding.

 

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The remains of the chapel from PFI in Ellicott City. Part of the beautiful building that hosted this wedding.

And just for good measure… here’s the beautiful location they chose for the wedding.

Spare a Swamp

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Wood I ask you a question?

Sometimes when you get a free day you just go chasing birds around in hopes of finding a migratory gem, and you find one that you haven’t yet gotten pics of but have been chasing for a while.

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Reflecting on life

It’s all a swamp sparrow thing. Nothing more. Nothing special, I just like them.

Hopefully soon I will be finding something even cooler.

 

7 years

7 years ago we photographed 3 dogs in our studio, and had fun capturing their personality. RecentShotsBlogPost

Last week we got to photograph 2 of the surviving 3 dogs (unfortunately one of my favorites from the shoot passed) along with the rest of their family when we went and did their photos again. Jinx has slowed down, but still photographs just as well as he had 7 years ago. Mouse has gone from a hyper Jack Russell pupster to become one of the top agility dogs in the world (in her height class) and has also just gotten even more beautiful. TraceyPhotosbyBSPhotography-6855

We love seeing the same furmilies in front of our camera year after year. It makes us feel like part of the family and it’s awesome to see them grow up.

As we start the Yappy Hour season…

With threats of rain, a mild start to the evening and little bit of wind to make it interesting, The Wine Bin at the top end of Main Street in Ellicott City started it’s warm weather tradition of having Yappy Hour on the first Friday of every month April to October. With donations going to a chosen dog charity each month, plenty of libations, some furry friends, a couple of vendors and live music all in The Wine Bin’s parking lot, this is a must attend event for all pet lovers.

B.S. Photography was down there to enjoy the festivities, and promote our photography. We just happened to break out the camera though and photograph some of the furry friends we met, and even pet a few of the pups that came out.


Check out The Wine Bin and all of their awesome events at their website, and/or keep up with them on their facebook page. And don’t forget to get in contact with us if you are interested in a photo shoot with your furkids.

Oh and the next Yappy Hour is May 4th, from 6-9 pm. Come with your Star Wars jokes and we will plan to bring a backdrop and our lights for photos. 

To Utah we did go…

 

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Our chariot through this long drive..

Thanks to United Airlines having some majorly public issues with their handling of pets on flights, and cancelling all new pet flights  through May as they figure out how they want to handle pets in the future, so I had to go drive a friends dog out from PA out to Utah to drop the dog off with it’s owner so it could be back to it’s owners in time.

So the trips plan was to rent the car, drive to Utah with the dog and then fly back.

One camera and one lens came along so I could document the trip, but the rest of the packing list was limited.

First day was plain, focusing on making sure the dog was comfortable and not seeing much of too much interest to stop for. She was happy and a great guest to have in the car through the 2100+ mile trek.

 

 

First night got us out past Indianapolis, IN and provided a small rainbow on our trip once we got through Ohio before sunset.

Day two got a great start, and gave me a little time to be able to photograph, but mostly just personal photos, and a couple bird ID photos so I could figure out what species I was seeing that I didn’t recognize.

 

We kept going and made it into another 3 states, adding up to 7 for the trip so far.

Iowa was pleasant but a little boring, and up to the point where we found a hotel for the night. Nothing really exciting to me, and I got to spend time with Molly more.

Waking up in Nebraska was slow going, and much of the way till we got to Wyoming was spent behind one single tractor trailer, trying not to get distracted by the Sandhill Cranes, and other avian visitors along I-80.

 

 

We did a midday pitstop once we were in Wyoming at the highest rest stop on I-80 in Wyoming (8600+ ft up, it was kind of cool), and got to see a really melancholy former president Lincoln statue as he looked at trees and small clouds, though the view from the visitors center was very nice.

The day got more interesting as we came out of the high peak, and went down through the buttes, and beautiful scenery, and just got even more stunning the longer the day went on. Southwestern Nebraska, all of Wyoming, and Utah all have made the list of places I want to go explore a lot more and actually get to photograph these places properly.

 

We also picked up a visiting painted rock at one of the gas stations we stopped at, and got to take some photos of it on it’s trek back to UT, and then the rest of the way home with me, before finding it’s way to the next step on it’s journey. We made it all the way to Utah that night, though had to stop to photograph one of the mountain cities we passed through on the way to the hotel. It was absolutely stunning up there at night, though it hid it’s beauty mostly until in the morning.

 

Our view from the hotel was revealed in the morning, and Molly was just enjoying the view in the morning with me. The mountains were just amazing. We hit the timing just right as there wasn’t much snow where we were, but the mountain tops all had just enough snow to be incredible. I told Molly she was going to get to see her dad that day and she gave me her normal look of “excitement” but I knew she’d miss me as much as I would miss her.

We met up with her dad just outside of Salt Lake City and she was on her trip back to California.

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Bye Molly… go enjoy spending time with dad. 

Then time to go clean out the car, and turn it in to the rental guys before waiting for the flight.

Once checked in, I found some Therapy dogs working for the airport who were fun to talk to and enjoy getting a very welcome few pets in (It’s hard to go more than a single day without some sort of puppy contact for me) before going through security and waiting for my flight.

 

SLC airport had an incredible view, as I watched plane after plane land and take off, I had to capture some of the beauty in the airport. My painted rock friend had to come join me too for a photo.

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Over the mountains and closer to home… to my own house I go.

Our flight took us right up and over the mountains. I think we hit 29,000 feet going over the mountains, and i was able to convince my rowmate to let me get a photo out the window as we went to Denver, before I transferred to a red eye flight to Baltimore. When we got into Denver we dropped into a light snow storm, and I was able to capture a snowflake or 2 on the window, then used the Second flight to capture even more pics as I waited for boarding, de-icing, and then takeoff.

 

I love my camera’s capabilities with night photography too. I was able to capture the city lights of one of the towns below us as we traveled, before we got above the clouds. Arriving at 2:10 am, it was a fun journey and BWI is gorgeous at night with few people in the airport.

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2141 miles (started at 29098 miles)

2141 miles of driving (I reset the odometer about 20 miles in) and nearly 30 hours of actual drive time or so (It started before that but I did’t know how to reset that one). 4 days of driving, and 5 hrs, or so, in a plane to get back, this was one heck of a trip.

Molly made it home safely, and her owners are very happy to get their beautiful girl back.

I don’t have anything really profound to say though. It was a fun 10 state journey (MD, PA, OH, IN, IL, IA, NE, WY, UT, CO and back to MD) with an amazing dog.

We are available to do trips like this again, just let me have an extra day or two to be able to relax with the pups and photograph more and I’ll be happy.

Super Pet Expo and Repticon- Chantilly 2018

Most pet expos I’ve been to are dog and cat centric, with vets, products, and rescues mostly. Super Pet Expo this year decided to include Repticon and a TICA Cat show.

We decided to vend with the Repticon side of things, which let us hang out with the creepy and crawly critters all weekend, though there were still a ton of furry ones who came to see us too.

We had a few fun guests visit us and we got to play with some for the neighboring exhibitors critters. We even got to photograph one of our favorite buddies, Wally the Chuckwalla, who showed up Saturday and Sunday with his mom for the show too.  We love seeing Wally out there.

3 years of trying to find one…

It took 3+ years of chasing reports on these Cedar Waxwings to try and find them. They aren’t uncommon but they are very mobile, especially in winter where they go from berries to berries feeding till the berries are gone.

When I finally found one, I had to get the pics, and then this picture opportunity happened. I spent nearly 90 minutes following these birds around the trees, and I managed to get this one. There are many others in the photos, but those will get shared another time.

 

 

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Cedar Waxwing in Columbia, MD (C) Bryan Sirotkin/B.S. Photography

Sometimes…

Sometimes you just have to stop and photograph.

Tonight, we were on the way home from dinner and noticed that HCPD and HCDFRS were out in force helping to clean up and take care of an accident scene that closed Northbound MD 29 this evening.

Thank you to the brave men, women and dogs of Howard County Police Department, and Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

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