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  • Well, hello! Welcome to fresh.simple.true. I create unusual portraits for unusual beings.

    I've just moved from Southern California to Kalamazoo, but I've brought my style with me. I live for The Quirk. Funny faces, silly expressions, and personal interactions that are like wonderful inside jokes to your family. Babies and dogs are my specialty; I love them individually, but when you put them together...bam! Awesomeness happens.

    My clients like portraits that show who they are, not just what they look like. They want the important stages of their lives documented, but in a genuine way. No soft focus for them; no awkward family poses and definitely no matching turtlenecks.

    I also shoot small weddings; after 5 years of shooting the full-blown events, I decided that I like the smaller, intimate kind. If you're looking for a few hours of wedding coverage, drop me a line.

    This site is a combination of my portfolio and blog. Blog posts are right below this introduction, and links to my portfolio work are directly above. I love to blog, but honestly, I'm on Facebook probably more than I should be, so find me there and say hello.

    I donate my time & art to many nonprofits, and starting just this September I've started to photograph shelter dogs at Kalamazoo Animal Care Services for the rescue group, Save Our Strays. Rescue work is close to my heart and I offer session discounts for those with rescued/shelter animals and also senior or terminally ill animals.

    I'm a big fan of community. I make my artwork available to nonprofit fundraisers at no cost; if you have an event coming up and would like to auction some of my work, don't hesitate to drop me a line and let me know what you've got going on.

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Two weeks ago last Friday, I went over to the OC Animal Shelter to rescue a Poodle who was being circulated on Facebook. But by the time I got there, the Poodle had been taken by a rescue. Good! But while I was there I of course had to visit with the pups. Walking the […]

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  • June 12, 2013 - 8:37 am

    Cindi - Mouse – you’re one lucky puppy. And boys – good work accepting a little sister! xoReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Janis - Fabulous story! I hope things work out fine. Lucky Mouse!ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 9:49 am

    licy - Thank goodness she has you..Lovely writing if hard to read her story.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2013 - 11:22 am

    Lee-ann - I’m so glad things are going smoothly. I was so worried that Bea wasn’t going to work out for us, for almost the same reasons… I couldn’t have Zelda feeling like she was being tossed aside. I think both dogs sensed that I was at the end of my rope, and all of a sudden they started playing. And since that day they’ve not stopped. Sending good thoughts to your babies!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 5:47 pm

    susan sabo - Cindi, the guys are being a-mazing. They continue to amaze me in the most awesome ways.

    Thanks, Janis. We’re crossing our fingers.

    IIcy, oh, thank you 🙂

    Hey Lee-ann, I’ve been giving the guys extra love and letting them work out their pecking order amongst themselves. And I sort of monitor the situation with Mouse, like not letting her stand or lay on my chest. So far, so good. The guys still wrestle together daily, and sleep together with me at night. Thanks for the good thoughts; you know from experience that we need them 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    Jennifer Konig - 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    tracy ducasse - this brought a small tear to my eye, but in a good way.
    I am so glad, that Mouse is working out with the boys.ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    susan sabo - heya Konig. 🙂 back and I’ll add a xo

    oh Tracy, thank you. I really really wasn’t sure about keeping her; I never think these things through when I’m there at the shelter. All I knew was that I had to get her out. She ended up being a really good fit for the guys. Bonus: she looks like them too! LOLReplyCancel