Just before Thanksgiving our family got the best Christmas gift ever!! My niece was born. The first little girl in the family in quite a while so we are all very excited!!!! My little brother, Anthony, had a baby girl. Well, actually he didn’t do much. My sister in law, Nina, had a baby girl and Anthony supported her in her breathing and pushing. Baby Daisy came into the world as perfect as she could be and I flew out to Chicago to do her newborn photos at about the 8 day mark. Here are some of the photos from the session.
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My good friend Hercules, the pit bull, has about 2-10 weeks to live. Cancer is getting the best of him and his time with us running out. Many of you know him, have met him at events or know him through the portraits of him that I have taken in the last few years. He has marched in several Luv-a-Bully marches, first with 4 legs and then with 3 legs and served as an “ambassadog” at many rescue events around Orange County.
I met Hercules in 2009 at a Luv-a-Bully march in Brea. The march was a gathering of about 200+ pit bulls and their owners to dispel the public opinions that pit bulls were mean fighting dogs and protest BSL (Breed Specific Legislation). Dr. Paula Terifaj (now the owner of DogSpa) asked me to photograph the event and that is how I met Hercules and his family, Kylie (now 5) and mom Leslie. I snapped some photos of Herc and Kylie at the event and a few months later Leslie contacted me, in a panic, to do portraits of Kylie with Hercules because Hercules had cancer and she did not know how long he would live. Kylie was two then and Leslie was afraid that without photos Kylie would not be able to remember Hercules when she grew up. Since that time, the bond that Hercules shares with his girl Kylie has become a personal photographic project for me. The images of Kylie and Hercules together have touched many people and helped to change the negative perception some people have of the pit bull breed. The portrait work has served as a medium to communicate the true nature of pit bulls as protectors and kid-loving, furry balls of love.
I know a lot of pit bulls!!! Of all of them, Hercules is the most loving, the most patient, and the best ambassador for the breed I’ve ever met. His work here on earth is just about done. I’ve captured some memories with the photography we’ve done, but it’s still so difficult for Kylie and Leslie to deal with the loss they will grieve someday very soon. I have been trying to think of something to do to help them and then today it hit me . . . I know we are all busy people, but I would like to make a simple but heartfelt request . . . send Hercules and/or his girl Kylie (who is now 5) a card or a note before he goes. Wish Hercules the best, send hugs, send notes of gratitude for allowing us to see what dedication and love is all about. Tell Hercules how brave he is to have fought cancer for 5 years. Tell Kylie and Leslie how you admire that they have cared for him so well these five years while Hercules had numerous treatments to keep his cancer at bay.
I have tried to remember all of the people that Hercules has touched in his life, but I’m sure there are so many more. Feel free to share this message with anyone you know, that might know Hercules or be interested in his story. Tell everyone about him and spread his story far and wide. He’s a good dog and good pit bull and he’s leaving a big ‘ole pawprint on my heart and the hearts of many.
I have also posted this on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lspetportraits
Please send cards and love to:
Hercules c/o FOCHP
26423 Scott Rd.
Menifee CA 92584
Thank you so very much for caring about the breed we love.
P.S. If you haven’t already read it, Roni Raczkowski wrote a wonderful article about Hercules and it was published on the Best Friends site and went viral a couple of years ago. http://bestfriends.org/News-And-Features/News/Are-You-There,-God–It-s-Me,-Hercules/
P.S.S. For those of you who do not know, a portrait from 2012 of Kylie and Hercules are featured as the month of July in the Unexpected Pit Bull calendar http://theunexpectedpitbull.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=50
So lately I’ve been tinkering with a new style for my portraits. I’m not sure what to call it but they somehow seem to tap into the connection we have each other , whether it be people with their families or people with their pets. This connection is something that has always interested me. As far back as I can remember (even before I was interested in photography) I have been in love with love. In love with the way people connect with other hearts and how you can see the connections. Here are some portraits I did recently where the connection is so strong you can feel it. This is Minnie and her person. They’ve been together for a long time and soon Minnie will be leaving this world because she has cancer. (you can see there is some fur missing from her right leg) Hopefully she will be able to stick around a little longer because I know her mom will miss her so.
While at WPPI (a.k.a. playground for photographers) I purchased some new software that will allow me to design better and more amazing albums and I also bought a blog board builder. Now I expect that I’m going to be spending quite a few nights jacked up on caffeine while learning all the cool stuff that my software can do. Here is my very first blog board with my new toy Blog Collage by Fundy Let me know what you think!
Family portraits. Here are some images from a recent maternity session. The whole family was involved and we did a really beautiful album with them. Baby Edric was born about a month after the session.
Here is what happens when you come to the studio for portraits. This is pretty typical. Doggies have fun, people have fun and of course we get some really nice images . . .
When I was about 23 I gathered my brothers and went to a pro photographer to get a portrait done of the three of us. I can’t tell you how much she loved it. She cried (the ultimate test of a good “mom” present). Now I’m a bit older (uh-hem, friends and fam, no need to give away how much older) and one of these portraits hangs in my home today. It was a perfect gift for mom but more than that it is now a gift for the whole family. I treasure it. I only regret that I didn’t do it more often. So this might seem like a no-brainer “gift idea” but we all need reminding. Whether mom’s kids (or your kids are tiny little babies or pretty much all grown up, she loves photos of them. So whether you book a session with me for Mother’s Day or any day, do it. You will always be glad you did. And Moms reading this, we do offer gift cards and we are used to dealing with husbands/dads who are clueless as to what to get you for Mother’s Day. Just send them our way and we will handle the rest.
Here are some images of “kid” portraits for mom . . . forever.
OK, so we know what you’re thinking. Mother’s Day!! That’s in May. That is so far away. Well, not really. It’s March 1st and in about two months you’ll be pulling your hair out trying to think of the perfect and meaningful gift for your mom (or the mother of your children or furry children). Can we make a little suggestion? Make it easy on yourself and call us now to schedule an appointment. We will do portraits of whoever “Mom” loves and then you’ll have the most amazing and thoughtful gift to wrap and present to her ON Mother’s Day. Not only can we help you select beautiful custom prints but we also have a very nice selection of custom photo products like photo jewelry, bags, canvas art. Stuff that is sure to bring a tear to Mom’s eye. So for the next few weeks we will post a photo and an idea of what would make a great gift for Mother’s Day.
Without further ado . . . Mother’s Day Gift Idea #1
A tote bag for all her stuff with your photo on it!!! Or her pooches photo on it! Bags take about 3 weeks so that is why you will want to book your session soon to get your mom’s session done and then order the custom photo bag.
Here is a slide show with images captured at a recent photo session. Yes, this is the absolute cuteness that you get when you book a private studio session at Lisa Scarsi Photography studio (adorable pups not included, you must bring your own What would that be BYOAP hee, hee!
My daughter is still young enough to give Valentines to friends. My son is far too cool for such an emotional activity. He is in the “friends get a punch in the arm phase” . . . a phase I’m told may last a decade or two. Sigh. A friend sent me to a really cute Valentine idea on Pinterest It was a photo of a kid holding their hand out in front of them with a treat in it. I took that idea and twisted it a bit to fit our furry family Here is our dog Ginger on the front of the Valentine.
And on the back is the message with a photo of Sophia and our other dog Buddy. The paw-shaped lollipop I found on Shindigz and I simply slit the card near the sides of Ginger’s mouth to make it look like she was holding the pop in her mouth. When I photographed Ginger for the shot, she had her mouth open just slightly which makes the image more believable. The Valentines were a big hit with Sophia’s class.