Adopt don’t shop

All of these pets need forever homes….If you live in the Hampton Roads area and are looking for a cat, dog, hamster, rabbit or guinea pig, please stop the VBSPCA this weekend to adopt an animal that needs a second chance. I don’t have the names of all the pets below, but anyone at the shelter can help you find them…Rio is the little Chihuahua and he has some special requirements like no kids…Georgia, the beautiful grey and white long haired cat is amazing….she is so regal and loving, she will make someone a great pet. Stop by the shelter at 3040 Holland Rd in Virginia Beach and visit with the animals…


Leigh - June 11, 2010 - 2:48 pm

Rio is amazing. I’d love to adopt that cutie :) great photos of all the cats, I hope it helps them get loving families.

Allison - June 22, 2010 - 4:34 pm

All of those cat photos are amazing! And Rio is a hoot. Awesome work Jill, so glad you love to help these animals find new homes :)

Wendy - June 23, 2010 - 10:15 pm

love the new photo format! Looks great!!
Hope you are having a wonderful summer.
Sit, stay cool and smile : )

Stephanie - June 26, 2010 - 10:08 am

I LOVE Rio!!!

Willette Designs – Norfolk, VA Children’s Photographer

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and working with Kelly Willette of  Willette Designs. She is a Norfolk based children’s photographer who was named as Nickelodeon’s Parent Choice Award winner for best family photographer in 2009. Kelly also offers online workshops on children’s photography, as well as other helpful hints for the aspiring photographer.

Kelly came by my booth at the Stockley Gardens Art Show a few weeks ago, picked up a card and decided to email me about having her sons picture made into a collage. I was so excited when I received her photo because it was the most adorable shot I have seen in a long time…I looked at her email and noticed she was another local photographer, so I emailed back and asked if she would like to do a trade…Trade is a lost art in today’s culture and I find it interesting how artists seem to be the ones who are most open to it nowadays…I LOVE to do trades with other artists….9 times out of 10 I would rather have a new piece of art that someone made than a few bucks in my pocket.

We have been in desperate need of a family photo for a long time, so I asked Kelly if she would mind photographing my family. Kelly is a children’s portrait photographer and she usually does not photograph entire families…she made an exception for us and I am so grateful. We are so happy with our pictures and I know we will cherish them for a lifetime. It is really easy as a photographer to get caught up taking everyone else’s photos and neglect your own family, not to mention the fact that it is nearly impossible to get out from behind the camera to actually be in the shot!

Here are a few photos I wanted to share with you…The first shot is Kelly’s image that she emailed me of her son and the second image is of her completed collage that I made from that picture. I love the way it turned out…it shows you how important it is to start off with a really great image when you comission a collage. The rest of the pictures were taken by Kelly of my family. I could have posted many more images, but I thought this was enough to give you a general idea. Thanks again Kelly!


Dawniele Castellanos - June 11, 2010 - 11:19 am

Can I just say love love this blog with all the pets!

Sara - June 25, 2010 - 1:24 pm

The collage you created is out of this world! Absolutely stunning and *so* perfect for that photograph. Love it!

Gator & Shadow

A  few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing these two amazing dogs…Gator & Shadow. Gator is a shepherd mix and Shadow is a lab mix of some Heinz 57 variety. Gator reminds me so much of my dog Wiley and proved to be as smart and well mannered as my own boy. Gator loved checking out the chickens at Stoney’s and lounging around on my antique sofa….Shadow was a little bit more timid, but she loosened up when she realized food was involved! I love the shots with the azalea’s blooming in the background…what great color and texture for photography.

I will be  trying out some new blog frames for my photos over the next few weeks….let me know what you think…


claire - June 2, 2010 - 11:51 am

what a fab session! those flowers are incredible…your photos always have serious color!

Nicole Mlakar-Livingston - June 2, 2010 - 9:30 pm

Beautiful shoot! The glasses shot is killing me!

Custom Pet Portraits – Virginia Beach, VA

Here are a few new art pieces…two are commissions and the others are just for shows…The “Bad to the Bone” piece has been very popular and I have posted two different versions for  you to see. I am having so much fun creating these collages…I just crack up while I am creating them.

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. I am looking forward to doing nothing, maybe hitting the beach if the weather holds up.


Grace - May 27, 2010 - 2:24 pm

Jill these are beautiful! Bad to the Bone is hilarious – love the skull and crossbones.

Nicole Mlakar-Livingston - June 2, 2010 - 9:30 pm

Your art is always an inspiration. You have such a wonderful gift.

Sadie & Vito

These two pitt bulls came out to Stoney’s for a photoshoot a few weeks ago and man did they have a good time. They were so well behaved…neither one tried to chase the chickens (see, not all pitt bulls are crazed killers) and Vito looked especially at home in this junk yard dog kind of environment…Stoney’s is in full swing right now with lots of color and texture which I love and they are always so good to me over there…thanks Lynn, Carolyn & Mr. Hudgins. Here are my favorites from the day and I have also posted two of the the digital pet portraits that their owner commissioned….


Morgan - May 27, 2010 - 3:56 pm

Thanks, Jill! All three of us had such a wonderful day with you! And thanks for showing that pit bulls are just dogs, with varying individual personalities….in my case, two sweet, goof-balls!

Allison - June 22, 2010 - 4:37 pm

These are amazing! I love all the different backgrounds. Looks like you captured their personalities perfectly! And I ALWAYS love your artwork!

SPCA Spring Pet Portrait Day 2010 – Virginia Beach, VA

Here are some of my favorite shots from the annual VBSPCA Spring Pet Portrait day that I held this past weekend. I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Bob & Kathy Carter for allowing us to set up camp at their beautiful home. The gardens were absolutely amazing and the breeze off the water helped keep humans and pets alike from having heat stroke on a really hot day. Everyone had a great time and we raised some money for a really good cause…thanks to everyone who participated. Your support is what makes our local shelter the best in the area!


Maija Lepore - May 12, 2010 - 10:40 am

You are so good, Jill!!!
Come to my blog and be my friend for a special giveaway!

Sheri - May 12, 2010 - 9:18 pm

Love the photos of Skylar posted on your website. It has been four years since having you take the first set of pet photos for me, and I am never disappointed!

Lyn Henry - May 18, 2010 - 4:51 pm

I am so pleased with my photos of Gracie, Toby and Sabre! Everyone I show them to loves them too. Amazing that you took so many great photos in so little time. Thanks so much!

Teresa Diaz - May 19, 2010 - 10:18 am

Hi Jill,
These are great shots! I particpated two years ago and love the shots of my boys; I have since adopted another and wanted to get the three of them in a shoot. I am sooooo disappointed I missed the May 12 shoot; I saw it advertised in the SPCA newsletter but failed to write it down. When will you do the fundraiser again?
Again, lovely work as always! The person snuggling the black dog really touched me. Take care, Teresa

admin - May 19, 2010 - 1:43 pm

I will having another spca benefit around the holidays….usually the week after Thanksgiving sometime…Thanks for your continued support!

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