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January 2015

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bump update | the babe

I have an Official OFFICIAL last bump update for you all, seeing as 'the bump' has now arrived! We are so so excited to have welcomed Miss Arlo Eloise Balash into the world on January 28th at 11:11am. I can't believe it's already been a week since we met this little beauty. I'll be posting many more photos soon, but for now.. here's just a few.

 

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bump update | the wait

38 weeks.

The hospital bag is packed (and has been for two weeks). The house has been cleaned from top to bottom twice (and I still keep finding things to clean, I'm in full blown nesting mode). We've managed to narrow our list of names down to four (haha - give or take). Expiration dates on the food in our refrigerator have now surpassed my due date. Hormones have me feeling pretty irritable and the suspense of when this thing is gonna go down is starting to make the days feel pretty long .

 But it seems we're as prepared as we could ever be, so for now, we wait.


I imagine that the next month will be pretty quiet around my blog and facebook page. I will be taking sessions again in March, and though there may be a slight delay, I will be doing my best to keep up on emails and messages throughout February. A notice to my 2015 Senior's parentsAs of March 1st, print prices (through your client gallery) will be changing. Now is the time to order prints in order to get the 2014 pricing.

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rescued: a small cat colony

I'm sure it sounds dorky, but each time I add to this series, I become so giddy! I love telling these stories, being able to photograph animals and actually do something with the images. Believe it or not, I'm slowly running out of dogs and cats to photograph within my inner circle, so this coming year will mean outsourcing! (If you are someone who owns a rescue animal and wouldn't mind some free pet portraits, let me tell your story! You can email me here: jordanbalash@gmail.com)

You know how they say there are two types of people; Cat People and Dog People? As you've probably guessed, I'm a 'dog person'. We never had cats growing up, so I don't speak the language of cats. I like them, I just don't understand them. Along with 3 dogs (you can read about one of them here), my parents have 4 cats and though they aren't from animal shelters, they were rescued all the same. As I've mentioned before, my father owns his own garbage business and a few large garages/buildings where he houses all of his equipment. The story of how my parents ended up with a clowder of cats starts there, at the Shop. It began with Kibbies, the voluptuous little kitty below.  Kibbies' mother came to the shop in one of the roll-off boxes from a neighboring town where they have a bad stray cat problem. Not long after, we got a call from my dad that there was a  kitten in the recycling, so we found her and brought her home.  At the time, we were living with my parents, and our dog, Luna, became obsessed with Kibbies. They spent their days basking in the sun, napping, and rolling around nibbling on each other. (If you've never seen a kitten chew and pull on a dogs face/ears, put it on your bucket list for life.. the cuteness is sure to make your heart explode.) Unfortunately, the shop is located right next to a farm with lots of barn cats wandering around, and it wasn't long before Kibbies' mama ended up pregnant again. One afternoon, my dad walked in the front door of my parents house holding a tiny ball of black fur - a nearly dead kitten. This cat would come to be known as Otto. That night, my husband, sister and I went up to the shop to try to find the other kittens. After searching and chasing terrified, malnourished kittens in and out of buildings, we ended up finding the remaining four. After they were all vetted, a small black and white spotted kitten sadly passed away. My mom spent the following weeks nursing the remaining three cats back to health, feeding them with syringes and changing out hot water bottles and blankets every couple of hours. My parents had no intention of keeping these kittens, but they (not surprisingly) became extremely attached. They only ended up finding a home for one kitten -Cleo, though it's worth mentioning that he went to live with my grandparents, so that doesn't really count. (You can see a photo of the three kittens, Butters, Otto, and Cleo, below.) So, are you keeping track? That left them with three cats total. Not too long after that, Alfie came into the picture. Another cat found at the shop, another cat my parents promised (to themselves) that they wouldn't keep. We're not really sure where Alfie came from, as he looks nothing like the other cats that were rescued, but he is part of the four-cat-clowder residing with my parents, brother and sister. Since rescuing them, my parents have spent a lot of time at the vet dealing with the health issues the cats still face from being malnourished as kittens.. Kibbies has kitty asthma, Otto has emotional issues, Alfie can't really see out of either eyes.. could there be a more pathetic bunch? Regardless of their issues, these are four of the most spoiled and fawned over cats you will ever meet, and I don't think my parents could imagine a life without their small cat colony.

A big part of this 'rescued' series is to show the importance and impact of adopting animals from a shelter, but It's also about education. Before rescuing these cats, I never payed much attention to the amount of stray cats that are wandering through towns and cities. It can be frustrating because a lot of these cats are feral and hard to get to. So what can you do to help?  One way to help if you have a stray cat hanging around is build a simple cat shelter and fill it with hay. This will help keep the cat(s) out of the elements, you can read more about it here . Another way to help, and it may seem obvious, but feed them. If you think this is going to leave you with a gang of cats hanging around your house, you could be right, but we started feeding a very underweight/ overly friendly cat that was hanging around our house and he never came back. (My husband and I were very sad about this). The real solution to ending the feral cat problem is to spay and neuter them. Check with your local vet or humane society for programs and people that specialize in trapping feral cats to spay and neuter.

Name: Kibbers  Age:2.5

("The Queen", the bossiest cat in the bunch, full of sass and curves)

Name: Otto  Age: 2

(Shy, emotional, and sensitive. I was interrupting his afternoon nap)

Name: Butters  Age: 2

(The trouble maker, always trying to play and pick fights with his brother, Otto)

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Name: Alfie  Age:1.5

(The baby. Goofy, playful and a little bit cooky.)

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Butters, Otto and Cleo as kittens.

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Kreilach Family

It's not too often that I share large family sessions on my facebook or blog. Lots of times they are shot in a client's home or they don't really add to my portfolio all that much when it comes to creativity. That doesn't make them less important or memorable, it just means they don't always get shared. The sibling and cousin dynamic with these little ones from the Kreilach Family session was so sweet, I felt like I had to share a few! These three (and their parents - hah) did so good in the frigid temperatures, but I loved sneaking some candid's of them playing and interacting inside too, frozen red cheeks and all.

 

 

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Justin & Shelby | Engaged

13 minutes, you guys. My session with Shelby and Justin was basically the shortest session in America. We were all freezing, the snow was coming down so hard that I could barely keep my lens clear, but we somehow managed to get a ton of adorable shots in (roughly) 13 minutes. Hopefully we can pick up where we left off after my maternity leave and when the weather is a little warmer because these two are so sweet and candid with each other, basically a photographers dream to photograph. Either way, this mini engagement session has me SO excited to shoot their wedding this year!

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