Thursday, October 30, 2008

Portrait of Bella

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When I least expect it, a glance over my shoulder lends a photographic opportunity. That’s usually the way it happens. It’s all about perception and caring to notice...

Because the sun illuminated a bright spot on Daddy’s chair, there was no ado on my way for the camera. At times like this, I never want to excite the children.


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Visions of hula hoops danced in her head. She had fun.



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I’m so s-s-sleepy. Can I stay in Daddy’s chair?

Yes, you may stay, Bel. Be still, OK?

Not sure of my intentions, she focuses on something other than me, hoping I would not say the “Off” word.

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Maybe fie don’t see you, you won't see me in Daddy’s chair.


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Methinks I’m s-s-safe.
Ooops. My belly rumbled. Ahhh.
I feel much better now.


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Am I pretty?

Yes, you are very pretty, Bel. Stay, please.


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Ok. Can I get a cookie soon?

Wait a minute…


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Color? Or black and white?

Happy Halloween!

41 comments:

thailandchani said...

Wow... pretty inside pictures, too! :)It all looks so cozy.


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Dorothy said...

Such a good poser Bella is!!!
Great lighting too Mary!

xox
Dorothy

Cheryl said...

Oh Mary....beautiful Bella........lovely lovely Bella.....

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Ahh Mary your Bella is just picture perfect. Me thinks she deserves two cookies. Lisa

Joy said...

I couldn't choose between b&w or color. They're both perfection.

The one where she has her eyes closed almost all the way makes me wonder if she's thinking, "If I close my eyes she can't see me."

Angie said...

Adorable pictures of Ms. Bella!!! Isn't she a sweetheart! And your house is gorgeous! Thanks bunches for your sweet comments on my pitifully neglected blog. :) Hugs to the Licker Sisters from the Barkin' Boys. :)

gretchen said...

OH COLOR!! Definitely! It's all about the quality and warmth of the light (second only to the beauty and charms of Bella, of course!). These look like classic Vermeer paintings! I absolutely love these photographs and I smiled my way through this entire post... I will be looking at it again many times!
hugs and a happy halloween to you!
gretchen

jason said...

Oh, very nice photos, Mary! And definitely color. She looks spectacular that way and the warmth of her eyes really shows through.

I adore the whole turned head approach; that always tickles me. If I can't see you, surely you can't see me. I've seen that so often throughout life yet never grow tired of it. As Joy said, the closed eyes seem like a different approach to the same tactic. Very cute!

bruss1510 said...

Hi Mary: Yes, I am finally out from the lurking shadows. The Flock has convinced me to comment more frequently. I read your blog every day, too. Love your sweet little Bella. What a cutie. Can't wait to meet you in West Virginia.

Beth (former Lurker)

NCmountainwoman said...

And the winner is...BELLA! Great shots of such a wonderful dog.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Color, I like color. Of course Bella looks beautiful in any light or color wave.

Kathleen said...

Bella glows in beauty. She is a darling girl. I especially love her sleepy, snoozy portrait.

beckie said...

Aren't they teir sweetest when all sleepy eyed and comfy. Just like a child you want to cuddle them. Bella's almost closed eyes tell she is secure in your love of her even when she is where she's not supposed to be. Love those Bostons- such facial expressions speaking volumes!

Wendy said...

She looks so sweet posing so patiently for her pics. Glad you had your camera happy.
Now.....does she get her cookie?? Pretty please??

Lynne said...

Pretty Bella.

Mary said...

Beth,

Congratulations! You are no longer part of lurkerdom!

Nice to meet you - I'll see you in West Virginia. The rolling hills will never be the same :o)

Will you consider a blog? I enjoyed your trip to Cape May...

Mary

Mary said...

Hi All, thanks for your nice comments on Bella. She's not a perfect pup but knows how to show her most endearing qualities. Doesn't mind the camera, either :o) Now, I must concentrate on my older girl, Chloe. After surgery on a little soft tissue mass on her lower eyelid, I'll *try* to photograph her charm.

Mary

Dog_geek said...

What beautiful pictures - you really caught the perfect lighting! My favorite is the last picture, but the color version - it shows off her beautiful eyes so well! I can't wait to see Chloe's potraits!

KGMom said...

Awww--bella Bella. So pretty. She did well staying right there.

KatDoc said...

Everyone else has taken all the good adjectives, so I will just say, "Well done, Mary!" Lovely portrait of your girl.

Who else noticed the bird book on the coffee table in the first photo?

~Kathi, jealous of Mary's photo skills

egretsnest said...

Spectacular pics of your lovely, lovely girl.

JeanMac said...

They are real little "people".

Robert V. Sobczak said...

The big day arrives! We bought our bags of candy and are ready.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary!

I like the color one the best. Bella takes a beautiful picture. I saw a bluebird and 2 northern flickers in my yard today!! I was so excited!! Hug Bella and Chloe for me!

Angie

Jayne said...

Such sweet, sweet captures Mary! She's so expressive and such a good subject. Shhhh... we won't tell that she was in daddy's chair. ;c)

nina said...

Color, definitely. I like the contrast of the black and white, backed by other tones. Is she not allowed in Daddy's chair?

And, I like that chair--the colorful one in the 1st picture.
The peeks at your house make it look lovely.

jane augenstein said...

Have a Wild Halloween, Mary!!!
I have to say that I like the B&W picture best; because of the mystery. I love to see B&W and then wonder what the colors are....quirky yes, but interesting!
Great pictures of a beautiful dog, as someone else already said, Boston's are very photogenic.

NatureWoman said...

Ah, pretty Bella! Did she get kicked out of Daddy's chair after the photo session?

Anonymous said...

What sweet pictures. You must pick your favorite, have it framed and hang it on the wall. Thanks for sharing.

T.R. said...

My gosh that series of Bella is stunning. You could hire the finest portrait photographer in the world and still not capture what you have here. Those amber eyes. Stunning!

Sara G said...

Beautiful photos!!
Thanks for sharing.
Take care and Happy Halloween to you!!

Q said...

Dear Mary,
She's a beauty. You will forever treasure these photographs.
Happy Holloween.
Did you get to paint your pumpkins??
Sherry

Susan Gets Native said...

I knew there would be a "snort....fart" reference. She IS a BT after all.
: )

Such a sweet dog. You are lucky, Mary.
Did you do the Commando Crawl to your camera?

Word verification: mouthe. That's me.
; )

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

How very photogenic she is! Great shot :o)


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T and S said...

Beautiful series. I like the way you have underexposed these image to get this brilliant focus on this cute fella.

Naturegirl said...

Mary precious gorgeous simply gorgeous portraits of Bella!

Maria said...

What a nice thing to read on a Saturday morning. Such sweetness. I go with the black and white photo. Makes those whiskers really stand out. :-)

Larry said...

Nice lighting on those photos of your cute Bella-Maybe -Did you ever wonder what it would be like if your dog really could talk to you using the English language?

RuthieJ said...

She is SO CUTE! Your new camera takes amazing pictures Mary. Good job!

Sherry at the Zoo said...

LOVE Bella pictures! She is such a photogenic model too!

Rose said...

Color or black and white, either way those last two pictures are adorable! Bella knows she's special and how to get away with sitting on that chair:)