Florida

  • dog,  dog photography,  Florida,  Kiki Mac Photography,  NaBloPoMo,  photography,  St. Petersburg

    Throwback Thursday-Dog Edition

    I have spent the last three years photographing some gorgeous labradors before they go in for training at Southeastern Guide Dogs.  These are a few of my favorites from the last year.

  • coffee,  Daily Life,  Florida,  St. Petersburg

    Wired for the Weekend

    Yeah, I know, it’s Wednesday and I’m just now getting around to this post.  It’s the last day of school, so the last couple of days have been nuts of giving finals, grading finals and doing all the end of the year stuff that is part and parcel of being a teacher. I’m also moving rooms so that has been fun trying to figure our what to toss and what to take, and I still haven’t bought any boxes. I need to do that on the way home today.  Ok, so the weekend.  Most of you know that I am a volunteer photographer for Southeastern Guide Dogs and for the…

  • Daily Life,  Florida,  Kiki Mac Photography,  Travel

    An Artsy Afternoon in St. Pete

    Last week, my inlaws came into town from Atlanta and not wanting to sit around and stare at each other all day, we took a short, 25 minute trip over the Skyway into downtown St. Petersburg to the recently opened Chihuly Collection  on Central Avenue.   I have loved the work of Chihuly for years and it is such a joy to be able to see some of his pieces up close.  The original Chihuly Collection was located a little farther south on Beach Drive, but October saw a new, dedicated building open.  The space is open and airy, and the rooms where the sculptures are located are kept dim with…

  • Florida,  Road Trip,  Travel

    Village of the Arts Adventure

    Several months ago, my friend Chip at Oceans and Lands Custom Travel Planners let me know that he was headed to my neck of the woods to explore the Village of the Arts in the middle of Bradenton.   Since it had been years since I’ve explored that area and a west vancouver realtor recommend us this was an area with great value, my husband and I decided to join him and Chris for the afternoon.  The VOTA website describes the area like this: “The Village is an eclectic mix of early 20th century residential bungalows, Florida Cracker homes, and later additions. The neighborhood features a legal commercial overlay, which enables a…

  • Florida,  Kiki Mac Photography,  Southeastern Guide Dogs

    Raise a Puppy, Change a Life

    In nearly two years of photographing Puppy Raiser Day, this is probably the one photo that truly defined for me why we raise puppies. If you raise puppies as well and you will like to make your life easier you should get a pet auto feeder that will provide the food to your puppies when needed. I know we talk about the want a puppy/need a puppy, but today, this sweet lady was crying before she even got to Carol and Bob. Carol got up and hugged her and they stood that way for several moments with her just crying. All I could hear was ‘thank you’ or ‘thankful’, I…

  • Florida,  Uncategorized

    Thirty Years

      Thirty years ago, I was a in eighth grade at Dry Prong Jr. HIgh. As it happened, I was home sick on a cold January day. Mom told me to lie down on the couch with my book. (something by John Jakes I think) The television was on and it was airing the live broadcast of the Space Shuttle Challenger lift-off. Mom went off to do something and I went back to my book. The announcers counted down, the lift-off happened and I glanced at the television. A minute later, I heard the announcers say that something was wrong. I yelled for Mom, she came in and we watched…

  • Daily Life,  Florida,  Kiki Mac Photography

    Milestones

    Earlier this month, our family celebrated a huge milestone. Our only child, Amanda, graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Telecommunications.  She is now a producer at a tv station in Jacksonville.  With all of her credits from the International Baccalaureate program and taking summer classes, she finished a semester early.  It seems like yesterday that she was crawling through my papers as I studied for my finals. We can’t be more proud of her and lest this post turn too sappy, I wanted to post a few photos that I took that day.  Later that evening, my husband looks over at me and says,…

  • Florida,  Louisiana

    I left my heart in Louisiana

    Thirteen years ago, my husbnad took a job in Florida and uprooted me from everything that I had known for the first thirty years of my life. For those thirty years, I had grown up in, lived, worked, got married and had my daughter in Louisiana. I didn’t know anything different. I worked with family and I could guarentee that if I went anywhere ‘in town’, then I would run into someone that knew me or knew my parents. I fully expected to live there the rest of my life. As things go when you make those plans, plans unexpectedly changed. We moved. To Florida. Fifteen hours away from everything…

  • Florida,  Travel

    Anna Maria Island, Florida

    I live twenty minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida, and sadly I don’t get out there as much as I should. Oh, the excuses are there..”I don’t have time”, “I don’t want to fight traffic.” “People forget how to drive while on vacation.” These are pretty much the excuses I use when I contemplate driving out to Anna Maria Island. Once I do, I almost always feel like kicking myself because I have such a wonderful time when I’m out there. It refreshes me and sort of does a reset on me.  I went out last week for the morning because I knew that we…