Snow Dog

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Gretchen and Zulq

Congratulations to Gretchen and Zulq!

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Timothy and Adia

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Meet the Shopkins

Knock, knock.

“Who’s there?”

Giggle, giggle.

“Come in.”

The guest room door slowly slides open and my niece Kayla enters the room with both hands behind her back. This was the routine each of the four mornings we stayed in New Jersey with my brother-in-law, Kyle, and his wife, Cathy.

Each day, Kayla would enter with the same “surprise” in her hands… Shopkins. These small, miniature, collectible figurines are the toy of the moment to my niece and her friends. It reminded me of the thrill of¬†collecting “limited edition” baseball cards as a kid. I think some of you might relate it to the Beanie Baby “craze” that ended in the late ’90s…. you know who you are.

Kayla with her Shopkins.

Kayla with her Shopkins.

This visit served as my first introduction to the world of Shopkins. These mini plastic figurines were flying off shelves when we were in New Jersey. One evening, Cathy got word there were a half dozen packs of the all new Season 3 Shopkins available at the local Toys R Us. Fifteen minutes later, after some “zippy” driving by Kyle, we walked up to the Customer Service counter and discovered that there was only one pack remaining.

Bree Freshener, Squeaky Clean, and Wendy Washer

Bree Freshener, Squeaky Clean, and Wendy Washer

Although I do not personally own a Shopkin, I did enjoy capturing some of these macro images to make them appear larger than they usually are. Hope you enjoy them!

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Youth Football

Enjoyed photographing some members of the 6th grade Tri-County Football League this past Saturday. Congratulations to Lansing Catholic for their victory over Okemos.

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Insects

A few of my favorite insect images from a workshop I attended Memorial Day weekend in Mackinaw City. It is amazing how still bugs are when it is only 40 degrees outside! My Dad and I both had a great time learning from Steve Gettle. My next post will be some of my favorite wildflower shots from the workshop.
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