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HI! I'M CATHY BLACKSTONE.

I am a Columbus based photographer and welcome to my blog.

I love to photograph babies in the tummy, babies out of the tummy, kids being good, kids being bad, kids with special needs, kids with fur, couples in love, families being themselves and seniors in between text messages :)

I have a fun and carefree style that I think you will be very comfortable with. Of course I love to take the classic picture where everyone is looking at the camera with a perfect smile but what I really love to catch is the real "in between" moments. The candid moments that you will cherish forever.

This is my photo blog where I will share favorite images from recent sessions and blab about my interests and family.

Thanks for visiting my site and taking a look. I really appreciate it. 

ELLIE’S TOADS

Please – if you have googled me and are looking for a family photographer and this is the first thing you see – may I direct you to my galleries in the links above. Go straight there. Like now. No need to continue reading this post.

It all started about 3 years ago when Ellie and I were in the car driving down our street and I saw a toad jump out in front of us. It brought back a flood of memories from when I was her age and collected toads with my best friend Phebe. We kept them in her window well, called it our “Toad Factory” and named all of the occupants names starting in “Cl” – examples would be Clyde, Cleo, Clemetine, Cleavage. Oh how we thought we were so clever and daring naming a toad Cleavage. It brought many giggles.

So I scooped up the toad, put the car in reverse, put the toad in our window well and that is how it all began. We are now proud owners of about 10 toads in 2 different window wells. The big toads are in one and the little toads are in another. We have found a few, been given a few and travel for others. She always scores big at Aunt Lisa and Uncle Shawn’s wells:)

Ellie treats these toads like the Crown Jewels. Cares for them every. single. day. Rearranges their habitat. Adds pools and plants. Finds them worms…we also buy them worms at the pet store and feed them. It is a huge part of her life. The neighbors are in on it. The cousins are in on it. She has even sold some to a good home, lol. Not kidding. She knows them all by name. I can’t tell you how much she reminds me of me growing up. She is my clone.

So we had a photoshoot. Or as Brad called it a photoadoshoot. I figured I should document this. And now she can’t wait for me to put them on my blog (I hope I don’t loose any clients) so that she can direct her friends.

So here you go..

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img_1968-copyThis is Mr. Obama. He is her favorite because he is the only red one she has.I had no idea what all of their names were until I took their pictures:)

img_1939_1This is Mr. FattyMcFatFat and he is truly fat.

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November 7, 2009 - 6:32 am Janel - Caaaaaathyyyyyy!!!!!!!! This is Peyton's (and often Carter's)life. We call our house "The Frog Palace." When we moved in, there was a small water feature, waterfall thingy, and well, suffice it to say that we fell in love with our frogs, toads, dragonflies and water lilys. And we have pictures... of kids and the creatures. So many pictures you cannot imagine. If a kid comes here, they get a "frog picture." Its one of our favorite things about our life. How crazy is this?

September 28, 2009 - 12:32 pm Grandma Ellis - My Oh MY these are the most beautiful toads I have ever seen! Their owner takes very good care of them I am sure. What a wonderful pet, Ellie. Love, Grandma E.

September 25, 2009 - 9:04 pm Kim Whybrew - love this! so so cute! Ellie will love the photoadshoot when she is older. Great collection. Can't wait to hear how you were able to line them up without them getting away...

September 23, 2009 - 6:56 pm Caroline - I agree with Christie...I am NOT a toad lover, but you made those toads look bee-utiful! Ellie is such a sweetheart!

September 23, 2009 - 5:37 pm susan reimer - Cathy...do you know this would give my mom a TOTAL PANIC ATTACK? She would be on the floor if she saw all of Ellie's toads. She is SUCH a mini-me of you...LOVE this! :)

September 22, 2009 - 10:19 pm betsy - oh my gosh! I love this post! We are toad lovers over here and have many great toadally cool memories. I feel so dumb though - I have no idea what a window well is . . . :( Your pictures are incredible!!!!! Love the family shot . . .

September 22, 2009 - 8:36 pm apryl - this is my house all over the place. we have many toads & frogs...they are plentiful. we've had many come & go. we know their regular places & find new ones all the time. my oldest son got a pet store frog for his birthday a few years ago that lived in an aquarium in his room for almost 2 years. we all are experts at catching crickets for dinner:) your photos are great - i don't think i've ever put this much effort into toad photos!

September 22, 2009 - 12:17 pm christie - Cathy, this should only reinforce what a great photographer you are! If can make toads look this good, imagine what you can do with people that start out cute! Always love reading your posts. : )

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