Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wrap Up for 2009

Weeeeeeeee!! That pretty much is the jist for how 2009 has been....one helluva ride!!

I started to write a huge essay on the year's progress but thought summary form would be easier and shorter to follow:
January- Sold my beloved '87 IROC-Z
February - Paid off majority of debts and started doing more bookings.Traveled to Rosemary Beach for a weekend of beauty and photowalking
March- Put deposit down for '10 SS Camaro and had a birthday. More bookings!
April- My sweet 'heart dog' Vinnie had to be put down...apparent brain tumor. We are still heartbroken but are so very thankful for every second we were blessed with him. He was the smartest, most human-like dog I've ever had and I've had a LOT.
May- More bookings! Visited the Atlanta Zoo & Aquarium.
June- Got my '10 SS Camaro!!!!! And traveled to Saint Simons
July- Not sure what happened in July other than photography :-)
August- More photography!
September- Met a wonderful new friend that brought me my darling sweet Willie!!
October- offered to help AC and coordinated with Central GA CARES to create a beautiful 2010 "A Year with AC" Calendar to help raise money for the shelter! I had a wonderful October of meeting people, finding old friends and working with a wonderful worthy organization. Also - got in touch with my dad's side of the family and connected with some amazing family members!! I also finally visited Cumberland Island & Okefenokee! In addtion, I did photos for a friend's fundraiser and all the proceeds were donated to her daughter's (battling brain cancer)  fund. I also wrapped up the month with doing yet another fundraiser for Georgia Canine Rescue & Rehab where again, all the proceeds from the photos went to their organization.
November- This was another busy month- a whirlwind of gorgeous photos and fabulous people! The AC Calendar I made hit the streets and sold out in just a few days!
December- Christmas and the end of a busy, exciting, fun-filled year!

I am SO ready to BURST into 2010. My mind is bursting with ideas and I'm ready to not only continue to grow as a photographer but also continue to be a better person. I look forward to helping out the community with other projects, doing more travel adventures and creating even more gorgeous photos.

Thank you SO much to everyone that gave me their time and trusted me to capture beautiful shots for them. I feel so blessed to have found all the relatives and friends from the past and connected with new ones.


Monday, December 21, 2009


Recently I reconnected with a friend from grade school and she introduced me to her 15 year old daughter that is interested in modeling. I was not only thrilled to get to do her first shots, but also just plain thrilled to meet her. She's so much a piece of her wonderful mother and it was also so nice to be able to spend more time with my friend while getting to know her daughter. We only had a short session because it was low 30's, windy and just plain miserable.... but we are looking forward to doing some more creative endeavors!

Sloshing with the Purser Family

Saturday I met with the Purser family and their precious little girl, Tenleigh. We had a wonderful non-raining morning in a sloshy but gorgeous setting! It's always a pleasure photographing such wonderful people that are not only easy to work with but gracious and sweet all together.

Enjoy! The whole set can be seen here
Sarah, Clay & Tenliegh's Christmas Session

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bulldog Fun

This weekend it was cold, blustery and raining. I had a few shoots scheduled but had to cancel due to the weather. One however, had decided to meet me at my home where I would set up a "studio" in my boyfriend's garage to make some really cute shots for her Bulldogs. It may have been 35 degrees but we heated it up playing with the dogs and having fun!

Enjoy some of the shots! The white boy with fawn brindle patches is "Chipper" and the red and white girl is "Maddy". Chipper is 8 months old and full of energy. Maddy is a pretty 6 month old that is so sweet and naughty in the same breath.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

AC Calendar update & Mini Shoot Contest Winner

The calendars no more hit the streets one day and then were practically sold out the next day! I think another batch is being ordered this week. In any case, it looks like 250 calendars have sold out in just a few days. Wow! What great support the shelter has throughout Middle GA!!! It has been so exciting being a part of such a wonderful organization!

And also- it was a VERY tough call for the mini shoot contest winner but the winner is....drum roll please... PAULA FULLER!

Thanks to all who entered!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

AC Calendars Hit the STREETS in Macon!

About 2 months ago I contacted 'AC Pup' ...the mascot for the Macon Animal Control shelter...to offer my services in some way to try to help out the shelter. I like to take on projects here and there to help raise money using my photography since I really enjoy helping out worthy causes! I was contacted by "AC Pup" a few weeks after that,  to see if I was still interested in donating my services to do photography of AC to take a few shots for a 2010 Calendar. I couldn't send the answer of YES back quick enough! I was so excited to not only work with a dog but also decided to do 12 different shots to make the calendar. I realized there was an immediate need to get the calendar done and to the printer as soon as possible so they could be sold for Christmas. I told them my ideas and they let me run with it. I had 2 sessions with AC and his mom Tracie VanDeWalker and president of Central GA Cares, Patti Jones, Charlotte Van Hoozen "Grammie", Beth & little Michael Lange and Anne & Birch Sawyer. It was a blast! I have thoroughly enjoyed not only working with AC himself but also absolutely everyone involved with this worthy cause. I created the entire calendar  and they were beautifully printed by Minuteman Press in Macon. Today they FINALLY were delivered and I was so excited to see the finished product. I didn't know whether to cry or jump for joy so I may have done a little of both. :-)

If anyone is interested in this very worthy cause, ALL the proceeds go to the Macon Animal Control Shelter/Central GA CARES and are only $12 each. You can find out more about AC and his awesome special story on Facebook by looking up AC Pup. This special dog was found as a little tiny puppy in a trash bin almost frozen to death- thrown away!!! Luckily the people at Animal Control found him and he's become an incredible ambassador for the shelter and for Macon. Please contact AC Pup on Facebook to get your own calendar or you can just contact me and I'll help you out!

Some people have asked to see the gallery for the calendar. There were only a little over 12 selected, but a lot of fun photos that I am more than glad to share!
Check it out! http://robincookphotography.zenfolio.com/accalendar

Here are a few shots from my first site of the calendars today -  enjoy!

Thank you thank you THANK YOU to everyone for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this! I hope the calendar sales really help out!!

I Made National TV!!

OK sort of! One of the homes I shot for an agent here in Macon, called this morning to tell me that the home I shot for her earlier this year, had been featured on the TODAY SHOW!! I was ecstatic!! It doesn't show the photographer name but judging from the other homes listed, I am most likely the only "professional" featured. I did sign my name to the comments....just in case anyone wondered. :-)

Here's the link- it's the first one! The quality is poor on the video...

and here are a few of the shots from that home...some were in the video. Home listed by Nancy King

Friday, December 4, 2009

Win a Mini Session!!

OK everyone....it's almost Christmas time and I live to give and so I've decided to have a contest!! I am GIVING a FREE Mini Session  ($75 Value) to whomever wins! It could be for a child, or you and your loved one or maybe your doggy. You could also choose to give this session as a GIFT to someone else! TIS THE SEASON!!!!!!!!

How do you win? Just post in the comments,  stating why YOU would like to be the winner.  I will select the winner on December 12th. This Mini Session will take place in Gray, GA and is around 40 minutes of shooting time. I will keep you moving around for different poses and you can even change clothes or whatever! I like to have fun at my shoots! I will post all the best on facebook as well as email ALL of the best(in low-res with my logo) to the winner. Plan to bring cute props and I will also have some. This will not be a studio shoot where you do one pose. This is an outdoor shoot (my fav!).

Let's have some fun!!