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Five Years of Dante & A Giveaway

Today we’re celebrating Dante’s seventh birthday and also the fifth anniversary of his adoption day! Normally I would share my favorite photos of him from the past year, but because it’s something of a landmark number, I thought I’d share some of my favorites of us actually together from my recent session with Nancy(Scroll down for the giveaway!)

Without Nancy I would have almost none with me in the shot, since I’m always behind the camera. I keep going back to look through these photos, I love them so much! They’re exactly what I had envisioned – she just gets me, man. :) I have yet to decide which one(s) to print, so any opinions are appreciated!

Trude & Dante by Nancy Orozco
Trude & Dante by Nancy Orozco
Trude & Dante by Nancy Orozco
Trude & Dante by Nancy Orozco
Trude & Dante by Nancy Orozco

I’m just so darn grateful to have this snuggly bundle of endless love. Last year I wrote a bit about what having him in my life has done for my personal growth (and I also explain why his birthday and adoption day are the same), click here to read that. Tonight, we’re celebrating with a special salt-free beef patty from In-N-Out for the birthday boy and lots of snuggles!

So, in order to celebrate how awesome it is being the mama of a rescued pup, today I’m sharing the love by giving away this awesome travel mug. I have one myself and love it! It’s ceramic and the lid is silicone so you can throw it all in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. I love using it at coffee shops because it always starts a conversation with the people behind the counter (and because you save a paper cup, obvs). :)

I Heart My Rescued Dog Travel Mug Giveaway by Ellingsen Photography

To enter, just leave a comment with what you love most about your pet – or if you don’t have one yet, why you want to opt to adopt. I’ll give you guys until the end of the day next Thursday, March 28th and the winner will be announced on Friday. I’m happy to ship anywhere. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and good luck!

P.S. Font used above is Penelope Anne by Vanessa Bays (new fave!).

Friday With Dante

There was lots of snuggling on this past Sunday as Dante and I hid from the cold snap and watched the Golden Globes while I nursed a bit of a migraine. Of course as soon as I get up, he’s right into my spot and laying on his side in the hopes of getting belly rubs.

Dante the Lazy Italian Greyhound in Bed by Ellingsen Photography

Some goodies I found in the webby world this week:

  • An amazing sci-fi short film done by a 22-year-old that, unsurprisingly, has gotten everyone’s attention.
  • Big thanks to my friend Ami for introducing me to Humans of New York. It’s exactly the kind of photo + word combo that I love. (And if you’re in the Seattle area, she’s an amazingly talented photographer herself.)
  • I’m a total font hoarder, and this list of 25 Romantic Fonts (most of them free) by A Subtle Revelry led me to some gorgeous ones I hadn’t seen before!
  • This post on Movie Bingo Night from Design*Sponge has some free downloads to help you throw your own. I can’t wait to play!

This weekend will see me at the shelter catching up on new arrivals and doing some retail therapy with my mom. :) Last weekend’s CrockPot adventure was Chicken Tortilla Soup and it was sooo good – and really low-cal too! I think I’ll try another recipe from the Table For Two blog, because so far she hasn’t let me down. This one for CrockPot Beef and Broccoli is calling my name.

What are you guys up to? Any fun links to share?


Friday With Dante

I could have sworn I shared this film shot of Mister Squinty Face on the blog, but apparently my memory isn’t up to snuff. It’s one of my favorites from that roll; I crack up every time I see it!

Dante Italian Greyhound Squints at the Park Ilford BW Film by Ellingsen Photography

Nikon FM with a 50mm f/2 lens and Ilford XP-2 Super 400 film

Some fun goodies around the interwebs this week:

Last weekend I wound up making Chicken Tikka Masala as my first CrockPot meal. It was sooo good but made enough to feed an army, so I had to freeze some for later! I’m still trying to figure out if I cut the recipe in half, do I cut the cook time in half? Any tips are appreciated. :) I’m planning on trying either Chicken Tortilla Soup or New England Pot Roast.

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!


Friday With Dante

My coworker the last couple days has been a real slacker. All he’s good for is getting me up and away from the computer at regular intervals, and snuggles. Not too different from when we’re at home, actually. :)

Ellingsen Photography Dante Hard at Work

Hope you all have a very happy New Years Eve! I’m hoping to be rid of this terrible head cold in time to party. We’ll see you back here in 2013!


Friday With Dante

The best news of the week, in case you missed it – Dante is free and clear! Clean bill of health! His smile was as big as it usually is at the dog beach when we left the vet. :)

Ellingsen Photography Dante Italian Greyhound at the Dog Beach

So that means Monday, after coming home, I actually finished a meal and slept through the night. Oh, the ups and downs of being a dog mama.

The other good news of the week – this weekend is going to kick bootay! I’m heading down to San Diego tonight because I’m shooting a lovely wedding tomorrow, which means I get to hang out with my cousin and her hubby (who are graciously housing me), and Sunday one of my anniversary giveaway winners is cashing in, and I can’t wait to photograph them as well!

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend too!


P.S. Pro tip: don’t be an idiot like me and turn your back on the ocean (cardinal sin!) to get a photo like this, because you’ll wind up with your jeans soaked up to your knees.