Donna Weckerly Photography: Blog http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Donna Weckerly Photography donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) Sat, 06 Jan 2018 18:26:00 GMT Sat, 06 Jan 2018 18:26:00 GMT http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u942502674-o602210354-50.jpg Donna Weckerly Photography: Blog http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog 80 120 Campbell Plan Mini Session Offer http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2018/1/campbell-plan-mini-session-offer Howdy neighbor!  You’ve received your door hanger invitation and here you are...ready to hear about this special offer!  Awesome

I am so very excited to extend this terrific offer to you and your family.  This photography deal won’t last long and spots are limited so please don’t delay in reserving your time slot.  Here’s the scoop:

 

Campbell Plan Mini Session

  • February 1 - March 11, 2018
  • Saturday and Sunday time slots only  9am-11am
  • $100.00
  • 40 minute photography session in your own backyard (comfy and familiar)
  • Contract will be signed and all details explained
  • Up to 6 people can be included in the session (note: pets can be included but the 40 minutes is solid so uncooperative pets will eat into time)
  • 1 gifted 8x10 professional lab print - image fully enhanced and frame-worthy!
  • Family can elect to purchase other print or gift items through my website
  • there is a code on the back of your door-hanger - this is your personal code for this special offer.  You will need to have that code when booking your session.

 

Now, let’s do this....

All you need to do is text me at 724.664.3976 and provide:

Your name, address, phone number (evening) and your door hanger CODE to begin the scheduling process.  I will contact you to set up a weekend session date and time.  And then we will work through all the other formalities like getting a contract reviewed and signed, discussing outfit options and general photography fun stuff.

 

I look forward to not only meeting all of you but capturing a new and creative family photo that you will cherish for a lifetime.  Thanks for trusting me to be the one to save a memory for you!  Cheers to a happy and healthy 2018. 

 

Donna Weckerly

100 South Street

www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com

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New York City: a new beginning for this Senior http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2017/5/new-york-city-a-new-beginning-for-this-senior Edited for PRINT-02-2Edited for PRINT-02-2

Good luck to one of my favorite senior guys from West Shamokin High School in Rural Valley, PA. John will be packing his bags soon and moving to the Big Apple to begin his studies at NYU for acting. I am so excited to follow this young man's successes. Anyone up for a road trip?

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) seniors graduate NYU New York http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2017/5/new-york-city-a-new-beginning-for-this-senior Sun, 28 May 2017 06:37:07 GMT
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Dogs are everyone's best friend at camp! Puppy Ruby stole the show while we camped with friends in Tionesta, PA. This young lab puppy loved frolicking in the creek.

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) dogs puppy camping http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2017/5/dog-days-camping-with-pets Sun, 28 May 2017 06:33:14 GMT
Mixing Sobriety and Boudoir - a recipe for confidence http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2017/2/mixing-sobriety-and-boudoir---a-recipe-for-confidence I know all too well, as a recovering addict's mom, how miserable and unrewarding a life can become once it is infected with alcoholism or drug abuse.  I've seen first-hand what depression, low self-esteem and helplessness looks like as the disease takes over their lives.  There's no joy.  There's no family.  Their health deteriorates.  Socially, they become glued to a bottle or wrapped up in a circle of crime.  It takes nothing short of a miracle and lots of time and hard work for them to find the light and recover from addiction.

I have two success stories to share with you.  

One is very personal and involves my 30 year old son.  Adam is currently working through an 18 month recovery program in Pittsburgh, PA.  His successes come every day - slowly he is clearing his mind and realizing his potential.  He has tons of support and is loved unmeasurably.  Please keep him in your prayers.

And then there is Missy!  My dear sweet Missy who has battled alcoholism for over 30 years.  

In her own words: "I am an alcoholic named Missy.  My self-esteem has been provided to me via alcohol for over 30 years."

14 months of sobrietyMissy has been in recovery for almost 14 months!

Missy came to me with broken self-confidence.  Sure, she heard from friends and family "your beautiful inside and out" but she just didn't feel it or see it!  Missy wanted to "see from the outside looking in", regain her self-esteem and share her confidence with her husband (newlyweds).  

Our boudoir session began with lingerie sprawled out all over the bed and I watched as Missy's eyes lit up when she imagined herself in a beautiful white lace gown or the sexy red corset.  Then I watched her hesitate, step back and consider what she was about to do.  After losing a lot of weight, battling some medical issues and drinking away her blues, Missy had scars to show the wear and tear on her body.   She was nervous and it was now time for me to explain how, in just a few short minutes, every doubt Missy carried about her body would be washed away.  I promised her.  Now it was on me to transform a broken young woman...

The room was transformed in to a safe place for Missy to let go and be sexy.  She was actually a natural - I laughed and asked if she had done this before.  Missy, right in front of my eyes, wearing a lace gown and sexy lipstick, began to curve her hips and pout those lips in a way that just looked so natural and fun.  As the shutter clicked away, I watched Missy loosen up - she wanted more - she was asking if she could pose a certain way.  She became focused on her body.  She moved and posed just how she imagined her body should be if she was flirting with her husband.  She laughed.

But then...I stopped and said we would take a quick break so I could show her a few of the images from the back of my camera.  I love to let the girls see exactly what the lingerie, makeup and poses look like to just reassure them how great they are doing.  

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And then it happened!  The moment I pray for every time I work with a boudoir client. But this time was different.  The tears came quickly and her body just slumped onto the bed.  And she said: "That can't be me.  That's not me. Really? Is that me?"  And we cried together.  And as quickly as the tears came, they left.  Because her shoulders rose.  Her smile returned.  Missy was seeing herself again as a beautiful and sexy young woman.  

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And the rest is history....Missy and I created a gorgeous gallery of boudoir images that she can share with her husband.  And she is willing and open to sharing the images and her story with all of you.  Missy wants each of you to know how empowering and perfect her boudoir session was for her.  

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We all have our own challenges.  And we women are just so damn hard on ourselves.  We are so critical of even the smallest imperfection.  Stop it.  Even without a liberating boudoir session, each of you should feel confident and empowered.  But it never hurts to see the 'back of the camera' and say WOW! 

Please consider leaving a comment below this blog post!  Peace and Joy to you all!

 

 

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) Canon Pittsburgh boudoir glamour photography recipe recovery self-esteem sobriety woman http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2017/2/mixing-sobriety-and-boudoir---a-recipe-for-confidence Fri, 03 Feb 2017 01:12:42 GMT
Gabby: home in the woods http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/11/gabby-home-in-the-woods This adorable senior girl wanted her session to be done in a very familiar and comfortable setting for her and her family.  So I met up with this lovely family in Cook Forest on a beautiful afternoon.  We carried a chair through the woods laughing, talking, and creating a whole day of fun memories for us all.  I have been friends with Gabby's mom for a VERY long time so this session meant a lot to me.  I hope you enjoy not only the gorgeous model but the beautiful forest that is so close to home for any of us!

Please be sure to leave a comment on this blog post so I know you stopped by to visit!

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) Canon family girl photographer photography school woman http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/11/gabby-home-in-the-woods Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:11:24 GMT
Garrett feels right at home... http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/11/garrett-feels-right-at-home This senior guy felt right at home during his senior session in Ford City, PA.  And his mom and I did too since we both graduated (just a few years ago ya know) from Ford City High School.  Garrett will be graduating from Armstrong High School but I am sure he still has a lot of great memories from FCHS.  But onward and upward for this very personable and likable young man.  I wish him nothing but complete success in the future!  

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) Canon boy graduate man photographer photography school senior http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/11/garrett-feels-right-at-home Mon, 14 Nov 2016 23:58:45 GMT
Caitlynn ROCKS the city http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/11/caitlyn-rocks-the-city This 2017 graduating gal from Armstrong High School wanted a city backdrop for her senior portraits.  So off we went to the 'Burg with a mission to capture the many bridges, waters, and scenic areas of the North Shore.  

Caitlynn rocked this session without a shadow of a doubt.  I hope you enjoy both her beauty as well as her awesome posing and modeling skills as much as I do.  I wish her the best life can offer her as she travels her own personal journey through life!  Live well and be happy!

 

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) Canon girl photographer photography school woman http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/11/caitlyn-rocks-the-city Mon, 14 Nov 2016 23:48:12 GMT
Homecoming Memories http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/10/homecoming-memories Armstrong school Homecoming 2016_58Armstrong school Homecoming 2016_58

it's always so fun to be part of a family's special moments. Emma (going to the homecoming dance) is all giggles and smiles when being photographed with her handsome date.

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Editorialized and loving it! http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/9/editorialized-and-loving-it It all started with an idea and a long overdue visit with one of my closest friends. It seemed that both Cheri Herold and I shared a vision of where my photography skills and her artistry could work together to create a creative and unique gallery of images. Levi Leyland styled by Cheri Herold

So I asked a few of my most model-friendly clients if they were game for an editorial style fashion shoot using professional make up artists and hair stylists - all while getting pointers from a former model. We were headed to Mars - Pennsylvania, not outer-space, to spend the day at the Fountain of Youth Cosmetology Academy.

Model Kellie Donahue Model Kendra Kline Model Ashley Pellegrino Model Levi Leyland

 

And this gallery of images proves that all it takes is a vision and determination to make something work - and we had FUN! The models, although far outside their normal comfort zone, managed to find something about the day that boosted their self-confidence or helped them find a new hair style. Some were ecstatic about watching everyone have their make-up applied. While some just couldn't stop trying on all the cool clothes and accessories. It was like we were all backstage in NYC during Fashion Week!

 

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My models were better than perfect - way better! And the stylists, students, teachers, and others worked so hard to make this a success. Now, you may find the make up and hairstyles a tad too over the top for your taste, but that was the whole point of the shoot: steeping out of your comfort zone and experiencing something new.

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This session brought me so much joy and laughter. As well as some very awesome shots! I hope you enjoy browsing these images as much as we all loved creating them for you. Please be sure to leave us a comment! Peace and Love...

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Photographer:  Donna Weckerly (Kittanning, PA)

Stylist: Cheri Herold Gall

Videographer:  Dylan Hetrick

Salon:  Fountain of Youth Cosmetology Academy in Mars, PA

 

 

 

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) Editorial Magazine Makeover Model Transformation fashion photography salon. stylist http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/9/editorialized-and-loving-it Sun, 18 Sep 2016 02:03:25 GMT
It's All About the Lipstick http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/9/its-all-about-the-lipstick

Kylie applies a fresh coat of lipstick during our stylized model session. The rich and vibrant Crimson colored lipstick blended perfectly with Kylie's dress and tattoos.

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) lipstick tattoo woman model makeup style portrait hair pretty http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/9/its-all-about-the-lipstick Fri, 09 Sep 2016 05:57:28 GMT
A Senior moment http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/9/a-senior-moment

Caitlynn perfects this stunning pose as we shoot her senior photography session at the North Shore area of Pittsburgh.

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Family Mini Sessions http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/8/family-mini-sessions It "Leaves" You Breathless

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Happy 4th Birthday Collin http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/7/happy-4th-birthday-collin IMG_0004IMG_0004

celebrating Colllin's birthday at Belmont Pool

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) birthday boy pool party family http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/7/happy-4th-birthday-collin Sun, 17 Jul 2016 04:35:12 GMT
Screenshot Alley http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/7/screenshot-alley I was at Walmart (Kittanning) yesterday afternoon to buy fabric. There was no attendant readily available to cut my fabric for me so the manager asked the clerk minding the photo lab to assist me. She was very helpful and we began chatting. She asked what I was making with the fabric and I explained I was a photographer and was about to attempt to create some newborn blankets and backdrops. 

Instead of the usual "oh, how lovely! Newborn photography would be so fun...blah blah blah", the clerk got a scowl on her face and I thought "uh oh, what's up with this lady?"
 
And so it went....
 
"I mostly work in the photo lab.  We get all kinds of requests to print photos.  But, say, in the past couple of years, we have a large amount of customers asking us to print other people's work.  I can tell that some images are cell phone pictures of an image on Facebook. They literally snapped a picture of their computer screen. Others have come in with a USB full of a local photographer's images without a print release.  They want every image printed.  I asked one customer if he really took the picture of the bear and he replied 'maybe'.  But I knew it was an AP image.  I had seen it on the news. Recently, a customer wanted me to print a screen shot of her photographer's website that contained her images that she could buy online.  I saw the little shopping cart icon off to the side of the screenshot and the transparent copyright logo on each image.  I turn all these customers away.   I know how hard you photographers work. These people want to get your images for free.  And there may be times they get away with it.  I just wanted to let someone know.  I am glad you mentioned that you are a photographer."
 
And there you have it.  Until we, as photographers, educate our clients about color/monitor calibration, the importance of color space, the quality of paper, and the purpose of a professionally trained photographer, I am afraid we will lose respect and admiration from our communities.  It is up to us to diligently provide a quality service that offers professional prints that will withstand the test of time and look fantastic displayed in a frame.  
 
 
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A Trip Fit for a Queen http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/5/a-trip-fit-for-a-queen May 15, 2016 1:00pm


On our way home from the airport, our second stop was at a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire. It's just a bunch of rocks. It's always been a bunch of rocks. And I bet it will always be a big bunch of rocks. But we did pay $20 each to walk around this bunch of rocks. What were those guys thinking back in 3100 BC?  And obviously the aliens are interfering with the wifi service. And the security guard who was walking through the grass didn't think it was so cool for Di and Jason to be walking in the grass. I was almost evicted from the bunch of rocks because my English friends can't obey the rules. The moral of the story is don't pay $20 to see a bunch of rocks if you want to walk in the grass. 

Stonehenge was such an awesome stop on our 13 day vacation in England. 

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) Canon England London Queen Stonehenge photographer photography vacation http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/5/a-trip-fit-for-a-queen Sun, 15 May 2016 20:11:55 GMT
Nails, Metal, and Models http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/nails-metal-and-models My blessings are many....but on this day I was completely blessed with two awesome models and the perfect art studio!

I had a vision for a styled session.  And I had two special models in mind!  

And there was this awesome art studio located in Butler that I was familiar with....and then there was magic!

The owner of the studio, Bill Secunda, gave me the two thumbs up to shoot at his sculpture workshop/studio.  What a fantastic on-location studio for me to use!  The weather was a tad chilly so my models were glad to find a small heated area of the workshop to hide in while I set up for each different set.

Kendra and Levi had never met before the shoot, but it only took seconds for them to bond to create emotional and edgy images!  

Be sure to go to Bill's website and Facebook page to view his spectacular art work!!!!!  He is an incredible artist and is now famous all over the country.

 

                                                     Bill Secunda Studios

 

 

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) Art Canon Sculptures artist edgy lens metal models nails photography portrait urban warehouse workshop http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/nails-metal-and-models Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:21:33 GMT
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Aiden and his mom are ready for baseball season.

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) 2016 Donna Weckerly Photography Family PLAYGROUND children photography baseball http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/baseball-season-is-here Sun, 03 Apr 2016 09:41:06 GMT
Windy With a Chance of Smiles http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2015/11/windy-with-a-chance-of-smiles It was a windy afternoon and mom was prepared: mirror, hair brush, and a make-shift umbrella to help block the wind that was blowing across their backyard.  Everywhere we turned seemed to be right in the path of this wind.  But somehow, through the wind and tousled hair, these lovely ladies were able to pull off a phenomenal family photography session.  

Their backyard was a photographer's PROP dream....a rustic barn, split rail fence, brick silo, pines, open fields, and a wood pile.  And, of course, I tried to make use of every one of them (unless the wind gusts were too strong). 

The collage below is just a snippet of images from their session.  I had a terrific time working with Jennifer, Madison and Laken!  💚

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Just Like My Dad http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2015/11/just-like-my-dad

Jaysa and her dad, Jim, pose on the bridge with their fire fighting gear. These two wonderful friends serve on the Rural Valley VFD squad. I am so very proud of them.

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) fire Jaysa dad fireman family http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2015/11/just-like-my-dad Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:40:13 GMT
A Little Bit of RatRod in Your Life http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2015/10/a-little-bit-of-ratrod-in-your-life  

Meet Kylie!

She is one of my favorite girls.  Artsy.  Fun.  Smart.  Adorable.  And obviously, she is very photogenic.

So I was super excited to schedule an outdoor portrait session with Kylie.  Our schedules finally clicked and we met in our small town of Ford City, PA.  I grew up in this town and have always loved the brick streets, industrial vibe, and ethnic townspeople.  My goal was to capture a bit of this town's essence in the images and still highlight Kylie's absolute beauty.

We began our session at the fountain area of a small park in the heart of Ford City.  

And moved to the brick street nearby.

Now, just take a moment and gaze at these images.  Holy cow!!!!  Can you saw "nailed it"?  The evening sun cast the perfect light.  Kylie's best friend, Holly, provided all the glitz and bling as the make-up artist extraordinaire!  And Kylie dressed to perfection - every outfit accentuated her curves and style. 

 

Kylie adores her Boxer and asked to have a few shots of them together.  What a dog!  Isn't that photo adorable?

Now you may ask:  "where did that Ratrod come from?"  And I would answer: "from out of nowhere!"

This may have been the most bizarre turn of events I have ever experienced while shooting a session.  Picture me up on a ladder (see the pic above) and Kylie half way down a brick street wearing a black tight mini dress and heels.  Behind Kylie, on the next street over, I spy a really cool vintage truck cruising past and my photographer's mind's eye screams "we gotta use that as a prop".  So, in true crazy photographer fashion, I yell to Kylie to stop that truck and ask if we could use it as a prop for just a shot or two.  No harm asking, right?

Ironically, the man driving the truck had just leaned over to his wife and said (prior to my idea) "I am going to offer these girls my truck to use in their photos".  And there you have it....our very own custom-built RatRod vintage truck.  The driver graciously moves the truck in to position for me and takes a spot over on the sidewalk with his wife and Holly to watch. We now have a side street in town completely blocked off from traffic while we play.  And, oh, did we play.  And thankfully the local police officer who drove past didn't mind us using the street! 

I am in awe.  Everything is just perfect.   But there's just this one minor detail...

Oh yeah, it's this dude sitting on the roof top of a building on the street we are shooting on.  From his vantage point, he sees one very smokin' hot lady dressed to the nines parading around on the street below looking like a super model.  And he is in awe.  And out comes his cell phone and snap, snap, snap goes the shutter.  I am betting there are quite a few "bootleg" images of Kylie floating around his circle of friends on social media.  Too funny!  He enjoyed the rooftop view while we gals below continued our photo shoot.

After a couple hours of posing and smiling on the street, Kylie had just two more photo requests.  She had shown me a print she brought home from Ireland:  a Guinness beer ad and she really wanted to try to replicate and honor the pose and idea.  Guinness should be flattered!  So Holly and I did our best to get her face, neck, shoulders, sweater, lips, glass, eyes, hat (whew) all just right!  It was a team effort and the result was absolutely perfect!

Kylie actually posted this image on the Guiness Facebook page and garnered a response from them:

Guinness  Looks great, Kylie. We’re so impressed, we’d love to send you a goblet glass just like the one in the original photo. Drop us a message.

Swoon....I am just so pleased with the entire session, the images, and the overwhelming positive feedback that both Kylie and I have received from friends, family, and peers.  Likely, this session will go down in history as one of my most favorite and original ones of all time!  I want to thank both Kylie and Holly for really giving their all to make this session what it was - perfect!

Holly Bowser is an exceptional hair stylist and make up artist.  Kylie was in very good hands!

And last but not least, never ever take for granted a friendship that is built on love, trust, and compassion.  I think this final image says it all....true friends for life

 

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donnaweckerlyphotography@gmail.com (Donna Weckerly Photography) Boxer Guinness Kylie Ratrod photography http://www.donnaweckerlyphotography.com/blog/2015/10/a-little-bit-of-ratrod-in-your-life Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:24:53 GMT