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20 Sep

Yappy Hour

In Adoption,Charitable Organizations,Company,corporate events,Dogs,Local Companies,Pets by dosiawhitephotography@gmail.com / September 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

 

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Brandon this past Friday after 5pm was a somewhat familiar scene. Looking around the restaurant, there were families and local area workers looking to wind down after an especially long week. Just a few days prior, our area was hit by Hurricane Irma, which was at one point the strongest hurricane the National Hurricane Center had ever recorded in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Although we didn’t bear the brunt of her wrath like the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean had, she brought plenty of misery to our area in the form of wind damage, flooded properties and lands, downed trees and continued lack of electricity for many. With schools in our area being closed for a week and several area businesses struggling to fully re-open, the apparent normalcy at Fuzzy’s was a welcome distraction; as was The Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s Yappy Hour event which was also taking place at Fuzzy’s.

Restaurant goers dined in the outdoor patio with their pets while Humane Society volunteers circulated with pets up for adoption. Inside the restaurant, over $5,000 in prizes were being raffled off with all ticket sales going towards the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Some of the prizes donated for the raffle were game tickets and sports memorabilia for The Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rays, as well as admission tickets for Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, Big City Events, Lowry Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Southern Muscle, Camp Gladiator, Orange Theory Fitness Brandon and Crossfit BNI also donated products and services as raffle prizes. Restaurant gift cards for Brocato’s Sandwich Shop, Columbia RestaurantWorld of Beer,  and of course Fuzzy’s Taco Shop were also donated for the raffle. Fuzzy’s also sold brownie sundaes and dog treats with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, as well as $1 for every frozen drink sold.

Despite the lingering rain and hurricane fatigue, it was a successful and fun event with over $1,000 being raised! Here are some of my favorite pictures.

08 Mar

Kristin & Her Boys

In Adoption,Beach Shoot,family,Mother,Photography,portraits,Sons,Teens,Uncategorized,Young Adults by dosiawhitephotography@gmail.com / March 8, 2016 / 0 Comments

I first met Kristin nearly two years ago on a Saturday morning. She was helping me to pack up and sort through an entire walk in closet full of women’s clothes, shoes and purses. Kristin, an adoptions case manager, set aside clothing and accessories that would be donated to teenage girls up for adoption. It was perhaps one of the few positives in what was a difficult time for my family. Kristin was a coworker and good friend of Garet White – my husband’s ex wife, mother of my stepson and surprisingly to both Garet and myself, a very dear friend. For those of you who don’t know me personally, Garet passed away in her sleep unexpectedly in May 2014. It was her clothes and belongings that we were sorting through that morning. Garet had been renting a house and since her family was in Jacksonville and San Francisco, my husband and I assumed the enormous task of packing up the house. I was glad to have Kristin with me in Garet’s bedroom because even though it had been almost a month since she passed away, being in her house was a painful reminder of the night my husband and I found her. There were a couple of times when our emotions got the better of us as we went through her things but we stayed on task and finished in a couple of hours. When the lease was about to expire, it was Kristin and her family who came to the rescue when we needed more hands on deck to completely empty the house. And for that, I will forever be thankful to her.

When Kristin reached out to me about a family shoot with her two boys, I was thrilled because it isn’t every day that I get to photograph someone I know. When I asked for background information on her boys, she told me that she had adopted Mike, 22, when he was 16 years old. Her younger son Jacob, 19, who was home for Spring Break,  is a Freshman Tight End at Bethany College in West Virginia. She described them both as “having good hearts” and being both “goofy” and “playful”. It was a windy and somewhat chilly morning at BayFront Park on Anna Maria Island for this Sunday’s morning shoot but as the winds died down, it turned out to be a beautiful day. Here are some pictures from the shoot.