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Laura Young
Chicago area
I am a photographer and personal coach with a strong interest in animal welfare.
Interests: Nature, photography, animal welfare, animal shelters, animal rescue, volunteerism, humane education, life coaching, business coaching, jazz, poetry, pit bull advocacy. ***The dog you see with me is Ali, a marvelous creature adoptable in DuPage County. Please contact me for details.***
Recent Activity
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A dear friend of mine, who recently turned 80, had had this photo in her garden window for a very long time. She's on the left, and is still in touch with the little girl pictured with her. Let's just say, sunshine and old photos are not a good combination.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Today at Laura's Place
Oh, we are all pawns of the Universe, so intentions may have very little to do with it. You know how these things go...
She kids because she loves, P, she kids because she loves.
This will be fast because basically all my dog walking clients are in a state of emergency and my formerly free day is no longer. Not complaining, and happily I can fill all the emergency demands BUT a few things I've realized... When you have a client's only (Do Not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Today at Laura's Place
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A person with one single photo to remember them by. That's tough to wrap one's mind around in this day of Selfies Gone Wild, isn't it? The gentleman in this portrait is the maternal grandfather of the same client whose father I shared with you earlier. It's a marvelous photo,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Today at Laura's Place
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Did you see the prior photo estoration project I posted? The one where this: became this... Well, first, you should know that I have really awesome and astute friends because without them I just might have missed out on a truly remarkable story. After I shared the original post on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Today at Laura's Place
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True story. I could never make heads or tails of Sudoku before my stint managing the Facebook page of my local animal shelter. But after months of making sure every cat, kitten, dog and puppy (and assorted small mammal) was photographed, had a bio, got posted in the right album,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Today at Laura's Place
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So, Friday I had a pet sitting 'meet and greet' with two adorable yellow labs. The five month old basically flipped over all the smells in our woods. As we were touring the dogs over our acre, I realized my comment to their 'mom' that, "Oh, we must have had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Today at Laura's Place
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That is my dream and it's going to stay a dream unless I put in the work to achieve it. First, some background...I've known of Jim for many, many years. He was a National Geographic photographer for many years and lives in Northern Minnesota in the Boundary Waters area (Ely).... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Today at Laura's Place
Peter, what's this 'looking forward to' you speak of? Oh, the old part...that. Fair enough. Maureen, thank you! And I hear we might have our paths cross again someday courtesy of a golden haired lass who lives with you. I'd be positively delighted to be of service if so! Give my very best to your family!
Except for the part that they actually didn't so I had to be sneaky. I thought, well, if they are going to be super mad at me, so be it, but I'm an artist, dang it and I cannot be held back! (OR something like that...)
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So, a friend of mine (the lovely Julie Dorsey-Oskerka, President of the A Sound Beginning Program which you dog folks definitely want to know about), contacted me recently about a photography gig. The assignment, should I choose to accept it? Photographing PEOPLE. Trade Secret: Chicken jerky tucked in the arm.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Today at Laura's Place
Just let me know!
Ah, girl, you are intrepid...all the iterations of me you have seen and are still willing to follow. I think this is the cherry on the sundae! Thanks for being there, Kate.
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My mom gave me a genetic predisposition for intense attention to detail, a trait which comes in handy when you are restoring photographs. I had a really fun project recently in which I had three photos to restore (I'm working on a 4th now). Starting with the easiest, here are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Today at Laura's Place
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Hello, You! I'm Laura and behind me there you see my yard. My husband and I live on a sweet little wetland in the Far West suburbs of Chicago (don't worry about which one...it's dinky and you won't have heard of it because it's mostly an overgrown train yard). In... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Today at Laura's Place
Found this snip in an old email and it made me laugh... I didn't realize I was a geeky nerd until my husband called me one the other night and astonished me. I had put on the a goofy sciency weirdo show called "Duck Quacks Don't Echo" which he said... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at One Acre
I don't mind in the least having notes in margins left by others. I find the notes and highlights of others add something to the book...a little breadcrumb trails others leave behind. These little mysteries add something to the experience of a book that makes me want to read a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at One Acre
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This will read as a rather one-sided conversation because it was actually a letter I wrote to my photographer friend, Di Mackey, while she was travelling. But I'll include it here because it was inspired by something she sent my way and to which I felt compelled to respond... Good... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at One Acre
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(I'm dismantling a blog from a few years back that has since been abandoned because life took new directions and I found this post. It's an exchange with Di Mackey. She's in crimson, I'm in black. Since this blog has also been languishing, partly due to busy-ness with my animal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at One Acre
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I'm going to admit something to you...and for once I won't be filing it under "I'm always the last to know" because I've known this for a long time. It can be a little hard to be me. It isn't that I want to do oh-so-many-things with my life...I have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at One Acre
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Perhaps it's just that it has been such a rainy year, but the summer seems to be waning already if the tattered wings of this monarch are any indication... And yet, there are signs of new winged life yet to be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at One Acre
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Last year two little poppies showed up in the garden strip along my garage near the downspout. I think they are breadbox poppies. I suspect the seeds blew in and washed down the drain to find themselves planted there, as they aren't anywhere else in the yard. They are such... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at One Acre
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The Ruby Meadowhawk is one of the most common dragonflies in the meadows and fields of northern Illinois. This is the female, more russet in color compared to the more truly scarlet colored male. They are also among the more tolerant of intrusive photographers. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at One Acre
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One thing to be said for neglecting my overgrown gardens is that it allows the other residents of our acre to thrive relatively undisturbed. I know there are a lot of people out there who don't really enjoy seeing snakes, especially large ones like this creature, but I've always delighted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at One Acre