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Sunshine Time, The Return of Lump Day, and Introducing Bernard – St. Cloud and Central MN Pet and Lifestyle Photography

Written by Jen on . Posted in Fur and Feather Friends, Lump Day, Randomly Jen

Its been too long.

Hello happy blogger world – and Happy Lump Day to you all! I feel like such a horrible Mother and Blogger – I haven’t posted in WAY to long, nor have I kept up with my lovely Lump Day posts. In addition, Daisy, Ben and I would like to introduce and have you all welcome the newest member of our little family, our son, Bernard.

We were thrilled to find and adopt Bernard back in November (again, I know – horrible Mother) and he fits in perfectly with our crazy little family. He is a two year old Boston Terrier, whom we adopted from the Midwest Animal Rescue and Services out of Minneapolis.  While Daisy really isn’t a ‘dog’ sort of dog, they actually get along very well – infact, she often lets him sit/lay on her, which we aren’t really sure why he enjoys doing that but maybe it keeps him warm or something…..he’s a little odd, but we all are, so it works :) Its interesting to watch them play – Miss Mae is SO stompy when she plays – its hilarious to watch little pups try to play with her! Overall, he as been such a wonderful addition and I hope to blog about them both a little more in the future. Maybe we’ll need a Terrier Tuesday or something to go with Lump Day….. ( just don’t hold me to that…. )
PS – He does have a lovely, formal portait, which can be found at the JTP Facebook page , but this image goes with our topic today: Sunshine Time!

What an odd couple of months its been! Can’t really complain – the mild weather is lovely. And Bernard is especially happy that its not so cold anymore – although he did look pretty damn cute in his little sweaters and things :) But the sun is just too good to pass up right now. Its so warm and happy.

Which brings us to today’s post: the joy the sun brings Daisy and Bernard is just so wonderful. They move around the sun, basking in its glory. So much so, the other day when I returned, Bernard didn’t even get up to say hello – his sunshine spot was just too good.

I’ve been enjoying their quest to find the best sunshine spot over the last few weeks – or shall I say, SHARE the best sunshine spot. Its rather amusing at times – espeically when 14lbs Bernard is hogging most of it, and 65-70lbs Daisy doesn’t bother to move him, even though we all know she easily could…. Such good sharers :)

Anywho – enjoy. The portraits, my children, and the sun.

Happy Lump Day.

~ Jen

Together – St. Cloud / Central MN Lifestyle and Pet Photography

Written by Jen on . Posted in Fur and Feather Friends, Lump Day, The Art of You - Portrait Goodness

Ah September, how I love you. Crisp fall days, birthdays to celebrate, leaves changing, sweaters and cute coats. At the same time, you also bring the height of Wedding season, the end of Senior season, and the beginning of Family fun! All which rock my socks off – but do make for very busy weeks and weekends, thus resulting in very little family time.

So, sometimes, you just need to snuggle.

In addition to Lump Day, it is also Glee night – Daisy and I wish you a fantastic evening of snuggling with the ones you love. Off to the couch!

Happy Lump Day.


~ Jen

Laundry Lumpy Day – St. Cloud / Central Minnesota Pet and Lifestyle Photography

Written by Jen on . Posted in Fur and Feather Friends, Lump Day, The Art of You - Portrait Goodness

This week’s Lump Day actually fell on new washer and dryer day! It was a busy day, full of people in and out all day, with lots of fun clients coming – and visiting Dasiy, which always makes her a happy girl! But we had to take a little time to check out the new goodies!

Not sure what she thinks of them – excitement?  Boredom?  Confusion as to why Mommy is making her hang out by these weird new things…?  We might have to wait on that verdict til the scariness of Daddy working on that room wears off.

Hope your Lump Day was full of as much excitment as ours!


~ Jen

The Return of Lump Day – St. Cloud / Central MN Pet and Lifestyle Photography

Written by Jen on . Posted in Fur and Feather Friends, Lump Day, The Art of You - Portrait Goodness

Wow. Almost 2 months. I have to apologize for leaving you all in the lurch. The past several weeks have been a whirl wind of emotions and so many crazy things….but that’s perhaps a story for another day….

Today is for Daisy.

I’ve actually heard from many people how happy Daisy’s Lump Day posts make them – which make me feel even worse for being such a pokey blogger…..but Lumper’s and I had a little mini session after a lovely business portrait this morning and it seemed like the perfect timing – being Wednesday and all. I love with the star’s align.

Fun Fact: Daisy is not a huge fan of Mommy’s crazy curb-side-find chair. Not quite roomy enough for her liking – she’s much more of a lounger. Although, by the end, she did manage to lay down all the way and keep her entire body on the chair. She never ceases to amaze me.

Was only going to share the one, but this one just makes me too happy not to share. Its very ‘Classic Daisy’. By this point, Ben had gone back to working on our new laundry room and was making ‘scary’ noises upstairs.

Not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but Daisy HATES when Ben works on the house. Doesn’t matter what – even quiet activities like painting. As soon as she sees him put on his iPod, she in the basement cowering on her bed under his desk. To be honest, I’m surprised I got both of these shots, as they were taken after he’d gone back upstairs and I thought for sure I was going to lose her immediately to the basement. Poor tramatized puppy.

Happy Lump Day. Its nice to be back.


~ Jen

Whoopie! (Pie): The Return of Lump Day – St. Cloud Pet Photography / Lifestyle Photography

Written by Jen on . Posted in Fur and Feather Friends, Lump Day, The Art of You - Portrait Goodness

Hello happy blog world!

It has been FAR too long. Just one of those months, I guess. I’ve been planning this Lump Day post for quite awhile. The timing just never really worked out. Ben and I were out of town, then just busy bees getting things ready for clients, and overall just never really getting to it. Normally I have all day on Wednesday to capture Daisy for Lump Day. But for this particular post, Ben needed to be present – which made things a little trickier.

This morning, the stars aligned and I am happy to be able to present you with an extra special, long awaited, Lump Day Whoopie Pie EXTRAVAGANZA!

Ok. So here’s the story behind the whoopie pie :)

About a month ago, Ben and I were in search of a Dog Bakery. I needed to purchase a gift for the lovely and talented Sara Kauss, who was kind enough to come to Minnesota and speak to the MNPPA. Knowing Sara has two lovely doggie babies, I thought some goodies for them would be the perfect gift! And they were – once we finally located the bakery……

It was one of those weird days, when you drive around and could SWEAR what you were looking for was RIGHT THERE! And its not. And you have know idea where you need to go to find what you’re looking for. But, damnit, I WANT SOME TASTY DOGGIE GOODIES!

FINALLY, Ben and he’s awesome internet and driving skills got us to Lulu and Luigi.  ( )  And it is amazing! Cookies, clothes, EVERYTHING to pamper your pooch! It was devine! We just couldn’t leave with out getting Daisy something fun.

And then we saw the Whoopie Pie.

I mean, seriously!? This is a DOG cookie!? How awesome is this thing!? WE wanted to eat it! I looks so amazing and colorful and huge and wonderful! It has been KILLING me to see it on the shelf, waiting patiently for schedules to work (and Daisy’s belly to not be rumbly – there have been days in between that I could have given it to her, but I really didn’t want to clean up whoopie pie puke…..) It was so great to finally give her this awesome goodie!

And she loved it.

Our happy girl after her special treat. Oh the things we do for our kids :)

Happy Lump Day everyone – thanks for your patience!


~ Jen

Waiting For Daddy – St. Cloud Pet / Lifestyle Photographer

Written by Jen on . Posted in Fur and Feather Friends, Lump Day, The Art of You - Portrait Goodness

Hello Hello!

This week’s Lump Day post is inspired by Daisy and my morning walks. Just about every morning – well, seeing as we do live in Minnesota, let’s make that May-October mornings, Daisy and I will go for a walk. And on the nights that Ben works, our morning walk will frequently be to go and get Daddy as he’s finishing up his shift. (A little game for those of you who don’t already know – can you guess where Ben works by the photograph?)

Daisy LOVES these walks. Its basically 3 miles full of happy smells that she gets to drag Mommy all over town in a quest to find Daddy. LUMPY HEAVEN.

And when we do arrive, she will get as close to the door as physically possible and wait.


Pondering how she might get in there so she can find him faster – although she’s never actually made it farther than the vestibule (not for lack of trying though).

She just may make it in one of these days. All the ladies adore her. “She could pass for a service dog, right? Just bring her on in!”

(At this, Ben and I normally bust out laughing. Daisy is by no means graceful. Especially on linoleum floors. It is, by far, one of the most amusing, falling down silly dog dances you will ever see. She gets so excited and moves so fast, she’s all legs – splayed out all over the floor. The day pigs fly is the day Daisy will pass for a service dog.)

But anywho, today was another lovely morning filled with a lovely walk to Daddy. The complete joy she has when he walks out that door always brings a smile to my face.

What a great way to start Lump Day.


~ Jen

Lazy Day (Interrupted) ~ St. Cloud Pet Photographer / Lifestyle Photographer

Written by Jen on . Posted in Fur and Feather Friends, Lump Day, The Art of You - Portrait Goodness

It’s raining/snowing…..again. Apparently Spring is just refusing to ‘spring’ this year. I miss my flowers and the sunshine. I miss walks with Miss Daisy – neither of us are overly enthused to get soaked walking around at barely above freezing temps just to take a stroll.

About the best thing to do on overly gray days like today is lay around and nap. Seeing as I have work to do, and am void of such luxuries, I figured I would at least photograph Daisy during her nap – you know, to live vicariously through her, so to speak.

She was not amused.

Shortly hereafter, she got up and wandered off to slumber in private.

How dare I.

Happy Lump Day.


~ Jen

Oh Mother Nature – Central Minnesota Pet / Lifestyle Photography

Written by Jen on . Posted in Fur and Feather Friends, Lump Day, The Art of You - Portrait Goodness

Daisy and I woke up this morning to an April 20th Winter Wonderland. Needless to say, the big question on Daisy’s mind (and everyone else’s I would imagine) is “What’s up Mother Nature?”

Its already started melting, but still – really?

Oh Minnesota, we love you – even when you are full of crazy.

Happy Lump Day.


~ Jen

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