Cats 12-20

There’s nothing quite like a warm, purring ball of fur to make the long winter days in Michigan a little less dreary.  If you are looking for a warm fuzzy companion please pay a visit to the Humane Society of West Michigan where there are lots of cats and dogs just waiting for you!

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Tansy is a friendly little girl.  She is a two year old brown tabby with beautiful green eyes.


This is Smokey.  She is an eight year old Russian Blue Mix.  Russian Blues tend to be intelligent, curious and friendly, all of which Smokey is.  Every time I have gone to photograph the cats she always comes trotting up to me to say her hellos.


Sadie is another eight year old gal with emerald eyes and a long gorgeous coat.  She didn’t feel like coming out to get her glamour shots done today.

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Pretty Girl definitely lives up to her name with her stunning coat colors and eyes.  She is about two years old.


Meet Milo!  He’s an eight year old gray and white kitty with the cutest little white muzzle.


Jessie is a ten year old white cat with patches of orange and black.  She is a big girl and would love to keep your lap warm!

Please visit HSWM if you are looking for a pet and look for my blog with more cats in a day or two.


Here are some of the latest cats in residence right now at the Humane Society of West Michigan.  If you are looking for a furry friend please visit them, there are lots of cats and dogs there, waiting for their forever home!


Shadow is a beautiful longhaired gal who is about 2 1/2 years old.  Her little ear tufts are so cute!


Leith is super friendly and her dark little nose stands out against her lighter coat, which is a gorgeous grey mottled with tan.  She is just over 2 years old.

Mr. Coffee (left) and Prince (right) are two adorable tabbies who were a little overwhelmed by all the activity at the shelter tonight and had found some hidey-holes under the kitty furniture.  They are both about 1 1/2 years old.


Skittles has an interesting color, being mostly black with little sprinkles of orange and white spots on her chest.  She is 6 years old and looking forward to spending time with her new family!

Screech Owl

Screech Owl really does have an owlish little face.  She is still a bit frightened of her new surroundings but is a gorgeous 4 year old girl when she’s not owl-scowling.


Princess is a very pretty grey and orange girlie who was quite content to stay up on her perch and get her photo taken.  She is about two years young.

Stay tuned later this week for more cats who are hoping you will come and visit them at the Humane Society of West Michigan!


Shelter Kitties!

I’ve been wanting to volunteer at a local animal shelter for quite a while now and finally took action by contacting the Humane Society of West Michigan to see if they were in need of any photography.  I’m so glad there is something I can do to hopefully help some of these cats and dogs get a new and much deserved home!  I have a feeling at least one of them will ultimately end up at my home 🙂  HSWM is an amazing place to find a furry buddy so if you’re thinking of adopting a new cat or dog please check them out!  Here are the kitties from my session yesterday afternoon.


Tilly is a three year old gray and tan tabby girl who was very content to be petted and photographed.  She has a sweet little petite face and gorgeous yellow-green eyes.


Jeri is one of Tilly’s roommates and is another tabby but a darker brown and black.  She is also around three years old and has the most striking green eyes!

Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen is a two year old tortie who was more interested in eating than in looking at me and or my camera, but once she was full she finally came over to say hi and was very friendly.  From this photo it is hard to see her tortie colors but they are definitely more distinctive on her back.


Archer is one of Mary Ellen’s roommates and is a tall, lanky and handsome one and a half year old boy with white socks.  He was very interested in the kitties next door and was entertaining me by pawing at the glass to their room in between coming over to check me out and get some lovin’.

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This is Cindi Lou Who, who is no more than two (actually ten months).  She wants a new home for Christmas before the Grinch comes to take away her Christmas tree and roast beast!  She is a beautiful little tortoiseshell girl and is sharing her room with another gorgeous tortie named Noel Bell (see photo below).

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Noel Bell is even younger than Cindi Lou Who, about eight months, and is a very inquisitive little girl.  While I was trying to get shots of the other cats she actually walked from her perch on the shelves right up onto my back.

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Martha May Who (top) and Betty Lou Who (bottom) are two more kitties from Whoville.  They are both about one year old and mostly black except for a little white patch of fur on thier chests.  They are waiting for Santy Claus to pay them a visit!


Meet Molly!  She is a sweet two year old with a sharp tuxedo and stand-out whiskers.  In the play room she was a little shy at first but quickly warmed up to some petting once she was accustomed to her new surroundings.


Galavant is one big, handsome boy!  He is about four years old and LOVES his catnip.  He is also a big sweetie and was standing up on his back legs to get some extra attention in the play room.


This is Grinchie.  Despite his name this little 5 month old kitten is super sweet and looked like he was sitting under the mistletoe waiting for a big kiss!


Last, but not least, is Buttercup.  This little kitten is not quite sure what to think of her home here at the shelter just yet, but seems very sweet and has a beautifully colored coat.

Stay tuned later this week for some pup pics!

Please feel free to share this blog – the more eyes, the quicker these little guys and gals will find themselves in a new forever home!

Lola ~ Pet Portraits

I have always had a great love for and connection with animals.  When I was a kid I always thought I wanted to be a vet, and there has not been a time in my life when I didn’t have at least one pet.  Recently we lost our Labrador Retriever, Tevya, in a hit-and-run car accident right in front of our house.  It was a very sad day for me and I regret that I never did a real session with him before his untimely death, so I decided to do a session with our other dog, Lola.  In honor of Tevya I have also reached out to our local humane society to volunteer my photography services for their animals to try and help them get adopted, so if you live near Grand Rapids and are looking for a pet, you might soon see some of my work on the West Michigan Humane Society website.

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Exploration in the Pacific Northwest

While I posted these image to my social media sites shortly after my trip, I haven’t yet told the story behind these so I thought I’d feature them on the blog this week.  Back in August I had the chance to visit Portland, Oregon for a trialing conference and took the opportunity to go exploring whenever the seminars were done for the day.  The first day my plane actually landed early and I couldn’t yet check into my hotel, so I took the opportunity and drove east to the Columbia River Gorge, where I made this image of Multnomah Falls.  Multnomah is a 611 foot cascade that is said to have been created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a secluded place to bathe.

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The following day my seminars ended around 5:30 in the afternoon, so I quickly hit the highway and drove the couple of hours east to try and get a shot of Mt. Hood.  It probably wasn’t my brightest moment – being alone on a winding mountain pass in the middle of nowhere near sunset and underneath buzzing high-voltage power lines – but sometimes you just have to get the shot!  This was taken from Lolo Pass Rd., where coming around the numerous bends Mt. Hood looms larger with each one.


The next day was my last opportunity to get out and explore, so this time I headed west to the coast.  I headed for Cannon Beach, the famous site of Haystack Rock that was used in the filming of The Goonies.  I had hoped to catch sunset behind the 235 foot basaltic sea stack, but between the smoke in the air from the fires in Washington and the marine layer that had drifted in a sunset was not in my favor.  It was still an amazing experience and I can’t wait to visit the beautiful Pacific Northwest again some day!

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach

Crystal ~ Class of 2016

Crystal’s senior session took place at a couple of the local beaches in Holland.  We are so fortunate to have such beautiful beaches nearby!  Ever since they limited access to Big Red it is a bit more difficult to get over there, but we made the hike to take advantage of the amazing scenery at sunset.  Crystal was a natural in front of the camera and her beach session was awesome!

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Emma ~ Six Month Portrait Session

This was my third opportunity to photograph Miss Emma.  The first time was for her mama’s maternity session, and then for her newborn photographs.  I just recently got to do her six month session and we had a blast!  It is so much fun to see this little one grow from a teeny newborn into a vibrant little six month old who loved the bubbles and the grass!

Look who’s blogging!

Welcome to my first blog post!  I’m Laura, owner of Robles Photography.  I hope you enjoy my photography and also my attempts at writing… I love photography but would rather rip my fingernails off one by one than write anything, which is why I’m just now getting around to blogging.  Luckily being a photographer, I can primarily let my photos speak for themselves!

My goal at Robles Photography is to create beautiful photographs that you and your family can love and cherish for years to come.  There is nothing quite like having your portraits professionally made and then especially the anticipation of waiting to see what was captured on your special day!

In case you want to know a little bit about me before this all gets going… I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for almost nine years, and our daughter Emilia is almost four.  Emmy is a sweet little soul and is also my photographic guinea pig.  Unfortunately she has started running when she sees me coming with my camera!

I have loved photography ever since I can remember and was inspired to one day take up serious photography by my grandfather.  I really got started in photography while taking flower photographs in my other life as a horticulturalist.

Ok now that I’ve bored you with all of this, here are my first photographic contributions to the blog… my little guinea pig!  If you like what you see, please follow my blog and feel free to comment, like and share!