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Faces of Marbridge Villa | Dog Visit | Austin Lifestyle Photographer

A few weeks ago I was asked if I could volunteer some time and photography to Marbridge Villa in Manchaca. I have seen the Marbridge sign on FM 1626 many times, but didn’t know what it was. When I went to their website I learned that Marbridge is a residence for adults with cognitive challenges. The campus is beautiful and they focus on their residents abilities and offer many programs for enrichment and entertainment. On my first visit to view the facility, I walked in and the residents were having a Margarita Party (no alcohol of course) and everyone was smiling and happy. When I walked in, I didn’t know what to expect. When I walked out, my heart was happy.

I went back a few days later to capture the visit of Lady and Lucy Lu, two Standard Poodles and their owners, who make weekly visits to residents. It is an amazing thing to watch interaction between people and dogs. These two dogs bring so much enthusiasm and excitement.

I very much enjoyed my visit and am looking forward to my next visit for more events at Marbridge. When I took the images in on Monday, I took the kiddos with me and they got to say hello to several residents, which was enriching for everyone.

  1. Susan says:

    LOVE these shots…before I was a Mom, I was a teacher of children with special needs. I grew up with a cousin with special needs before that…it is near and dear to my heart. These photos are so beautiful. some of my favorites of yours…well done friend

  2. Love these! So powerful and the processing is perfect!

  3. wonderful, wonderful work Mariah!!!

  4. […] been back to Marbridge Villa a few times since my last post. It’s been excellent to walk in and have familiar faces smile at me. I actually took Cruz […]

  5. Mariah, Your shots at Marbridge Villa are spectacular. Very dignified and touching. The residents obviously were happy to have you there and trusted you…I can see it in their faces. Love this work, I hope to see more. Well done!

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