52 Week Project | Before & After

This week’s theme for the 52 Week Project was before & after.

What better theme to show the “magic” that happens behind the scenes during the final editing process included in every About A Dog Session. Eyeboogers, leashes, head swaps, trash & dirty snow cleanup, removal of body parts are are no match for my “magic” skills (yes my magic is performed in Photoshop). 


Mickey & Penny (new re-edits,  from October 2013). Removed the leashes/collars, cleaned up a couple of spots on the wall behind, and removed the light colored stick under Mickey’s tail. Added contrast and lightened eyes and faces.

Mickey & Penny again! Removed leashes and mom’s legs as well as the spot next to Penny’s ear. Added contrast, brightened their eyes and faces.


The stunning Scout from her session this past December. Removed the extension chord, shovel against the fence, dirt/dark spots in the snow, and toned down the light coming through the fence on the left. Added contrast, enhanced the sun flare, added brightness to Scout’s face and eyes (I love that they are two different colors).

Scout & her nutball sister Parka! Removed the extension cord, cleaned up a couple eyeboogers, enhanced the sun flare and backlight on Scout. Added contrast, brightened Parka’s eyes and face, and brightened Scout a smidge.


The stoic Rex from this past fall in a classic labrador pose. Leash removed, and the rivet right above his head removed. Contrast added, as well as brightening his eyes and face slightly.


Margot from her & Eli’s October mini session (mini session info here). Removed mom, removed the leash, added a touch of contrast and brightened Margot’s face & body.


Tammy & baby Polar from their October mini session. Removed mom, removed leashes, removed shock collar, lightened eyes slightly.


From Abbie’s 2015 fall session. Removed leash, enhanced golden hour glow, lightened Abbie’s eyes.


Katie the Colorado dog (new re-edit, from October 2013). Removed leash, added contrast, lightened Katie’s face & eyes.


Josie, the tender soul from her session this fall. Removed her leash, as well as the dark branch above her head. Added contrast and brightened her eyes.


JC, the mega adorable Japanese Chin from her session this past fall! She was off leash in her backyard so there was no leash removal. Removed the red dot above her head, removed the little purple flare on her ear,  brightened her white fur, removed her eye stains, and darkened her black spots. Also brightened her eyes.

Pretty awesome “magic” if I may say so myself!

Next up visit Kim with BARKography based in Charlotte NC to see her before and afters!

16 thoughts on “52 Week Project | Before & After

  1. Cahlean, I love the before and afters. The one of Mickey and Penny in front of the blue wall is so cute and my favorite is Rex in front of the boat. So fantastic. I think it’s great to be able to show clients the before and after so they know their dogs don’t need to be off leash!

  2. These are wonderful! LOVE the sliders – so helpful! Great images … My favorite is Margot with her pretty bandana and the lovely fall colors – great post!

  3. Great job on the re-edits. It’s always nice to see how we progress in our skills and style. I especially love how the one of Scout turned out.

  4. I remember seeing quite a few of these in the HOTD Facebook group me being blown away by their beauty! You have a gift for creating memorable images and another for enhancing them so delicately. Great job this week! I love seeing the peek into your work.

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