(Oh dear... I should find a newer picture of me... yes I totally still have that shirt, but those shoes have been long retired!)
I am Cahlean (pronounced ca-lean), the photographer and creative behind About A Dog Photography - huzzah! I'm a dog mom to a pair of spoiled rotten dogs - Bender my little brown & white lugheaded pittie and Axle my blackish derpy boxer mix (they don't get along the best so you won't see them in pictures together). They both are 6 years old now! When the heck did that happen?
Things you may already know about me:
I love love love dogs!
Photography is a GINORMOUS passion of mine
Blue is my favorite color! (ok that one you may not have known...)
Things you probably don't know about me:
There is a large collection of Pyrex & Fry Glass overtaking the shelves in my house... there is also a growing collection of measuring cups and vintage mixing jars that are squeezing into the spare spaces...
My right arm has a half sleeve tattoo featuring my late dogs Mick & Icey, my camera, and... a zombie (in a classy school portrait style)
Coffee in the morning is a MUST! IPAs & dry hard ciders are preferred in the evening, unless of course we're talking Old Fashioneds...
There are a trio of guitars that live at my house - one is a redheaded step child...
I'm a Leo (huzzah for August birthdays!) and ENFP personality
A pleasantly brief history of About A Dog Photography.
(Skip this part if you're not overly privy on history or reading paragraphs)
There has nearly always been a camera in my hand since I was young. I'd go through rolls of film, sometimes ending up with good shots, sometimes there were bad ones, others we don't speak of...
Fast forward through youth and a plethora of assorted cameras to 2006 when a silver bodied Canon went home with me and began to teach me how to hone in the skills and develop my style. (Good gracious - 11 years already?! And yes I still have the Canon - yes it still works!)
A Nikon moved into the house a few years later, followed by a 7 month old puppy (Axle - Mick & Icey were already occupying couches & beds by then).
Mid-summer 2012, on a balmy hot day with the gang resting in a patch of shade, the birth of About A Dog Photography happened.
Another batch of time a foster dog was added to the mix (putting me up to 4 dogs) and that foster ended up being a fail. He was Bender then, and is Bender still. Mick passed away, taking my little pack to 3. A few years later, my lard butt rottie Icey passed away leaving me with the duo that is Axle & Bender.
The original Nikon a solid workhorse (220,000ish shutter clicks & counting) was retired and a spiffy full framed Nikon beast was added to the mix. New lenses were added into the mix. Zooms were transitioned out of, primes became the workhorses.
5 years of business was officially achieved in 2017. Here's to everything to get me here, and everything to come.
Thank you for being part of my story.
From then, 2012, Icey, Mick, Axle (right around the birth of About A Dog Photography)
To summer of 2017 - Axle (he's getting a solid sprinkling of greys)