52 Week Project | Blue

Cahlean of About A Dog Photography in Central Minnesota |  The 52 Week Project is a blog circle with a theme for every week (which means we all link to each other, links are found at the end of the post).


This week’s theme for the 52 Week Project was blue.

Blue could be configured from an emotion, the color blue or what a “blue” dog is (they are actually grey, not blue!). Last year had Bender and I visiting all of the blue buildings in the small town we live in, so this year I opted for a change of scenery.

To the lake!

Axle was happily in tow, as the lake is his favorite place to go. The breeze was brisk, giving the lake ruffles of white. The clouds cleared out of the sky, just past the midday mark to show a palish shade of blue. The first beach was a bit too occupied, the second beach quiet. Two jumps off the dock and Axle resigned to plowing into the water from shoreside in a launch of great gusto.

In classic me fashion, I took a wee too many images… when you’re rocking 12 fps and a solid trigger finger aimed at an active dog, its easy enough to do!

Can you tell it was a bit breezy out…?
Prepare for launch… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….

Seriously, this dog and water. He would swim swim swim all day if he could. Its cool to see how the water interacts with him as he disrupts its movement. 

I moved down the shoreline for running images in the shallows that would kick up more water in Axle’s wake.
Switched the direction (I moved towards the dock instead of Axle running from the dock) to get a little extra light on Axle. He managed to lose sight of the ball on a throw…

The ball was reacquired and play resumed.
Switched from 85mm to 20mm for a different perspective with the sky and water.

And then the drool happened… it was swept into the wind like a string of tinsel…
I really love wide angle images when Axle comes out of the lake – you can see how much water streams off of his belly and jowls…

Next visit Lynda Mowat from Heartstrings Photography, based in Hamilton New Zealand to see her interpretation of blue!


52 Week Project | Humor

(About A Dog Photography in Anoka MN | The 52 Week Project is a blog circle with a theme for every week (which means we all link to each other, links are found at the end of the post).


Humor was the theme for this week’s 52 Week Project. One of the things I’ve always found humorous is running dogs. With luck I had coordinated with Tiffany of Avaqyn Acres for an upcoming business rebrand and we had two days of her awesome clients for models. One of the training skills we showcased were recalls. Tiffany would hold each dog and then when released the dog had to recall to their owner.

Weeeee! And some of those faces were EPIC! Its funny how some of the dogs ran, flew and had faces that went squishy!

Next visit the Hoof & Hound Photographer covering the Lancaster UK area to see what he finds humorous!


52 Week Project | Colorful

Cahlean of About A Dog Photography in MN | The 52 Week Project is a blog circle with a theme for every week (which means we all link to each other, links are found at the end of the post).


The theme for this week’s 52 Week Project was colorful. Recently I was on a short notice quest for a vintage modern low back chair with no particular color (I was really hoping it wasn’t going to be a 70s olive green, red or blue would have been awesome).

First stop to one of my go to thrift stores in St. Cloud, with high anticipation but a worry that the quest for THE chair on such short notice (needed it in 5 days). Past various assorted pieces of furniture, a chair with ok lines but awful fabric when this piece of perfect caught my eye:


Orange vinyl with a “elephant skin” leather texture and wobbly leg (just needed to be tighten with a couple twists). Very vintage, with a solid spattering of white mildew on the outsides of the arms and up the back but otherwise in very good shape. I scooped it up, thinking it would weigh a ton – nope – actually it was very light! One handed carrying was easy to do and I strolled the rest of the store in case there would be a second chair to go home with me. No other chairs were found that day.

A solid scrubbing cut down on most of the mildew and the rest didn’t show in images. The chair’s first photoshoot was under my strobes and it performed wonderfully. (A huge thank you to Gus @gusgusinthecity for coming out to help me test out my lighting!)

Back at home, I decided I wanted to try some outdoor images with the chair plus a very colorful vintage blanket to really have a strong pop of color for the colorful theme. The chair is a little smaller than I originally wanted (would be tricky to have a person and bigger dog sit together on it) but it worked well for Bender. He worked on his fashion model posing (don’t look at the camera, look stoic) both with and without the blanket, then as the sun warmed him he rocked a happy pant (a very uncommon thing to capture in portraits of him as he’s not an avid panter).

Modeling is just soooo stressful (insert a dramatic eye roll from me, all he has to do is sit and eat treats haha!). Pulled the blanket out of the frame so the chair could show off its color. I love the modernish lines, the bold color and the fact that the back is low profile so if its used against brick, a wall, any backdrop it can still be seen behind the chair. (Wingback chairs are a very solid love of mine, but their backs tend to be a bit too tall for the look I want.)

Back to the blanket (made by Tennessee Woolen Mills, not sure the rough vintage but its a soft, vibrant acrylic). The orange in the blanket perfectly matches the chair! 

Next visit Jessica Wasik with Bark & Gold Photography, celebrating the joy and love between Pittsburgh pets and their people to see her colorful images!


52 Week Project | Headshots

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Headshots was the theme for the 52 Week Project and we could imagine them in any manner we wanted, from corporate level SEO of snuggling to what might be on a dating profile.

Of course I picked dating profile haha! A new blue wood backdrop was setup, a varsity looking jacket and a pair of shades as well as a pair of nerd/hipster glasses were assembled. The tasty treats were ready and at hand.

Guess who was enthused…
Seriously this dog… you’d think I was asking Bender to clean his room, do the laundry or some other mundane chore, not sit and look at the camera for a slew of tasty treats. Sigh (why he has to “die” when it comes to props, I have no idea.) The jacket and glasses were removed.

Fine, we will do “naked” images. (He posed himself…)

“Oh I see you has treats mom… is this what you wanted?”

{ Cue the dating profile questions with a quirky game show theme song }

What I’m doing with my life: 
I spend my days lounging on the couch, protecting the house from rogue rabid squirrels, meddling neighborhood dogs and odd things that move in the wind

The first thing people usually notice about me:
You tell me.  What was the first thing you noticed? (oh hey girl… wink)

I spend a lot of time thinking about
How handsome I am. And when treats will be put in my mouf (I’m pretty serious about it)

On a typical Friday night I am
Snuggled under a blanket with Grandma. Don’t judge.

My self-summary
I’m a lover with adorable ears (they really are adorable even though I don’t show them in pictures). Food, walkies, and naps in the sun make me happy. I’m a laid back 60 lb doggo who has traits like a kitty cat (laying on the back of the couch to soak up sun rays, sign me up!) and a growing number of freckles. My mom spoils me, my grandma makes me rotten. 


The boys were swapped, along with the background (the blue was too clashy with lumberjack plaid red). Axle being the old pro allowed me to put the blazer on him and assumed a sit. The result, deadpan. In. Every. Image. That’s just who he is.

{ Cue the dating profile questions with a quirky game show theme song }

What I’m doing with my life: 
I spend my days waiting to go outside and retrieve thrown items. I particularly like tennis balls, racquet balls, glow balls, sticks, frisbees, water bottles…

The first thing people usually notice about me:
Underbite and jowly pout. Or the toy I’m shoving in their crotch. I spend a lot of time thinking about
Outside. Playing fetch, patrolling the yard, when my swimming pools will be put back out, where my ball is, where my stick is, who is going to play with me…

On a typical Friday night I am
Napping in my crate, dreaming of chasing tennis balls and sticks
My self-summary
I’m an active, go go go type guy, playing, retrieving and swimming is my life. My manners aren’t always the best, and a I’ve got a leg that bothers me sometimes (old “war” injury haha) but it doesn’t keep me from running through all of the mud in the yard. I enjoy when Grandpa lets me out without supervision so I can play guard dog and keep an eye on the yard (no old lady will be passing without a stern talking to!).

These two… good thing they aren’t in the actual dating market haha!

Next visit Little White Dog Pet Photography – Sioux Falls, SD to see her take on headshots!


52 Week Project | Get Close

The 52 Week Project is a blog circle with a theme for every week (which means we all link to each other, links are found at the end of the post).


Minnesota dog photographer About A Dog Photography here for this week’s 52 Week Project: get close. Likethisclose….

No macro lens lives in my arsenal and reverse macro tends to have a little bit of a loss in image quality (if you don’t know how to reverse macro – take your 50mm, un-mount it from your camera, reverse and hold it against your camera and move yourself inwards as you focus – you will be mere inches from your subject but the image will be magnified like a macro! FYI 35mm works but you pretty much have to touch your subject, wider doesn’t work, you would have to pass through your subject to be able to focus and 85mm is… wonky – no magnification just messed up bokeh…) so I skipped reverse macro.

The lens of choice, my favorite, 135mm. Minimum focusing distance is 2.87′ (87.5 cm) which on a lens is approx 1 am length or less away. Nikon’s 70-200mm has a minimum focusing distance of 3.61′ (1.1 m), while Canon’s version 3.94′ (1.2 m)! Minimum focusing distance also means I can get in very close and isolate the details.

I wonder what Bender thinks when he models for pictures. Half the time I’m doing the darnedest to get his attention and ears up, the other half of the time I’m focusing on his details and don’t want him to look at me. Either way, he’s not always the most excited about being photographed (the 52 Week theme Favorite Song showed his enthusiasm…) and probably thinks “oh dear she’s got the black box thing pointed in my direction again…”. Luckily the get close theme just needed him to hold a sit/lay and get fed treats. Pretty easy haha!

Next visit Linda Perdue with VPShoots Photography serving Tampa Bay in Florida to see how she got close for this week’s theme!