Bark to the Future 2018 | Tri County Humane Society | St. Cloud

The weather was perfect for Bark to the Future 2018 Tri County Humane Society’s annual companion walk. Two DeLoreans hung out for photo ops, while the pups strolled around with their owners sporting neon and leg warmers. My booth setup featured RAD portraits with a backdrop of cassette tapes! Thank you to everyone who came out to Bark to the Future!

The walk! If you were walking, yes that was me laying on the ground as you walked past!

Yappy Hour at 3 Squares in Maple Grove

Sidewalk Dog invited me out to Yappy Hour on the patio of 3 Squares in Maple Grove. People & Pets Together had a booth and Tito’s Vodka was there in spirit with bandanas, plushies and other dog swag. The weather was perfect and I heard the food was mighty tasty. New faces were met (here’s to you Fez!) and some familiar faces from past encounters.

** If you were at the event and would like a print without the watermark, please contact me at cahlean@aboutadogphoto.com! 

52 Week Project | Head Tilt

About A Dog Photography in St. Cloud, St. Paul & Minneapolis 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).


A new adventure in advertising had me headed down a winding driveway to the home of Bentley, Bugsy and Ellie for their cameo appearances. Ellie, the youngest, thought I was wonderful and terribly frightening and spent most of the time hiding from me. Bugsy, the ancient gal, was blind and mostly deaf though her nose was sharp as ever. She followed me around, or at least followed the smell of the treats.

The last of the trio was Bentley, a slightly skeptical pug mix with gremlin style ears. He warmed up with a few treats and wanted to be super close to me (within treat giving range). In an attempt to entice Ellie, I pulled a squeaker out of my bag. Didn’t work to get Ellie’s attention, but Bentley…

Decided that an animated gif would be an awesome touch. Tilt tilt tilt tilt!

I did get a little head tilt out of Ellie once we pulled her car basket out of the car and set it on the grass. Isn’t she freaking cute!?!? She’s a boston terrier and frenchie mix I believe.

The lovely old lady Bugsy even gave me a bit of a head tilt for treats. 

Next visit Nancy at Nancy Kieffer Photography. Serving Central New York, the Adirondacks and beyond to see her take on head tilt!


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!


Avaqyn Acres Rebrand | Client’s Dogs | Anoka MN

The totally awesome Tiffany of Avaqyn Acres and I recently coordinated for a batch of images for her upcoming rebrand (to AQ9 I believe). This meant I was introduced to an equally awesome batch of her clients and their dogs. 10 dogs performed recalls, various tricks and posed on Wednesday evening while 13 dogs made a very very very early morning appearance for recalls in the woods and a jaunt through downtown Anoka.

From Wednesday:

From the Saturday early morning: