52 Project: Fill the Frame

Fill the frame is a classic rule of composition that takes your subject and uses them to fill the frame of image from edge to edge. Utilized its a grand way to show off eyes, or detail elements in the manner of paws, tails, and bums. 

The 20mm lens often ends up employing fill the frame from treat loving pups. Sporting a minimum focus distance of 10.9″, this lens allows dogs to get MEGA close. As in close enough to lick the lens. Or boop it with their noses. (This lens out of all tends to have the most spit and nose goobers on it.)

A recent session with Mishka the 6 moth old husky puppy gave us some epic fill the frame images. 

Makes you want to just boop that little snoot! 

Next visit Angela Schneider of Noses & Toes Pet Photography in Spokane, WA, getting closeup for your dog photos – to see how she captured fill the frame!

Forget the wagon, we’ve fallen into a new time & space.

The opening scene. Temperatures are mild from the frozen bits, the goals & plans blooming like the green sprouting around the yard. 

DREAD. The pandemic inserts itself messily into the beginning of March, holding onto a stay in place until the tail end of spring found in the late days of May. 

Oh the ample time! Use to:
– Create & launches courses
– Give time to Atomic Collars
– Launch into full time photography
– Weekly blog posts
– Creative marketing paired with action

[ Insert a hacking of the website somewhere in the duration. Seems since everyone had more time on their hands, hackers did as well. Massive annoyance. ]
The result:
• Courses – well at least one completed (Beyond the Barking Basics) with the manual mode course written but not recorded (we’re going on months – why?). 
• Atomic Collars – kicked into high gear, then over sewn the process. (Process = make / pictures / post for sale.) Currently the summer scarves are waiting to be finished, the 200 bin of ties is slowly weeding down and new ideas for waterproofing and glow in the dark have come to fruition. Plus a “formal wear” collection that turns your wedding necktie / colors into a collar. 
• Launch into full time photography – GO! And the lovely span of time from March to May said no photography, stay away from people. Good luck. 
• Weekly blog posts – seems this has really put into play. (The 52 Week Project is going to be restarted – not sure we’ve ever made it the full 52!)
• Creative marketing – with COVID its been a hold. We are slowly getting into an area of “normal” and marketing + action will be kicking better. 


Second act: Temperatures have risen to the summertime level, as have the plants & flowers about the yard. Someone invited the mosquitos out, and the birds have fledged multiple squawky offspring. 

Time to brush off the delays, the creaks, the dusty perception of direction, the subjective essence of time (what day is it?). The part time gig has arranged itself to consume Mondays, leaving the remainder of the week to be organized. Headspace will be addressed and managed to help with getting the movement going, to creating the action. (Currently there is a movement of overwhelm, of dull, of lack of direction, a grey and blue feeling – the culprit is not committing to a plan of action for forward. )

In the manner of James Clear of Atomic Habits
Action forces prioritization. If you’re stuck deciding between options, force yourself to act. You can only act on one thing at a time, which means you will have to make something the top priority. Even if you pick wrong, you’ll learn something.”

And in the manner my favorite epic woman EVER Ash Ambirge of the Middle Finger Project:
“It really doesn’t matter where you start. But waiting to start will kill you.

The action to take: 
– Better communication with you – clients, friends, colleagues and avid followers 
– The Manual Course (it has been calling for creation & to be released into the world)
– Atomic Collars – finish the bin, the scarves, create the waterproof & glow in the dark collars and TELL everyone about them. 
– Full time photography is happening – we are booking late summer & FALL sessions! 

This is a grand adventure, laced with oddity for the first half of the year. Here’s to the new norm. 
Stay safe, hug your dog, wear a mask. 
We love and appreciate you. 

Thwarting the hacked.

The terror rose in a flutter of heart pulses. 

Instead of vibrant, playful images of dogs scrolling neatly across the screen, there was a hiccup. A green dot, a shade darker than a tennis ball. Loading…

Congrats! You’re the winner for being the #! (Cue the digital confetti cannon!). Let’s get you sorted out to win your prize. SHIT!

The back button couldn’t be frantically clicked fast enough. 

Malicious activity had landed upon About A Dog Photography. We were hacked. Massive swear words and deep frustration were uttered. 

Headed to support to receive a consult via the helpful help chat. 

Let me root around a bit chimed the support.
Doo dah doo dah deedle peedle doo…

Support returns:
It seems there is a plugin issue.
Can’t tell you which, but when all were off the problem went away.
They’re all back on again, you will have to find the one. 
Best of luck, bon voyage!

Long trailing exhale, ebbed with frustration. 













Plugins were turned off, and unused ones were removed. (Plugins are little packaged programs that work to create aspects of one’s website – from contact forms, to galleries and overall how the end website looks.) The problem went away. 


It returned. #@$@%#%@$$@$@%#$&#&@&@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!













More plugins turned off, the celebratory held for the span of a week or so, then bashed to bits as the green loading ball returned. 

The frustration compounded, packing tightly upon itself so that the pressure may begin to create a diamond. Not only were social links getting sent outward, but the handy dandy Google search we utilize that gives us billions of results in nanoseconds was shifting people to collect a suspicious prize that one may find under the coat of an alley dweller. 

On the morning, an inkling crept in on tiny spider feet – check the site. 

Guess what had resurfaced is grassy green head. 

Answered were inquired, the keywords flagging in Google to land me at a security plugin that stood out from it the others. It lended helpful insight how to fix the problem manually (found deep in the depths of code) or one could install the plugin to have them run the process. They ranked high on a list of options on another site and when one of the other test and see sites said there was no problem, we invested. 


June 1st. 
The terror of the loading dot has been trampled. Finally and forever. 



You can win:

  • One classic session + $300 print credit
  • One Atomic Collar scarf or collar

To win: 
— Fill out the form below

You have until Saturday the 6th to enter!


Hypoallergenic Dogs – is it true?

Hypoallergenic Dogs – is it true or just a myth?

We’re in the hypoallergenic decade, with ample dogs toting the “allergy free” label – many of them mixes containing a parent of poodle in their lineage. (Doodles aren’t a new thing: Labradoodles were the earliest created, referenced in 1955, popularized in 1989, with cockapoos becoming popular in the 50s & goldendoodles arriving in the 60s. As of 2006, there were over 220 poodle mix variations!).

Less allergy creation = less reaction of amplified allergies of the owner. Dog allergy people rejoice!

But are these dogs actually hypoallergenic?


Per the Mayo Clinic & the AKC – there are no 100% hypoallergenic dog breeds. Instead there are some dogs that lend to fewer allergy symptoms than others. The oodles of poodle hybrids could still be causes of allergies, though they may be far less than notorious heavy shedders & slobbery droolers. Less shedding means less dander getting released into the air. There will still be dander that occurs, rendering all dogs NOT hypoallergenic. 

Hypoallergenic dogs = myth

Did you know – the source of pet allergies isn’t caused by a dog’s fur, but by a protein that is in their spit & pee along with dander? This lovely protein sticks to the dander from the dog’s skin, which flakes off when shedding occurs and activates the allergies found in sensitive people. Any dog can potentially cause an allergic reaction!


Luckily if you do have allergies, there are some dogs you can consider adding to your family that may cause you to have less allergy flare ups. There’s also a whole pack of them that may be best to avoid. We’ll start with the ones to avoid. 

Don’t fall in love with these dogs – they may make your allergies flare up badly!

The worst of the pack:

  • St. Bernards
  • Bulldogs
  • German Shepherds
  • Boston Terriers
  • Basset Hounds
  • Dachshunds
  • Siberian Huskies
  • Springer Spaniels
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Akitas
  • Boxers
  • Labradors
  • Pomeranians
  • Dobermans
  • Chow Chows
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Bloodhounds
  • Alaskan Malamutes
  • Newfoundlands

If you are set on having one of these breeds and have dog allergies, be prepared for a bit more active maintenance. No slobbery kisses (spit = allergen), very frequent brushings and nearly as frequent baths, no cuddle buddies in your bedroom. Or on the couch. Rip out all the carpets, invest in HEPA filters and deep clean all the soft surfaces on a regular. You may have to take an allergy medicine as well to avoid being a stuffy mess. (You could get a doodle mix of one of these breeds, just note they won’t carry the look of said breed.)

Below doodle mixes: Newfypoo (Newfoundland x poodle),  Shepadoodle (German shepherd x poodle) & Saint Berdoodle (St. Bernard x poodle)

 Shepadoodle Dog Breed Info: German Shepherd Poodle Mix Saint Berdoodle Breed Info St Bernard

(*images are not ours, using for illustrative purposes: images found via a Google search & used for reference, newfypoo from, shepadoodle from, St. Berndoodle from

 Aside from the various doodles – these dog breeds may be perfect if you have dog allergies:

  • wirehair dogs
  • Bichons
  • Chinese Crested
  • Miniature Schnauzers
  • Poodles
  • Yorkies
  • Shih Tzus
  • Malteses
  • Portuguese Water Dogs
  • Scottish Terriers
  • Giant Schnauzers
  • Westies
  • Havanese
  • Afghan Hound
  • Basenji
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Remember, these dogs can still produce dander, spit & have accidents around the house which can cause allergies to amplify, but their overall dander production will be lower than those on the previous list. 

No dog allergies in myself or my partner, but we do know people who have active allergies to dogs & cats. Introduce the curiosity.

  • Do you have dog or cat allergies & own a pet? Do you do anything to help lessen the allergens from Sir Woofs Alot & Pretty Purrington? 


Onward in these odd times.

Monday the 18th – the stay at home order for photographers in Minnesota has been relaxed, meaning we can return to immortalizing our clients through photography. (You didn’t know we couldn’t? Indeed. In fact there were photographers who were granted tickets for being out in public. Egads!)

Additionally the part time gig at St. Cloud Camera was halted. This IS the year that photography was going to be launched into full time. The time away from the part time gig has been a solid feeling of being full time, minus that it basically handed me the reins and said you can’t actually do any photography. Good luck. 

In the downtime:

  • We’ve read: Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett & The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, finished  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success  by Carol Dweck. 
  • We designed, recorded and concocted a course for photographers to get beyond the basics: Beyond the Barking Basics
  • We bought a printer scanner combo (thanks Shaq for the Epson suggestion) & got our taxes done (our milage: 10,200ish miles!)
  • We sewed face masks and pushed Atomic Collars into active again
  • The garden/yard gets worked on – including multiple trips to compost, trees from toothpick to a rather large stump dug up, and half the pergola taken down
  • Bender has spent most of the time snoozing in the sun, not sure he’s aware I’m home all the time haha


Moving forward with sessions: 

  • We will keep our social distance – bring masks especially in urban settings
  • If you or us are sick, we will reschedule after the yuck passes
  • Viewing sessions will be via Skype / Google Meetings etc
    ** if you are comfortable having me in your home, we can meet in person
  • You will get to meet all of the products from the back of my vehicle
    – way easier to touch & feel them then trying to imagine what they are via an online meeting


Onward into the oddity that is 2020. (Seriously, whoever decided to break out the vintage Jumanji game…).

We’ll get through this together, even though we are apart. 

We love all of you! Stay safe & snuggled in.