Weekly 52 | Love | Minnesota Dog Photography

Minnesota dog photography – About A Dog Photography |  Weekly 52 is a blog circle with a theme for every week (find the link for the next in the circle at the end of the post).

February, the season of romance, flowers, chocolate and the expression of love. The 14th is the formal day that we celebrate love, though we believe that love should be celebrated year round. Btw, we love you!

A stroll amongst garments of the Mart yielded a pair of Valentine’s shirts, one sized me, one sized Bender (randomly he fits a boys 5T…). Light set up, Bender dressed and semi willing to work (he knows he gets treats when the “big light” is out and is a tiny bit more eager to work as a model) and the loveseat dressed in a buffalo check blanket.

That pose… man he cracks me up! The dainty paw cross, the dewy eyes and softly held ears. The best awkwardly suave model around.

We moved the loveseat and Bender showed off his up/beg skills.

Wardrobe change! The white shirt (sized for me) was a bit big on Bender and didn’t read as well as we thought it would – it says “Love is everywhere”. The white shirt was paired with the flowers we gave Kris for our 4th Kissiversary.

“Mom… this is completely ridiculous… who does props?”

We swapped back to the “Cupid’s wingman” shirt then wrapped up for the evening.

This in not the end of the Love theme. Pass a few days of time, a little rooting around in an artsy crafts box and ta-dah – Valentine’s string lights!

There’s a technique that involves a mask with a shape cut out it that turns your bokeh dots into whatever the shape is. Rummaged around and found the masks we had created a couple years ago.

The first time we used the masks was in 2017, awwww Axle! (Geez he hardly has any greys! To see more: 52 Week Project | Love)

The thought was a beg with lovely little hearts hanging out in the background behind Bender. The lights were strung across the loveseat, the flashlight of the cell phone our main light source.

The trick is to not get the hearts looking like butterflies, Pacman or cat ears…

It wasn’t working to hold the mask in front of the lens and with the same hand encourage Bender into an up/beg (he watches for the visual cue – which is why longer distances apart make it harder to get him to beg).

We took a break.

Kris arrived home – huzzah for an extra set of hands! He’s an awesome helper with wrangling Bender as well as the human “light stand”.

Swapped out lenses from 35mm to 50mm. Better hearts, but all the room we had was for tight headshots!

Bender was pooped out so we wrapped up and snuggled in on the couch.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Next visit: Angela Schneider of Noses & Toes Pet Photography, unabashedly celebrating your love for your dog in Spokane and North Idaho.

Weekly 52 | Shades of Grey | St. Cloud MN Dog Photography

St. Cloud MN dog photography – About A Dog Photography |  Weekly 52 is a blog circle with a theme for every week (find the link for the next in the circle at the end of the post).

Shades of grey.
The first thought is to a clichéd book with a plethora of kinks within (we haven’t read it personally). Not the direction we’d like to interpret this theme…

The weather held a balmy mid 30s on Friday (it trended into 40s over the weekend, heat wave for Minnesota!) with a dainty dusting of snow on the trees that lent to a crunchy contrast with ample depth of greys. The sky held onto overcast grey, the scene was fitting.

Loaded up Bender and headed out to Bend in the River (an every photographer’s photographed there location). Tiffany of TEM Photography (just down the road neighbors in St. Cloud!) had mentioned a quaint less used area just across the road from the main hub of Bender in the River and we decided to point our adventure that direction.

Bender is in protest against photography these days and he was a solid butthead. Looking at camera? Bah, there are far too many smells. Being a freeze baby, he shook like a rattle every time we paused. He hardly looked in the camera’s direction. GAH!!!

Take a breath [with mumbles of how much of a royal pain in the arse he can be – we even had über tasty treats with…]

Luckily we had reached out to Tiffany of TEM Photography – she has a pair of shelties, one who is merle colored – and they would be in route shortly. What better for shades of grey then a dog who literally IS shades of grey?

the EASIEST dogs EVER!

Ranger & Finn pranced around, we set them up in the first spot.
They sat.
And sat.
And sat. 
AND looked in the direction of the treats / camera!!!

(Is it something to do with them being shelties & not a pittie?)

Ranger is merle, with the chillness of a hipster. He preferred trampled paths over forging through the dog leg deep snow. 

Finn, the rowdy, is super fluffy and full of puppy spunk – he’s a mere 10 month pup! (Plus he’s got a HUGE mane!)

They frolicked in the snow. 

Back to posing. Ranger was literally plopped into position and worked it like the master model he is. 

The tall grass gave texture as well as a hint of a shade of grey. 

A bit more depth of greys were found in the area of the fallen log. Look how dainty his wee feet are draped over the log. 

Ranger wrapped up the posing nestled into a small tree clinging to its leaves. Many shades of grey & textures!

Being that Ranger is merle, even in color he fits the theme shades of grey. Slide to see the color vs the black & white

Weekly 52 | Texture | St. Cloud Dog Photographer

St. Cloud MN dog photographer About A Dog Photography |  Weekly 52 is a blog circle with a theme for every week (find the next in the circle at the end of the post).

defined as: the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance

Each dog holds textures, from the direction of hairs, the length and thickness, to the fingerprint of nose and pads on paws. Eyes, whiskers, chewed on nails, the ways skin folds all lend to the textures that create our dogs. 

The method of capture: vintage 55mm f3.5 macro & 85mm f2.8 tilt shift

Next visit Terri Jankelow photographer of pets in and around Toronto and South Florida

Into the next decade!

The 10 year marker, one decade worth of time. Yes technically any span of 10 years counts, though in the calendar it falls on the even year ending in 0. (This will be the 6th decade to start in a leap year since 1900.)

2010, ten years ago:

  • About A Dog Photography was no more than an idea (it came to fruition two years later)
  • Mick & Icey were my pack. Axle arrived Christmas day 2011, Bender two Januarys afterwards
  • Employment was RCC/Boot Barn & JCPenny Portrait Studio, both in the mall
  • Photography was growing in skill, the Nikon D300s employed in the tool of capturing the world

The dogs and I moved, from St. Cloud to Paynesville (with a trio, minus Bender) to St. Cloud and back to Paynesville (also with a trio, minus Mick), with a move back to St. Cloud in the fall of 2018, sans Icey. It is the first shared space of Kris & I. 

Cameras transitioned, from the workhorse D300s that was well over the recommended shutter count into the D750 and full frame world. Zooms transitioned into primes, with a sweet spot found at 85mm. From the D750 we jumped into Bruin, the bear, the D5 that sports a wicked 12 frames a second in shooting. 

Lenses continued to shift into a prime portrait kit with the new loved go to the 135mm. (For lens nerds & those curious the kit is: 20mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.4, 105mm f1.4 & 135mm f1.8)

Flash was vaguely introduced, and a quad set of strobes were invested in. (Stay tuned to see them more involved with sessions). Massive knowledge gained, just saying flash duration is totally a thing to know!

Out of state travel centered on Colorado a series of times, waned for a few years, then shifted into an unplanned adventure to Maryland, with a more recent jaunt to the Smoky Mountains. 

Mick, my first dog. He was a snuggler, had epic ears and was known to prance when he got the ball (but not bring it back).
Icey, my second dog. Velcro, with an awesome head tilt, and a bark on command. She splashed like a fish when she swam, hogged the couch and farted with the best of them.
Bender, the lughead. He’s an avid chewer, particular about the dogs he likes and snores like an old man. He’s got amazing ears but is the trickiest dog to get them to show.
Axle, aka Puppy. He rocks an underbite, loves to retrieve and swim, and is vocal when he plays. His age shows in his greys (he has grey hairs on his butt too!). He has a bit of RBF when it comes to having his picture taken – he’s been doing this since a puppy and is totally over it.
A young Axle, showing barely any grey. Awww, my sweet Puppy! (He & Bender are going to be 9 years old this year!)

About A Dog Photography turned 7 this past year! 

  •  We have photographed roughly 65 classic sessions since 2012
  • This year we photographed 16 classic sessions plus 18 sessions for the book Dogs of Minneapolis!
  • We’ve helped countless dogs find their forever homes in working with Tri County Humane Society, Grey Face Rescue and Ruff Start Rescue. 

A huge thank you to everyone who have been part of this adventure. We love and appreciate each of you! 

In the personals: Interests

Vintage lenses to turn into freelenses. 13 of them, rear mounts removed for a “poor man’s” tilt shift. This interest has waned greatly, though a pair of actual tilt shift lenses have been added into the collection. 

The adoration of classic 1964.5 to 1970 Ford Mustangs has stayed, with a love spot on 1970. (Currently I do not own one, yes if I did we’d do sessions with it). 

Collecting Pyrex began with an oomph from Jen (we’ve been friends for nearly a DECADE!). This led to collecting Fry glass, glass kitchen items, a slight deviation into Depression glass (way too easy to find), back to kitchen items to tread into the current days’s questing: cake stands, banana stands and milk glass items.

Sewing kicked up with a Singer heavy duty in time for costume crafting for the Minneapolis ComicCon around holidays of 2014. Atomic Collars was conceived in the frozen early months of 2015, crafting sturdy upcycled unique martingale collars for Bender. 

Sewing waned with bits of Atomic Collars being sewn. 

Cue late 2018 Halloween and the quest for 50s style skirts, a pattern for circle skirts and we were off, finding fabrics and growing the horde to 50ish in the winter span.

Vintage patterns came into the radar, the first in March, a 1960 McCall’s pattern with a gathered skirt and low back. (Yes it was sewed, though I did swap out the gathered skirt for a circle skirt). The collection has grown and continues with 164+ patterns. A handful have been made with plans for at least half of the collection. 

Books & reading has remained, as has the adoration of T. C. Boyle. The color blue will stay the favorite for an infinity. The vintage Schwinn bike with yellow mag wheels has waned, as has riding bike in general. Drawing amped with dragons, cooled over the past year, regained life and is now traipsing into a new medium: gouache!

What interests of yours have stayed the same?

What new ones are you taking with you into the new year?

From one of the early pictures from the website’s library – 2014 – the wee Althea and little Piney! Althea is an awesome young lady, sprouted like a weed and Piney is still just as adorable.
To the very last session of 2019 – Scout & Parka! Cheers to the new year!

Happy new year!

Here’s to the new year and the start of a new decade! May the adventure be bold, fun, playful, full of learning and growth and all the epicness you can handle. 

Thank you for the past decade (ok past 7 years) and we look forward to the next decade to come. 

Our Favorite Things – Bulltug toys

The Christmas rush has waned, with gifts gleefully unwrapped, cookies and eggnog consumed, waistbands adjusted and matching pjs employed. Bender rather enjoys his new bones and was quite the hilarious ham with the new snow booties on (thank you Axle for the humor and being concerned about your brother’s frozen tootsies).

For me, creative items for sewing and painting were unwrapped, along with a pair of cashmeres in a battle of light and dark with an epic choice (which do “side” do you think was picked first – the dark side or the light side?), a duvet cover in smooth Egyptian cotton (this has been on the list for the past few years… finally!) and new seed and feeders for the birds. Kris received fancy date nights and neckties, portable tool boxes and a pair of matching his and hers undies that infused a royal blush and awkwardness into my sister when the hers bikini style was held aloft first. Merry Christmas sis! Hahahaha!

We hope you had a jolly affair, surrounded by not only presents but love and appreciation of your family and those you call family.

Puppers, if you didn’t get what you wanted, how about tell your mum & dad about a super awesome pair of toys made by Bulltug (they happen to be one of our favorite things, yes they’re featured in THE Holiday Gift Guide)

Bender loves his Chew-N-Tug 7 Pack and has successfully destroyed the ball, one of the rope toys and half of another. His favorite is Racool the racoon, though he’s not allowed to “eat” or chew on him for long. 

Brand new to the Bulltug collection as of this past fall is Trash-N-Seek, a plush trashbag with rope toy handles and a trio of very plump we ate too much roly poly raccoons! 

This toy is tons of fun, as it encourages not only chewing and tugging, but searching for the fat raccoons hidden inside, two with squeakers and one with a spiky ball inside. Plus there is a massive squeaker on the bottom of the trash bag. 

Don’t believe me on the fun?

Pop over to Bulltug’s website to snag your own Trash-N-Seek.

You can also follow them on Facebook & Instagram.

Merry Friday after Christmas and may the new year that’s coming be full of fun, play and epic awesomeness.