SNOOD Life

There is a trend sweeping the doggy nation, and it comes in the form of tubular neck scarf – for dogs. Known as a snood, these scarves make the perfect cold weather accessory for your pooch. Don’t believe me that folks everywhere are dressing their dogs in these neck warmers? Check out Our Waldo Bungie’s post about it from just a few days ago (one that I didn’t see until after I started writing this!) or any of Two Pitties in the City’s recent posts!

We all know that the key to staying warm during the winter is to cover up your extremities, mostly importantly your head. Since many dogs won’t put up with wearing a hat, a snood to cover their neck is the perfect compromise to for those cold-sensitive areas not sheltered by a coat or jacket. What I also like about snoods is the fact that they’re (I think) more comfortable and free for dogs to just wear around the house.

When Charlie came to stay with me, his mom sent him with his Sirius Republic snood. While I’d seen so, so many of my online doggy friends rocking their snoods, I’d never had one for a dog myself. On that first chilly afternoon together, I stuck Charlie’s on him and didn’t take if off the entire time he was with me.  He’s still got thin hair and he’s a tiny little thing, so I’m always worried he’s too cold in my house (considering I always am), and the snood was the perfect solution. . . not to mention it was ADORABLE!

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Whether we were inside on the couch watching a football game (see Monday’s post) or braving the cold outside, Charlie had on his snood. As you can see, it did not restrict his playfulness or range of motion one bit!

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If you live somewhere cold, I highly recommend you invest in such a versatile piece of doggy clothing!  It’s pretty much a guarantee that your pup will look irresistibly cute in it!


Photography Week: Get Creative

Welcome to Photography Week where we’re covering all things photography! We’re wrapping up after discussing the basics to capturing a good photo, manual settings for a DSLR camera, tips for improving your photos, and post-processing pointers. Thanks for stopping by this week, and I hope you’ve had as much fun learning as I did writing!

We all love having pictures of our pets, right? Sure, you can snap some when there are family gatherings or when you and your friends go out for a hike or maybe even when you’re out in the yard with them. But have you ever considered having your own little in-home studio shoot with them? Let me guess: you’re thinking, “Oh, I can’t do that, I don’t have the gear for that set up.” Think again. Some of my favorite photos have come from using nothing but my pet and a solid colored bed sheet!

I grabbed this old comforter at work and put it up in front of a desk, and voilà! You have a backdrop. I mentioned Monday that you should try to use clutter-free, non-distracting backgrounds. Well here is the perfect way to create that! It’s easy and it results in some unique photos compared to what you might be used to taking.

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Bobbi02Sure, sometimes it doesn’t always go as planned (like everything else involving dogs) but I love the look of a backdrop. Take a big sheet and put it in front of table, keep it secured with a few piles of books and then arm yourself with lots and lots of treats.

Photography is all about letting your creativity come through in a photo. Even within one simple setting there are hundreds of ways to alter it; to try something a bit different. I think the most fun I’ve had while learning my way around my Canon is getting to put my own personal perspective into my work, both through what and how I photograph subjects.  Things like trying backdrops and messing with composition and playing with different depths of field and even dressing up my dogs are all avenues that have helped to shape my preferences as a photographer.  You too will see your own creative strengths shine through your photos the more and more you practice.

Can’t get much more creative than this (I know it’s a little premature for Valentine’s Day but we were talking about backdrops and I couldn’t help but think about Baxter’s little hiney in these shorts!):

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Happy Friday, everyone!