Thursday, February 23, 2012

The evolution of a header photo

Step One: Get tired of looking at the old header photo.

Step Two: Go through the 1000's of pictures on your computer and decide that none of them are suitable.

Step Three: Contemplate doing a photo shoot with the dogs outside.

Step Four: Decide its way too cold out for that!

Step Five: Convince the dogs to look cute inside with the help of treats.

Step Six: Spend too much time trying to figure out new camera settings and get frustrated. The girls are frustrated too as they haven't had any treats yet!

Step Seven: Start taking 100's of pictures with different settings and hope for the best.

Step Eight: Admire all the horrible shots you took just to get a few good ones.

I love digital photography.

We started on the couch with purple pillows... both Mylee and Molly are blurry and out of focus.

Cute but definitely out of focus

I managed to get this cute picture of Mylee before abandoning trying to get a shot of them on the couch. Even though its cute my focus is still off on her one eye.

Mylee loves having her picture taken

I decided to move our ottoman against the light grey wall of our living room.

Making progress... Molly looks adorable here but unfortunately its out of focus too.

Princess Molly

Finally getting somewhere!

Mylee and Molly pose for cookies

This next shot is easily the best picture i've ever gotten of three together at once.. now to try and replicate with four. (so not happening) I almost chose this picture for my new header. It may make an appearance later on!

Even Zoey has her tongue in!

At this point Mylee and Zoey abandon staying on the ottoman for harassing me up close and personal for their cookies. Molly became the star of the show.

I'll pose for you

I've had enough are you done yet? Looking cute though.

And in our very last few shots... it happened. I captured this beautiful shot that captures exactly the personality of our princess. I knew it'd be perfect.

Original unedited off of the camera. A good photographer is only as good as his/her post production work. Mine is slowly getting better.

I'm so thrilled with our new header that I think it will be sticking around for a bit!


I'd also like to share an important education initiative that I have been working hard on for the Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario. Our printed versions are being dropped off today and distributed at our meeting on Saturday. The hard copy version is a three panel brochure to be handed out everywhere we can think of: dog events, vet clinics, pet supply stores..etc. The online version reads more like a little booklet but the content is the same.

This educational initiative stemmed entirely from my experience at this past years summer Woofstock. You can read the entire story in this blog post. I am so excited for them to arrive. There is so much to be said on a little brochure like this so we chose to stick to the very basics. We hope that it will prompt people to do more research before buying their first Cavalier.

You can have a sneak peak at the online version by clicking the following link: Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario - Buy from a Responsible Breeder

Feel free to share and cross post wherever you see fit! The more education we can offer about this breed and the importance about buying from a responsible breeder, the better.


  1. The new header looks great! Something that seems so simple always takes *forever*!!

  2. AH... BLESS :-)
    Let me have that cookies, I feel I need it :-) I know a certain Ruby who isn't bothered by food.. NOT AT ALL...
    She loves her toys.
    Thanks for such beautiful photo's WHAT AN ACE With the camera you are :-) I need some lessons let alone Freya :-) X X X

  3. Its a lovely picture and you should be very proud

  4. Beautiful pictures - all of them. Of course it helps to have such photogenic subjects!

  5. I really love it! I also like the one with all of them on it! I think the brochure is a valuable, innovative guide to help Cavalier Fanciers seek a responsible breeder and learn what questions to ask.

  6. So much fun looking at your progression of photos ~ and of course, it doesn't hurt to have such adorable little models! Your new header is absolutely gorgeous! Congrats! ❤

  7. Love, love, love, love the brochure!!!! Just fantastic! Particularly the health tests. Ain't digital grand? We were watching an old movie and the main character's camera had only two shots left and she accidentally took a picture of the ground and started to cry. My son asked me: "Why doesn't she just delete it?" I explained the old way! Thank goodness for previewing and taking lots and lots of shots to get it right...and deleting!