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I have been known to dress up my foster dogs to help attract attention to them in public and to make them seem approachable.

I have also never shied away from dressing up the dogs for Halloween…

I’ve taken some flack for dressing up my dogs – some people think it’s silly or dumb or whatever. It’s fine. I do it because it’s fun. But did you know that people 100 years ago were dressing up their dogs too? Daniel recently sent me this amazing post from PetaPixel of dogs from 1905. Bonus: they are bully breeds! Here’s one of the photos – currently archived in the Library of Congress.

via PetaPixel.

Check out the post from PetaPixel to see the rest of the photos – and just try not to smile!

Lucy Lou’s Practice St. Patty’s Day was so busy, we had to break it into TWO parts! We spent the morning cheering on my bestie Joanna at the Westport St. Patty’s Run and then headed over to Brookside in the afternoon for the Brookside Barkery St. Patrick’s Day Warm Up “Paw-rade.” The “paw-rade” features floats from area schools and businesses, and most importantly, lots and lots of dogs marching in the paw-rade as well (get it? Paw-rade!). Since Waldo is so close to Brookside, I met up with fellow blogger and neighbor Crystal of Wayward Dogs, and her foster pooch Minnie, to walk down to the Paw-rade together.

As we approached Brookside, it was obvious that the neighborhood had gone to the dogs…

Photo by Rachel Mason Photography

Photo by Rachel Mason Photography

Photo by Rachel Mason Photography

Photo by Rachel Mason Photography

Photo by Fido Fetch Photography

Photo by Fido Fetch Photography

There were dogs EVERYWHERE! From Great Danes to baby bichons, people were out in force to show off their beloved dogs!

Photo by Fido Fetch Photography

Both sides of the street were packed with people watching the parade, and Lucy Lou and Minnie soaked up the attention!

Photo by Fido Fetch Photography

Lots of people were pointing at Lucy and taking photos of her – but she wasn’t fazed. When you look like her, you get used to the paparazzi constantly on your tail!

Photo by Fido Fetch Photography

We were surprised and excited when a blog reader called out to Lucy Lou during the parade and cheered for her (thanks Jenny!).

Photo by Fido Fetch Photography

Lucy Lou had a wonderful time with her pal Minnie (and I had a great time with my pal Crystal), and by the time we got home, we’d logged nearly 5 miles of walking! Needless to say, Lucy Lou and I were both out for the remainder of the day…

* Thank you to Amy of Fido Fetch Photography and Rachel of Rachel Mason Photography for letting me use your amazing photos for this post! *

* If you would like to add the famous Lucy Lou to your pack, please check out her Petfinder Profile or email me at {} *

Sad to be leaving beautiful California, but ready to get home to Daniel, Turk, Rufus, and Ginger. Be back tomorrow…

Angie, a childhood friend of mine, is pregnant with her first child and asked me to do a little photo session with her before she gives birth in two weeks! I am not a professional photographer and I’ve never taken any maternity photos, so I decided to use this experience as an opportunity to learn some new photography skills.

After spending a couple of days pinning inspiration photos to my board on Pintrest, I met Angie at my favorite place in Kansas City…the Nelson Atkins Museum Sculpture Park.

Here’s three things I learned about maternity photography during our session:

1. The belly rules … when possible, zoom in on the belly! That bump is what epitomizes pregnancy…

2. Keep the session short with minimal poses… I started our session on the far end of the sculpture park and worked our way back to the car, but I definitely made Angie go from standing to sitting to standing again waaaay too much.

If/when I do another maternity session, I will plan my shots to avoid repeating poses (I took way too many photos this time) and will try (if possible) to do all my sitting poses at the end of the session so as to avoid the up-down-up-down-up-downness of this session.

I would also keep the next session to 90 minutes…max. We went for two hours and while Angie was a trooper, she definitely seemed exhausted by the end.

3. Try some out-of-the-box shots and have fun…while I know a lot of people love the old “making my hands into a heart over my belly” maternity shot, it is a tad bit overdone and there are plenty of other fun shots to do…such as…

Angie’s baby boy will be named Roman so I wrote his name on her belly and drew a little arrow. If you don’t known the name of the baby yet, you could always just write ‘baby boy’ or ‘baby girl’ as an alternative. It made for some fun shots…

We also did a whole series of shots of Angie twirling since she was wearing a cute flowy skirt – she felt silly at the time but they turned out beautifully (and she looked the most natural in these frames).

Or if there is some iconic landmark (like the Nelson) in your city – it could be fun to feature it in the photos…

These were all fun and a bit more unique than the heart/belly combo, but for the record, if Angie had asked me to do that pose, I would have because ultimately, she is the one who is going to be looking at them all the time. Luckily, she didn’t though!

Of the 550(!) photos I took, about 88 really stood out as keepers.

I learned a lot from this session and know what to do next time to speed up the actual shoot and save myself a lot of time in the editing process.

For those of you who dabble in photography (either professionally or for fun – like me), what are some of your “go-to” rules for getting a good shot?

I am totally open to learning from you all!

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