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Spring Grooming Before/After

March 20, 2015

Two weeks ago I looked at my dogs who were both covered in mud, with sticks and grass and various weeds stuck to one scruffy underbelly in particular, and I wondered aloud to Steve if perhaps it wasn't time to make a grooming appointment.

We usually get Olive groomed once or twice a year, the first one around the beginning of May to coincide with breakup and the amount of nature she drags in attached to her legs. 

But this winter has been stupid and non-existant and two weeks ago it was 45°F and muddy everywhere. So we made the appointment for the following week.

We woke up the morning of Olive's appointment and found the temperature to be -6°F. Shaving off a dog's winter coat when it's below zero is a terrible and heartless thing to do.

We are terrible and heartless.

Behold, herein lies photos of the dogs before and after Olive's grooming.

Mitzi has developed a deep distrust of modeling for the camera and pins her ears behind her head and runs away despite all of the Yummy Chummies in my pocket.

Olive is the best dog model and will do anything provided I follow the Dog Model Union Compensation Schedule of one Yummy Chummy per every 4 photos, no less. And she's a stickler about those rules.

The dogs had a slumber party with Hoff the day I took the After photos, and he definitely enjoyed the attention. And the Yummy Chummies.


March 11, 2015

Last February I started a new job, leaving behind my favorite downtown Kaladi baristas and my beloved mirrored columns. I had used those mirrored surfaces for years to take adorable selfies in the snow and rain and sunshine.

There was a pretty big adjustment period, but I found a new Kaladi cafe with similary amazing baristas and have replaced my regular mirror selfie habit with weekly pencil skirt outfit photos.

I've been taking weekly pencil skirt selfies for over a year now, and today marks my 50th #pencilskirtwednesday.

Let's celebrate with a hip infographic retrospective!

Here's what I learned about myself from Infographic Valette:

  • Contacts take more work that I usually want to expend at 7:00am
  • I'm rarely cold in my office
  • I would like more pencil skirts
  • The future needs to have more red lipstick and more mochas
  • Heels are the best
  • Belts are amazing
  • Dresses can be pencil skirts, too
  • I totally want the pencil skirt that Infographic Valette is wearing

And for a glimpse into my workflow for this images, I stand my phone up on part of my desk and use a Shutterball bluetooth camera remote to fire off a ton of photos while I spin in circles and pose at my office door. I deleted the photos with crappy poses and doofy faces until I have 2 to 4 photos I'm happy with.

I process the photos in Snapseed, and combine the photos into one square image with Photo Collage Maker. If the final image isn't square, I add the appropriate amount of whitespace with Whitagram. Finally, I post to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

A few other people have participated with me, and I love seeing their outfits as proof I have converted them to the Good News of pencil skirts.

Here's to another 50!

Icy Boundaries

January 24, 2015

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Hi, I'm Valette

I'm a photographer based out of Anchorage, Alaska. I've recently become a wife, a stepmother, and a homeowner. Life is pretty awesome. You can email me anytime. Learn more...

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