Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Chrismas Mission Accomplished

Thanks to dad's photography prowess, mum's feeding techniques and my modelling skills,we have successfully completed our Christmas card mission over the weekend. My humans used 2 fool-proof techniques for dog photography:

1) Get the dog in a calm state by reducing excess energy. How? Easy...Walk the dog first
2) Use treats. For this session, I had beef bacon jerky...

Notice how both techniques are actually to my advantage? I trained them well :-)

Since outdoor photos work best, we did the photography session on our porch on a beautiful sunny evening. Out came the prop (i.e. mini Christmas tree) and the all important beef jerky treat. Dad is grateful for digital photography as he had to take tons of shots before getting the "perfect Christmas photo". After all, I can't make it too easy for them or they'll be wanting me to pose for all kinds of funny stuff all the time!

After selecting "the" shot, dad had to do some editing to get it "card-ready". We couldn't figure out how to add the fancy shmancy Christmas trimmings (would love to hear from the card experts on how to do this), so this year, you'll be getting the simple version. Mum is now in the process of emailing the cards out. She's decided to personalise the Christmas messages, so it'll take her some time to email it out. Apart from our existing pals, we've also decided that we'll be sending cards out to some "yet-to-meet" friends as well as visiting their blogs. After all, that's the whole point of the card exchange, right? So, look out for our Christmas card and our visit!

P.S. Last night, we witnessed an incredible phenomenon - A smiling moon (we kid you not!). Check out the picture on mum's blog.


Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

YAYY for a successful photo shoot, Kess! Yeah, we have a knack for training humans to do what we want...but in a more subtle way,no? *wink*

I'm sure your Christmas card would come out great...*grins* Can't wait to see your card!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Kess!
I am sure your mom and dad took a pawesome picture of you!
We saw a picture of the smiling moon!
Kisses and hugs

Lindsay said...

Can't wait to see the final shot! How clever you were, Kess, to hold out for the good treats AND the walk first!

Brown dog kisses

Amber-Mae said...

I received your e-card today! Thank you so much! It's really nice & it looks like you were looking at one of the yummy treats in your papa's hand? Heehee!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

One Little Birdie said...

we are in our human's christmas cards too this year. We even went to a special place to have the photo taken - we were supermodels! haroo! Anyroo, mom will have to scan the picture and post it on the blog sometime soon so everyone can see.

i said...

Way to go! LS is still struggling with mine hehe...wish we could share some tips on decorating the card but LS is not IT savvy at all.

We received your card this morning! It's lovely! So your hoomans did it very well!

Xsara and Tani said...

Yeah, I'm horrible with the christmas card making too! I guess visual art isn't really my thing, sadly. If you get any useful tips, please share!

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Hmm, maybe we should start thinking about our card....if it means treats, we're in!
Can't wait to see the perfect shot!
Slobbers xx

Kathryn and Ari said...

We're really impressed. We wanted a dog Xmas card, too, but a certain someone wouldn't cooperate. Not mentioning any names, of course! (smile)


We saw a frownie moon. We love that type of stuff.

Essex & Deacon

Agatha and Archie said...

We are glad your photo shoot went well!! We are on our way to see the moon!! love A+A

TWa76 said...

*grins* Well trained humans! You may imagine what what our mom will have to do get all of us pose nicely in the same photo. We have made a deal if one poses well two will fush around or two are nicely and one make's tricks. So we will get tons of treats from one photoshoot.

But, we think that mom has time to do the X-mas to our home after exam weeks.

-Beagle trio

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