The Poser

Big changes are (finally) in the works over at About.com. A major redesign, the first in forever, is happening this summer. Right now, lots and lots of busy work getting ready. Frustrating, fun and everything in-between.

I am most excited about photos. Bigger, better, and more cohesive to the piece. I was reviewing an older article about cats peeing in bathtubs (it happens), and needed a photo. I searched a few places, then remembered… I had a cat and a bathtub. Problem solved?

Quincy was the model for the one photo that appears in the article. Just one photo, but several were necessary to get the one I wanted to use.

Here is a little behind-the-scenes peek on the Bathtub Poser.

Quincy explores the bathtub

I just plopped him in there, waiting to see what he would do.

Quincy in the tub

Let’s get to work, Quincy.

Quincy gets to work on the perfect pose

No, don’t look over there. Over here. Wait. Quincy! Kitty, kitty!

Q in the bathtub

Momentarily distracted, I thought my model was going to jump tub.

Quincy in the bathtub.

Just before he really did jump tub. I had the shot.

 

This can’t be comfortable

Have you ever looked at your peacefully sleeping pet and wondered how that pose could ever be comfortable? Especially getting up and moving afterwards?

Me too.

Exhibit A: Sleeping Argos

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I wouldn’t be able to walk for several hours after waking if I slept like that. Barnie agrees.

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Then there was a cookie-dispersal or other kitchen attraction, and dog bed occupations shifted. Purl grabbed this dog bed, but wasn’t fast enough(!), and had to split the bed with Barnie.

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Finally Purl took off for the Best Dog Bed Ever, aka the couch.

Barnie rejoiced.

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A look back, a look ahead

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Quincy, in a serious moment

Looking Back

March marked my 15th year with About.com. I started training in December 1998 and went live on the site, then called The Mining Company, on March 4, 1999.

Looking Forward

I am still here at about.com. I am happy to report that many exciting design changes are in the works (finally, right?!). I am most excited about photos. Large, beautiful photos. Changes are rolling out over the next few months. Some are already in place, like the new home page at About.com.

I plan on doing more “behind the scenes” veterinary clinical photos in the coming year. Anything you would like to see? Please post a comment.

Thanks for hanging out with me.