Timing is right to put together a 12-month Morkie calendar. Pick 12 good, horizontal shots of your Morkie. Ideally, some or all will be seasonal

Cropping your photos

Here’s a short summary of one of the best-known rules of photography or painting: The Rule of Thirds.

The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is — don’t center images.  Try to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts.


rule of thirds

In this photo, the bee’s eye is at the intersection of thirds.

With this grid in mind, the ‘rule of thirds’ identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in, as you frame your image or when it comes to cropping it.

The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections, or along the lines shown below, that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally.

 What is the Rule of Thirds?

Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.

renoir and the law of thirds

In this painting, Renoir’s subjects hit along multiple lines in the grid.


Here’s a Morkie example:

In the original picture (A) there’s not much focus. B shows the law of thirds grid. In C, the picture has been cropped so that the Morkie’s eye is a focal point. The final product: D


dog photo and the rule of thirds


Make your own calendar

Although you can download and use calendar freeware online, be careful.  Just like screensaver software, a lot of these programs are excuses to upload malware to your computer.

One exception is Microsoft Word if you have MS-Office. A very helpful website that shows you exactly how can be found here: Homemade-Gifts-Made-Easy.

Here’s a sample of how the Word calendar looks:



sample calendar pages

Or go pro

For something really professional-looking, I recommend going with a commercial service to create and print your calendar. Try your local Staples store, or check out VistaPrint for example, who will print full color, 12-month custom calendars starting from just $6.99


sample calendars from vista print

VistaPrint.com has a number of great looking calendars you can make online – they’re very easy (really!) and VistaPrint delivers quickly.

Your only problem

The only problem you’ll probably have is picking just 12 great pix of your Morkie :)