"Hi John. I agree that the rule of thirds is a nice starting point, but I think the bigger issue is negative space that is unrelatable to the subject.
In your example, the corgi (is it Gwynnie?) has no interest in the empty space behind her but IS…"
Whoops, sorry about that! My son was asking me a question and I got distracted.
Overall I love San Diego. We have the ocean, desert, mountains and big city all within less than an hour drive (the beach is about 15 minutes away). What we don't like is the traffic, the weather (we're still in 90 degree days, here in mid-October!) and the cost of living. We do have a awesome corgi meetup group here; once a week we get together and there are over 50 corgis running on the beach or at the dog park!