dog actors

First time in the studio...

What do you do when a dog has never been in a dog photography studio before, he has no idea what is going on and has never seen a flash before? How do you get a good photograph let alone one that will WOW his owner?

This is where my extensive experience as a dog behaviourist really comes into its own as I can understand the body language the dog is showing me and I can help the owners understand their dog and how he is reacting and they can stay relaxed. It is the combination of understanding the dog and helping the owners that helps the dog relax very quickly and feel confident enough to show off his character.

It is the character of the dog that must shine through in the photograph as that is what the owner and the viewer want to see, that draws the viewer in to the photograph and makes them stop a little longer to take in the view!

As part of the settling in process in our studio, we allow the dog to run free and explore the studio and whilst we are doing this we fire the flashes. The burst of light and the sounds the flashes make can startle a dog initially but with sufficient repetition they soon relax and ignore the lights and sounds.

This is Bruce, a three year old Pug who had never been in a dog photography studio before and who was very wary when he first came in.

His owner was just as worried as she thought he would be a nightmare, wouldn’t sit still and would cock his leg up on everything.

She wanted photographs of Bruce on his own and with her which is always a challenge but it something we are used to working through to produce our usual high standard of images.

The photograph above was achieved without treats or toys, Bruce just really got into the whole role of being a model and he just loved performing for the camera.

For a complete beginner he certainly learned fast and found this is something he can really do and, pardon the expression, get his teeth into!

He loved the studio, he loved the lights and he loved posing. His owner loved the whole studio experience and this is what she said in a follow up email when I asked her if she enjoyed it:

“Oh Saturday was just brilliant- Bruce really surprised me at how much he was posing, he really enjoyed it!”

This is what you get when you and your dog come for a dog photography studio experience, we all have a great deal of fun and I make lots of silly noises whilst behind the camera so we get really great expressions from the dog.

The hour soon flies by and by the end of the session we will have taken between 200 and 250 images. These are sorted after the shoot and we choose around 30 to edit, process and then we come to your house to show you our work and this is where you can order the images you love.

Our job is to make choosing as difficult as possible by presenting you with 30 images that you will love so much you will want to buy them all!

We love photographing dogs in our studio, we love photographing dogs on location and we make sure we do our best to help you have the best experience possible.


Why Pugs make great dog photography models.

I am often asked which breed makes the best dog photography model? Which breed do you enjoy photographing the most?

These are very simple questions to answer, every dog is a great dog model, every dog can be relaxed enough to show their character for the camera.

Pugs are a popular breed of dog and their features make them very endearing to the viewer. They do have their health problems and can be an acquired taste but they do make taking their photographs easy.

Their colouration helps as there are areas of high contrast which helps the camera focus, that’s the boring technical stuff out of the way so back to the question.

Pugs tend to have big characters and are not usually shy or wary. The Pugs I have worked with have a zest for life and a curiosity to explore what is around them and it is this energy that comes across on their photographs and it is this character and energy that engages the viewer and draws them into the image.

Pug owners will know exactly what I am talking about and have experienced their character for themselves and when I am photographing Pugs, I am repeatedly asked to make sure I capture their character.

Pugs are very expressive and are great communicators and these characteristics really shine through the image.

This is Marty, you would never have guessed his name if I hadn’t told you!

Marty is a great dog photography model, look at the power of his gaze! He knows he is good, he has and shows that confidence with his bold posture and use of eye contact and his character oozes into the camera and really engages with you, the viewer.

There is such an aura of confidence, this is also Marty and he really knows how to show off for the camera and how to demonstrate how much of a dude he is.

I love working with dogs and photographing dogs is the most fun as I get to meet such wonderful characters, photograph them and create beautiful portraits for their owners to keep and enjoy.

Our dogs are only with us for a short time and I have beautiful portraits of all the dogs I have had the pleasure of living with. Such happy memories.