private dog photograph commission

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.


Beautiful chocolate Labradors!

As far as working dogs go, chocolate Labradors are up there with the best of them.

Beauty, grace, purpose, power and amazing gentleness all rolled into one. They are more at home out on the field working or relaxing in front of the fire after a hard day out with the guns but this beauty had to come and take on a different form of work, she had to pose in our dog photography studio and she loved the experience.

Chocolate Labradors are very intelligent and can be quite intense, especially when they have picked up a scent. This is relatively easy to show when photographing the dog when she is out working, it is more of a challenge to capture those character traits when photographing a dog in the studio.

In this photograph, she is focused and ready as she would be out in the field.

You can see the intensity in the dogs face, her ears are alert as she listens for an instruction and her eyes are focused on her owner, just waiting to go! Photographing a dark dog is a challenge and the lighting has to be just right so we can see the sparkle in her eyes, we can see her gorgeous colour and the features of her face.


This next photograph of a chocolate Labrador is out in the field and we can see the dog in his perfect environment.

You can see the same characteristics in the dog, the focus of the eyes, the intense stare, the alertness of the ears as he listens for a command and the closed mouth, almost holding his breath in anticipation of the work ahead.

These two photographs of chocolate Labradors are of completely different dogs in completely different environments yet are very similar.

The two photographs really capture the things that people love about chocolate Labradors and the colour is just beautiful.

Photographing working dogs when they are actually working or out in the field with their owner on an organised shoot is where the real magic happens and photographing the dog next to their owner with a pheasant in their mouth are the sort of images that gets hung on the wall to remember such a good day where the owner and their dog worked together as a team and loved every minute.

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