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What to expect with a Dog Photoshoot

Before The Photoshoot

Initially a date will be set for a photoshoot and a location agreed upon.  A couple of days before the shoot I will call you to confirm details and to answer any questions that you may have.

I will provide you with a map to the location and directions including any instructions/cost for parking.

Make sure you have favourite treats or toys organised along with anything you might need e.g a drink, food, clothing, boots, my contact number (07941 458267).

On the day.

On the day there is no need to walk your dog before the shoot, I am used to dogs that are full of energy and won't sit still, but if they are a little hyped there is no problem in letting them blow off a bit of steam before we start and it gives me time to find out more about your dog, take some test shots and see what kind of things will be possible.

I plan photoshoots to last between an hour to an hour and a half depending on the dog, the location and the weather.  After meeting up and introducing myself we head out for our walk which normally would be about 30-45 minutes, but on the way round we'll stop off and take shots, allow the dog to play, run, sit down and rest.  I won't often pose dogs, I prefer to let them just be themselves, but on occasion there are some basic poses we can try or I might ask for them to lie down/sit in front of trees or in the heather/long grass.

I have a list of shots that I try to achieve throughout the shoot and this inevitably includes the owner in some of them.  Often it is just an arm or a leg that is included or shots of you walking alongside your dog.  With this in mind, please think about what you might like to wear for the shoot.  Wear sensible walking clothes that you don't mind being photographed in.

I will always ask whether there are any types of shots you would like to try on the day as this is your time to have fun as well.  This would include portraits of you sitting or playing with your dog.  Some people are happy to be photographed, others are not, it is up to you.

At all times you are in charge and in control of your dog.  I am just there to observe, so I will follow your directions on their safety, health and how tired they get.  There is never any pressure from me to 'get the shot'.  The dogs welfare is my primary concern at all times.

Generally I only cancel shoots if it is raining and often this can be last minute.  If this happens we will re-arrange as soon as possible.

Please remember to bring some water and a bowl for your dog that we can take with us. They can find it extremely tiring and they'll need a drink on our way around the heath.

After the shoot.

After the shoot I will talk you through the arrangements for the viewing, how long it will be before you will be able to view the images and explain the products and price list so that you have time to think about whether you would consider purchasing images of your dog for the walls of your home.  There is never any pressure to purchase wall art and I do not 'hard sell'.

I can also arrange for you to have a shoot and viewing on the same day (T's and C's apply in order for this to be practical) so please ask if this would be preferable.

I hope this gives you a flavour of what to expect, but if you have further questions then please get in touch by clicking HERE.

Our Location:  Albury Heath, Surrey

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