Claire contacted us earlier this year asking for a pet portrait gift voucher for father’s day as Poppy is such an important part of her father’s life. We offer the option of vouchers towards any of our sessions and products, but the pet portraits are becoming one of the most popular and I absolutely love spending time with other people’s dogs.
Poppy is a very sweet Chihuahua with her own special personality. As with all dog shoots, I make sure that I spend a bit of extra time at the beginning of the session just being around them and getting to know them, so that they don’t get worried when I bring out the camera and start following them around.
The bonus of going out to meet client’s for their shoots is that I am not tied to a specific time slot or stuck in a studio trying to make the dogs react to me. That little extra time with pets can make a real difference to the type and variety of photographs I can get of them. As you can see, I spent time with Poppy both inside the house, and in the garden with some toys. Where we meet and what we do on a dog shoot really depends on the dog, and I always have a discussion with their owners beforehand to find out what would work best. Sometimes that means going out on a country walk with them, and sometimes it just means being with them within their own home. Our ‘Decidedly Different’ styled dog shoots are also really popular, and for those I plan options in advance and we meet out and about in slightly different settings with a variety of furniture and a lot of creative imagination.
The extra time I take at a pet shoot means that I can find out the quirks that make them who they are, and spend a little time capturing those for their owner’s, after all, that is what I am there for.