Frequently Asked Questions
My dog doesn’t know sit or stay. Is that a problem?
Not at all! Some of my favourite portraits are of dogs standing up. And rest assured, I have a DEEP well of unique sounds and tasty treats to grab their attention—even if it’s just for that split second while I capture each image.
My dog can’t be off the lead. Can I still do a session?
Yes! Absolutely! Believe it or not, 95% of the dogs that I photograph are on a lead. Leads not only keep your best friend safe, but they’re also important for following local laws when photographing in urban environments. Thanks to the wizardry of Photoshop, leads will be removed from most final images.
What about harnesses or gentle leaders, can those be edited out?
Well, Photoshop does have its limitations. Super-bulky harnesses hide so much of the dog’s chest that it’s very challenging to accurately rebuild those pixels in post-production. Gentle leaders can leave unsightly shadows or pull on the dog’s skin, so those are also a challenge to digitally remove. If your dog normally wears one of these for walks, I recommend using it while walking to our location, but also bringing a flat collar to use for the actual shoot. If you need to stick with the harness or gentle leader but would like it edited from final images, there is an additional retouching fee. However, digital removals for leashes, regular flat collars and martingale collars are always included.
My dog is super reactive to other dogs/people/bicycles. How can we do a session?
I completely understand; the world can be a scary place for all of us sometimes. If your dog is nervous or reactive, we can choose a location that suits his temperament. I have a few out-of-the-way locations that receive very little dog or foot traffic.
Where do the sessions take place?
I have several locations which I use because I know them and I know the light so it's in your best interest to shoot there if you like the images on my website and want a similar result. If you have a specific place you'd like to shoot, let me know. I charge mileage for any location over 60 miles from OX39.