Whilst I do love my outdoor sessions, both at my favourite country park or other locations of my clients’ choice, I am fortunate to have a dedicated dog photography studio.
A couple of years ago, I took the opportunity to build a studio environment from scratch in my home garden. Starting from the ground up, I knew I could create a space that met all my photographic needs while ensuring that the dogs felt safe and secure. Little things such as being pet-friendly, air-conditioning installed, easy-clean flooring, stairs-free, direct access to the garden and ample parking were essential elements of my design. My clients have loved their sessions at the studio, especially the artwork I’ve created there.
Why choose a studio pet photography session?
There are several reasons why clients decide to book a studio portrait, rather than out on location. Often it is due to a preference for a classic studio style of image. Studio photo sessions are more about the pets than their environment when the photograph is taken. With minimum props, the eye is drawn to the dog and their character more than anything else. After all, their personality is unique, and it deserves to be shown large on the walls of your home.
Other reasons to book a studio session can include the age of the dog. They could be a young puppy, who hasn’t quite got the best recall at the moment, or they might be a more senior dog who might struggle with covering a short distance on uneven ground. Being reactive or nervous around other dogs is efficiently dealt with, as the studio never has other dogs in the vicinity and it’s exclusively yours for the studio time.
It’s also a matter of personal taste, even related to where you might hang the finished artwork. Having total control of the environment even means that I can determine the colour of the background. You might be looking for a more fine-art look, using a dark backdrop and no props. Or how about a contemporary studio pet session where we use brighter settings and fun elements and studio props such as chairs. These are things we can discuss at the studio consultation part of the booking process.
Working in the studio also allows for a little creative magic to create images like these. As you can see, it works particularly well for multiple dog sessions, even if they are a little bit excitable in strange environments. This particular image was photographed over an hour, with each dog in alone in the studio without the distractions of the others.
I’ve also received more photographic awards for my studio imagery than anything else, especially as it proves technical skills with lighting and handling the dogs too.
How to book and prepare my dog for a photoshoot?
As a specialist studio for dogs, I take my clients through a process designed to make everything as relaxed as possible. I only offer a small number of studio days in my diary, so we first need to book a slot that works for us both. I send out a detailed consultation form, which helps me appreciate what you want from the shoot and how the dogs will be in the studio.
In advance of the shoot day, I send out a detailed preparation guide and happily discuss any details a client might need help with before the day. If you are thinking of having your dog professionally groomed for your session, I often recommend that you book this in a couple of weeks before your studio session. That way any overzealous grooming can grow out a bit, and you can tweak to reflect the dog you know is at it’s best.
We will also have put a same-day in-person viewing session in for later in the day.
Your viewing appointment and selecting artwork
A vital element of the whole experience sees the stunning photos we have created and select your favourites to produce as fine artwork. Whilst you enjoy a short break and perhaps give the dogs a quick bit of exercise, I work on picking and editing my favourite photos. I add my artistic flourish and prepare them for your gallery viewing session.
You return to the studio for your slideshow viewing experience. On the projection screen, larger than life, you will be able to pick the best images, working with me to determine how they should be delivered as premium artwork. I only use the best photographic laboratories and framers in the UK to ensure they are guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Recommendations and reviews
I’m grateful that my clients are keen to let others know about their experience with me and provide such lovely feedback like that shown below.
It makes me so happy that I can deliver such an experience to my clients and know that they have artwork to cherish for many years to come.