How does a 'photo session' work?
I like to keep these 'photo sessions' informal and fun!
Once the date and time has been set, and booking made, it would be great to have a chat with you about your dog. Their character, likes and dislikes and any other factors that you think will help the shoot run smoothly. Have a think about the type of shots you are looking for (use our 'gallery' to give you some ideas) and any prefered local location you may have in mind, I can always suggest a few if required.
Now the fun part!
Once on location, I would like to spend the first five minutes or so getting to know your dog, these sessions always work best when the dogs are relaxed and happy to have me around, then we spend the rest of our hour taking some great photographs!
I may well ask you to get invovled, this isn't compulsary of course, but often leads to better results, especially with fast action shots in which I might need your help with calling your dog or throwing his/her favourite ball or toy.
Once the session is over, your photos will be available to view via this website, in a private album on facebook (usually both within 48 hours), or I can send you a contact sheet of all the best images through the post (within 5 working days). Whichever package you chose to take, a 10 x 8 print of your favourite image will be forwarded to you once you have made your choice. Any other prints you require will be available to purchase, but there is no pressure or obligation to buy.
What should I bring with me to the 'photo session' (apart from my dog!)?
A couple of your dogs favourite toys, perhaps a ball or frisbee, anything that he or she loves to play with. Some poo bags, a bottle of water, a lead, a towel and perhaps a few treats!
What should I wear to the 'photo session'?
Old comfortable shoes and clothes, and a waterproof may not be a bad idea! I quite often end up (on a beach shoot) up to my knees in the water to get the shot I'm looking for...... so be prepared, you might too!
What days of the week do you work?
Any day is fine if there is a slot available, due to lighting conditions through the summer months I would prefer to work either early in the morning or later in the afternoon/evening when the sun is starting to go down. These times arn't set in stone but will give you the best results for your photographs as the light is less harsh during these periods of the day.
We can be a little more flexible throughout the winter months, as long as it's not pouring hard with rain!
Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions regarding our work here at 'Paw Prints'.
If you are unable to find the answer to your question, please drop us a line via our 'contact page' and someone will get back to you asap.
Can I bring my own camera/video along?
To be honest, I doubt you will have time to get any decent footage or take many shots! As stated in an earlier question, I may well ask for your help by throwing, calling, hiding or perhaps even running with your dog to achieve a particular shot I am after! Using your camera may also prove a bit of a distraction to your dog, so all in all it's probably better to leave the camera at home.
Can I have more than one dog photographed in a one hour session?
Yes thats fine, we can split the time between each dog, and then take some shots of the two together if you wish!
Infact, why not double up with a friend on 'package 2' and I'll throw another 10 x 8 in so you both come away with two prints each.
My dog isn't the most energetic of hounds, can you still get some great shots?
Yes of course, whilst the running at speed or high jumpers make for great action shots, we can achieve an image just as striking with a walking or stationary dog by just putting a little more thought into the location backgrounds that we use.
Why are all of your photographs taken on location and not in a studio?
I believe the most enjoyable part of any dogs life are when he or she is out on their walks (or perhaps in the case of one of my collies, when he's eating, but that doesn't make for very good pictures!). My job is to capture that enjoyment in a photograph. I think there will always be a place for pet portrait photography taken in a studio, some of which I think is fantastic, but generally I much prefer the more natural shots! I suppose I feel the same way about wedding photography too, the classic group shots with the entire party saying 'cheese' or the more relaxed candids? For me there is no contest, but I suppose it boils down to personal choice.
What happens if the weather is bad on the day of my booked shoot?
This really depends upon just how bad the conditions are and weather I will be able to achieve the results we require in those conditions. If the shoot does have to be cancelled we simply reschedule for another day!
What if I'm not pleased with the resulting images?
I'm confident this isn't going to happen, but ... in the event that you are not completely satisfied with my work, we offer a 'no quibble' money back guarantee .
BARKING MAD FACT: Basset Hounds cannot swim!
Does my dog have to be well trained?
What if my dog doesn't behave during the session?
As long as he or she doesn't bite anybody or even worse bite me, we havn't got a problem! As dog owners I'm sure we've all been there at some point, and as we all know, the more anxious we become, the worse it seems to get! I'm really patient, and I'm there for the hour, and in most cases longer if need be. During that time I am usually able to take some good shots even if your dog is embarrassing you to death! Having said that, it would be a great help if you could mention that your dog can be a little mischievous when we have our initial consultation.
Obviously it helps if he or she knows the basic commands such as 'sit and down', and will come back when called, but it's not the end of the world if they don't. One of my collies has a tendency to wander off if there's a pretty bitch around and leave me shouting his name to come back until I'm blue in the face, which can be embarrassing at times! The bottom line is really the better your dog can follow basic commands, the more time we will spend taking great photographs.
My dog is: painfully shy / hyperactive / as lazy as next doors cat ....
Will this be an issue?
Absolutely not ..... because that IS your dogs personality, and that's exactly what we are trying to capture in our photographs! If he's a hyperactive hound, I want to get the action shot of him in mid air. If shes a painfully shy spaniel, I want to catch her peering out from behind that tree! It's all about them being themselves, and me capturing those moments in a photograph.
Can I be in some of the photos with my dog(s)?
Yes of course, however the style I like to shoot in is candid and relaxed! My goal with these kind of shots is to capture the connection between you and your dog, perhaps playing a game, giving him or her a cuddle or snoozing together in the park on a hot summers day! If you're looking for a more traditional approach of a portrait studio produced photograph, then 'Paw Prints' probably isn't for you, but I'm sure we could point you in the right direction of an excellent photographer who specializes in that type of work.
Is there a charge for converting my chosen dog photograph(s) into
black and white?
No not at all, it's more or less the click of one button. I'm not going to charge you extra for that.