FIRST AND FOREMOST, the most important aspect of my photo shoots is that the dogs have fun. I want to create happy and special memories for you to keep of you and your best friend to treasure forever, capturing the adventures you have together.
Your dog won’t have to sit still and pose politely for the photo. In fact, the more it behaves like a real dog, the better the shot. As a dog photographer, I always work in the open air - we’ll go anywhere your dog feels safe and secure, where it can scamper about and play.
What is the format of a photo shoot?
The process roughly goes like this:
How many photos will I get?
You never know what will happen on a shoot so I don't offer a minimum nor maximum. Roughly it's around 30 for Shoot 1 and around 80-100 for the Shoot 5 (which is two shoots on separate days).
What’s the best time of year for a session?
There are great opportunities all year round and what time of year you choose to book will depend on what type of photos you are after. You may like the bluebells in the woods in spring, the wild flowers of summer or the fallen leaves of Autumn. The beach, for example, looks the same all year round but the water is certainly more chilly in the winter!
What is the best time of day for a photo session?
Lighting conditions are most often best for photography early in the day or a couple of hours before sunset. In the middle of the day lighting can be quite harsh, especially if it’s a blazing hot day. Also, when it gets warmer, the middle of the day can become too hot for some breeds if we are not under any cover. Basically, I will make an assessment of your breed of dog, the time of year and where we are due to go for the session to decide what is the most appropriate time.
Can the whole family come to the session?
Yes, of course you can bring along who you like, but try to keep numbers to a minimum so your dog doesn’t get too distracted by too many people. Two is an ideal number for my purposes because you can call your dog between you. You can bring your children to the shoot and I can photograph the whole family with your dog too.
What locations do you work in?
I work mainly in Sussex, Devon and Oxfordshire and base my travel fees from Brighton, Exeter and Oxford respectively. So, for example, 10 miles from Brighton I charge a 45p per mile travel fee for the whole journey, so, for example, if you wanted us to meet in Littlehampton which is a 22-mile drive from Brighton (44 in total there and back) I would charge 44 miles x 45p extra on top of your session fee = £19.80. More than 50 miles from Brighton I would charge a bespoke fee depending on the length of shoot and whether it's a commercial shoot or not. The same travel fees apply as if I am coming from Exeter or Oxford.
You say you travel across the UK?
Yes, I have been all over the UK with work. Depending on the location I may have to charge my commercial daily rate for long distances.
What if the weather is bad?
My basic rule of thumb is that I am happy to photograph in all weathers apart from rain. This is no fun for you, your dog or for my camera. I always check what the weather is doing a couple of days before our shoot and then confirm or rearrange with you. In a situation whereby we meet up for a session and the weather suddenly turns sour, I will decide if the weather is not suitable and we will rearrange another time to meet. Basically, until you get your allocated and paid-for time for photography we will meet up until you have received it, and this won’t cost you any extra.
I have more than four dogs, can I still book a shoot?
I am very happy to photograph any number of dogs. Please contact me for a bespoke price.
What happens after the session?
Once we have completed the photo session/s, I will upload a gallery of images to my portfolio site at Photoshelter. From here, you can use your session credit code to get prints or gifts and also order and pay for any others if you would like to. You can also use the credit towards downloads. If you don’t want to use Photoshelter I am happy to do this for you at no extra charge, although you will need to pay me for the orders you want first. I can go over the options for you after the session on the phone or in person at the session. The gallery stays live for 3 months, after which I reduce the numbers to make space but I always inform customers before doing this.
What is Photoshelter?
Photoshelter provide a fantastic service for photographers, enabling us to build websites that are great for our customers to browse and purchase images. All orders come via my Photoshelter site through myself and I expedite your order.
How much are the images?
Prices of prints start at £10 for a 6×4″ print. Prices of goods vary from this small price to £125 for a 22″ x 22″ canvas and there are many options between these two prices. Take a look at the Prints, gifts and downloads prices.
My Photoshelter gallery doesn't have the product I want
There probably is but I haven’t included it in my gallery. There are literally hundreds of available options and I didn’t want to confuse clients with too many options. Let me know what you want and I can probably add it for you.
Can I have the images on a CD?
I offer downloads of your images for sale, but the digital files are not included in the session fee. I also do not have a CD burner so downloads are the only option, but they are also much quicker and don't involve waiting for the post to arrive.
Who owns the copyright?
I retain copyright for all my images, except for pre-agreed commercial shoots. If you need to purchase the copyright to your images please contact me for further information, otherwise images are sold on a personal use license. If you purchase the digital files you will be free to post the low res files on facebook etc and get them printed, but it is not permitted to sell them or enter them in to any competitions as your own nor to use them for any commercial purpose.
What are the best locations for photo sessions around Sussex?
Lucky for us there are so many great places! In Brighton in particular, I like Stanmer Park, Sheepcote Valley, Ditchling Beacon, Devil’s Dyke, Newtimber Hill, Withdean Park, Hove lagoon and beach huts and of course the beach. These are ideal because the dogs can go off the lead and run around safely and of course the scenery is lovely. Preston and Hove Park are also good locations, but they are enclosed by roads so we need to be sure your dog won’t run off, and also there are more distractions (ie. other dogs muscling in on the action!). Anywhere on Brighton Beach is fine but it can get quite busy in the summer and dogs are banned from certain parts between May-September, plus some dogs don’t like the pebbles, other dogs absolutely love them (and the water), so it’s whatever suits you and your dog best. We can also go further afield to Lancing beach, Littlehampton, West Wittering and anywhere on the downs too. Just let me know your ideas, I’m very happy to explore new locations.
What are the best locations for photo sessions around Devon?
I am still getting to know Devon so please do let me know your favourite locations, but highlights so far include: Exmouth beach, Killerton, Stoke or Ashclyst woods (these are all near Exeter), Saunton sands, Bigbury beach, Fingle bridge, anywhere on Dartmoor but especially Hound and Haytor.
What are the best locations for photo sessions around Oxfordshire?
My favourite locations include the River Thames and Abbey Meadows in Abingdon and Radley Lakes, but I am more than happy to explore new locations with you.
Will you do a photo session at my home?
Yes. The only place I don’t take photos is in a studio.
Will you take a photo of me and my dog with my dog on the lead?
Although I do prefer for dogs to be off the lead I understand this may not always be possible and there is still plenty we can do while your dog is on a lead. If you have a nervous dog perhaps a shoot at your home would be more suitable, where they are most comfortable and chilled out. Or you could borrow a friend's garden if you don't have one.
OTHER PET PHOTOS
I have a pet that is not a dog, can you photograph them too?
Yes. I have been asked many times to photograph other animals so now offer this as a service. Kids and families too.
How much does it cost?
The prices are the same for dogs but shoots do tend to take a bit longer. That's fine, you can't rush cats!