FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU ONLY PHOTOGRAPH DOGS?
Although my sessions lend themselves particularly well to dogs and 99% of my clients are of the canine variety, I’m perfectly happy to welcome any animal, big or small. Just be sure to consider the size and energy levels of your pet when choosing a location for your session.
WHEN DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
My sessions usually take place in the late afternoon or early evening. This is my favourite time to shoot because the sun is at its lowest point in the sky and creates the perfect lighting conditions. With British weather being what it is, I can’t always guarantee sunshine, but if the weather doesn’t co-operate on the day then I’ll happily work with you to reschedule your session.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A LOCATION?
I’ll work closely with you to help you find the best possible location suited to you and your dog. Being situated in the picturesque county of Northamptonshire means that there is no shortage of locations, from a dynamic urban setting to an idyllic woodland or lakeside location, but I’m also happy to travel to you if you live farther afield or have a particular location in mind.
If your dog is nervous, easily distracted, or just prefers a familiar environment, then your home, garden, or local park can be the perfect choice, providing that there is plenty of space and natural light.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
We all know how unpredictable British weather can be! Any photographer will tell you that great light is what really makes an image, so if the weather is unfavourable on the day of your session (rain, heavy wind etc.) then we’ll reschedule for another day that suits you.
DOES MY DOG HAVE TO BE WELL TRAINED?
Whilst basic commands, such as sit and stay, are beneficial, the aim is to capture the personality of your dog and any antics they get up to, so you’re much more likely to get great shots if we allow them to act naturally and not force them into too many posed situations. I would definitely recommend brushing up on your sit/stay commands in the days leading up to your session. If it’s still an issue, or your dog simply can’t be let off the lead, we can still work with them on lead and I will work on removing it during post-processing – you’d be surprised what a little bit of Photoshop wizardry can do!
MY DOG IS NERVOUS - WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?
Not really – as long as you let me know beforehand so that we can discuss our options. Perhaps consider having a session at home, or taking your dog on a familiar walk as part of the shoot.
It’s important to take a little extra time at the start of the session to get them familiarised with the camera and their surroundings, and they’ll soon settle in. I’ll usually start the session with a short walk and a sit down before we start shooting – this will ease your dog into the session and also help to bring their energy levels down a notch, which can be very important!
CAN I BE IN SOME OF THE PHOTOS?
Of course! I know that some of the most special moments with our dogs are the ones we share together. If you’d like to get some memorable photos of you and your dog, feel free to jump in at any time. There’ll be no weird posing or smiling awkwardly for the camera, just natural shots of you and your dog walking together, playing together or simply having a good old snuggle.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO THE SESSION?
If you’d like to be in some of the photos, be sure to dress appropriately – both for the weather and for the location. When it comes to choosing what to wear, keep it simple. Aim to complement the colours of your dog – it’s safest to go for neutral colours or denim and plain tops rather than bold prints or contrasting colours (although a little hint of colour can really help your photos to ‘pop). Still not sure? Just let me know and I’ll be happy to help you pick something.
WHAT SHOULD MY DOG WEAR TO THE SESSION?
Some clients like to remove collars for their session, but others prefer to keep them on (and safety is our priority, especially outdoors). If your dog will be wearing a collar throughout the entire session, be sure that it’s one you really like and want to see in your images. Clean up an old favourite, or consider purchasing something new for the occasion.
MY DOG IS SICK/ELDERLY - CAN YOU FIT US IN?
I will always do my best to make room in my schedule for an elderly or terminally ill pet. I can usually book you in on short notice, and take all the time necessary to capture you and your dog, and the special bond you share together.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET FOR MY EXPERIENCE?
Every session is uniquely tailored to you and your dog, with sessions and a product range to suit all tastes and budgets – what you spend is entirely up to you and how you would like to keep and share your artwork, and I’ll work closely with your before and after your session to find the perfect option for you. Most of my clients choose to invest at least £500 in their experience and fine art products.
WHAT SORT OF PRODUCTS DO YOU OFFER?
I want each of my clients to be able to get the very most out of their session images, and there’s no better way to showcase those images than with a tangible, physical piece of artwork. That’s why I provide a range of high quality fine art products, from albums to wall art, and will work closely with you to create something that you will treasure. I use professional-only labs and quality check all of my client’s orders to make sure they’re absolutely perfect! Visit the product page to find out more about what’s available.
CAN I JUST GET DIGITAL FILES?
While digital files are a great way to back up and share your images online, they’re only a small part of the experience. A disk of digital files will often end up lost on a hard drive or unused in a drawer, or your images will suffer a loss of quality when printed at a consumer-level lab, and fade after a short time.
My aim is to create not just stunning images, but real artwork that you can touch and feel and experience every day. Whether you choose a framed storyboard or an album, I use professional-grade labs to create only the highest quality products, designed to last a lifetime. I’ll work closely with you to help you design artwork that’s perfect for you and your home, and you won’t need to worry about a thing as I handle everything, from designing to printing and delivery!
Of course, if you do fancy a bit of DIY or simply just want that reassurance of having your digital files close to hand, they are available for purchase. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about the products that I offer.
Please note: I cannot guarantee the quality/finish of any products you choose to print yourself. You are responsible for storage of your digital files after purchase – if you should lose the file(s), they will need to be purchased again.
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
I accept all major credit/debit cards, online bank transfers, and PayPal.
Please note: A minimum 50% payment is required for any products ordered at your viewing & ordering session, with the remainder due before your order is placed with my lab. As soon as the full balance has been received and cleared, I will complete your order. At this point, orders cannot be changed or cancelled. Orders will not be placed until full payment has been received and cleared.
Of course, you’re welcome to pay the full balance at your viewing & ordering session – that way I can get straight on with ordering your lovely new products!
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