Dog photo sessions with me are fun. This simple session guide will help you to prepare so things run smoothly on the day.
I tailor every session to your dog and family so we’ll chat beforehand to so I understand the types of photographs you would like me to take of your dog. What are the personality traits you would like me to capture? Where are you planning to display the photos? I’d always recommend you are in some of the photographs with your dog. Often the images I take that capture the relationship between owners and their dogs end up being the most heart-warming images I provide. If you are thinking of a Dog Outdoor Photography Session, think about whether you would like both action and portrait shots ( different length sessions);
OUTDOOR SESSIONS – LOCATIONS
I am based on the borders of West Sussex, Kent and Surrey, so am easily able to access and suggest a wide variety of beautiful locations. https://www.nicbissekerphotography.co.uk/where-to-find-me-map/
I look for areas that have varied pretty backgrounds, some shade, access to open spaces for action shots and natural seating areas like logs ideally. Quiet locations are better.
We will discuss in advance of your session where the most suitable location for your dog’s photo session may be. 10 miles travel from my base in Dormans Park, West Sussex is included in your Session Fee but I can of course travel further (please check prices when booking.)
When choosing a location think about whether your dog is good at recall, gets easily distracted etc. Also please remember that livestock is moved around frequently in field locations.
Places I like to photograph include Limpsfield Chart in Oxted, Surrey, Hargate Forest or Dunorlan Park in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Staffhurst Wood in Crockham Hill, Ashplats Wood in East Grinstead, Ashdown Forest, the river in Edenbridge and Outwood, Hornecourt Woods to name a few, but I am always open to new favourite areas.
WHAT TO PACK AND HOW TO PREPARE
Please bring small treats and toys especially ones with a little squeak. That being said, I would avoid bringing anything that makes them too excited! If you are having an outdoor shoot then balls are useful to help us capture those stunning action shots. If the weather is due to be a little damp then an old towel is useful to try to keep them looking at their best. A brush is a good idea. Sometimes a favourite scarf is useful for Autumn and winter sessions.
I would highly recommend you exercise your dog a while before the session so they have run off their excess energy.
Many clients like to have given their dogs a recent groom so they are looking at their best 🙂
WHAT TO WEAR
If it is safe to do so I often ask owners if it is ok to remove their dog’s collar for some of the session but if you also have a special collar you would like included please bring this along.
I usually recommend smart casual for outdoor shoots, perhaps with a coat if it’s cold that can be removed for some of the shots if possible.
Generally I advise no logos, stripes or heavy patterns, and to keep clothing plain and neutral. Clean (ish) boots for winter!
If there is more than one of you being photographed coordinating the tones of your outfits is a good idea. I’ve put together this useful Pinterest Spring/Summer 2018 Board – What to wear to dog shoots board especially for you.
For studio style sessions you may like to have a couple of outfits ready, one smart casual and two some quite glamourous. I can really stylise these shoots if you would like so please have a chat with me if this is something you would be interested in. I have little bow ties if anybody has a dog that suits a slightly quirky look!
ON THE DAY
I watch the forecast closely running up to your session. I have written an informative blog about how I handle the unpredictability of the British weather which you may find useful http://www.nicbissekerphotography.co.uk/what-if-it-rains-on-my-photoshoot-and-bonus-tips-for-ideal-weather-for-photographing-my-family/ I will send you confirmation on the morning of the shoot to confirm everything is going ahead as planned, but we always have an alternative date just in case.
In summer I prefer to schedule sessions early morning or late afternoon.
I spend time getting to know your dog and ensuring they are comfortable with me. I aim for a relaxed and fun couple of hours for all. Don’t worry about a thing – I will simply be there to capture the favourite part of your dog’s day!
Studio style Sessions
These take place at my home studio in Dormans Park, West Sussex. They last between 1-2 hours. Weather cannot get in the way! I will send you confirmation the day before that everything is going ahead as planned. Sessions are relaxed and we will ensure your dog is comfortable in the new surroundings before we start.
2-3 weeks later after we’ll meet again and your images will be ready to view and order. Feel free to bring the family. We’ll have another think through the places you want to display your images and I can help you on what best will suit you from my Pricing and Product Guide. I’ll invoice you after this Ordering Session and you’ll be collecting your artwork within about 3 weeks!