For what I think is the first time this year, my day off coincided with some sunshine, so it was only fair that I headed to the park with Fidget. Due to the vast quantity of rain we have had recently the park had become a bit of a quagmire, but with some sunshine and a brisk breeze coming off the sea, things were beginning to dry out a bit.
So we did a bit of this.
And quite a bit of this.
Then a bit more of this.
And that was all just in the morning, in the afternoon we went to the beach!
Here at Shooting The Dog the main priority is the dog. Your dog’s health and well being is foremost in our approach to photography.
If we feel your dog is getting too stressed by the experience, we will stop and have a break – actually if YOU are getting too stressed by the experience we will also have a break. Your dog will pick up on your anxiety, and will lead to it in turn getting stressed out.
After stopping and having a game and (if allowed) some cuddles, your dog is still not happy, we will be more than happy to reschedule your shoot on another occasion, free of charge.
A relaxed dog makes for a much better photograph – after all you would not want a framed print of you best friend freaking out on your wall.
We have no fixed time limit to our shoots, and it sometimes takes a little while for our models to calm down, but most dogs will get bored after a prolonged amount of time; so again, if we don’t get shots that you are happy with, then we’ll reschedule, free of charge.
Having studied dog behaviour, our photographer is pretty good when it comes to getting your dog to do what is needed, and whilst we want you to stay with your dog to keep it reassured, it really is best to leave things to the photographer to get the shots – nothing is more frustrating than getting the perfect shot lined up and just as you are about to press the shutter the owner says “Good Boy!!” and the dog looks in the opposite direction.
We want your dog (and you) to have enjoyed the experience, so we will always make sure everyone one stays safe and goes home satisfied; and our photographer loves working with your dogs, so if he has to do it twice to get the end result, then he doesn’t really mind – it just gives him another chance to have some fun with your dog!
2018 is the year that we move away from the old Tom Horsley Photography brand and head into the brave new world of Shooting The Dog.
2018 Price List done, new promotional leaflet done, new double sided business cards done. Now I just need some more customers!
It should now be safe to share these with you, had to wait for a birthday to pass.
This is Mischief, who was a little bit scared of me when she came in for her portrait shoot, but after some nice treats and a game of ball she soon began to trust me.
She still wouldn’t have a cuddle though!
This week we started our A-Z of dog photography on Instagram, you can see it here:
For the last 15 months or so, Tom, the Shooting The Dog photographer, has been spending his spare time studying dog behaviour.
He passed at the end of last year, and now has a certificate to prove it!
Don’t think we’ll be using all those letters after his name though, well maybe on special occasions.