Traditional Framed Prints

We are going to start a series on the blog looking at our products in more detail over the next few weeks.

Today we are starting with our traditional framed prints.

Pictures Displayed The Traditional Way

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All our framing is carried out by our in-house framing department. So we can frame your prints exactly to your requirements. This allows us to match your framed artwork to your style, whether you live in a sleek modern apartment or a cosy little cottage.

A3 Framed Print Example

Our range of framed prints span from A4 up to a large 30″ x 24″ statement piece and prices start at £100.

Traditional Framed Prints

Prices

Framed A4 Print
£100
A4 Print
2" Mount
Your choice of frame
A3 Framed Print
£150
A3 Print
2" Mount
Your choice of frame
Framed 20x16 Print
£180
20" x 16" Print
2" Mount
Your choice of frame
24 x 20 Framed Print
£200
24" x 20" Print
2.5" Mount
Your choice of frame
30 x 24 Framed Print
£200
30"" x 24" Print
2.5" Mount
Your choice of frame

Triptychs

Another way to show off your photographs in a frame is in a triptych. Three images in the same frame. We offer two print sizes for our triptychs. The smaller one being three 7×5 prints and the larger one being three A4 prints. The frames can either be portrait (three images shown vertically) or landscape (three images shown horizontally).

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We can of course put any number of images into one frame upon request.

Triptych Prices

7x5 Triptych
£140
Three 7" x 5" prints
Your choice of prints
2" Mount
Your choice of frame
A4 Triptych
£220
Three A4 prints
Your choice of prints
2" Mount
Your choice of frame

So that’s about it for a glimpse at our traditional framed prints. If these aren’t for you, don’t worry, we’ll be looking at our aluminium prints, fabulous acrylic prints and our prestige canvas gallery wraps over the next few weeks.

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2020 – A Brand New Decade

Happy New Year!

That’s it, our Christmas break is over, and we’re back in the shop – so Happy New Year to you all. As we start a brand new decade, we wonder what it has in store for us all.

Hopefully, it will be a peaceful time, where we all prosper and take care of the planet and each other. Well we can at least hope!

Mel is busy sorting out a few framing jobs, Tom is putting together a few ideas for pet photography sessions and Fidget is asleep in his basket.

We are making a few changes in the shop, that should come to fruition over the next week or so.

We will be having a bit more space put aside to show off the “Brilliant Bygones” collection of ephemera. So expect to see some weird and wonderful framed (and unframed) pieces from times gone by to be on the wall very soon.

We are having to call it a day with the crafting supplies; the opening of The Range in Paignton recently has really killed off what little demand there seemed to be for it at the prices we have to charge to remain profitable. It seems that Torbay Council would rather allow the building of out of town shopping with free parking, than support the local town centres.

Do come in and say “hello” if you are passing, or even better, bring us some work!

Our Christmas Card Sessions

By now everyone should have had their Christmas cards, so it is safe to show you some of the cards we produced before Christmas. We had a great response to this promotion and will definitely be doing it again this year.

A selection of the cards we produced last year

Molly Christmas Card
Pablo Christmas Card
Poppy Christmas Card
Dolly Christmas Card
Benji Christmas Card
Ruby Christmas Card

Final Shoot of 2019

Our final shoot of 2019 was of Dexter and Riley. Two Border Terrier brothers who couldn’t have been more different when performing in front of the camera. Dexter was quiet and demure, while Riley was really up for it and in your face. Great fun and as always it was a pleasure to get to work with them.

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Dexter & Riley
Dexter

… And So into 2020

As we move into the new year, we are looking forward to working with lots more lovely dogs, and hopefully we’ll get to work with some other pets as well. Would love to get the chance to work with some of the more exotic pets – snakes and lizards maybe.

We had quite a few gift vouchers go out as gifts for Christmas, so we are expecting to see those coming in as booking soon.

Our gift vouchers have no expiry date, so if you received one as a gift, don’t panic! You can always wait until the warmer weather comes around again and go for an outdoor, on-location shoot if you wish; or maybe even a snow scene, if we get any of the white stuff over the winter.

One slight change we are making with our products for 2020, if you purchase a piece of wall art or an album we will now provide you with a USB memory stick of social media ready images as a gift. So now you will be able to share your images with your friends and family at no extra cost.

Why not take a look at the lovely reviews our customers are leaving us at Trustpilot? Then, if you are ready to join the list of happy customers, use the link below to start the process of getting your pets photographed and creating a memory that will last a lifetime.

Why not book a photo session

On line booking available

Pre-Christmas – lots of rain, dear.

A Review of October

It doesn’t seem to have stopped raining since the beginning of October; okay we have had a couple of sunny days, but not many. And wind – it’s been so windy just lately. Not a good combination for photography, at least not my sort of photography. Who wants a portrait of a windswept, muddy, wet, bedraggled dog?

Still the studio work continues, and we have had a fairly good take up on the Christmas Card mini-sessions, which have been great fun.

Christmas Card Mini-Sessions

If you would like some unique Christmas Cards…

We have also been messing about with “silly” pet portraits during October – just trying out some ideas really. This is the sort of thing ..

Very silly stuff, but a lot of fun.

A Fidget Update

Fidget seems to be coping with the tablet change over quite well. He was originally taking 45mg of Epiphen in the mornings, and 60mg in the evening. He has cut down to 30mg morning and evening, without any adverse effects, and is due to drop the morning dosage to 15mg next week. So fingers crossed it doesn’t kick of the seizures again.

In the meantime, he is enjoying frequent visits to the beach and the park, where he is running about like a puppy again – which is brilliant to see. You don’t realise what effect these drugs have on your dogs until your “get them back” again!

… and on into November

There is still time to book your pet in for a pet portrait and get your wall art or albums in time for Christmas – but don’t leave it too late ! Just contact us and we’ll arrange everything for you, and at your convenience.

Our Shooting The Dog pet photography gift vouchers are now available to buy directly from the website. You can do that here.

Our Christmas Card Mini-Sessions are available until the end of November, so don’t miss out – book today!

Oh, and if you are beginning to think about what to get your pet for Christmas, check out our friends at Ruffle Snuffle Mats – they make loads of exciting things to enrich the life of your pet.

Fidget's Halloween Portrait
Fidget’s Halloween Portrait

Why Wall Art?

Why Choose One Of Our Wall art Pieces?

Why spend money on a professional photo shoot, only to hide your images away where no one can see them? Our wall art pieces create a unique statement piece for your home or office.

That 30″ x 24″ canvas gallery wrap of your pet is a one off, no-one else is going to own one of those.

Most of today’s photographs are quickly snapped on a smartphone and shared almost immediately on social media. They are lost amongst a tide of other images in an instant and soon forgotten about.

Why wall art?

By investing in a piece of wall art you have a lasting tribute to your pet. What better way to show how much they mean to you and your family?

Sadly, our pets don’t live as long as us. But a stunning piece of wall art will help keep their memory alive for ever.

Find the perfect place for your wall art.

When you attend one of our viewing sessions, we will help you choose the perfect piece for your home or office.

Tell us where you want to show off your pet and how much space you have. We’ll point you towards the perfect piece of art to fit in with your space.

Whatever style your home is, we have artwork to fit in.
  • Vibrant Acrylic Panels
  • Stunning Aluminium Panels
  • Glorious Canvas Gallery Wraps
  • Traditional Framed Prints

What ever the style of your home we have a choice of wall art that will fit in perfectly.

Why wouldn't you want to show off some wall art of your precious pet in your home?

Why wouldn’t you want to show off some wall art of your precious pet in your home?

You can find details of our wall art products here.

No wall space, and not willing to make some room? Then maybe one of our luxury fine art photo books is the answer for you.

But it would be much nicer looking through that book while sitting beneath your best friend’s portrait!

Time to change the Decor

Why hide your images away where no one can see them? Contact us today and we’ll soon have a stunning piece of wall art, featuring your best friend, hanging on your wall.

If you were wondering why you should use a specialist pet photographer, like us, then this article might explain it better than me.

Happy Birthday To Us!!

July 2007 – Tom Horsley Photography Opens

Shop Front July 2007

In July of 2007, I opened my little shop selling prints of Brixham, and a few wildlife images. It was all very simple, and, of course I made lots of mistakes along the way.

As I was preparing to open, I tried to ignore the comments of “Well, that won’t last long” and many similar comments made by passers by.

Since 2007, the market has changed, everyone has a camera on their phone, and no-one seems to want to buy pictures any more … so we had to adapt and find our way in the world.

JULy 2019 – RE-BRANDING To “Shooting The DOg” Completed

Shop front July 2019

A chance meeting with a framer who had recently moved to the town, ended up with “The Framing Dept”, as we now call it, being created.

I decided to use some of the skills I had acquired as a wildlife photographer and concentrate on the pet and dog market.

“Shooting The Dog” finally materialised, and today the new shop sign was finished. Twelve years on, and I am still here .

So, to those who claimed I wouldn’t last long, what have you got to say for yourselves now?

12th Birthday Celebration Offer

So here’s to the future, and whatever that holds.

You can be part of the story as well. To celebrate our 12 years in business we have a very special offer. Details are below:

12th Birthday Special Offer

www.shootingthedog.com

Changes to the studio layout

February has seen a few changes to the studio layout here at Shooting The Dog. Things came to a head in the small studio space, when we had Jake in for a photo shoot. Jake was a BIG doberman, and there just wasn’t room to do him justice.

Doberman

Trying to fit Jake, my lights and backdrop into the small space at the back of the shop was almost impossible.

Changes out the Front

So the decision was made to move the studio out into the main shop area. This meant that I would have to be disciplined and pack everything away after a shoot.
I would also have to allow enough time before a shoot to set everything up. But I could do that … right?

Changes to the studio layout

All the lights, back drops, stands, etc. are stored under the stage area. They just need to be set-up before a photo shoot.

A black out blind has been fitted to block the morning sun, and hide distractions from passers by.

Changes Out The back

All this meant that we now had space at the back of the shop. So to free up some space in the Framing Dept, we moved some of the framing equipment to the back of the shop. Oh, and we also re-purposed an old door to make a wonderful new workbench.

Frame finishing room

Now all we needed was a client to try out the new set-up. Step up Benji, who was our first client to use the new studio space.

Petit Basset Griffon

Both Jake and Benji received their Shooting The Dog® bandannas from The Prancing Dog, and hopefully will be proudly wearing them around the town.

Friday sees another client coming in for a shoot, this time a Border Terrier. We’re looking forward to see how the changes to the studio layout work for that one. We really need to get the set-up and take down working much smoother. We also need to get the lights setup properly first time, so we don’t waste time during the session messing about with things like that.

As always every session is an opportunity to fine tune what we do, and we are always looking for ways we can improve the client experience.

It’s Christmas Time ….

Well things are beginning to slow down now as we get to the last few days before the big event.

The final few framing jobs just need to be finished off (and collected by the customers!), and then we can relax … and go for a pre-Christmas beer.

2018 has been a busy year, with things changing slightly as we try to stay ahead of an ever changing market place. What with people worried about their finances and how the “BREXIT” effect will impact them, trying to tempt them to spend money on a luxury item is never going to be easy. Add to that a few problems with a naughty intervertebral disc and … let’s just say it has been difficult at times.

That said, we have had some wonderful customers through our doors this year, and we are already looking forward to shooting a lot more pets in 2019.
The calendar is already open, so don’t be shy about making a booking!

This year we have been looking at ways to make the mundane, paperworky (that’s my new word of the month) things easier. We have have started using FramR software for pricing the framing work, and Studio Ninja software to streamline the photography side of things. We have some minor things to iron out in both of these to fit the way we work, but we are getting there.

And so to next year ..

As with this year, the business will be moving more away from the original “Tom Horsley Photography” ideas, and much more down the “Shooting The Dog” road.

We pride ourselves on our pet portraits, we love doing them, and want to produce the best results we can for our customers.

So, next year should see some more changes to the shop; with less random “stuff” on the shelves, and more things related to the pet photography service on display. Print sales from the shop have pretty much dried up, so we’ll be moving all the landscape print sales to the web site only, and free up some more space in the shop.

Other than that, unless I come up with a cunning plan or win the lottery, we’ll continue to provide, what we hope is, quality service with everything we do, at a reasonable price (while still be able to eat occasionally!).

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year, and we look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.

Oh, and for those of you who have had you pet photographed with us before there might well be a very special offer for a follow-up shoot next year. I’m sure some details will be being published soon.

November News …

Well, November has been and gone – very quickly in my mind.

We’ve been doing lots of work on the web site this month, and The Framing Dept continues to be busy as usual.

We had two dog photography sessions last week, one with a wonderful rescue Bulldog, and the other was with two eleven month old Chihuahua x JRT brothers (it was chaos, but in a lovely way!)

Mimi The Bulldog
Buster
Buddy

Christmas will now soon be with us, so don’t forget our Christmas Gift Voucher offer, it would make the perfect Christmas gift for the pet lover in your life.

Err … What happened to August?

As usual another month has flown by, and we are heading towards Autumn, and, I hate to say it, as a retailer I need to start thinking about Christmas!! Sorry for the use of the “C” word.

Anyway, August was busy with more shop renovations, mostly inside the main part of the shop, although we did the kitchen area up a bit too.

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New doors and handles on our little kitchen area.

We laid a new base in the shop windows, which has greatly improved the look of the window displays.

And we then moved a few things about in the shop and built a new display stand for the “Brillant Bygones” bits and pieces.

Still got some things to do as and when finances and the refurbishment enthusiasm lasts!

We have also been doing a bit of housekeeping on the website, and opened up an ETSY shop:  Brilliant Bygones

If that wasn’t enough, we went to a dog show, where Fidget picked up another rosette:
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… and he has mostly been doing this sort of thing:

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… and we’ve been playing with lots of his friends, old and new.

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Now that September is here we plan to run off for a quick camping trip in North Devon, and to chill out for that rush starts for that thing I mentioned at the top of the post, but I won’t mention it again this month.

Hot dogs and other stuff.

So, it’s August; which must mean I should be keeping you all updated on whatever has been happening in July. So here goes.

Let’s start with a top secret photo shoot I did back in June, it was for a July birthday so I can tell you about it now. It was a very hot day and we headed to the grounds of Dartington Hall to photograph the lovely Rubi and Luci. Conditions were challenging – very bright light (dimming to very little light in the trees), shiny coats, wet dogs (due to an unplanned dip in the river), and sun burnt photographer!

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Rubi & Luci

Most of July has been spent continuing with the re-vamp of the shop, mostly the shop front this month, but also some other bits and bobs out the back of the shop. Really pleased with how the shop front is looking now, just need to save up some pennies to get the main sign changed.

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Hasn’t all been hard graft though, we’ve had time for a bit of messing about in the studio.

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And hot summer weather wouldn’t been complete with out some beach trips and a bit of practice with the “in the water” gear.

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Despite having mostly boring blue skies (well from a photography point of view, and that of the poor plants on my patio!), there was a fantastic sky over Brixham Harbour the other morning.

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So the next step in the shop re-vamp is to sort out the window displays, the material I have lining the window areas has been there about ten years now, and has faded really badly, and is a real pain to keep clean. So I think that is next week’s job.

I’ll let Fidget have the last word on this blog.

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