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
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Christmas Card Mini-Sessions

It’s October, so it’s time to launch our Christmas card mini-sessions, which will be available throughout October and November.

Christmas Card Mini-Sessions

What’s a Christmas Card Mini-Session?

Good question! It’s a half an hour photo shoot resulting in some special Christmas cards with your pet as the star. £35 will get you your mini-session and ten Christmas cards, if you want more you can order as many extra cards as you like at just £3.00 a card. You can even choose more than one of your images to make up your order, so that your friends don’t all get the same card.

Do I need to bring any props?

You certainly can if you want to. We can provide a small selection of Santa hats and reindeer antlers, but if there is something special you want then it would be best if you bring it along to the shoot.

What About Christmas Magic?

We can add a bit of sparkle, snow or whatever you have in mind during post processing of the images. Discuss it with us at the shoot to get your perfect Christmas card.

There may be an extra charge for this depending on how much magic you want to add!

Can i bring my twenty dogs?

With the limited time for the photo shoot, and to ensure that we spend enough time with each pet, these mini sessions are limited to just one pet at a time. If you have multiple pets that you would like in the same card then please ask when booking, but to ensure that we have enough time to get the best photographs you will need to book a multiple session.

I love the image, can i buy it as wall arT?

Of course you can. If there is an image from your session that you decide you would like up on the wall then you can order wall art in exactly the same way we do for our normal sessions.

What if you have already shot my pet?

Don’t worry you are not left out. Just get in touch in the normal way and we will do our Christmas magic on one (or more) of your existing photos. The cards will cost £3.00 each.

How do I book my Christmas Card Mini-Session?

Contact us in the normal way, we’ll call you at a convenient time to arrange a suitable date and time. We’ll take care of everything from there.

Just mention Christmas Card Mini-Session in the enquiry section.

Christmas Card Mini Sessions Poster

Sample Books and Camping

September is nearly over, and has seen the arrival of our sample photo books and a well earned early autumn short camping trip.

Sample Photo Books

With a change to a new supplier, it was exciting to receive our sample fine art photo book this month. They come in a presentation box, and have a wonderful linen finish cover to them.

Book Sample - Title Page

We can add any text you would like, so if you wanted to tell your pet’s life story then this is the perfect product for you.

Book Sample - Inner Pages

They also make the perfect solution when you can’t quite make up your mind what photograph to select from your photo shoot.

Gift Voucher Re-launch

Gift Vouchers

We have also re-launched our gift vouchers over the last month or so. More information can be found here.

The perfect gift for the pet lover in your life, and can be customised to your exact requirements.

SEptember Camping Trip

Camping at Hennock
The Perfect Campsite

As usual at this time of year, me and Fidget escaped the town centre life and headed to the country with our trusty tent for a few days. The weather was perfect and the campsite was a dream. Just what we needed to unwind and relax for a few days.

Camping - Sleepy Dog

Little Fidget had a wonderful time, and never ceases to adapt to life under canvas. Long walks in and around Dartmoor ensured he always slept well.

Camping - Ball Games

He was also (as ever) always up for a game of ball when the opportunity arose.

Tent lit up at night
The tent at night

But now we are back, and getting ready for the next three months in the lead up to Christmas. October will see the relaxing of the dog bans on the local beaches, so we are hoping that we get a few location shoots booked in for some beach action.

Puppy Picture

On my next blog I hope to be able to tell you a little bit more about this little character.

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

Fidget’s Favourite Things

Sir Fidget Smelly-Bottom - Shooting The Dog studio dog

Sir Fidget Smelly-Bottom, the studio dog, has decided that he would like to recommend to you some of his favourite things, places to visit and all things doggy related.


Ruff Dawg Sticks And TWIGS

RuffDawg Sticks and Twigs

First on his “must have” list are Ruff Dawg Sticks and Twigs. Fidget had a nasty experience with a real stick when he was a puppy, but is still drawn to them to play with. These rubber sticks are perfect for games of fetch in the park or on the beach – they even float. They have been a favourite toy for Fidget since he was a puppy.


The Dog Treat Company

The Dog Treat Company

Really yummy, healthy, dog treats made right here in Devon. Shooting The Dog give these away with their puppy packs.

The Dog Treat Company


Long Wood, Kingswear

Long Wood, Kingwear

One of Fidget’s favourite walks is through Long Wood near Kingswear. There are lots of squirrels to chase and water to splash around in.

In the spring the place is covered in bluebells, and as Autumn comes along the colour in the trees can take your breath away.

It’s part of the Dart Valley Trail, and you can find out more information here.


Ruffle Snuffle Mats

Another of Fidget’s favourite things, that comes highly recommended, is his Ruffle Snuffle mat.

Fidget got his Ruffle Snuffle mat for Christmas a couple of years ago. We didn’t think it would last past the New Year; but here we are two years later and not only is it still in one piece but Fidget loves his “Ruffle Snuffle time”.

Find out all about Ruffle Snuffle mats and the other wonderful things that are on offer here


Flour Flower

When Fidget is meeting his friends for coffee he likes to go to Flour Flower in Middle Street, Brixham.

The even have special doggy biscotti for the four legged customers.


Taste Brixham

Fidget will always insist on visiting Denise at Taste in Middle Street, Brixham; and as lovely as Denise is, it’s possibly the wonderful range of cheese that he is really interested in!


This is just a selection of Fidget’s favourite places, he’ll be back to tell you about more of them at a later date .

If you know of some nice dog friendly places to visit around Torbay, then why not leave a comment and Fidget will check them out.

Sir Fidget Smelly-Bottom Favourite Things

A Blog For June

A rather late blog post, it’s June already what has happened to April and May? Well they seem to have sped past very quickly. So many apologies for not getting around to posting anything here for a long time.

May Camping Trip

Tom and Fidget camping in Wales

May saw Fidget and me off on one of our camping trips. This time to the wilds of the Brecon Beacons. We managed to get in some nice walks, and we even managed to time it right for some sunny weather.

It wasn’t one of our favourite camp sites, but the location was absolutely stunning, and the facilities and the site staff were brilliant. It was just a bit too busy with the “wrong” type of campers, and there was a rather busy road just by the campsite. But we still had a lovely break, and we are already planning our September trip.

In other news

Much work has been happening on the website. A few tweaks here and there in the background to try and optimise the site, and some changes to layout and content.

You can check out all the changes at www.shootingthedog.com

Meanwhile Fidget has been out playing with his friends and generally just being Fidget.

Best friends
The chase for the ball
A sandy shake on the beach

12th Birthday Special Offer

As our 12th business birthday is soon upon us, we have a fabulous special offer for anyone booking a studio photo shoot before the end of July.

Birthday Special Offer

And, we are getting close to completing our rebranding from Tom Horsley Photography to Shooting The Dog. Our new shop sign has now been ordered and hopefully will be with us before the end of the month.

Mother’s Day and other stuff

Here in the UK it is Mother’s Day tomorrow, everyone is trying to get you to buy some overpriced stuff to show how much you love your Mum.


DON’T DO IT!!

Instead, make them something – a card, or draw a picture. Something special that only comes from you, and not some commercial attempt at extortion. But, even better, spend some quality time with you Mum, ask her about her life, learn about what she has seen and experienced – show an interest in her story, and listen and remember it all.

I lost my Mum some time ago now, and regret not paying more attention to the stories she told me about growing up, surviving the blitz, the things she did at school, and the amazing life she had. So, this year actually appreciate your mothers and learn from all they have been through during their lives, you won’t always get the chance.

… and on that note, here is Fidget’s Mum:

Bonnie
Happy Mother’s Day Bonnie, from your loving son Fidget.

One more quick thing, if you are in the UK,
don’t forget to put your clocks forward tonight!!

Beware The Ides Of March …

The curse of the ides of March seem to have bit me this week.

Things have been a bit manic, as my computer started doing weird things. Have had to spend most of the week trying to get them sorted out. Which meant the jobs I should have been doing have been delayed. That in turn means I’ve not been a happy boy!

After a wait for Microsoft to call me back – that never happened; I had a lovely online chat with someone who seemed to know less about what the problem was than I did. However, we agreed that something had done something and that it wasn’t working. Anyway, to cut a very long story short , I restored Windows back to a point some time in the middle of last month and by some miracle everything was working properly again. Then I just had to get all the things I had moved out the way, when trying to solve the problem, back to where they should be – I am still doing this bit.

Barney The Border Terrier
Bouncy Border Terrier
Barney

Barney came in for a portrait session at the end of last month, and was full of terrier mischief. His owners sort of knew what they wanted, but Barney wasn’t quite so sure that he wanted the same thing. A lot of fun and we got some lovely photos; so I hope his owners are happy with the results.

March Availability

We still have some gaps in March and April if you would like to book your pet in for a photo shoot. Just drop us a message here and we’ll get back to you pretty sharpish!

Remember that dogs will be banned from many of the better beaches from the start of May, so if you would like a beach shoot then April is a good time to get it done.

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.