Pet Portrait Photography

Why A Pet Portrait?

There are many reasons you might look into pet portrait photography, many being the same reason you would have a family portrait taken. For many people their pets are a big part of their family, and sadly they do not live as long as we do. A stunning photograph of your dog is an enduring tribute to the loyalty shown by your beloved friend. Maybe you have a new puppy and want to have a memento of your dog’s early life. Whatever reason you may have, Shooting The Dog will help you achieve what you are dreaming of.

Fidget - The Studio Dog
Sir Fidget Smelly-Bottom

Fidget is the studio dog (and head of security), and has been photographed in many ways. He even has his own facebook page.

With options ranging from photo books, classic framed photographs, stunning canvases and acrylic panels to modern and stylish aluminium prints; we have something that will fit into any style of home.

Take a look at some examples of our work here.

What happens When We Get THere?

Pet Portrait - What Happens

When you first arrive for your shoot, we will take time to get to know your pet, and you. We will discuss what sort of portrait you are looking for. We will explain what we expect from you during the shoot and then run through what happens after the shoot.

During  the photo shoot we take as long as needed with you and your dog(s) to get the images you want. For studio shoots we normally advise to allow about an hour. For location shoots we would advise allowing up to two hours for the shoot. Please bear in mind that the more dogs included then the longer it is likely to take!

So, what happens Next?

Once the photo shoot is complete, we will then perform post processing on your images. Once that is complete we will contact you to arrange a viewing session at the studio. There we can show you examples of the products we have available and help you make the best choice for your home.

Pet Portrait - What Happens Next

If you are unable to make it to the studio for a viewing session, then we can provide you with a link to your own on-line viewing gallery in the clients area of this site, and a password for access. We can always arrange a phone call to talk you through things and suggest what would work best for you.

Normally your images are ready for viewing within one or two working days of the shoot. If a lot of images were taken during the shoot this can take a little longer..

Once you have made your choice, we finalise any changes to the photographs. The files are sent to our specialist suppliers. About three weeks later your artwork is all ready for you to collect. Then we get to see the wonderful reaction from our clients when they see the finished products. That’s always a good bit!

What Will It Cost?

Pet Portrait - What Will It Cost

We have a very simple costing model in place. There is a £65 booking fee, which is payable on the day of your shoot. This includes a £50 credit towards your final wall art or album order.

The booking fee includes up to three dogs, and so can be shared with your friends if you like.  We charge £5.00 for every extra dog, over the included three, that you want included in the photo shoot.

Everybody wants something slightly different from their shoot. This method allows us to tailor the shoot to your needs, and you only pay for exactly what you want.

You can find out more about the range of products we can supply here:

Pet Portrait - Advice For Visitors
Advice FOR Visitors

We often have clients who have come on holiday with their dogs and would like a photo shoot while they are here. This is great and we are happy to help. To avoid disappointment, we would suggest that you contact us before you travel. This way we can ensure that we can fit you in during your stay.

A few terms and conditions:
  • If the shoot location is outside of Torbay, then a small surcharge will be payable to cover transport costs.
  • The client will be responsible for their dog at all times, and they must clear up after their dog when necessary.
  • On location shoots can be effected by the weather, we will always do our best to re-arrange at a convenient date if we have to cancel due to adverse weather.
  • If at any stage during the photos shoot the photographer feels that the pets are in any danger (over-stressed, in physical danger) then the photographer reserves the right to stop the photo shoot – The Pets Come First!