Only taken me about a year!

If you have dragged yourselves away from my scintillating blog posts and looked at the rest of the site over the last few days you may have noticed a few changes happening – this was planned over a year ago, and I have only just got around to doing it!

Still, it means several days of blowing my own trumpet and telling everyone how fantastic I am at dog photography. So I thought this afternoon I’d let some of my work do the speaking instead. So without any further waffling, here is a tiny selection of the dogs I have had the pleasure of photographing over the last few years.

I consider myself very lucky to have the opportunity to do something I really love as my day job.

Back To Work

Well after a nice two week break, we’ll be back in the shop tomorrow – recharged and ready to go for the new year.

It’s not all been feet up and eating lots of chocolate, as we’ve been looking into new product offerings and working out how we can offer good value for money but still be able to eat!

So hopefully lots of exciting news coming up in the next few weeks, and we’ll be able to share some of those portraits we did as Christmas presents that so far I have had to keep secret – should be safe to show you them now,

Happy New Year everyone, and let’s all hope it’s a prosperous and peaceful one.

Our Christmas Advert

It seems all the rage with the major retailers to release a cinematic extravaganza each Christmas, so this year we thought we would jump on the gravy train.

Here is our Christmas advert for 2017 – move over John Lewis and M&S you have some competition.

Hope you like it, and please share it around.

A long over due blog post.

Firstly, many apologies for the lack of posts recently, but have been busy with shop things, and then have been laid up with sciatica for the last few months, so posting blog updates has been way down on my to do list.


Anyway, on to Shooting The Dog; yesterday I had a Border Collie in for a photo shoot. I could tell as soon as he came in that he was a little nervous and so, as I was doing my thing behind the camera, I asked his owners about his background. They told me that he was a rescue dog, and had started life on a farm, expected to be the bee’s knees at being a sheep dog.


Unfortunately, he was afraid of the sheep, and the other farm dogs would pick on him; so he had to find a new home. It was also apparent that he had suffered some sort of abuse, because if you held anything up above his head he would cower down in a very submissive manner. His owners explained that when they first got him he spent three days hiding under the table, and wouldn’t come out.


Fortunately, they stuck with him, and after a lot of work, and loads of patience, they now have a very sweet dog, who, although still very nervous of new things, is a gentle, intelligent animal that was very soon posing his tail off in front of the camera.


So here’s a big thank you to all those people who take on “problem” dogs and help to turn things around and give them loving homes.

And that was May!

This year seems to be flying by. Here we are heading towards the end of May, and many of the things I had planned haven’t happened yet – must get a move on.

Still some things have happened, “Shooting The Dog” is now a registered trademark of Tom Horsley Photography; we have leapt into the 21st century and setup a twitter feed – you can follow us at @Shooting_TheDog; and Tom, the Shooting The Dog photographer is now three quarters of a way through his diploma in Dog Behaviour.

We still find time for lots of doggy fun.

Fidget playing with his best mate Bruno


We even fitted in a few (rather wet and windy) days away camping in Dorset last week, which, despite the weather, was a fantastic time.




A visit to Corfe Castle
Then Lulworth Cove
And along the coast to Durdle Door


Resulting in one tired little boy back in the tent