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I guess it must be bath time: pic of the shoot three

An insight in to the world of a dog photographer.


When we plan a mighty pooch photoshoot, one of our key aims is to bring out the personality of the dog we’re photographing. As all we dog lovers know, every single pooch has their own quirks, their own style and their own interests. That’s one of the reasons why we love them so much. Dexter the boxer was no exception.

Dexter pic of the shoot

Dexter’s pic of the shoot: the puddle dip

There was a slight worry from Dexter’s ‘auntie’ who had organised the dog photography shoot that Dexter wouldn’t get up to much – that he’d just lope around and not really co-operate. But that was fine with us – we’ve worked with all kinds of dog personalities and we have little tricks up our sleeves to get the images we want.


We took Dexter’s portraits first – before he got dirty …

However, Dexter was fantastic. He loved it. We’re always amused by how much our pooches enjoy their photoshoots – it must be a combination of the fresh air, good smells and abundance of attention and praise.

Dexter’s auntie had warned us that when Dexter gets too warm, he likes to chill out in huge puddles, so we knew we had to get the portraits taken first before he heated up and decided to take a dip – basically, we had to get the close-ups before Dexter got very dirty!

The first time Dexter took a puddle dip, we couldn’t take the photograph. The light was all wrong for us and the location wasn’t good. We weren’t feeling it. The second time, however, we cracked it and took the black and white shot above. The light was good and the background uncluttered, putting all the focus on Dexter. His position in the water relative to the light is perfect and his expression is great – even the splashes of water round his forehead are reflected nicely in the light.

Why do we love this image? The eye contact is great – it’s like he knows he’s been caught in the act, and he knows he’s having a bath when he gets home … but does he care? Nah – not a bit! This is Dexter as Dexter’s family know him – and you can’t beat that.

Next on pic of the shoot: Lucy the spaniel in action …

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Words: Aislinn Kelly

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Great expression!

Great expression!

A beachy dog photoshoot: pic of the shoot two

Buddy on his latest photoshoot at the beach

Buddy on his latest photoshoot at the beach

An insight in to the world of a dog photographer.


Buddy the dachshund (who also has a bit of King Charles spaniel in him) is well known to us and, frankly, pretty darn adorable. At five years old, he’s become the wise member of Bruce’s little pack of chums and he’s always a delight to photograph.

Due to his ginger coat, Buddy looks fabulous on the beach. The beach is his catwalk – well, dog walk – and so the golden dunes provided the ideal location for his latest photoshoot. We can’t just ‘snap away’ on a photoshoot and cross our fingers for a photograph in focus, though. Each photograph has to be planned beforehand.

Buddy is not a fast mover. We already knew this, having photographed him before, so it didn’t take long to get the set-up of the shot right. We decided to leave the sky at the top of the photograph, as the horizon dips towards the right of the image and draws your eye from left to right and down towards Buddy. We wanted him to look to his right, so that he’d be looking into the frame and also at the light source (the sun). He’s got fantastic, human-like eyes and we wanted to ensure they could be seen clearly. The tall grass to the left and right of the image provides a natural frame to the photograph and the colours are lovely, even down to the faded-denim blue sky.

This is one of our favourite Buddy images to date.

Check out the first pic of the shoot: Bruce in the snow.

Next time on pic of the shoot: A boxer on a mission …

Words: Aislinn Kelly

A snowy day with Bruce: pic of the shoot one

Bruce pic of the shoot

An insight in to the world of a dog photographer.


This is our Bruce, who’s used to posing for our camera. If there’s a biscuit on offer, he’s the David Gandy of the canine world.

As a terrier, Bruce is pretty switched on. It’s fairly easy to ask him to jump onto a stone, sit there till we give the command and then jump off. Nonetheless, this image took a couple of takes to ensure we timed it right.

The sun was out. This gave us a great source of light to illuminate Bruce (who, being black, isn’t the simplest dog to photograph, especially against white snow!) while keeping the background nicely exposed without losing the detail. We can see the view clearly. The key to an image like this is ensuring you catch the light in the dog’s eyes, particularly with a dark dog like Bruce.

The position of Bruce’s tail in this shot is so characteristic of him – he always trots around like he means business with his tail in the air, usually wagging. We’re pretty sure there’s a good dose of fell terrier (or Patterdale terrier as they’re more commonly known) in our little chap, so a leap like this is typical of his breed.

This photograph is definitely going on our wall at home: it’s an original shot of our little guy plus a wintery landscape image to boot.

More pic of the shoots coming soon!

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