My Most Frequently Asked Dog Photo Session Questions

 

Are you considering booking a professional dog photography photo session, but you're still a bit unsure of exactly what to expect on the day? Then maybe I can help.

The following is a list of my most frequently asked questions which I've received via my contact form, email, Facebook etc

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What time of day do sessions usually take place?

My favourite time of day to shoot is late afternoon or early evening, when the sun is low in the sky and the light is soft. 

Can I be in some of the photographs with my dog/s?

Of course! Just leap in any time. Capturing that bond between you both can be a special moment. I just ask that you dress appropriately for the location and obviously the British weather and keep things simple by avoiding bold patterns and colours that may clash with your dog. Neutral works best, although a hint of colour, especially if it compliments your dog (or something you dog is wearing) can be useful for making your images really stand out.

Should my dog be groomed before the session?

This really is up to you. The sessions are outdoors, on location, so a beautifully groomed dog may not stay that way for long. In most cases a good brush over works wonders replacing the shine back in to coats and reducing matted hair.

Can I reserve a session last minute?

Typically, session days are reserved a month or two in advance, so bookingearly is undoubtedly a distinct advantage. That said, rescheduling of sessions does happen which frees up slots. Please contact me, you never know.

Do you photograph other pets?

Certainly. Although dogs account for approximately 90% of my client base, I’m more then happy to photograph cats, horses or any other creature for that matter.

My dog has to remain on a lead. Is this a problem?

No, not-at-all. In fact, the majority of dogs I photograph are kept on their leads. There are numerous techniques that can be employed during the shoot to reduce the impact leads have in the scene and if a lead is still visible at the post-production stage, I can digitally remove it.

My dog is unruly. Is this a concern?

You know what they say about working with kids and animals!! I find patience is the key. I’ve worked with all kinds of animals and once we’ve identified their particular idiosyncrasies we can use it to our advantage. Please see this related article.

Can I bring my own camera to the session?

Ideally no, although a camera phone for capturing some “behind the scenes” moments is absolutely fine. That said, it’s highly likely that you’ll be assisting me to capture those amazing moments anyway.

Should I bring toys to the session?

Please do. Introducing familiar objects for your dog to interact with can definitely help.

Should I bring treats to the session?

Treats can be useful in certain situations. Please bear in mind however, that once your dog is aware that you have something tasty in your pockets, they may become obsessed and therefore attention is drawn away from the task in hand.

What happens if it rains?

I will be keeping an eye out for any inclement weather. Good light is a major influence in the images I take. Rain, especially, is not kind to us and even less kind to my equipment. Dogs can also become distinctly uncomfortable leading to unnatural and uneasy poses. If there’s going to be dark clouds or rain, then unfortunately we will have to reschedule. In the event that a session has to be rescheduled, there will be no additional charges.

Do you photograph elderly or infirm dogs?

Certainly. Your time with your dog is so precious and I want to help you celebrate their lives. The Forever Session is based on the Lifestyle Session, but with one crucial difference — I’ll do whatever it takes to accommodate a date and location of your choice and work closely with you to ensure the experience is befitting the occasion.

Where is Vue.Dog based?

I'm predominantly based in Kent covering the South and Southeast including London. I'm also available throughout the UK and overseas, with the only restriction being any existing commitments.

How far are you prepared to travel?

I have clients in the Highlands of Scotland and clients in Wales. Travelling is in my blood and I love to explore. How far I travel pretty much depends on the commitments I have at the time.

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I hope the above has been useful. If you have any more questions or require more information then please touch base or contact me directly at andrew@vue.dog

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