Here you'll find answers to some of my most commonly asked questions - hopefully these will clear up any queries you might have. However, if you're still in the dark after visiting this page, please dont't hesitate to send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
What does "On Location" mean?
On location means me, you and your gorgeous pooch will all go out to a fantastic location of your choice. All my photoshoots take place in the great outdoors - whether its a location you've chosen, or one you've picked from my recommended list. Because its outdoors, the season you choose to book your shoot can very much dictate the mood created within them. If you like moody and dark images, then having your shoot in autumn or winter is a great idea. Alternatively if you're someone who likes bright and colourful images, then spring or summer will suit your taste best!
Where are you based?
I'm situated between Solihull and Coventry (not far from the National Exhibition Centre) so predominantly cover the West Midlands and surrounding areas/counties. I have locations that I use regularly in this area which can be seen on the "locations" page of the site. However... I am happy to travel to most places, though it does incur a travel fee if its outside 25 miles of Solihull, and I usually like to be able to check the suitability of new locations before I use them too. I'm often able to do shoots down in Somerset/Devon as I can base myself in Dunster, which gives me a plethora of stunning locations to utilise in Exmoor - So if that takes your fancy too please let me know!
What usually happens on a shoot?
I try to keep my photoshoots as relaxed as possible, as this usually makes for the best images of your dog/s. Essentially we will go for a lovely walk together and along the way we'll stop to get our images! Usually I aim to get a combination of serious portrait images, more relaxed portraits and action shots of your pup at play. This means you'll have a good mix of images to choose from after the shoot itself. There are some things that can help to bring with you along to the shoot to help in capturing the images such as treats/toys etc - but don't worry I'll give you an information sheet in the lead up to your shoot to make sure you're all prepared!
What if my dog can't go off lead?
No problem! With a little post shoot magic I can edit out leads from your photos. I also have a show lead to hand to make editing easier too. Though, if you know your pup needs to stay on lead, it can be useful to bring a long line with you if you're wanting action photos (or you may be doing a lot of running!)
What if the weathers bad?
I can do photoshoots in in most weather - but sometimes heavy rain can make some pups look a little misterable! I check the weather in the lead up to the shoot and will get into contact with you if it looks like it may be poor, we can then rearrange the shoot for another date if you'd prefer to wait for better weather.
Do you edit the photos?
I do indeed! This is why sometimes you can wait up to 3 weeks for your images to be ready. Each photo can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2+ hours to edit depending on how much needs to be done. I'll make your pet look their best as well as often enhancing the mood of an image by changing certain features and of course there is removal of distracting elements as well as leads/people if they appear in the image too.
How long will I wait for my photos?
Once we've finished the photoshoot I'll spend the next few weeks editing your photos - the time this takes is usually dependant on how busy I am with shoots. Editing can take from 1 week to 3 weeks in general.
From there, depending on your personal preference, I will then upload your shoot album to the website or we will organise a viewing session at my viewing room (where I will also provide tea and cake!). Once you've seen your images you then choose which you'd like to have as your included prints or which you'd like to have made into your glorious wall art. The wait for your wall art/prints is dependent on which products you choose, this can be up to 3-4 weeks production time.
Can you photograph more than one dog at a time?
Of course! With multi dog shoots I'll aim to get a combination of individual shots and group shots for you to choose from.
Do you photograph pets other than dogs?
I do indeed! To date I have photographed horses, cats and donkeys! I'm more than happy to photograph any pet, but remember I do shoot on location - so small furries would need to be photographed in your garden and it may be a good idea to photograph horses while turned out.
What if I need to cancel my photoshoot?
Everyone has important stuff pop up from time to time! If you need to cancel your shoot for any reason, please try to let me know ASAP. During busy periods I will ask for a non-refundable deposit to ensure I can keep as many dates open as possible.
Do you run workshops?
Occasionally I do dog photography workshops - these will usually be advertised on my social media sites and through the mailing list. They're usually aimed at beginners or individuals who wish to develop their skills in photographing dogs in particular. They do differ from most dog photography workshops in that they also offer some information about dog behaviour and how knowledge of it can make a huge difference to your photos. If you'd like specific information about workshops, please message or email me!
What people say...
"Just absolutely fabulous, Alfie had an amazing time. Photos are truly beautiful and i would most definitely have another photoshoot done in the future! Would certainly recommend to anyone!"