The joy of being a dog
…captured in photos
for all time
Outdoor photo sessions
Dogs are happiest when they are outdoors, running free, and that’s where I love to photograph them. Basically, a photo session works like this:
- We agree on a time and place to meet, in the evening, when the light is best.
- We go for a walk, between one and two hours.
- You and your dog play, to bring out their personality.
- I suggest scenes and capture the action.
- Within a few days, you receive a web gallery containing the best 8-15 images, plus a link to download high resolution images.
There are several off-leash areas within Calgary that offer beautiful, natural environments without too many distractions from other dogs and people. Your dog will have time to get comfortable, explore the area, and we will find plenty of photographic opportunities.
We pick a location that best shows off your dog’s personality. Do they love water? Open fields? Tall grass? Forest? All the above, plus squirrels?
Basic photo session
The basic photo session is $285 and includes:
- up to two hours of outdoor photography in Calgary
- one or two dogs being photographed
- one person who may be photographed with their dog
- between 8 and 15 high-resolution digital images
- professional processing of images
- high-resolution images ready for printing
- a public or private (password protected) web gallery
Deluxe photo session
Do you have something special in mind? We can make it work!
- extra canine friends
- extra human friends
- special locations
Preparing for a photo session
Please bring a favorite toy and some treats for your dog so they can be fully engaged with you while I blend into the background and capture the action. In between play-time, when your dog is resting, we can capture those peaceful, relaxed moments.
Of course, your dog will look best if they have been freshly brushed and bathed.
Please let me know if you have a high-needs dog, for example: aggressive, can’t go off-leash, shy or afraid, and we can discuss a photography solution that works for everybody.
As we all know, weather changes constantly in Alberta.
It does not have to be sunny, but if our scheduled photo session is rained out, we will select a new day at no extra cost.
- transportation time outside Calgary city limits ($30/hr)
- professional printing of images on archival art paper
- custom image processing ($50/hr)
Simple: you do not pay if you are not satisfied with the images*.
*The web gallery allows you to preview the images, while the full-resolution images are available after payment has been received. Web gallery contains water-marked images.
My dog is afraid of strangers. Can we still work together? Sure, we should be able to work something out. I’ll bring some bacon.
Can you photograph my cat? Snake? I prefer working with dogs because I was one in a previous life. But cats and snakes are cool too.
My dog does not go outdoors. Can we shoot indoors? I prefer shooting outdoors because of the variety of scenes, interesting light, and exciting action. Indoor photography is not really my thing.
Whoa, is that a wolf?! Yes she is!
The black and white images are cool. Are those included? A couple black and white images are included, but you can always request more. That falls under “custom image processing”.
My dog is not much of an athlete. Can we still get action shots? We will work with whatever you and your dog are comfortable with. It’s all about capturing their personality and the bond between you.
My dog got sick or injured, can we reschedule? Yes of course.
My dog can’t go off-leash. Can we still have a session? Yes, there are always options. The simplest is to work in a safe place like a fenced-in yard.
What’s the best time of year for a photo session? Summer offers the most variety, but any season works. In the spring there are wildflowers and fresh grass, during the summer the grass is tall and the trees are green, fall can have green grass and fresh snow, and in the winter we have snow and beautiful, low-angle light all day.
Here are a few of my favorite dog sessions over the years, to give you an idea of what to expect. We will capture as wide a variety of emotions, perspectives and scenes as possible.
Most of these are ARF rescue dogs, who I’ve been volunteering with for many years. The wolves are Dave and Flora, brother and sister hand raised rescue wolves who live at North Lights Wolf Center in Golden, British Columbia.
I look forward to creating memorable images with you and your canine friends! Drop me a note and let’s get started.