Friday, 15 June 2018

How To Prepare For a Dog Photography Session with Hairy Dog.

Dog photography in and around Aberdeen is always going to be a bit hit or miss, given that despite it being Summer, we are still seeing a fair bit of haar and the odd rain shower.  I recently added an FAQ section to my website ( Hairy Dog Photography FAQs ) and am struggling a wee bit to remember all the questions I've been asked over the years.  Most potential issues can be preempted by a few sensible measures; take the dog(s) for a swift walk before the session, especially if they're a bit rambunctious, bring treats and toys but only if that's what the dog's used to, choose a dry walk if they've just been groomed, etc, etc.

With that in mind, please contact me though the Hairy Dog Photography Abedeen website if you can think of anything I should be adding to the list.  As always, I'm striving to make the whole experience enjoyable and stress free for both dogs and humans :-)

funny dog photo by hairy dog photography
Upstaged again...  I can't guarantee every photo will be a keeper!

One of the many joys of photographing dogs is that if it's dingin' doon with rain or hailstones, we can just reschedule.  After years of wedding photography, it took me several more years of photographing dogs to get used to the idea that it's OK to do this!  With weddings, obviously, there's less wiggle room (i.e., none) - you just have to get on and make the most of whatever's being thrown at you...

Black labrador jumping by Jamie Emerson, dog photographer Aberdeen

For outdoor sessions though, the one thing I do need is light.  Ideally, soft morning or evening light - golden hour if possible, or even glorious midday sunshine.  Sunset shoots can work very well, especially with older or less zoomy dogs.  I do use flash here and there, either for dramatic impact, to overcome very bright sunshine or if it's just plain dull.  It's also very useful in woods to stop the dappled light from creating patterns on the subject as it filters through the leaves - it just evens the light out nicely.

GSD photograph by Haiy Dog, Aberdeen photographer

The question asked more often than any other is, "My dog won't really sit still - how will you take his photo?"  A quick look through the Hairy Dog gallery or Hairy Dog Facebook page should put your mind at rest.  So far, I've never met a dog which can't be photographed (touch wood!).  And that includes greyhounds, whippets, mad spaniels and puppies with absolutely zero training.  It's amazing what a bit of patience, combined with a few squeaky toys and my ability to make all manner of weird noises can do!  Also, as the photos show, I do tend to specialise in a bit of action photography, as well as heartfelt portraiture.

Bonio ring and terrier by Jamie Emerson, Aberdeen dog photographer
Patience you must have, my young Padawan...

Bring the whole family on your Hairy Dog Photography session!
Beautiful black and white spaniel photograph by Hairy Dog Photography
Aberdeen dog photographer, Jamie Emerson of Hairy Dog

Aberdeen dog photographer, Jamie Emerson of Hairy Dog

Aberdeen dog photographer, Jamie Emerson of Hairy Dog, this is bokeh

Aberdeen dog photographer, Jamie Emerson of Hairy Dog, welsh springer

Swimming cockapoo by Aberdeen dog photographer, Jamie Emerson of Hairy Dog
He was just at the blooming groomers yesterday!!!   #@@#@!!****

Aberdeen dog photographer, Jamie Emerson of Hairy Dog

Aberdeen dog photographer, Jamie Emerson of Hairy Dog
Bulldog not chewing a wasp at a Hairy Dog Photography Session...
So if you're consideing a family photo session this Summer, or if it's just that you'd love some photos of the hairiest family member, do get in touch! There are a few special offers running right now - please like the Hairy Dog Facebook Page to get first look at current dog photography offers.

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