Where do we begin with Ghost? Everyone who knows us will know that we have a thing for German Shepherds. We have two of our own and just adore them. They changed our lives for the better. They’re so majestically beautiful and their personalities are quirky to say the least! They can be boisterous, protective and super switched on. But they’re also loving, playful, loyal, clever and just so wonderful to be around.
A consultation prior to the shoot meant that we could ensure we were all on the same page and that we were the right photographers for them. When going to a pet photographer, you probably have something in mind. If we are unable to provide you with what you want, then we will tell you. All of our consultations like this are completely free and no obligation. It’s so important that everything is right for you and your dog.
Ghost, the 2 year old German Shepherd, was wonderful on her shoot. We met up with them all at our property before hand so that we could get to know her owners, Lianne and Martin, and also introduce ourselves to Ghost.
It was such a great ice breaker. Lianne and Martin were welcomed into our home with a cup of tea and scones while we discussed the process of the photoshoot and our products. We discussed what they wanted from the session and threw some ideas around.
During the consultation we discuss everything, including the main being..Ghost.
Ghost has Hip Dysplasia which is extremely important information when it comes to a photoshoot. We have a number of props we like to use, including a stool, a box and an antique trunk. Some of our shots include trotting, or jumping so its vital we take the dogs mobility into consideration. Ghost was okay with all of these props, and so were Lianne and Martin. We had Ghosts mobility needs in mind at all times and made sure she wasn’t uncomfortable and we weren’t causing her any damage or pain.
Our own German Shepherd, Harley, was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia at 8 months so we understand how difficult it is coming to terms with it, and also making the changes required to suit their needs.
Usually, I have the job title of ‘Dog Wrangler’. I sometimes have to get very involved in the movement and placement of the dog, I am also an excellent treat dispenser. But this shoot was quite an easy one for me! Lianne was great at working with Ghost and Dan to ensure we got the shots we needed (even if she did hit him in the head with a ball!). Martin, being chair bound due to a broken leg, was then able to provide feedback and suggestions as he watched the images pop up instantly on the IPad. The great thing about our photoshoots is that we link up the camera to another source such as the IPad or the IMac so the images are available instantly. Of course there is still a lot of editing to be done, but clients can get an idea of the image and see where we are going with it.
All in all, the 5 of us (me, Dan, Lianne, Martin and Ghost) made a great team and the images really prove it. It was a great day, and Ghost was knackered after it (as were we!). The one ‘issue’ we had was that her tongue was constantly hanging out…But smiling too much isn’t too much of an issue, right? We love a happy dog, and Ghost certainly was a happy dog. Take a look for yourself…
After the photoshoot and a week of hardcore editing by Dan, the images were ready. We recommended that Lianne and Martin have a look around their home and decide where the products would go. A great way of doing this is measuring and cutting out a card board version of the canvas or print and actually putting it on the wall. When hanging something like this, you have to take into consideration the lighting, any furniture around it, the feel of the room..everything. It can really change the dynamics of your room and so positioning is vital. You want people to see these images. You want to show them off and be proud of them. Make them the first thing people see when they come through your door, or when they walk up your stairs. I can guarantee people will ask you about them.
There are just a few remaining images which will be kept a secret for just a little while. We invited Lianne and Martin to our house again (this time for tea and biscuits) to view the images on a high resolution, wide screen and to discuss their choices and products. This time, they got to hang out with Bane and Harley who absolutely adored the attention. After an hour or two, their decision was made (just) and the products had been ordered. One has arrived today and we’re SO excited for them to see it. I wish I could put on here the amazing quality we get from our print lab. Dan works tirelessly to make sure his images are sharp and of the best quality, so we cannot then allow them to go to a poor quality print lab..What would be the point in that?!
So onto the final image I’m going to share with you, and one of my favourites from this session. In this image, she looks so fluffy (she was super fluffy…She had been very well groomed) and her paws are huge!
I call this one ‘Polar Bear’.