Dog Photography Myths #1: My dog cannot be off lead so I can't have a photoshoot

Updated: Mar 3

Let me tell you a little secret...EVERY dog can be off lead with the right photographer. No, I'm not saying you can let your dog off the lead during the session and the photographer will turn into some magic dog whisperer that will make you dog be impeccably well behaved. What I do mean is that with a little bit of editing magic, every dog can appear to be off lead in their portraits, and at the end of the day that's all that matters.

So you can't let your dog off the lead for the actual session, so what! As a husky owner I completely understand this, Hendrix stays on a lead 90% of the time because his recall cannot always be trusted, but I still have some stunning portraits of him.

The number one priority during any of my dog sessions is that your dog is happy and safe. You should never feel pressured by ANY photographer to put your dog in a situation that you feel uncomfortable with. I will never ask you to take your dog off the lead if you are not confident in their recall. I can 100% assure you that I can get you beautiful portraits of your dog while they remain safe on their lead. If anything it can make the session easier, by having your dog on lead it gives me more control over their positioning which can lead to better lighting and more creative shots.

If you are still not convinced that your dog can have a dog photography experience while staying on lead I want you to look at the following photo...

Can you tell this dog was on lead?

No? Didn't think so.

Here is the unedited image just incase you need proof.

As a professional dog photographer I spend hours of my time educating myself and practicing my editing techniques so that I can give you the best experience. The photos I want you to come away with from a session with me should be works of art, not just a simple photo.

So if you have ever dismissed the idea of having professional portraits taken of your dog because you can't let them off lead, then I want to think again. It is 100% possible and it would be my pleasure to provide you with those pieces of artwork that will allow your dog to always have a place in your family home.

Interested in booking a session? Take a look at my session guide to find the right session for you.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Emma x

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