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Do you only photograph dogs?
In a nutshell – yes. I have years of experience working with dogs, understanding their behaviour and capturing every little quirk and detail – I know dogs, and I love everything about photographing them. I adore all things furry or four-legged, but I couldn’t claim to have the same level of knowledge or passion when it comes to equine or feline photography, for example. My specialism lies in canine portraiture, creating artwork that I’m truly passionate about in the confidence that the images you receive will be truly special.
When do sessions take place?
I take a huge amount of pride and care in my work, and dedicate a lot of time and attention to both your session and the editing of your images. I only shoot at certain times of day and under specific weather conditions, to ensure that you get the best images possible, and will only work with one client at any given time, giving you my full attention and commitment. This means that session availability is limited, and subject to rescheduling if the weather doesn’t co-operate, however I will always make an effort to accommodate ill or elderly dogs where time is sensitive. Please note that session availability is extremely limited during spring and autumn months.
How do I choose a location?
The majority of my sessions take place at select locations within Northamptonshire. I’ve taken great care to choose a variety of locations where I know your dog will be comfortable and safe, and I’m confident that I can get the absolute best out of environment, giving you the best possible images. Sessions can take place further afield if you’re unable to make it to Northamptonshire (in fact, I’ve travelled as far as Texas, USA to photograph my clients!), so together we’ll choose a location that’s perfectly suited to you and your hound.
Please note that there is a travel fee for sessions taking place outside a 20 mile radius of Northampton NN1.
What happens if it rains?
We all know how unpredictable British weather can be! My style of work is hugely dependent on good light and dry conditions, so if the weather is unfavourable on the day then I recommend rescheduling your session to another day that suits you.
Does my dog have to be well trained?
While basic commands, like ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, are beneficial, the aim is to capture the personality of your dog, so you’re much more likely to get great shots if we allow them to act naturally and not force them into any uncomfortable situations. I would definitely recommend brushing up on your sit/stay commands in the days leading up to your session. If it’s still an issue, or your dog simply can’t be let off the lead, we can still work with them on lead and I will work on removing it during post-processing – you’d be surprised what a little bit of Photoshop wizardry can do!
My dog is nervous – is that a problem?
Not usually – as long as you let me know beforehand so that we can discuss our options. It’s important to take a little extra time at the start of the session to get them familiarised with the camera and their surroundings, and they’ll soon settle in. I’ll usually start the session with a short walk and a sit down before we start shooting – this will ease your dog into the session and also help to bring their energy levels down a notch.
Can I be in some of the photos?
I’ll be completely honest, my talent and passion lies in capturing canine portraits – I’m not a lifestyle or family photographer. Having said that, I will accommodate a few ‘human & hound’ moments, particularly if your dog is elderly or if your time left with them is short.
What should I bring to my session?
A portrait experience with The Artisan Hound is not unlike a regular walk – just imagine a few more pit stops and treats thrown into the mix! Just bring along the usual gear – lead, toys, treats, poo bags – and we’ll be fine. If you’d like your dog to wear a specific collar or accessory then bring it along (and please avoid harnesses if possible).
Do I need to groom my dog before the session?
There’s nothing wrong with a little spruce up ahead of your portrait session, whether it’s a full groom or a quick bath the night before. Ultimately, we want to capture your dog the way you see them every day. The key things to avoid are dandruff and eye-bogeys, so a quick brush and a wipe is usually all you’ll need.
My dog is ill/elderly – can you fit us in?
I will always do my best to make room in my schedule for an elderly or terminally ill pet. I can usually book you in on short notice, and take all the time necessary to capture you and your dog, and the special bond you share together.
How much should I budget for my experience?
Every session is uniquely tailored to you and your dog, with an art range to suit all tastes and budgets – what you spend is entirely up to you and how you would like to keep and share your artwork, so I’ll work closely with your before and after your session to find the perfect option for you. Most of my clients choose to invest between £500 and £1,000 in their experience and fine art products.
What products do you offer?
I want you to be able to get the very most out of their experience, and there’s no better way to showcase your images than with a tangible, physical piece of artwork. That’s why I provide a range of high quality fine art products, from albums to wall art, and will work closely with you to create something that you will treasure. I use professional-only labs and quality check all of my client’s orders to make sure they’re absolutely perfect – find out more about my art range here.
Do you offer digital files?
While digital files are a great way to back up and share your images online, they’re only a small part of the experience. My aim is to create not just stunning images, but real artwork that you can touch and feel and experience every day. Whether you choose a framed storyboard or an album, I use professional-grade labs to create only the highest quality products, designed to last a lifetime. I’ll work closely with you to help you design artwork that’s perfect for you and your home, and you won’t need to worry about a thing as I handle everything, from designing to printing and delivery.
Of course, if you do wish to print your images yourself, or simply just want that reassurance of having your images in digital form, they are available for purchase, either individually or in collections.
Please note: I cannot guarantee the quality/finish of any products you choose to print yourself. You are responsible for storage of your digital files after purchase – if you should lose the file(s), they will need to be purchased again.
What payment methods do you accept?
I accept all major credit/debit cards, online bank transfers, and PayPal.
Please note: Orders will not be placed until full payment has been received and cleared. As soon as the full balance has been received/cleared, I will complete your order. At this point, orders cannot be changed or cancelled.