Get Dirty Dog Collars & Leashes | Product Photography

We use a 30-foot leash for Ruby when we go for adventures outside of our neighbourhood. Fields and beaches can be so much fun... but so dirty. And with a fabric leash that drags along the ground, we end up bringing lots of that water, dirt, and mud home. Not to mention the other things it accidentally drags through. Blech.

But I am thrilled to have a new option that avoids ALL of that! I did a product shoot for Get Dirty Collars & Leashes last weekend, and it was so much fun. Colleen runs this new local business and you can find her at trade shows and on Facebook. These leashes don't absorb any of the gunk you encounter on your adventures. They rinse off so easily! I now have a new 30-foot leash for Ruby, and a thin black leash to bring with me to sessions (it's easier to edit out).

I was so happy to throw out our old, stinky leash!!

Take a look at these hilarious cuties I hung out with on the weekend. They certainly got their collars and leashes dirty, but a quick jump in the water or a rinse in the hose or sink at home, and everything is as good as new.

Except the dogs themselves. They might need a bath!

How to Choose a Photographer (For Any Occasion)

Choosing a photographer is tough.

Whether you need someone to photograph your wedding, your baby, or your dog, there are often lots of choices in your area and as a client it can be hard to know which one is going to be the best fit for you. What is the difference between all of these options? How do you make sure you're picking the right one?

The good news is that there is no ONE right answer that fits everyone. Each photographer is different, they offer a different experience, and create different work. But there is a right photographer for you! And I will help you find them.

Here are some important things to keep in mind and help you find the right match for YOU:

 

1) The look or style of the images.

Do you love the colors in that photographer's portfolio? Can you imagine yourself (or your dog) in those images? Do you love bold colours or something more pastel? Or maybe you're looking for a more moody vibe? Find a photographer whose work you love to look at.

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2) The location or setting of the images.

Does this photographer primarily use a studio or an outdoor location? Which one excites you the most for your own photos? What are you envisioning for your session?

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3) Their reputation.

Do you know a friend who has used this photographer before? If not, can you look at some reviews and see if they resonate with you and make you feel excited about working with this person? Reading what other clients have to say is really helpful. How much did they love their experience? Are they giving details about it that help you imagine yourself in the same scenario? You can find reviews on Google, on Facebook, or even on the photographer's website.

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4) Their specialty.

I think this is most important part. What is this photographer known for? What type of photography do they show the most in their portfolio/website? If they're showing weddings but you need photos of your baby, they might not be the best fit. It's just not what they seem to do the most. And you want someone with experience. Every type of photography is very different and requires different skill sets.
But if their entire website is dedicated to dogs and that's exactly what you're looking for... then you're on the right track.

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In the end, you want to take the information available to you and decide on a few really great choices to contact for more information. You can meet up with them in person prior to booking and make sure you get along well and you feel comfortable with them. This initial meeting is great for both the client and the photographer! It gets your journey off to a wonderful start.

 

There is a perfect photographer out there for you, and now you have these tools at your disposal to find them!

Dog-Friendly Halifax: Spotlight on Oddfellows Barbershop

Earlier this year I met up with Ramona the beautiful black goldendoodle for a fun session at Oddfellows Barbershop in Halifax. This shop is on Quinpool Rd, located at the back of Pro Skates! It's a really cool little spot and I had fun photographing Ramona as well as the shop dog, Grady. They are best buds and always have a blast together. Of course, that meant they weren't interested in posing for me when they could be playing with each other! So after they had a good round of zoomies, we let Grady go play with customers in the skate shop while I did Ramona's photos, and then we brought him back in for some photos of his own.

Aren't these two just the cutest? Dog-friendly places in Halifax are awesome. I love that we have barbershops here that allow dogs!

 

You can find Ramona on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/ramonabear/

And Oddfellows here: https://www.instagram.com/oddfellows_barbershop/

Azalea + Leon: Dog Photography at Peggy's Cove

On a beautifully warm summer evening last year, I headed out to Peggy's Cove to meet up with Azalea, Leon, and their mum for a special East Coast photo session. Their mum wanted something that was quintessentially Nova Scotia so that she would have these photographs of her dogs to look back on, if someday their adventures took them to a new province.

Peggy's Cove was the perfect choice!

Azalea the Boston Terrier is full of sass, and Leon the Pug is deaf and nearly blind... so they make a unique but very loving duo. It's adorable to see them together (you should follow their mum's account on Instagram, too! @saltydog.petsitting).

We started off near the small, colourful houses and shops, and then finished the evening on the rocks with the lighthouse in the background. We did not go anywhere near the black rocks! Not even close.

This session was mainly for Azalea, as she is one my Ambassadogs for the 2017-2018 season, but Leon was there to show his support, and I couldn't not include him in a few portraits!

What is your favourite place that feels perfectly "East Coast"?

Dog-Friendly Halifax: Spotlight on Garrison Brewing

I've been following Olive on Instagram for probably a year now. Her sassy and sarcastic captions crack me up and she's obviously completely adorable as well. So she's got everything going for her, including a very loving mum.

When I made plans with Garrison Brewing to do a photo session there, I knew that Olive would be the perfect model for this location. She definitely looks like someone who would know the best local breweries, don't you think?

We met up at Garrison on a Sunday morning (I didn't want to be too in the way if we went at a busy time) and it was perfect. We basically had the place to ourselves! And Olive was a fantastic model.

Where is your favourite place in Halifax to hang out with your dog?

Tree Frogs and Geckos and Chahouas - Oh My!

A few weeks ago I met and photographed some gorgeous creatures who are very different from my usual subjects. They were leopard geckos, tree frogs, chahouas, and red eye croc skinks. They all had the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen! So many tiny and intricate details. I was just in awe the entire time.

And since I've been asked before... nope, this wasn't at a business or a wildlife place, these are well-loved (and researched) pets in someone's home.

10,000 Carrots Rabbit Rescue - Pet Photography

Did you know that February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month?

And did you know that you can do just that, here in Halifax and HRM? We have a wonderful rabbit rescue called 10,000 Carrots and they take such good care of the sweet bunnies who need their help. They have foster homes who take care of bunnies while they wait to be adopted, and there are also a number of adoption events coming up in March if you want to get out and meet some of the organizers and rabbits!

I met up with 6 rabbits who were rescues (3 are adopted by this family and 3 are fosters) and it was so much fun to meet these unique pets and learn more about them. It was a great opportunity to flex my pet photography skills and see what it's like to photograph other animals beyond the dogs I'm typically working with.

Here are some of my very favourite bunny photos from that day!

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Nibbler the Hedgehog

I'm usually known as Halifax's Dog Photographer... but I may have to adjust that to Halifax's Pet Photographer because I've been meeting some wonderful pets lately who aren't dogs!

This past weekend I got to meet a hedgehog for the first time! His name is Nibbler. He was a sweet but nervous little dude, but I wanted him to know that I was there to be his friend. No sudden movements or loud noises - he's not fond of those. He seemed pretty comfy in my hands and stuck his little nose out to sniff around, and he was brave enough to show me around his home!

Since he didn't know about the photoshoot ahead of time (must have forgotten to put it in his hedgie agenda), he forgot to use the bathroom before he left his cage. So we did have a little incident on the table cloth during the session! Hopefully he's not too embarrassed about that. Sorry for bringing that up again, Nib.

Here are my favourite images from his session!

Print What You Want to Preserve

How lucky are you to have found that perfect furry soulmate?

It feels like fate or destiny or something must have brought you two together at the right time in your life! You're a perfect little duo, and each of you is just what the other needs. You're both learning and growing together on this journey, and you can't imagine your life any other way.

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In one of my recent blogs called "My Kind of People", I talked about the fact that almost everyone has a camera on them at all times - our cell phones all have cameras so we're never without something to document a cute moment. Which is fantastic! And also different from even just 15-20 years ago. Now that technology makes this so easy for us and everything is digital, we have hard drives and USBs and Facebook albums full of memories. But those all remain hidden until we choose to go open them. We can't actually see those photos unless we turn on a computer or phone and go looking. Even crazier is the fact that a) we need power to see our photos, and b) technology changes so quickly that some of these devices are becoming outdated already. New laptops don't even have USB drives or CD drives anymore. If you've got your memories saved on those devices, it's now harder to access them. Not to mention if you've got family videos on VHS!

Now, don't get me wrong - I absolutely LOVE technology. I just upgraded to the iPhone 8 Plus, and the wireless charging is blowing my mind, haha. I feel like I'm living in the future! So cool.

But we're now quite distanced from printed images, which used to be the standard way we viewed our memories. Boxes of photos, or carefully put-together albums that documented our childhood or our grandparents' lives. We rarely get to hold photographs in our hands anymore, or flip through a real photo album (no, not a Facebook album).

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At Wet Nose Images, I prioritize printed photographs over digitals because it's SO special to have your images in print, to see them every day in your home, and to fully enjoy your investment. It's fun to have hard drives full of our own candid snapshots, but for your professional photos, you want to have them printed big, on the wall! Or compiled in a luxurious album on the coffee table. You want to show them off to every guest who comes over! That is your sweet pup's face and who doesn't want another excuse to start a conversation about them, right?

 
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Our dogs are our LIVES. Many of us decide whether to accept an invitation or take a trip based on whether our dog can come with us. "Is that beer garden dog friendly?" "Can my dog come with me while I run errands at Canadian Tire, Chapters, and Michaels?" "Does that trail allow dogs, and can they run off-leash?"

Deciding to book a Wet Nose session for your pup is a way for you to document how perfect they are at this moment in time. Each year you'll see them change and grow, but these photographs will bring you right back to the moment they were taken. They're like magic that way!

"When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude."

-Bruce Cameron

I want you to remember all the amazing moments in your dog's life, the mischievous twinkle in their eye, the tongue-hanging-out smile on a warm summer day, the adorable spots on their nose that faded as they grew up, and that look in their eyes when they're with you - their favourite person in the entire world.

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Check out the Wet Nose Images product line to see everything we have to offer, and start picturing them in your own home!

Leashes Be Gone!

I know what you're thinking.

You've been following Wet Nose Images for a while, enjoying the cute pups, but all the while thinking, "Those dogs aren't on leashes and they're standing perfectly still. They must be professional models! My dog could never do that.. so I won't be able to get professional photos."

But I'm here to (gleefully) tell you that you're wrong!

Yep. In fact, 90% of the dogs I photograph are actually on leash during the session. This can be for a variety of reasons:

  1. The dog doesn't have reliable recall so the leash is for their safety
  2. The location we've chosen requires it by law
  3. The dog is so excited to be there that we just need the leash to keep them close by and focused on us instead of all the other dogs, all the smells, all the water they could jump into, etc.

So for those main reasons (and any others that may come up) I encourage most clients to keep their dogs on leash during their session. This is the most common scenario, so you're not in the minority if your dog needs to be leashed!

But in the final images, that leash can be distracting. Our eye wants to follow it instinctively and see where it leads (which is away from the pup's face). So I remove the leash during editing to keep the image strong and focused on your dog.

I did a little time-lapse video of me doing a fairly simple leash removal in Photoshop, and I've included the Before and After images below!

Speedy quick!

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You can see how much nicer the edited image looks, once we take away the distracting leash. Norah looks freer, and we can now concentrate on her beautiful eyes and golden, sunlit fur!

Here is another example with London and Cooper from Madison's 2 Paws Up Dog Treats:

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That one was trickier, due to all the poles and boats in the background. But I really wanted to get a sweet photo of these two on the bridge, so we made it happen!

So if your pup has lots of energy or still has lots of work to do on their recall... please don't worry one bit. Your dog can absolutely have a magical session just like the ones you've been seeing here.

Send me a message and we'll start planning your spring or summer session (which gives you something wonderful to look forward to, during the chilly Nova Scotian winter)!