Ambassadog Group Session: A Day at the Beach!

My Ambassadog trio and I went out to Conrad’s Beach (near Lawrencetown, in Eastern Passage) for a fun, summery beach session together!

Wick, Delta, and Willow were supermodels as always, and we had so much fun this evening. It was even little Wick’s first time EVER going to the beach! So exciting.

Delta is at a beach nearly every day, and somehow is still just as pumped to be there every time! That’s Labradors for you ;)

And Willow was very brave and ventured into the water with mum so that I could get some photos of her splashing around. I strategically framed the photos so that you don’t see mum, and it looks like Willow was just happily splashing around on her own.

I did a lot of leash removals during the editing process because this is an on-leash beach. Everyone brought the longest leash they had, so that the pups could have a bit of freedom and enjoy some beach zoomies. This meant they could play while staying under control and not venturing too far away or up into the grassy dunes to disturb any Piping Plovers.

Where is your favourite beach to explore with your pups?

Ambassadog Group Session: Flowers!

This year’s Wet Nose Ambassadogs are Wick the Nova Scotia Duck Toller, Delta the Black Lab, and Willow the Berger Picard!

As my Ambassadogs they have each gotten their very own portrait session and purchased artwork for their home, and now they get to enjoy several group sessions with me and each other through the year! For our first group session I wanted to have a floral theme. The nice weather is FINALLY here in Nova Scotia and I wanted to celebrate it! I purchased some gorgeous flower attachments from Goober Dog Collars (they even personalized the centre with my logo!!) and we met up at Sullivan’s Pond in Dartmouth. It was an overcast morning and there was some fog creeping in, but we carried on regardless :)

We explored the park and looked for the prettiest flowers, and the pups played together (whoever wasn’t currently in the spotlight). I’m just thrilled with the results of this fun session. Thank you to Wick, Delta, and Willow, and their wonderful mums for joining me that day, and for being just stellar Ambassadogs this year.

Can’t wait to see you for the next one in August!

Using A Compact Camera?

It’s time for another little challenge!

I have a decent little collection of cameras at home, ranging from very old film cameras from around the world, to small compact cameras that fit in your pocket, to my current DSLR (Canon 7D Mk ii).

I decided to take one of the tiny compact cameras out for a spin! I keep being tempted to call it a point-and-shoot camera, but this one does have manual mode. So I still have control over the settings and am not letting the camera make decisions for me. I was using the Canon S120.

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However, using such a tiny camera was definitely a challenge! Getting used to looking at the screen rather than a viewfinder, having to touch the screen to focus and fire the shutter, and not being able to take multiple shots in a row… all very different from my usual DSLR!

But Azalea was a wonderful and patient model while I fiddled with this little camera, and I think these photos are pretty adorable! The field of view was also wider than I’m used to with my lenses, so the photos have a different look to them than my usual work. :)

What do you think of ‘em?

Duly Noted | Dog Friendly Halifax

Last weekend I visited an adorable shop in Halifax called Duly Noted (on Doyle St, right near Spring Garden). They sell beautiful greeting cards, notebooks, craft papers, gift items… it’s a stationery lover’s heaven! They’re also dog friendly, so I knew I had to photograph a pup in there!

Since it’s a small shop, I decided a small breed would be the best choice. And Azalea was the first little model I thought of! She was one of my Ambassadogs in 2017 and she’s a little supermodel.

Check her out!

And stay tuned for an upcoming blog where I challenged myself to use a little compact camera and photograph Azalea downtown Halifax!

Meet the 2019 Ambassadogs!

I am SO excited to finally introduce my Ambassadogs for this year with their first Wet Nose portraits!

We hung out at Garrison Brewing this weekend for some drinks, puppy cuddles, and photos. It was a great way for our group to get to know each other (both humans and pups), and get excited for what’s to come this year. I photographed these sweethearts around the brewery, showing off their custom bandanas from Puppy Riot Designs.

This year each Ambassadog will get their very own Wet Nose session, as well as several unique group sessions! So stay tuned for lots more photos of these beauties throughout the year.

Alright, without further ramblings… please say hello to Willow the Berger Picard, Delta the Black Lab, and Wick the Nova Scotia Duck Toller!!

What is A Reveal & Order Meeting?

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After your session has taken place at your favourite location with your favourite pups we will schedule your Reveal & Order meeting! Next to the session itself, this what my clients say is the most exciting part of the Wet Nose experience! It's the day they get to see the final images from the session for the first time and decide which ones they want to display in their home.

By the time the Reveal meeting arrives, you and I have already discussed the wall art and album options that I offer and you've been envisioning how you want to display your images. You've received my pricing guide and we've talked about general sizing and grouping options for portraits on the wall. But this is the big day where it all finally becomes real!

We meet up at a quiet coffee shop, grab a warm drink, and sit down together. I turn my iPad towards you, and there is your pup’s beautiful face on the screen. This is usually when I hear a squeak of delight and your hands fly to your face. Those furry faces are your absolute favourites and you've been so excited for this moment all week. As the images slowly flip through in a slideshow, you "ohhh" and "awww" over them. We get to the final image… and and you start to wonder how you're ever going to decide on your favourites.

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But don't worry! I'm here to help. We look through the images a second time and mark each one as either Yes, Maybe, or No. That way you'll have a collection of Yeses and Maybes and we'll just concentrate on those ones as we move forward. We then talk about your favourite product options again. I offer beautiful floating prints, acrylic prints, and framed canvases for the wall, as well as luxurious coffee table albums. You tell me you've always loved canvases, and you think your parents would love a floating print for their home (can't forget the grandpawrents!), plus you've also been eyeing the coffee table album I brought with me, too. I show you what a few of your Yes images will look like on your own wall - you’ve given me a picture of your living room so that we can select an appropriate size for your space.

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You decide on one that fits the feeling and the colors of your room best! There's another sweet image that you choose for your parents' Christmas gift, and by this point you just know you need that album so you can take home the rest of your favourites. The 15-image album is the perfect fit because you ended up selecting that many images in your Yes pile! I will design the album to fit all the portraits beautifully, and it will be ready for you in a few weeks. Today might have felt like Christmas... but just wait until you have these products in your hands!

Taking photos of your dogs is so important - they are our family and they are loved fiercely. Even if you're taking photos with your smartphone, it's still so important! We never know what life has in store for us and you don't want to regret not taking more photos of your sweet pups. Of course, when you also have the opportunity to hire a professional photographer, that's even better! Decorate your home with photos that bring you joy and celebrate the special souls you cherish.

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Ambassadogs: Peggy's Cove

September’s group session with my 2018 Ambassadogs was at Peggy’s Cove! I don’t go there very often, so it’s always nice to enjoy a beautiful evening right on the water and away from the city.

They practiced posing on benches, docks, and big rocks. And our backdrops included colourful buildings, boats, the lighthouse, and that gorgeous sunset. This was such a fun session!

Here are some of my favourite photos from that evening! They definitely have an east coast feel :)

Diesel - Frenchie Cuteness Overload!

I absolutely love how all the connections I’ve made over the last few years in business have all intertwined and led to even more connections!

Back in 2015 I photographed a very sweet French Bulldog named Maple, and got along well with her wonderful mum. I didn’t cross paths with her again for a few years, but then discovered she works at Planet Paws! She then enrolled her new pup, Bismarck, as one of my Ambassadogs in 2017 so we got to catch up again and I found out that her dream of becoming a French Bulldog breeder was finally happening for her. So exciting!

Through the Ambassadog program that year she connected with one of my other wonderful clients, who then ended up bringing one of the puppies from that first Frenchie litter home. That puppy was Dante, who is an Ambassadog this year!

 
Dante at Peggy’s Cove

Dante at Peggy’s Cove

 

And just last month, one of Dante’s littermates, Diesel, had his very own Wet Nose session!

I hope I didn’t lose you with that story and the various connections! But it’s so cool to see how small and connected this dog owner community is here, and how many wonderful people and dogs I get to meet (and photograph)! I feel so lucky and so happy to be doing what I do.

Alright, and without any further ado, I want to show you some of Diesel’s portraits from his session at Fisherman’s Cove! He’s only about 8 months old, but he was a fast learner and got right into his modeling career. Check him out!

Tod and Memphis: Camping Dogs Photo Session

Tod and Memphis are best buds, even though they seem like complete opposites. Tod the Beagle is eager to pose but always looks quite serious. He's also a little guy. Memphis the Bernese towers over him and always has the happiest, goofiest grin on his face. They are the most adorable duo and I absolutely loved photographing them!

For their photo session, their mum loved the idea of a camping theme. So we found a beautiful park beside a lake and set them up with their own little camp for their photo shoot!

Do your dogs love camping with you? What's their favourite part of a camping trip?

Ambassadogs: Rainbow Haven Beach

My amazing Ambassadogs enjoyed another adventure and photo shoot this month, and this time we went to Rainbow Haven!

All 5 of this year's Ambassadogs were there and they had so much fun together. When we first arrived we went to a more secluded section of the beach and let the pups get their sillies out. We encouraged them to play in the water, too, which was hilarious and adorable. Then we explored some of the grassier areas for a change of scenery and color! Just before 8pm (when the parking lot is gated!) we did some running photos on the boardwalk, and then drove down the road just a little so that we could enjoy the beautiful sunset and soak up those last golden rays of the day.

These pups are SO sweet and are quickly becoming best buds. Doing these Ambassadog sessions is a great way for me to explore new locations and practice some ideas I've been wanting to shoot, and it's just a wonderful time for us to spend a fun evening together!

If you want to be first on the list to get details about next year's Ambassadog program, make sure to get on the Wet Nose Images email list. Those on the list always get first dibs on the good stuff, as well as getting updates about blog posts, fun tips for photography, and pup stuff! Find the green signup box at the bottom of this page (after you enjoy all these sweet faces) and join the list.

And the collars for this session were provided by Missy Leigh Canines! They all have a nautical theme - anchors, beach balls, and sea animals. So adorable!

So without further ado, and in order of appearance... here are Ember, Norbert, Gilbert, Dante, and Haven: