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?

Do You Need A Better Camera?

So your camera is a few years old, you’ve only got one lens (cause who has the money for those fancier ones??) and you feel like this is all holding you back from creating the photos you have in your mind.

You’re frustrated and you don’t take your camera out as much anymore because of it. Everyone on Instagram has amazing photos and you feel like yours don’t even come close.

Let me tell you something.

And I know you’re probably going to roll your eyes, but this is the truth.

It’s NOT about the gear you have; it’s about how you see the world.

Now, obviously camera technology is advancing drastically, and there are differences between cameras that are a few years old vs cameras that just came out, or cameras that cost $400 vs $5000, or lenses that cost $150 vs $3000.

Of course!

But you can hand a $5000 camera to someone who doesn’t know anything about cameras, and they can end up with images that aren’t great. And at the same time you can hand a cheap camera to a professional and they can come up with images that surprise you!

This is because the gear isn’t the only factor to creating great images. The person controlling the camera is more important!

I want to start an ongoing series that will hopefully help to demonstrate this, because I don’t want anyone to stop shooting just because they think their camera isn’t good enough. And I certainly don’t want anyone going into debt to get a new camera when they didn’t need it yet.

I want you to learn all about the camera you have now. Learn which situations are best for that camera and which situations cause it to struggle. Learn how to work with those limitations and still create great images!

So for my first challenge, I decided to pull out my old camera (my first ever DSLR)! The Canon Rebel T2i that I got way back in 2010. And I used it with one of the cheapest lenses out there: the Canon 50mm 1.4 ($150).

I took this camera out to Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage. I photographed Jackson and Memphis, a pair of Australian Cattle Dogs on a nice spring evening!

I had to adjust to the smaller camera in my hand because my current camera (Canon 7D Mk II) is much bigger and heavier. The 50mm lens is a bit slower to focus, so I didn’t try action shots that day - I stuck with nice posed shots in some lovely spots around our location!

And I’m really happy with the results! I certainly don’t think these photos look like they were taken with an almost 10-year-old camera and a super cheap (and equally old) lens…

Do you?

The next round of my “Master Your DSLR” workshop is coming up on June 2nd!

Join me and a small group of other photographers to learn the basics of using your camera in Manual mode. No experience necessary! We start from the very beginning.

if you’re ready to move out of Auto mode and take control of your photos, this is the place to start! The course fee is $150 + tax, and we’ll spend 3 hours together, exploring the park and putting your new skills into practice. You’ll also get access to my private Facebook group for attendees, so you can continue to ask me questions, share your work, and support your new friends long after the workshop has ended!

Send me a quick email at info@wetnoseimageshalifax.com and I’ll send you all the details!

Coffin Skate Shop | Dog Friendly Halifax

Halifax has its own roller derby league (Anchor City Rollers), as well as the Oval for roller skating in summer, skate parks, and now roller discos held at the Mayflower Curling Club! This city is going to the skaters, and I LOVE it!

With all this fun skating happening, we need a local store to get all our gear (not to mention advice on joining derby, learning to skate on quad skates, and the best trails to explore on wheels). So Coffin Skate Shop is absolutely the place to go! And they’re also the team who brought back roller discos!

I took two pups to the shop last weekend for a fun little session because the shop is dog-friendly and I wanted to make sure everyone knew. Stephanie Coffin and her husband James are awesome people and skaters, and they welcomed us with open arms!

These fabulous models are Gnocchi the Corgi and Nymeria the Samoyed who is only a few months old. Both have their own Instagram accounts (of course)! So go follow them after you see how adorable they are ;)

Cambridge Suites Hotel: Part 2 | Dog Friendly Halifax

Halifax and HRM is a fairly dog friendly place! I’ve been working on a side project over the last year where I showcase some of these fabulous businesses by doing a photo shoot at their location.

Last weekend I coordinated with Cambridge Suites in Halifax (right near Citadel Hill!) to photograph 3 stunning pups around their hotel! We were given access to a few guest suites, the rooftop patio, and the lobby. So much fun! And the staff were thrilled to meet these sweet models.

In today’s blog, please meet Bella and Beanie the Miniature Dachshunds!

A Bernedoodle also joined me at Cambridge Suites that day…

Check out George’s blog HERE!

Cambridge Suites Hotel | Dog Friendly Halifax

I love finding businesses around Halifax and HRM that are dog friendly. I’ve been working on a side project over the last year where I showcase some of these businesses by doing a photo shoot at their location!

This past weekend I coordinated with Cambridge Suites in Halifax (right near Citadel Hill!) to photograph 3 stunning pups around their hotel! We were given access to a few guest suites, the rooftop patio, and the lobby. So much fun! And the staff were thrilled to meet these sweet models.

In today’s blog, please meet George the Bernedoodle!

Two miniature dachshunds also joined me at Cambridge Suites that day…

Check out Beanie and Bella’s blog HERE!

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!!

Lola's Session at Fisherman's Cove

Beautiful Lola the Akita had her session in January - she loves the cold weather! We went to Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage where we hardly saw a soul and practically had the place to ourselves! We used the boardwalk, the beaches, and the tall grass… and Lola was a rockstar (she takes modeling just as seriously as Ruby does).

For those dogs who love winter, this is the perfect time of year to have them photographed. They’re comfortable with the temperature, and they’re so happy to be out exploring!

And just like with 90% of Wet Nose sessions, Lola was on leash in every photo and I removed it during editing. I want all pups to be safe while I’m photographing them, and we obey the laws for the locations we use. So if your pup doesn’t have reliable recall, don’t let that hold you back from booking the session you’ve been daydreaming about!

Enjoy Lola’s foggy winter portraits…

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 :)