Featured Product - Acrylic Prints

Have I mentioned my favourite products are Acrylic Prints?? They are just STUNNING in person and I basically want every client to have one.

Similar to the Floating Prints, these Acrylic Prints have a frame on the back with a groove for easy mounting on your wall. The print itself is done on a paper with a metallic finish, so it has some extra sheen to it. This adds to the almost 3D quality of the finished product when the clear layer of acrylic is put in front of it!

They are just something else! So unlike anything you’d find in a store.

And when you put YOUR amazing dog onto a unique product like this, it truly becomes one of a kind. That is exactly what I want for my clients!

I want you to be overjoyed when you unwrap them for the first time, and again when you hang them over your mantle or your couch… and every day when you walk past it and smile, remembering just how lucky you feel to share your life with this amazing dog.

Start planning your session today! Send me a message and let’s meet for coffee to talk everything over.

Featured Product - Floating Prints

Your Wet Nose Experience is going to be one-of-a-kind!

Not only am I beside you for every step of the process, from our very first meeting right up to your product delivery... but you also have the very best products available to choose from!

I have carefully sourced every product I offer, based on high quality, where they're produced, and how ethical they are. For example, most of my products are made here in Canada, and the covers on my coffee table albums are leatherette, not leather. So no other animals are hurt in order for you to enjoy these images of your pups.

I don't want you to go home with only a USB of pictures that will get lost in your junk drawer or buried on Facebook the day after they're posted. I want you to have so much more than that. When you decide to book your pup's session with me, you are making the decision to celebrate the amazing journey you share with your dog, and to feel that excitement again every single day. Your absolute favourite image(s) will be on your wall for you to see each morning, and each evening when you return from a long day at work. You'll walk by that gorgeous canvas with the happiest face you've ever seen, and think, "Man... I friggin' love that dog!"

Today's feature is my gorgeous Floating Print. The unique backing on these prints allows them to appear like they’re floating just off the wall. They’re durable but still lightweight for hanging. They also have a handy groove that makes hanging a breeze! Floating prints have a beautiful matte surface so you don’t have to worry about glare if they’re going to be in a room with lots of sunlight.

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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Featured Product: Framed Canvas

At Wet Nose Images you are treated to the ultimate experience.

Not only am I beside you for every step of the process, from our very first meeting right up to your product delivery... but you also have the very best products available to choose from!

I have carefully sourced every product I offer, based on top quality, on where they're produced, and how ethical they are. For example, most of my products are made here in Canada, and the covers on my coffee table albums are leatherette, not leather (no other animals are hurt in order for you to enjoy these images of your pups).

I don't want you to go home with only a USB of pictures that will get lost in your junk drawer or buried on Facebook the day after they're posted. I want you to have so much more than that. When you decide to book your pup's session with me, you are making the decision to celebrate the amazing journey you share with your dog, and to feel that excitement again every single day. Your absolute favourite image(s) will be on your wall for you to see each morning, and each evening when you return from a long day at work. You'll walk by that gorgeous canvas with the happiest face you've ever seen, and think, "Man... I friggin' love that dog!"

Today's feature is my top-of-the-line stunning Framed Canvas. Take a look at this beauty! The details of this product are what drew me to it. It is way beyond any canvas I've seen before. Only the very best for my clients!

 

You are my kind of people

We are living in an amazing time.

There are more gadgets and apps than ever before, and it's not slowing down anytime soon. Nearly everyone has a camera in their pocket - it's attached to their phone! (How crazy is that sentence?) So almost everyone has the ability to take photos of their dogs whenever they want. First thing in the morning, out for a hike, at the pet store, etc. And judging by the amount of dog Instagram accounts I shamelessly follow... dog owners definitely make the most of this technology! I love it.

So why would anyone bother hiring a professional photographer?

Why pay someone else when you can take pictures yourself, right? The beautiful thing is that it's completely your choice. You don't have to hire anyone if you don't want to. You have a camera of some kind (camera phone, film camera, even a disposable camera) and you can save the moments that matter to you on a daily basis. I love that! I am so happy that nobody has to feel like they missed a special moment because they either don't own a camera, or didn't bring it with them. Our smartphones are always with us!

So no, my work isn't for everyone. Photography is not a need like groceries. Photography is a want.

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Wet Nose Images was created for those who want it (but it feels more like gotta have it). My work is for those pup parents who don't feel their iPhone snapshots are enough. Those pictures just don't do their incredible dog justice and they want something more. Something to put on the wall and gush over every day. Something to hold in their hands instead of just sitting in an album on Facebook (where you'll see it come up once a year in your Memories).

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It's for those people who spend as many waking moments with their dog as humanly possible (and miss their pup like crazy while they're at work). The dog owners whose idea of a perfect weekend is hiking and camping with the dogs, or attending an agility trial together, or even learning how to Stand-Up Paddleboard with their dog. The people who would love nothing more than to sit on a blissfully warm, quiet beach and watch a golden sunset with their sweet pup right beside them.

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If you've ever gotten a tattoo to celebrate to your dogs, or skipped a party to hang out with your puppy, or changed the name of your Instagram account to your dog's name (because, honestly, there hadn't been a picture posted of you in months)... you're my kind of people.

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You are the people that Wet Nose Images is all about. Booking a session with me means you're planning yet another incredible evening with your dog. A new adventure together and new memories made. But this time... you don't have to worry about having your phone out, trying to catch the moments yourself. I've got it covered.

All you have to do is show up, relax, and have a blast with your best bud.

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Top 5 Toys For Tough Chewers

Does your sweet pup love to chew? Do even the cutest or most expensive toys end up completely demolished within 5 minutes of giving it to them?

Have no fear! Wet Nose Images knows just how you feel and has compiled a list of great toy options for your tough chewer (or destroyer!).

 

1. Deer Antlers

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You can find these awesome natural chews in many stores including PetSmart and even Bulk Barn! They come in a few size options and often there will be some advice on the shelf about which is best for your pup based on size and age. These shouldn't be given to young pups, though, as they might hurt themselves trying to chew them. They're long-lasting and very strong.

Ruby loves her antler and is still working away on one that she received more than a month ago!

 

2. Chuckit Balls

I had seen many people using these balls in the past (along with the handy picker-upper/launcher arm) at the beach and park, but I assumed the ball was nothing special. Certainly nothing that could stand up to Ruby's jaws. But one day Ruby found one left behind in the grass and she started to chew. It's been many months since then, and she still has that ball! It's got a tiny hole so it makes a loud sigh when she chomps down on it, but there's no other damage to it (and I don't think she made that hole herself). I'm very impressed!

There's also the much larger Chuckit Kick Fetch Ball but Ruby hasn't tested this one out yet. I did get some enthusiastic recommendations for it during my research, though! Some really tough chewers haven't been able to destroy this big ball.

 

3. West Paw Toys

This brand makes all sorts of fun toys in a variety of shapes and sizes. The Jive Ball is "West Paw’s most durable dog ball yet" as well as being bouncy, buoyant, dishwasher safe, and made for use with a standard ball thrower! West Paw also offers a lifetime guarantee on the material they use for their toys and will give you a one time replacement if anything should happen to it.

 

4. Playstrong Toys

These durable rubber toys are available at Jollytails in Halifax and are virtually indestructible. They also come with a lifetime guarantee! They've even got grooves in the middle for you to put peanut butter or some treats for your pup to enjoy while they chomp.

 

5. Kong

Kong is a very well-known and reputable brand in the dog world. Their product line ranges from soft plush toys for wee pups to their line of Extreme toys for strong chewers. The toys are also colour-coded for their rating with strong chewers. Pink and blue are for small puppies, red is the average, and black is the strongest. Kongs also have pockets and grooves for peanut butter, treats, or Kong's own tasty filling.

Making this list has inspired me to get Ruby a few more toys to test out! :)

 

So... which toys do you prefer for your tough chewer? Let us know in the comments!

Why Prints? (Or, Why Not Digitals?)

In this era of digital-everything, we want everything fast, compact, and always accessible. And for most things, this is wonderful. Now almost everyone has access to a camera because of their smartphone or tablet so they can always take photos of their little ones, their silly drinking moments, or their new puppy. And I love this! Not everyone has the budget for professional photography, or has it as a priority in their life, which is just fine - everyone priorities purchases differently than the next person. Some spend hundreds on a purse because that brand is very important to them. Some spend hundreds every month on their Starbucks coffee because it is the best thing they’ve ever tasted and they cannot go without it. We all get to choose what to do with our money, and what we feel has most value for us and our lifestyle.

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Digital copies are great to have of your own pictures - we’ve all got hundreds, no thousands of pictures on our phone or computer. And that’s probably per month, right? We take so many pictures these days because it costs nothing and it’s so easy. Once our phone gets full we have to move the pictures to our computer to make more room. We save all these snapshots on our hard drive, on a USB, or a CD. We think they’re safe because digitals seem indestructible. If we wanted, we could print them over and over, as many times as we want and still have the digital to go back to. But you know what? Digital technology changes so fast. If your wedding video is on a VHS, you may still have that cherished tape… but do you even have a VCR anymore? Do you have a way to actually watch that special video? USBs and CDs are still current, but the newest laptops are coming out with no CD drives now. So a CD of pictures is no good to someone without a CD drive!

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Max's parents purchased several of these beautiful mounted prints for their home.

All my clients' images are archived in 2 separate locations so that I know they’re safe and I can access them to fill orders when needed. But the service I provide to my clients is actually not focused on digital images at all. Sure, my camera is digital, and I store my work on an external hard drive (until a new futuristic storage system becomes the norm!)... but what my clients come to me for is prints. Real, tangible artwork that I can deliver in person, and they can see every day in their home. Whether they’ve hung their 20x30 canvas above the sofa, or they have their leather coffee table album in the living room for guests to flip through, it’s all a physical experience. This is truly what a photography is about (printed photographs), the idea of printing our photos has been pushed to the side since digital technology came along. And I was guilty of it myself. A few years ago I used to give clients a CD of images after I’d spent hours carefully editing each one to my standards of quality. But I know the images just stayed on that CD. They were never printed or framed or enjoyed the way they were intended. When booking a professional portrait session, you’re making an investment in artwork and memories of this unique time in your pup’s life. They will only be this age once. “Print what you want to preserve”, a wise soul once said. New technology will become outdated so many times in your life. But those prints of your grandparents as children? You can still see them without any fancy gadget necessary. A print stands the test of time and doesn’t rely on anything else to be enjoyed.

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The Wet Nose Experience is focused on printed products because you deserve to see your favourite images every day in your home. You’ve invested your time and money wisely when choosing Wet Nose Images as your photographer. From beginning to end, you’ll be taken care of and met with in-person multiple times to ensure clear communication, to make sure your needs are met, and that you are completely overjoyed with your final images. Wet Nose Images believes in printing the images you love so that you can adorn the walls of your home with love and fluffy, four-legged joy.