Dartmouth

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…

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?

Why I Volunteer with Rescues

Something I started doing when I first launched Wet Nose Images was reach out to local rescue organizations. I offered to volunteer my time and skill to photograph the dogs who were waiting patiently for new homes. Often these dogs are photographed with cell phones, and lots of dogs aren't good at patiently sitting still for a photo. These dogs have often just experienced something scary or traumatic and are not feeling their best at the time. So the pictures on their adoptable profiles were dark and blurry or had sad-looking dogs. I had a hard time really seeing who the dogs were and getting a sense of their true personalities.

But I knew that with the right photo, potential adopters would be able to see the sparkle in their eye. They would be able to make that instant connection (the one you feel right in your heart!) and want to meet the dog in person. I was just starting my journey as a business but I knew that there was at least one thing I was good at, and I could use it to help some pups find new homes!

The first rescue I contacted was Buddy's Bully Rescue. I connected with Camellia Saunderson (who now owns UP-K9 in the Valley). She introduced me to Tank and I did his photos out at Fisherman's Cove on a beautifully sunny fall evening. She connected me with a few other pups and foster parents over the next year, like Bear, Mistress, May, George, and Chance! I learned so much from photographing these pups. Each one was a new opportunity to work on my skills - both with my camera and with the dogs themselves. Each presented a unique challenge. Bear was full of zoomies (read his adoption story here), May didn't want anyone near her except her foster mum and her doggie foster brother so I stayed back and used my zoom lens to capture them playing, George didn't want to look at me, and Chance is deaf!

Camellia and Tank

Camellia and Tank

Bear

Bear

Mistress

Mistress

May

May

George

George

Chance

Chance

I've also worked with Good Bones Rescue (one of their foster people had also fostered for Buddy's Bully Rescue and recommended me to the Good Bones owners). I photographed Louie for them and nearly took him home myself! He was such a sweetheart. He had been waiting a while and his new mum found him and adopted him shortly after I photographed him! Read his adoption story in this blog: Louie's Story.

Louie

Louie

Later I got connected with Siblings K9 Rescue (Camellia recommended me) and through them I met and photographed Red, and Gizmo. More sweet pups full of zoomies. More challenges to strengthen my skills as a dog photographer and prepare me for all kinds of different pup personalities!

Red

Red

Gizmo

Gizmo

Wet Nose Images is a business, yes, but I make time to volunteer as well. It's important to me and connects me even more with my community. I've made some wonderful friends because of this volunteer work I've done. I've met some amazing people who foster dogs in their homes, and I've met amazing people who have then adopted those dogs. Some who have then become clients of mine as well!

When I get the call that one of the dogs I photographed has been adopted, it fills my heart with so much joy. Sometimes these dogs were waiting months for someone to see the potential in them and take them home. Of course they were well taken care of and loved in their foster homes. But foster homes are meant to be temporary until they find their forever home. I'm so happy that even though I'm not able to foster or adopt any dogs myself, that I can still do something to make a difference in the lives of these dogs. To help make their journey a little better.

There's a sweet story/fable that I love and this volunteer work reminds me of it. There's a little girl walking along the beach with her grandfather. She sees starfish that are washed up on the sand and starts tossing them back into the ocean as she goes along. Her grandfather shakes his head and asks her why she bothers. "There are so many starfish on the beach - you can't make much of a difference at this rate." But she picks another one up, tosses it back, and says,

 

"I made a difference to that one!"

Chance, one year later <3

Chance, one year later <3

Read Chance's adoption story here.

What Is a Session Like?

You've been following Wet Nose Images for a while and the thought often crosses your mind that you'd like professional portraits of your own special pup. Someday. But you've never actually done it. So time keeps passing...

Maybe nobody you know has ever had a photo shoot for their dog, so it's unfamiliar territory for you. Maybe you just haven't found the time in your busy schedule for a session. Maybe your dog is nervous around new people, or reactive around other dogs. So you just don't think it would work out.

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Whatever the reason, you're still waiting. And your walls are still longing for beautiful portraits of your best friend. Your soulmate. Your frito-toed, floofy-eared, wet-nosed little lovebug.

They deserve this, and so do you. A special evening for you two to take a break from your hectic or stressful routine. To spend an hour together, seeing them through someone else's eyes. To be filled with pride when they pose so regally for the camera - you didn't know they could do that! So snuggle them close right now and let me tell you about how we do things at Wet Nose Images. How we can make your dreams a reality.

 

Scene: Your Session Day

It's here! The day you've been counting down to, since you booked it. You look outside and the weather is beautiful, just like you imagined. Whether you chose fall for its colors, winter for it's beautiful white blanket of snow, spring for new flowers, or summer for later sunsets... the weather today is just what you were dreaming of when you chose your date.

You get a text and reach over to grab your phone. "Good morning! Today is the day! I can't wait to see you tonight at 6pm for Ruby's session at Lawrencetown Beach. We are going to have SO much fun.   - Cassie"

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You roll over in bed and there is your sweet pup, asleep on the pillow beside you. Your best furry friend. Your soulmate with a wet nose. The one who understands you completely, even though the two of you don't speak the same language. She opens her eyes to see you, and her little tail starts thumping happily.

 

If your pup has longer fur you may have scheduled a groom for today, or a few days prior to your session if you want them looking their absolute best. A little trim and a bath can make a world of difference in how you both feel and how your pup looks in the images.

And if you plan to be in a few photos as well, you'll want to think about your outfit. You want to dress for the weather, of course. We'll be outside for an hour together so you don't want to be too hot or too cold. Try to avoid patterns, logos, neons, or other loud colors. Bright colors in your clothing can actually appear in your pup's fur when you're next to each other, depending on the light. The best choices are solids, pastels, and neutrals.

 

Around 5pm you start gathering everything you'll need for your session: a long leash, their cutest collar, lots of tasty treats, your pup's favourite toy, and some poop bags - just in case! You get yourselves ready and head out to your session location, arriving about 15 minutes early. You know your pup well enough to know that new places are exciting (or maybe a little scary) and she needs some time to sniff around and get her bearings. The two of you explore the area a little, and are ready to go at 6:00.

 

That’s when the real fun begins! Now here’s the most important thing for you to remember: RELAX. Wet Nose sessions are no-stress situations. I promise. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your pup will be. I will arrive with some ideas in mind (some of my own, based on the location, and some of yours that we discussed in your pre-consult meeting). But mostly we’ll go with the flow! I’ll suggest spots to stop for a pose or stop for some playtime, and if my idea works… great! But if it’s not working out, we’ll move on. No big deal. We’ve got plenty of time together.

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I know that a doggy photoshoot is not something that most of my clients have experienced before, so I’m here to walk you through it! If we come across a cool log that I think would look even better with a majestic pup on top, I’ll decide where I’d like to position myself, where I’d like your pup to be, and where you can stand in order to keep them in position but not be in the shot yourself. I’ll guide you in how to hold the leash to make it easiest for me to remove in Photoshop later, I’ll let you know if I’d prefer your pup to sit, stand, or lie down, and we’ll mix it up. Of course, that sweet pup always has the final say, though. If they’re not interested in being on that log, then we’re done with the log. If they’re getting antsy and need to have some zoomies after being a great model, we’ll find a field and make time for play. I’ll keep everything relaxed, happy, and easygoing.

We play, and pose, and chat, and laugh while we explore the great outdoors of this beautiful province. And as the sunset paints the sky pink, I capture a few last photos of the evening, and we pack up to go home. We're new friends now – just like that. What a difference an evening can make. You’ll get to see your pup through someone else’s eyes, and I know from my own personal experience that it fills one with pride. To see how smart, and sweet, and loving your dog is, when you’re introducing them to someone new. It makes your heart swell with joy and love for that fluffy little one.

As you drive home with the last rays of the sunset, you glance in the rearview mirror to see your pup has fallen asleep in the back seat, thoroughly exhausted and happy after an exciting adventure with you… her parent, her love, and her whole world.

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Why Am I A Dog Photographer?

People often reply “I’m living the dream!” when asked about their day at work, but you can tell it’s dripping with sarcasm. Well, I’m lucky enough to not be joking when I say it. This career is absolutely a dream and even with all the challenges that this industry and this job involve, I am always so excited to continue learning, challenging myself, and overcoming obstacles to make myself and my work better. In photography you never stop learning. Never. If you do, your work will plateau and you will become bored and unsatisfied with your work. I promise you, and I promise myself that I won’t let that happen.

Our goofy Ruby in her happy place.

Our goofy Ruby in her happy place.

I waited 26 years to bring a dog into my own life and I’m so happy we found our Ruby when we were ready. She’s the perfect addition to our wee family and she was definitely meant to be ours. She’s working on being a great model for me and is eager to pose for a tasty reward. Having Ruby in my life allows me to have a muse and constant subject for testing new gear and techniques. She’s definitely the star of the Wet Nose Instagram account, and now her other mum has made an account just for her! You can keep tabs on this crazy pup by following @WetNoseImagesHalifax and @RubyRoo_The_Pittie.

 

This may or may not come as a surprise, but I’m much more of a dog person than a people person. I know - you’re probably shocked. But I will happily sit in the corner of a party with the dog rather than socialize with the other humans. Dogs are so much more than “just pets” as all dog people will confirm. Dogs don’t judge, dogs don’t care about any of the things we might be insecure about or wish we were better at. Dog love unconditionally and are overjoyed to see you - Every. Single. Time.

Photographing dogs comes much easier and more naturally to me than photographing people. Dogs aren’t self-conscious or worried about their hair. They’re not camera shy and they don’t put on a fake smile when the camera comes out. They just look amazing always… even with a derp face! And let me tell you: people love, love, love their dogs.

Dog people love their dogs so much that the idea of a photoshoot for their favourite furry family member doesn’t even need a second thought. If you’d have your family photographed, of course you’d have your dog photographed! If you’d put your wedding photos up on the wall, of course you’d put a professional portrait of your dog on the wall. When a dog comes into your life it changes you for the better, in so many ways. Everyone’s story is unique but everyone can agree on this. Our dogs can’t speak to us but somehow we understand each other and they show us how to live more carefree. To appreciate the little things and to take time out of a busy day to just frolic in a field.

Beautiful Daisy at her Graffiti Session.

Beautiful Daisy at her Graffiti Session.

Our dogs are so amazing that our cellphone cameras just can’t fully capture their true souls. Trust me, I try that quite often and I’m usually disappointed in the results. But when I’m out enjoying the natural beauty of Nova Scotia with our pup and my camera, I can come home with exactly the images I was dreaming of. My camera and my experience allow me to set up the images that will look beautiful, and capture them just as I planned.

I typically photograph only dogs, but sometimes owners like to be in a few images with their pups, and I’m always happy to make that happen! As owners, we’re usually photographing our dogs from our point of view, but there are very few photos of the two of us together. And I can help with that. How big would your heart swell to see a beautiful portrait of you and your fluffy best friend up on the wall, for years to come? And every time you had friends and family over you’d get to gush about your sweet pup all over again.

Camellia and Blitz enjoying some yoga together.

Camellia and Blitz enjoying some yoga together.

Big prints over the living room couch, beautiful Nova Scotian sunsets, and special moments with your amazing dog - THAT is why I’m a dog photographer.

Let's start planning your session today! Contact me.

Graffiti Pups

I'm thrilled to say that my idea for a Graffiti Pups series has officially begun! I love the look of photographing a dog with a unique and bright graffiti wall as the the background. I want to photograph as many pups as I can with our local Halifax/Dartmouth graffiti. I've already booked a few full sessions for dogs whose "pawrents" want that look for their wall art, and I'm going to be offering a Limited Edition session for graffiti portraits as well! Stay tuned for that announcement on Facebook and Instagram so you can get one of the few coveted spots available!

Images like this are best displayed on one of our unique metal prints. These prints have the option of a glossy or matte finish and are printed directly on a sheet of metal. They're mounted to your wall with round metal posts and they stand off the wall a few inches. They have a very urban and modern look to them, which is perfect for homes with this style of decor! They're definitely a conversation starter and they'll get everyone talking about your gorgeous pup. Check out this blog post to see what the metal prints look like!

And just to get you even more excited, here are a few awesome graffiti pups who've already had their turn in the spotlight!

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