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Dogs and Tattoos - What Could Be Better?

Just like the artwork you display around your home, tattoos are artwork you display on your body.

We get tattoos of things that mean the world to us. They’re unique and personal, and they were created by an artist who spent years developing their specific skills. Each one is a work of art!

I love seeing people who display their very favourite things on their skin. It shows the passion, love, and dedication with which they live their lives.

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!

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:

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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What's in my Bag?

Here's a little behind-the-scenes for those who are curious! What does Cassie bring on a Wet Nose shoot? Well, let me give you a little peek into my camera bag...

Starting at the top left:

1) My sling strap. This handy strap allows my camera to hang at my side if I should need my hands free (to pet puppies and the like) and then easily swing it back up to my eye when I'm ready to capture the shot.

2) This one may stump many of you. But I know some will understand! Take a guess for now, and I'll give you the answer later in this post...

3) This bright green guy is a Cuz squeaker. He makes a great attention-getting squeak, plus he's bright green so he can get some pups' attention visually as well. Waving him around in the air while doing a silly dance is a great way to get a deaf pup to look in my direction. My amazing assistant, Wendy, usually gets this task ;)

4) My main camera body: the Canon 7D Mark II. I've had this body for about 6 months now and we're getting to be better and better friends with every shoot!

5) This is my 70-200mm zoom lens, which can allow me to hang back and give space to nervous dogs while still getting some great portraits, and it can also help me turn an otherwise boring background into a beautiful blend of colours by compressing and throwing the background out of focus. Here's an example!

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6) My second lens is a 30mm by Sigma and it's perfect for pups who aren't afraid to let me get nice and close for a portrait! It also has a wider aperture, which means it's handy when the sun begins to set and we start losing light at the end of the session.

7) Those are my Blundstones! I finally got a pair in the fall and I've worn them nearly every day since I got them. They're perfect for rain, mud, snow... all the things a dog photographer ends up walking through! I love 'em. So comfy.

8) Back over on the left is my business card with Great Dane Sully featured on the front. What a handsome boy. I always have a few cards on me in case someone notices us during our session and is interested in chatting with me and booking their own!

9) That little clear object is a squeaker that I got from inside one of Ruby's toys before she broke it! It's handy for getting a pup's attention and is really easy to hold in my hand while I'm shooting. If my assistant isn't with me, I need to do the squeaking myself while also keeping both hands on my camera. It's tricky, but I've got a little system to get the job done.

10) Below that is my spare camera battery, so that I've got plenty of battery power to last me through multiple sessions if needed.

11) Next is my Canon Speedlite, or flash. I use this in combination with the wireless triggers below it to fire my flash remotely. I can have it on a lightstand or in my assistant's hand wherever I need it, and it doesn't have to be connected to my camera to fire.

12) That big black rectangle is my trusty kneepad, which keeps my knees protected from the hard ground, and also keeps my pants dry if the ground is wet or muddy. I use it all year long, in both the mud and the snow!

13) Back on the left again there is my notebook, where I keep notes about sessions and clients to make sure I know exactly what each client wants out of their session and how I'm going to create those final products for them. Every session is customized to my clients' needs.

14) Finally I have my 32GB and 16GB SD cards, where all my images are saved while I'm shooting. I always have multiple backup cards in my bag in case of any malfunctions, or even filling up the card (unlikely with those sizes, but just in case)!

And for those who are curious about item #2 ... well, admittedly I'm a bit of a geek. This here is a "sonic screwdriver" because you just never know when you'll get into some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey shenanigans. #DoctorWho

Louie's Adoption Story

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I'd like to introduce you to Louie. This handsome boy has had quite the journey so far and we don't even know all of it. With the help of his new mama, I'd like to tell you the parts of his story that we do know.

Last year, 3-year-old Louie found himself in a high-kill shelter in North Carolina and needed to get out of there quickly. A wonderful Nova Scotian named Jeni saw his post online and knew she needed to save him. She and two friends got the money together and brought him to NS. They got him vetted and Jeni fostered him for a little while until she found a home for him. Unfortunately, Louie and the other dog in that home didn't get along very well, so Tori from Good Bones Dog Rescue offered to take him in. He was placed with another amazing foster mum. She prefers to stay anonymous, so I'll call her Anna. Now here's a fun fact about Louie: he's deaf. Anna worked hard with Louie to teach him hand signals instead of word commands. He made amazing progress while he lived with Anna and had a wonderful time with her. She kept diligent logs of their work together, including his strengths and areas for improvement. He loved going to a fenced-in field for his zoomies. Because he's deaf, he doesn't have good recall. If he can't see you, you can't call him back. And with all the exciting smells, he can get distracted easily and forget to check in with his person. So he's always on leash when he's outdoors unless there is a secure fence around the area to keep him safe.

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Louie was also reactive around some dogs because of an incident earlier in his life. Another dog was being a bully and taking advantage of his deafness, which caused him to become defensive and reactive. Anna also helped him take great steps towards feeling better around dogs. He stayed with Anna for 6 months without any successful applicants taking him home for good.

In May 2015 Anna asked me if I could do some portraits of Louie to help with his adoption profile. I had photographed another dog she fostered (George - I'll tell you his story one day, too!) and although he'd had trouble finding the right home for months, shortly after he got some new portraits taken, the perfect family found him! Anna asked me if I could make that kind of magic happen for Louie, so I did my best! We met in a little park on a beautiful spring day. Louie and I rolled around together on the grass, I took some portraits to show different sides of him - his sweet, goofy smile, his side profile, his physique from the side, and the sparkle in his eyes. That's always my goal with every image I create: to show the viewer the unique personality of each dog.

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I sent the images to Tori at Good Bones Dog Rescue and she updated his adoption profile. Sure enough, a few weeks later I heard the great news from Anna: Louie's adoption was pending! Here's where his new mum, Julie comes in.

Julie told me she had her eye on Louie from the first day he was posted online, back in March. At the time he had separation anxiety so they were only looking at applicants who worked from home, so he wouldn't have to be left alone much. Julie didn't fit the criteria but she kept watching for updates. By the time I did his portraits in May, his anxiety was much more manageable and his profile was updated to say that other applicants would now be considered who didn't work from home. Julie called right away and asked to meet him. She had a great meeting with Tori, her references were approved, and she was told she could attend his next obedience class and meet him there. But since Louie knew lots of people in the class, he was excited to see all his friends and wasn't very interested in meeting Julie that day. Oh well. But her application was approved and she was in the middle of moving to a bigger home with a fenced-in yard! She decided to wait until they were all settled in the new place before bringing him home.

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So in the meantime they had playdates! Julie said it felt a bit like dating - she was on her best behaviour and so excited to see him each time. She would meet up with Anna and Louie at a fenced-in ball field and let him run around off-leash. Then at the end they would leash him up and walk him back home together. This turned out to be a great transition period for everyone. Julie and Louie got to bond slowly and become great friends, and Anna got to see that Louie was going to the perfect home with someone who understood his needs. They had the opportunity to talk all about Louie and his progress, and Anna was able to give Julie some great advice for caring for Louie. She told me the slow transition made it easier to say goodbye when the time came for him to go to his new home.

Julie was so excited to bring Louie home, that she unpacked and set up the new house in only 2 days! She was more excited about Louie than the new home! And Louie truly is home now. Julie and her fella, Dave, still talk to Louie like we all talk to our pups, even though Louie can't hear them. But they're sure he can sense the emotion and connection they have with him when they're speaking. Sometimes if they leave the room and Louie doesn't see, he'll let out a little bark when he realizes they're gone... as if to holler, "Where are you?". He's a big cuddler and also loves to be the little spoon. After every meal he climbs up on the couch for a cuddle and drapes his 90-lb body over his people. He often naps with his dad, who also gives him the best head rubs!

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Twice a week he gets to go Dogrunnin' and he is overjoyed to see those friends in the driveway. He also loves blueberries with his food, but if given them alone, he thinks they're little toy balls and will just play with them! Julie says he's spoiled and very loved because they want to keep him around as long as possible.

Louie is getting his Happily Ever After.

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

(click on the green links to see the products) :)

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!

6 Tips to Prepare for Your Session

Getting ready for your Wet Nose session will be a breeze with this handy little list. I've compiled 6 tips for my clients to help every session go smoothly and result in gorgeous, wall-worthy images!

 

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Sullivan (Sully)

1. Grooming

In the week leading up to your session, I recommend that you have your pup professionally groomed, including nail trims, face trims, and/or a brush out if needed (depending on the breed). You’ll be keeping these photographs for years to come, and you want your pup to look spectacular!

 

2. Your Outfit

If you’ve requested to be in some of the photos with your pup, you’ll want to choose your outfit carefully for your session. Try to stay away from busy patterns or flashy colours. Even deep blacks or pure whites can be difficult to show nicely in a photograph. I recommend pastels or neutrals for the best results: greys, creams, etc. And you’re always welcome to talk to me prior to your session about your outfit choices and I can help you decide on the best one for your big day!

 

3. Lots of Treats

Be sure to bring LOTS of teeny tiny treats for your pup during the session. If his/her usual treats are larger, try breaking them into smaller bits. This will allow us to treat your sweet pup for all their great posing, without worrying about overfeeding them. We want to keep rewarding them when they do what we’ve asked, and we don’t want to run out of the good stuff!

 

4. A Long, Thin Leash and Your Favourite Collar

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Elvis

Please bring a long, thin leash if your pup will need to stay on their leash during the session. Many of my clients’ pups are on leash - it’s nothing to worry about! I can remove the leash and other distractions from your images when I’m editing. The thinner it is, the easier it will be to remove digitally. And the longer it is, the farther you can stand off to the side if you’re not planning to be in any photos. This allows you to keep full control of your sweet pup, but not be in the frame.

You can also pick your favourite collar for your pup to wear and show off in their photos.

 

5. Arrive Early

I recommend that you arrive 10-15 minutes early to our chosen location, to give your pup a chance to explore the area and get comfortable. And if you notice that they’ve got a lot of energy, you can take them for a quick walk to expel some of it. You can also make sure they’ve had their evening walk at home, if you have time. The more exercise they’ve had, the calmer and more focused they’ll be during the session.

 

6. Relax and Enjoy!

Once our session time arrives, all the preparation is done! Now you can relax and enjoy our time together with your pup. Our sessions are no-pressure and all giggles. If there’s an idea I’d like to try, but your pup just isn’t feeling it that day, don’t worry. We’ve got plenty of other options; we’ll just go with the flow. Wet Nose sessions are all about the pups, after all! :)

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Coco and Maggie

And there you have it. 6 simple tips that will make a world of difference for your Wet Nose session! Have some questions? Send me a message and let's get chatting about what I can do for you!

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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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Maggie

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!

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

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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Maple

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.

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.