It’s not every day I get to photograph two adorable Corgis but when I do, it sure is a lot of fun.
These two adorable friends are hilarious together. Henry is all about following directions and Sophie is all about being the clown. And heaven help you if you walk by the two of them, there is no way you can resist their charms. You must pet them! And when you do Sophie will make sure you pet her more.
We had a great time at their dog photography session at Red Rocks Park in Morrison, Colorado. The weather was great and we got to take a nice long walk along the trading post trail.
It’s perfect there in the spring with the wildflowers blooming and huge puffy white clouds floating in the sky. There were a lot of people running, biking, hiking and most of them were pretty excited to see Henry and Sophie. We had a few people stop to take photos of me taking photos of them. It makes me laugh a little that people tend to be very excited to see a pet photography session in process. I promise whenever I’ve photographed humans it doesn’t draw the same attention.
Check out Henry and Sophie’s photos below. I think they did a great job posing for and smiling for me. They are so stinkin’ cute!
Contact StinkDog Photos to schedule your dog’s portrait session at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. It’s quintessential Colorado and one of my favorite places on earth.
How much is an 8×10? I get this question a lot when people are first inquiring about a pet photography session. The answer is do you even want an 8 x 10? Probably not. Here’s why:
What to think about when cropping an image.
First, a lot of cameras today are formatted for 8 x 12 not 8 x 10. In order to print an 8 x 10 photo you’d have to crop a significant portion of the image. You’d be missing a large portion of the photo. Sometimes that won’t matter much but most of the time cutting that much of the photo off makes a dramatic difference in how it looks.
In the images below you can see the first photo is the original format. This is the way I see it when I’m taking the photo. There is visual space to give the subjects room.
You can see here how much space you are really cropping off the photo here.
The result changes the feeling of the photo. Instead of the feeling of freedom, fun, and energy, the subjects are cramped. There’s no room to move.
Sometimes the cropped image won’t be so dramatic. Like with these images of Poppy the Chihuahua below.
Both images are lovely and you don’t get a dramatic change in feeling.
What to think about when you display your prints.
Here’s another reason why you shouldn’t worry about how much an 8 x 10 is. You should think about the space you’d like to display your photos. Depending on the space an 8 x 10 print might look completely ridiculous. You can see in the photos below, the print in the dinning room is 30 x 40. It looks fantastic and fits the space.
Here an 8 x 10 looks insignificant and inappropriate for the same space.
But how else can I compare prices?
I realize that most people are asking this question because they want to compare prices between myself and a competitor but just asking the price of an 8 x 10 can be deceiving. First, my 8 x 10 prints might be a different quality than another photographer’s 8 x 10. They might charge less money but maybe you’re getting a flimsy print that looks the same as the print you got from a local drugstore. The prints I carry are beautiful, thick, luxurious paper. I know you can’t get them at the local drugstore. So a difference in price might be because of a significant difference in quality. Or perhaps it’s service, does the other photographer fully edit the photos? Perhaps not.
Second, how much is the session fee for a pet photography session in Denver and what does it include? Some photographers include the digitals in the session fee and it makes the overall price sound cheaper. However, you still have the burden and cost of printing those photos so the price they quote isn’t going to be your finished price.
Not to mention some people end up never printing their photos, it stays on their to do list until they lose the digitals due to technology upgrades, viruses, or even theft of a computer. Then of course it’s too late and you spent all that money for nothing.
Some people do print the photos but by the time you add on the printing you might have spent more money than if you had hired a photographer that does the printing for you.
So a great question to ask is how much does your average customer spend? That can give you an idea of what people typically spend with that photographer.
Another way to ask about prices is to tell the photographer what you are interested in. I’m interested in wall art for my dinning room, how much do you anticipate I’ll spend? Or I’m interested in a top of the line album with about 30 to 45 photos, how much would that cost?
Don’t be afraid to tell them what your budget is. If you have $500 for your budget tell them. They can show you what the best quality print will be or show you how you can get the most with that budget.
Maybe you aren’t quite sure what you want yet. Take the time to set up a pre-consult with your photographer to see the samples and go over the pricing. Most of the time photographers will do this as a complimentary service. The quality of printed products can change significantly between photographers and so can the service so you would be doing yourself a favor in the long run by taking the time before you hire a pet photographer to meet with them.
There is more than one way to hang a photo! An 8 x 10 probably isn’t the best one.
If you’re interested in a complimentary pre-consult to see the products I carry or you are interested in our pet photography inquiry guide that has all the info you need for a dog photography session with StinkDog Photos contact us here.
People were lined up outside the Larimer Lounge waiting for their nights to begin and I was standing around outside waiting to meet a dog. Not just any dog, Franklin the Great Dane. As Franklin approached with his dad, I couldn’t get over how beautiful and graceful Franklin is. He’s steady in his walk and everyone turned to stare…. “he’s the size of a horse” people cried out. It’s something Franklin and his dad hear on every walk. People ran over to pet him and ask questions and we walked slowly towards the alley to begin our portrait session.
Franklin’s dad is an artist and he loved the idea of an urban photo session for his furry best friend. They take long walks everyday all over Denver and Franklin is used to people and other dogs so I suggested the alley behind Larimer St in Denver’s RiNo district.
RiNo is a really great location for a pet photography session if your dog is used to walking in busy downtown areas and you love color. It’s not for every dog, there are a lot of distractions. For Franklin it was nothing a few yummy treats couldn’t take care of.
We wondered the alley and found colorful spaces and hidden doorways to take photos in. Franklin had fun doing tricks for treats and getting pet by lots of people walking by. It was a great night for a dog photography session and Franklin was a great model. He’s a sweet soul and I’m happy I got to spend time with him.
Here are a few photos from his session below.
If you’d like to more information to book a session for your dog, contact us to get the latest information on sessions.
It’s that time of year! Time to start thinking about your Christmas cards and holiday photos. Everyone wants more photos of you and your furry best friends. That’s why you should schedule a limited edition holiday portrait session with StinkDog Photos this year.
We have two dates available in our Belmar studio on November 26, and December 3rd for Christmas card mini sessions. If you are interested in booking or need additional information contact us here.
Our sessions are classic and beautiful. This simple set means you’re dog will shine in the photos. Don’t let Santa get all the attention this year.
Juni and Bergen the Denver doodles are looking really stinkin’ cute in their photos below.
Our limited edition sessions sell out every year so don’t wait to book. Contact StinkDog Photos to get your stinking’ cute photos.
Recently I photographed this dog at his home in Denver. This handsome fluff named Deuce, belonged to a girl and they were fantastic friends, the best of buds, they did everything together. Then the girl met a guy they fell in love and had a family. Deuce being the wonderful dog he was welcomed and loved all the new family members. Even the small tiny twin girls that came into his life. More people to play with and more people to love means a great life. Deuce was a lucky boy to have such a wonderful family, they loved and took care of him right up to the day he died. Deuce will always be remembered for his goofy antics, he youthful spirit, and for the most spectacular love for his family. You were a great dog and a wonderful friend sweet boy.