Pet portraits with a Beagle called Storm

Beagles are busy dogs! And Storm is a busy beagle! Storm’s owner Kim wanted a portrait session of Storm as wall art for her living room. With pet portrait sessions (and small children) we normally start with a cuppa and let the pets get used to me being around. Once they’re calmed down and decided I’m not very exciting we’ll start the session with some games and playing. This gives me some great action shots and helps them settle down for some sitting or lying portraits. And then it’ll be time for walkies!

We went to Shakerley Mere Country Park for the second part of Storm’s session. With Storm being a busy and inquisitive Beagle we couldn’t let her off her lead as she’d run off as soon as she picked up an interesting scent. I know it’s cheating but we removed Storm’s lead in Photoshop whilst editing the photos.

If you’re interested in pet portrait session please get in touch through the contact page or call us on 01925 471091.

You can find out more about our pet portrait photography here.

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One little man and his dog

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Back in July I did a family portrait session for young family in South Cheshire. Their two year old son had recently been given a Jack Russell puppy and the two of them played together throughout the session. While I was getting the family ready to do some photographs in one of their fields, I noticed their son and his dog running along one of the tracks in the wheat field. They were oblivious to what he rest of the family were doing and I couldn’t resist taking this picture when I saw them.

This is one of my favourite photographs from a busy summer. Although you can’t see his face, you get the sense of freedom and the innocence of youth… and the bond between one little man and his dog.

You can find out more about our family portrait photography on our family portraits page.

Tilly – the smallest dog I've ever photographed

Tilly is the smallest dog I’ve ever photographed. She’s a Malchi; that’s a cross between a Maltese Terrier and a Chihuahua.
 

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She’s also totally adorable but a bit of a prima donna. Pam, her owner, told me that she had this habit of getting in Pam’s handbag if she thought Pam was going out. So that was going to be on the shoot list wasn’t it.

Being a pet photographer especially in Lymm, is great for me as I get to photograph so many different shapes and sizes, and breeds of dogs every year. As more new breeds are invented (like Cockerpoos, labradoodles, cavichons and so on) I’m building a portfolio of Cheshire’s top dogs.

 

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I love pet photography for many reasons. It’s very different from photographing adults, but not that different from photographing very young children.

You can hardly tell them to do anything so it’s more about creating situations where they (hopefully) will do what you want. That way you can get the shots that you know your clients will love and will want to have on their walls.

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It was a fairly damp November morning but the rain held off for long enough to get a really good selection. Here are a few from Tilly’s pet portrait photography session.

Pet photography with Broc the Collie – her 15 week session

Broc the Collie is now 15 weeks old and growing up. Her herding instincts are really coming out now and when she chases her ball she doesn’t run straight to it. She circles round on one side or the other, as if she was rounding it up. It’s really funny to watch. She just does it instinctively. Our son Ewan came over a few days ago with Broc for her next puppy portrait session. We went to the park near our home in Lymm, Cheshire, for Broc’s pet photography session.

It was a perfect Autumn day; bright and sunny, bone dry and no wind. The autumn colours were full on and complemented the tans and browns of Broc’s coat. Most Border Collies are black and white but Broc is a little bit different and has gorgeous markings. As she still has her puppy teeth which are like needles.

Here’s a selection from the day. Probably too many but she’s so cute it was hard to cut them down. If you want to see the photos from her first session, here’s the link.

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Pet photographer Cheshire

Pet photographer Cheshire

Pet photographer Cheshire

Pet photographer Cheshire

Pet photographer Cheshire

Pet photographer Cheshire

Broc's first puppy portrait

Meet Broc, Ewan and Emma’s gorgeous brown and tan border collie puppy. She’s still a bit wobbly on her paws but she’s as bright as a button and ever so cute. As she grows up I’ll be documenting her progress on my blog and you’ll be able to see the pics on my blog.

Puppy portrait photography sessions are great fun to do and a bit chaotic. You never quite know how things will turn out. Ewan made Broc a new wooden bed as he couldn’t find one that was quite right for her. As friends have seen pictures of Broc’s bed he’s now getting requests for more. If you’re interested you can contact him through me.

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Max the West Highland Terrier

I met Max the West Highland Terrier when I did a family portrait session in Wigan a couple of years ago and never got around to posting some of his pictures on the blog. He’s real character and quite independent and I wanted to bring that out in his photographs. If you love Westies, you’ll love these photographs of Max.

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Ruby & Jess – Golden and black working labradors

Last December Hazel and Miles asked me to photograph Ruby and Jess, their working labradors. We went to the Sandstone Trail on the edge of Delamere Forest on a cold December morning last year. I’ve waited until now to blog about this shoot as I wanted people to see the pictures at the same time of year as I shot them.

I love doing pet portraits and people often ask me how I can get dogs to do what I want so I can get the photos that my clients will love. This time it was more straightforward than usual as Ruby and Jess are both trained retrievers and are exceptionally well behaved.

Pet portraits are a bit like family portraits in many ways for me and my goals are the same. I want to capture the character and personality of the subjects and the relationships between the subjects in the photographs regardless of whether they are people or pets.

Having two such well trained dogs was magic as we could get the sort of shots that arent often possible with a pair of regular pets. I really love the first picture but that was just good fortune!

If you’re interested in pet portraits, you can see more examples on my website and blog.

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

An urban pet portrait session with Snowy the Golden Labrador

I really love doing pet portraits. But I also love doing urban portraits sessions. So when Heather and Andrew asked me to do an urban pet portrait session for them and their golden labrador, Snowy at Castlefield in the centre of Manchester. I was made up.

The opportunity to combine two of my favourite types of portraits in one session was just perfect. So, one crisp Sunday morning in the middle of November last year we met up in Castlefield Basin, close to their home. As a cool dog about town, Snowy was confident and relaxed in her urban surroundings. Like all good dog portrait sessions, everything revolved around a walk and games, using bridges and the canal side as backdrops for Snowy’s photos. I even managed to get Snowy’s ‘mum and dad’ to appear in a few.

Here’s a small selection from the day. If you’re interested in a pet portrait session, check out our pet portraits page or call 01925 471091 four more information.

Urban pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography

Pet portrait photography by Andrew Collier Photography