Tails Photography – Blog – Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes
What Goes Into a Photoshoot
20 June, 2018

I often get asked this question. Sometimes from curious clients, other times from aspiring photographers who want a better understanding of what it’s like to work behind the camera and run your own business. And my answer always starts out the same way…

It’s a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of work.

First of all, yes, I get to play with dogs and other animals too. But mostly lots of dogs. And I love it. I get covered in slobber, fur and food, dirt, grass, not to mention sand in all the wrong places. Sometimes my face gets licked, other times it gets stomped on. I run, I roll and I cuddle. I’m not complaining; it’s honestly great.

And of course, I take pictures!

The above is the part clients get to see. They see the actual photography session itself, but there’s much more going on behind the scenes.

Firstly there’s admin. We won’t spend much time here. Everyone knows about admin. Some of you poor people even have to do it too.

When I book a new client a lot of time is spent uncovering what they’d like from their session. I ask about their dogs/pets and learn of any health concerns that may need consideration. We talk about what sort of photos they’d like, the feel and style they want. We decided upon a location that fits that feel and is also suitable for their pets needs.

After the session, I book in a personalised Viewing Session with my client.

For the viewing session, I go through and select the very best photos from the shoot and edit them. I remove leashes, distracting objects or people and sometimes fill in a shaved patch or two. This is a very time-consuming process, often taking a full day for each session. But with a bit of music playing and a few cups of tea, it’s really quite fun.

At the viewing session, I travel to your house, or if you prefer a café, and present your photos. I sit down with you and discuss options to fit within your budget and help you narrow down your selection using a very handy app. It works for even the most indecisive of people! You can decide if you want artwork to display, or digital files to share with your family and friends.

Once you select your artwork, I do a final detailed edit and organise its production. Or if you’ve selected digital files, I load and package them onto a USB for you.

When your order is ready, I hand deliver it to you myself. And honestly, that is one of my favourite parts of the job. Seeing the happiness of peoples faces when they see their artwork for the first time.

Well, those are the basics of a pet photography session, ignoring the speak peaks, data entry, everyday admin, web design, charity fundraisers & marketing, of course.

Like I said, it’s a lot of work, but it is also a lot of fun!

I guess I better get back to it.

If you have any questions about something not covered here, please feel free to contact me.

- Sam

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