My dog can’t be off-leash
I get calls and email inquiries from dog parents asking whether I can photograph their dog while on a leash. They say they are worried about having their dog off-leash in some place other than their backyard while others say they never let their dog off a leash while outside. They ask “Does my dog need to be off-leash for the Photo Session?” because they see the images on my website and the dogs are “off-leash.”
One of the first things I ask myself is, “I wonder how many people have viewed my site wanting to get some professional photographs of their pet, see that the dogs are “off-leash” and think they can’t get photos done because they can’t or won’t let their dog “off-leash.” And, they are left with that thought and promptly leave my website without inquiring about a session.
So, I think it’s time to put this out there and hopefully dispel the notion that a Pet Photography Session requires that a dog be “off-leash.” In fact, the large majority of dogs I photograph are on a leash. That’s right. And, the photography I do for dog rescues? ALL the dogs are on a leash. The safety and well-being of your dog is the first consideration, always.
There are a variety of things we can do during and after a session to minimize the appearance of a leash, and in fact, give the appearance that your dog is “off-leash.” The one I am writing about today is “leash removal” after the session that I do during post-processing. There is no additional charge for this service. It’s included in the Session Fee (collars are a different story, however). As you can see, I keep putting quotes around “off-leash” because it’s a tongue-in-cheek phrase since the dogs are actually on a leash when the photograph is captured.
Before and After Images – “Off-Leash”
I am providing several recent images to give proof that the dog was on a leash the entire time. The first image is a rescue dog – photographed during an Adoption Event at s shopping center. The next two are from a Short But Sweet photo session. I hope this post goes a long way to encourage you rather than discourage you from seeking out professional photographs of your dog!