Just because your pup is not a social butterfly, it doesn't mean you can't have beautiful artwork of them
Guardians of reactive/nervous pups often think that their dog cannot be photographed. However, as a reactive dog owner myself, I can assure you this is not the case. My mission is to create stunning artwork of all dogs, as they are all special and loved by their guardians. You and your pup deserve to have beautiful portraits; do not let anyone else tell you otherwise.
Because I'm a dog behaviour nerd and have experience with nervous/reactive dogs, my sessions are highly personalised so that I can cater to your and your pup's every need.
Being a natural light photographer also means that you don't have to come to a studio with strange smells and equipment, you don't have to wait for your turn amongst other people and dogs, and I can give your furry best the space they need.
Furthermore, I have a mirrorless camera that doesn't click, which is perfect for sound-sensitive pups. It also has a flip screen, so I don't have to cover my face during the session (some pets find that distressing).
How will you ensure that my dog looks relaxed and happy in the pictures?
The most important thing in the case of nervous/reactive dogs is keeping them under threshold and setting them up for success.
If your pup is nervous or reactive, I will suggest meeting at a secure field (the costs are included in the session fee). I will give them time to get used to me and the location on their own terms, and they won't be forced into any situation where they might feel uncomfortable. I can stick to my long lens for the entire session if they need space, and I can use my voice to get their attention instead of my noise makers.
Can you create pretty pictures in a secure field?
The best way to answer this question is to show you some examples. All of the images below were taken at secure fields.
Briony, Neo's Mum (2023)
We had the most wonderful session with Diane. She was patient and understanding with our reactive dog Neo, who can be fearful of strangers and had a bite history. Diane booked a secure field, allowed Neo lots of space and time to adjust, and didn’t put any pressure on him to ‘perform’. The photographs are stunning and really capture Neo’s personality, which only shows through when he feels relaxed and happy. If you have a reactive, nervous or anxious dog, I cannot recommend Diane enough.