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Behind the Scenes: A Typical Week in Pet Photography

Good morning, everyone. It’s Mandy here.

I’ve decided this week to give you all a closer look at what my job entails. It’s not just walks in the countryside and clicking away. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes.


Yesterday was a day filled with both creativity and client care. I started at the studio, meeting with a lovely couple and their charming dog, Labrador, Bella. We discussed their upcoming photoshoot, focusing with the view of getting one beautiful shot destined for wall art. They opted for the session only option that excludes digital files, preferring instead a tangible representation of their time – a beautifully handcrafted box frame from the UK, which I believe complements their vision perfectly. It’s always exciting to collaborate on these bespoke pieces that become cherished family treasures. I am really looking forward to our studio time next month.

After our meeting, I headed back home – the studio’s charm doesn’t quite extend to its winter temperature! There, I wrapped up the final edits for Sooty and Pepper’s gallery. These guys were absolutely fantastic in the studio and  gave us some fantastic moments, captured in a series of portraits and a special composite image. Their personalities really shone through producing some absolutely stunning portraits.

Tackling the Essentials: Tuesday

Today, Tuesday, is when I usually catch up on the business side of things – social media planning, website updates, and general admin. It’s not the most exciting part of my job, but it’s essential. It lays the foundation for the creative work that follows.

As part of this week’s activities, I’m preparing for a heritage style Gundog shoot, which means sourcing the right props, including cold game. It’s all part of ensuring that each shoot is authentic and meets my clients’ expectations.

The Rest of the Week

The bulk of my shooting happens from Thursday to Saturday, when clients are more available. It’s by far the best part of my job, capturing the unique personalities of pets in different settings. I try to keep Sundays off, though that’s not always possible.

I’ll be sharing more of what my week looks like day by day on my stories, giving you a real sense of the life of a pet photographer.

Have a wonderful day, and I look forward to sharing more with you as the week progresses.

Best wishes, Mandy

Here are the pictures from Sooty & Peppers Studio session. They are joining me again next month for a photo shoot on Dartmoor, so keep your eyes peeled for that.


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