If you want the best images of your working gun dog, it will take some time to catch her in a variety of situations. In half a day, depending on the dog’s personality, about 5-8 great moments can be caught, giving printable images. Up to two dogs working together can be photographed nicely. A full day of photography gives many more opportunities and adds photos of you and your dog on a lunch break, which make for a great collection for online sharing or smaller desktop photos.
Your dogs will look their best in the morning and in the evening when the sun is low, another reason a full days session is best if it is split into the sunrise shoot and a sunset shoot, with a break in between. That said, workable photos can be taken at any time of the day. Overcast conditions are not a showstopper, although the most dramatic shots are usually those with the sun on the dog.
The package you select includes a number of Best Shots of the day, which will be delivered to you for your review either in digital form or as 4×6 prints if you prefer. From these you will select the images you want printed as part of your package. Not every shot will lend itself equally well to every type of print – some will look better in a certain crop ratio, some will look best smaller, some will look best on canvas or on metal or maybe in black and white. I will make suggestions based on my experience but the choice is yours. It usually takes a week to print the images after you select them; this is done either locally or in a remote photo lab depending on the material, size and finish of the print.
In addition to the prints included in the package, any image from the best shots of the day can also be ordered separately as a print of any type. Please take a look at the discussion of the print options to help you choose.
When you make an appointment online you will have an option to pay a deposit or the full package price. If you choose to pay the deposit, it will apply towards the cost of the chosen package. The balance of the package price will be charged when we meet for the shoot.
- Deposits are fully refundable if requested no later than 24 hours prior to the booked appointment.
- Deposits are non-refundable for customer no-shows.
- For full price payments, the entire payment is fully refundable if requested no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time.
- For full price payments in case of a customer no-show, a $50 no-show fee will be withheld from the refund amount.
- If I have to cancel the shoot for personal reasons, the payment will be fully refunded and a discount for a future shoot will be offered.
If the shoot site is located farther than 25 miles from Longmont, CO, a $0.40 / mile travel fee will be added to the order for the mileage in excess of 50 miles, round trip. If the travel fee applies I will notify you of the amount in advance.
If you choose the Chukar or Pheasant package, at the shoot I will ask you to show me that you are familiar with gun safety and can exercise cool judgement while hunting with your dog. While I do my best to stay out of the shooting zone, I don’t want to get shot when your dog flushes a bird and it happens to fly towards me! It will be up to you to limit your shooting angles to avoid hitting your photographer, and I will duck and miss photo ops when the bird flushes in my direction.