Experts say we should get out into nature. It’s healing for our souls. I think it’s even better to get out there with our four-legged best friends. So join me, and together let’s enjoy a walk here at Shadow Dog Photography.
Our 10-acre property is located just outside of Whitewater, Wisconsin. If you’re familiar with Kettle Moraine State Forest, you’ll have an idea of what it’s like here. Just think pine and hardwood trees, a big kettle (that’s a crater-like depression that was formed from retreating glaciers) that’s now full of trees and brush, and LOTS of critters. Woods, trails, open fields, and tree-lined laneways. It’s our little piece of heaven on earth.
Playtime in the Field
If your dog is like most of my canine models, a leash is a must. Luckily we have over an acre that’s fenced in. This means your pup can run and play off leash, and you can sit back and relax, knowing he’s safe and secure.
For the apprehensive dogs, this is a great way to start a portrait session. We play in the field, and your dog can run up to me and run away, all on his terms. I’m not yet asking him to do anything at all, which allows the nervous dogs to get more comfortable. I simply lay on the ground and capture the joy (and maybe the zoomies too).
Let’s Enjoy a Walk
Once your pal has settled in (or settled down if he’s a wild child), we snap on the leash and leave the field. Depending on what we’ve discussed when planning for your session, we may head right into the woods, or we may walk somewhere else such as nearby gardens. Typically we stay in the next location long enough to get some beautiful portraits before moving on.
As your dog begins to settle in and get more comfortable with me and my camera, I’ll have a better idea of what types of poses or movement I think he’ll be comfortable with. We’ll visit different beautiful locations on the property.
Plan to Have Fun
One thing’s for sure here at Shadow Dog Photography: fun is priority! It’s never a stiff obedience session. In fact, I always caution my clients to lower their expectations if obedience if really important. The woods (and critters) are all very interesting and can be pretty distracting.
The dog who knows how to sit and stay beautifully may forget everything he’s learned when visiting for his portrait session. It’s okay! That’s why I prefer to call your portrait session a Shadow Dog adventure. When you’re out here for a walk it’s always exciting.
It’s Peaceful at Shadow Dog Photography
If you have a reactive dog, or one that just doesn’t like crowds, you’ll love it here. As someone who’s owned by two reactive German Shepherds, I deeply appreciate the quiet.
I can take Targa and Scout out for a walk in the woods without worrying about the stress or drama of running into another dog. I mean, we do encounter deer and turkeys, and that can be exciting. But it’s never stressful. Ever.
And having worked with, and photographed, many, many reactive and nervous dogs, I know how to help a dog feel comfortable and safe. Having the beautiful space to work with these dogs makes the experience so much better. I can easily keep my distance and still capture stunning portraits of your pup. I promise.
Time to Rest
After your dog has had a blast during his Shadow Dog adventure, he’ll probably be pretty tired. Many of my clients have told me their pup was passed out before they drove off the property. Some are even still napping the next day! It’s a good tired though, the kind of tired that happens after having so much fun you just can’t keep your eyes open any longer.
So what do you think, are you ready to enjoy a walk at Shadow Dog Photography? Click here to get in touch. Let’s chat about the adventures waiting for you and your pup.
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