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A “little hellion” and “pretty crazy.” That’s how several family members described Bunny, a morkie with lots of personality packed into her tiny body. I was told her big brother Hugh on the other hand — and I mean really big, he’s a Great Dane — is really mellow and cooperative, and would be easy to photograph at our Oakville dog photography session.

Can you see where this is going?

One of the things I love about animals is no matter what you think you can expect from them, they always have the capacity to surprise you! I have every client fill out a questionnaire prior to our session so I can get to know their pet a little better before we meet, but I go into each session with no expectations — you just never know what a pet will be like on a particular day or what they’ll think of the camera. But I love surprises and the fact that Bunny and Hugh were the exact opposite of how their family described them kind of made me love these two even more!

Here’s Bunny, the “wild” one. After only ever having great danes, this family got Bunny thinking a small dog could travel with them. It turns out Bunny hates travelling and always has to stay home — best. I love this dog.

Modern and contemporary Oakville dog photography by Happy Tails Pet Photography.

Natural outdoor pet portrait of Morkie dog by Oakville, Ontario pet photographer.

And here’s Hugh, who made me work way harder!


Note the dog that is looking at the camera (and SMILING) and the one that isn’t! Opposites in more than size!

Hugh and Bunny, dogs

In the end we got some really great pictures of these two tricksters. They have a beautiful Hamptons-like backyard complete with swimming pool and their own lounge chairs. I kind of want to move in with Hugh and Bunny.

Hugh and Bunny, dogsDid I mention how crazy bananas Bunny was? Totally out of control this one! hughbunny-19-copy hughbunny-10-copy hughbunny-5-copy hughbunny-14-copy hughbunny-16-copy diptych hughbunny-23-copy hughbunny-17-copyIf you want to see how pets make us feel … this photo pretty much sums it up! hughbunny-7-copy hughbunny-15-copy

I had such fun with these two, despite their differences and a brief bit of uncooperative weather at the beginning of our session. I work really hard to adapt to any situation that’s thrown my way and make great images — it’s a requirement of the job! I’m also exceedingly patient and I don’t get frustrated easily, which is so important when working with animals.

I had a lovely afternoon with you Hugh and Bunny at our Oakville dog photography session — feel free to invite me back to hang out in your lovely backyard any time!





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One of the most common questions I get from prospective clients is a variation of “My dog can’t be trusted off leash and needs to stay on a leash for photographs — will we still get good photos?”

Yes, yes, 100 per cent yes!

The truth is that almost every dog I photograph is on a leash for safety. Thanks to the “digital darkroom” and the detailed image editing I do after each session, however, you would never know it! Ah, the Internet — where every dog I photograph is a perfect angel!

I bring a long line to each session, which is skinny and easier to remove in Photoshop. Clients also play a big role in my sessions and are behind the scenes helping to position their dog and hold the leash, and sometimes they feel more in control and comfortable using their own gear, which is totally fine, too.

I’ve pulled together a few before and after comparisons to first show you the image straight out of camera — absolutely no enhancing or retouching whatsoever (eek, I feel naked!) — and below it the final image, followed by a side-by-side comparision. If you scroll down, there’s even a double leash removal!

First up is beautiful boxer Bella, perched on a rock with a dramatic sky in the background. Her person was within arms reach off to the right of the frame, and the angle of the image makes it look like she’s much higher off the ground than she actually is — she could easily hop right down.


Image editing and removing a leash from dog photos by Happy Tails Pet Photography.

Image editing and removing a leash from dog photos by Happy Tails Pet Photography.Next up are Shar-Pei Lily (LOVE the wrinkles) and standard poodle Freddie, who were both on a leash for their entire sessions. A technique I often use to make leash removal a little easier during the editing process is to fill the frame of my camera with the subject, which reduces the amount of leash that needs to be removed. lily-before Keeping pets on leash for photographs for safety by Ontario pet photographer. Keeping pets on leash during dog photography sessions by Ontario pet photographer. freddie-before Photo editing before and after of dog on a leash in Ontario park. Photo editing before and after of dog on a leash in Ontario park.And finally here’s beagle puppy Poppy and big brother Jackson (kind of a sneek peak because I haven’t blogged this session yet!). This urban session took place downtown, so of course these two were leashed during their full session — I removed two leashes from every photograph. poppyjackson-before-copy Urban dog photography in downtown Burlington Ontario. Pet safety for dog photographers by GTA photographer.After each session I work really hard to get all the details just right in each image — image enhancement, including leash removal, is part of the service I provide to every client and is included in my session fee. So, even if your dog is a total nut (and I love the nuts!) and needs to stay on a leash for photographs, I can still get really beautiful, natural images of your four-legged friend … and, bonus, everyone will comment about how well behaved they are 😉 Don’t let a leash prevent you from booking a session!




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“I am hoping I have not waited too long to book this for Jake, but he has gone downhill quickly this month.” Crazy how things can change so suddenly — one minute everyone seems fine, the next, not so much. Husky-cross Jake, 12, had been on my radar for a while — a few attempts to schedule a sessions were scuttled due to health issues and weather. After receiving this message from his mom, I was so happy and relieved to arrange a session at his favourite natural while he was still able to enjoy it.

This little piece of outdoor paradise is Jake’s happy place — doesn’t he look happy? Funny thing about this guy, and one of the things I love about him, is that he’s actually a grouch, or, as his mom noted in my questionnaire in the “how would you describe your pet” section: grumpy. This old guy is a classic curmudgeon — his resting face just happens to be happy! I met him, along with the rest of the pack — Bear, Tucker and Ella — or, as I like to call them, the Bronte Park dogs, at the beautiful Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Burlington. Chloe and I visit quite often, and I initially met this gang at the park, long before a session was in the works. Funny how things work out.

Here’s crankypants Jake — oh what a lovable face!

Dog photography at Bronte Creek Provinvial Park in Burlington, Ontario by Happy Tails Pet Photography. GTA dog photos, Toronto, Oakville, Burlington, HamiltonAnd Tucker and Bear, who enjoyed exploring the tall grassy fields. Two dogs explore open fields during dog photography session in Ontario park. Candid outdoor pet photography for dogs and cats in southern Ontario and Halton Region. Family photography with pets in Burlington and GTA.Miss Ella is down there on the right. She’s the most wiggle-waggliest (totally made that word up!) golden I’ve ever met. When she walks she looks like a slinky — so cute! Happy, bright, natural light Ontario dog photographer. Happy mixed-breed dog enjoys playing outdoors for dog portraits in Bronte park. Photography for dying or old dogs in GTA and Ontario. A happy dog and his people in beautiful natural setting at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Three happy dogs in Burlington by modern Ontario pet photographer. Toronto dog photographer captures bond between people and pets. Modern, lifestyle, on-location pet photography, capturing the spirit of your pet.What a gang! #squadgoals. Four dog portrait session, pet photography Ontario. Bronte Park dogs on a hill looking in provincial park. Natural, expressive people and pet photography in Toronto, Ontario and beyond. GTA pet photography with personality, natural and candid photos by Happy Tails Pet Photography. Family photography with pets by pet photographer Toronto. Old happy dog in tall grass with blue sky outside, remember your pet with Ontario dog photogaraphy. Remember pet with photography in Ontario. Dog photo, Burlington photographer.As is always the case with Celebration Sessions, I sign off with sad news — Jake passed away shortly after our time together wandering the paths and fields of his favourite park. Pets are family — document them as often as you can, and include them in your family photos. This pack of Bronte Park dogs won’t look like this ever again, but Jake’s place in it will live on in photographs. I’m always happy to help, and it’s an honour to be asked to provide such cherished keepsakes.



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