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For the love of dogs

Hey! I’m Steve Smailes and I’ve been a professional photographer for over 10 years, working in the weddings, photojournalism and commercial photography sectors. In 2016 me and my wife Fiona rescued a small (at that time anyway!) puppy called Benny who’s changed our lives and has sparked a journey to bring together my love of dogs and photography. 

If you’re like me you love your dog and they are part of the family. We like to have family photos around our home as memories of great times. Our dogs carry all sorts of meanings to us and it’s time they got to share some space in those picture frames with the humans! 

Every dog has its own unique character and my photo sessions are all about highlighting that in my photographs. Scroll down to see how it works.

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If you’re like me you love your dog and they are part of the family. We like to have family photos around our home as memories of great times. Our dogs carry all sorts of meanings to us and it’s time they got to share some space in those picture frames with the humans! 

Every dog has its own unique character and my photo sessions are all about highlighting that in my photographs. Scroll down to see how it works.

How it Works

Get in Touch

Start by filling in the booking form at the bottom of this page. You’ll then be able to book yourself in for a consultation where we’ll meet (currently over Zoom) to establish your aims for the session so I can give you the best service tailored to you and your dog. 

Book a Session

Now is the fun part! Once we’ve agreed a date we meet up for the photo shoot. The sessions are all outdoors and are all about fun and the bond between you and your dog. Sessions take roughly an hour and we’ll try lots of different angles and ideas to get the best photos.

Book a Reveal Session

When the photos are ready it’s time to book in your reveal session (currently over Zoom) where you’ll see the finished images and I’ll take you through the print options available. We price up all the photos you would like and get everything ordered at the session straight away.

Choose the session for you

 

I’m currently offering two different location sessions. The standard Dog Photo Session is for all dogs and the My Best Friend session for older dogs with health issues. If you have any issues or questions fill in the contact form or message me on social media and I would be happy to answer them.

 

Dog Photo Session

Suitable for dogs of all ages and sizes! This 1 hour photo session is tailored to you and your dog. We have a quick consultation before the shoot to establish your aims for the session. I’ll learn what your dog likes best and we will decide on a location and time to suit you. The session is all about showing your dog loving life and capturing his or her colourful character in the photographs

After the shoot we’ll meet again for the big reveal and decide on the prints to order.

LAUNCH PRICE

£50 session fee*

*Payable before the shoot date. This does not include any digital or printed products

My Best Friend Session

This is aimed at more senior pooches who’s health isn’t what it used to be. It’s about the special bond between you and your dog and is tailored to your dog’s situation. I can come to you and set up a mobile studio and work to the needs of you and your dog. Giving you images to cherish forever.

£50 session fee*

*Payable before the shoot date. This does not include any digital or printed products

 Gift Packages!

A perfect gift for dog owners

Share an amazing gift with a dog lover by gifting them a photography experience. Included in the package is a photo session and three 8×10″ prints and you can upgrade to the deluxe package which includes a reveal box with 5 mounted prints which can be displayed in the reveal box or put straight into your own frames. You’ll get a special gift certificate to pass on to your gift recipient with all the details of their gift.

Gift vouchers are also available which can be used on prints after a session or you can purchase a session as a gift as well.

To purchase a gift, email info@stevesmailesphotography.co.uk or fill in the contact form below.

Gift a photography experience!

£80 – Session & three 8×10″ prints

Included in the £80 price is the session fee (sessions can be booked anytime before 31st December 2021) and the recipient can choose the three images they would like at the reveal session. 

Deluxe Gift Package

£175 – Session & Reveal Box with 5 mounted prints

This limited offer gives the recipient a photo session with one of my flagship products, the reveal box. A flexible way of storing and displaying your photos with it’s unique front panel allowing you to use it like a photo frame. All the prints are mounted allowing you to hold the images or place them straight into a frame of your choice should you wish. This is the best way to view and store your photos.

Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of photography. Buy a session for a friend or give a special someone a gift card to put towards their prints. Get in touch to find out about the gift vouchers I offer. You’ll get a printed voucher to make it extra special too!

Subscribe to the mailing List!

Be the first to lick over the details and sniff out great deals by signing up to my mailing list! You might even get your paws on some treats for signing up with my exclusive giveaways only for subscribers! 

FAQ's
COVID19 Changes

I am committed to providing a COVID Safe service. I have restructured parts of the experience to minmise contact. This includes running consultations over Zoom rather than in person. During the photo session itself everything is outdoors and we will observe the social distancing rules as per the government guidelines. There’s no need for any contact during the session.

What does my session fee include?

Your session fee pays for the photography session with me on location, covers fuel costs within a 30 mile radius and editing time. It does not include any images in digital or print form. They are priced individually and can be purchased at the reveal session after the photo shoot.

What happens if it rains on our session?

If the weather is against us we can rearrange the shoot for another time. Generally I will contact you if the weather is looking bad at the location and give you the option. Sometimes the rain can make for great photos so it’s up to you if you want to rearrange.

Can I cancel my session?

You can cancel your session for free up to 48 hours before the session is due to take place and either rearrange a time or receive a refund of your session fee. 48 hours before your session time, your session fee becomes non-refundable. You can rearrange one other session date before you lose your space entirely. 

What happens at a reveal session?

Reveal sessions are currently hosted on Zoom where we’ll look through your photos together via screen share. Then I’ll discuss the print options with you and should you want to make any orders we’ll get them processed at the session. When the orders arrive I’ll deliver them to your front door. There’s no pressure to buy and if you don’t wish to make any orders that’s totally fine.