What exactly happens at a Shadow Dog session?

Are you wondering what all the excitement is about, and what really goes on when you work with me at Shadow Dog Photography? Maybe you’ve seen a friend’s recent post showing an eye-catching photo of his or her dog. I’m here to bring you in behind the curtain, and explain how this works (and just how much fun we have). It’s time to share everything you need to know about the Shadow Dog process.

Black Frenchie Sitting in Leaves at Shadow Dog Photography Session in Wisconsin

The First Step: a Great Conversation

I want to get to know you and your pet, and you probably have lots of questions for me about Shadow Dog Photography. I’ll also want to learn how you plan to display your art. Canvas or metal wall art, framed prints, a beautiful album, acrylic and wood blocks, there are some incredible options. We’ll also discuss the entire process, and we’ll book dates for your portrait session and ordering appointment. Some families have multiple pets, and that’s great too! You may have an aging animal and don’t feel like she has much time. Don’t worry, I work hard to meet these special requests. Every client is unique, and that’s why I fully customize your entire experience. That’s the beauty of the Shadow Dog process.

Black Dog Looking Up in the Snow at Shadow Dog Photography Session in Wisconsin

Sophie looks gorgeous agains the fresh white snow.

Book Your Session:

We’ll decide on a date that best suits your needs. Are you looking for a fresh, spring photo session? Hoping for those golden autumn hues? How about the fresh crisp snow? The beautiful thing about Wisconsin is the full selection of seasons to choose from! Once you decide on your preferred date, and pay the retainer fee, you’re on the calendar! Certain times of year are pretty popular and book up quickly, so you don’t want to wait before you contact me. I want to be sure you get the best date possible!

Two Dogs Laying in Grass in Between Owners at Shadow Dog Photography Session

Dodger and Charger were happy to lay by their dads.

ChooseYour Location:

Once your date is booked we need to find you the best location! This is why our initial conversation is so important. I want to really get to know what you envision for your final artwork. Do you see your pet or pets out in the woods? Perhaps you prefer the lake and the sandy beach. Some dog owners would rather a more urban location. Now you also have the amazing option of the Shadow Dog field, which is an acre that’s fenced in to keep your dogs safe and secure. This is why we have a good conversation first, so I understand what YOU want. I have some great ideas, so let’s share our thoughts!

A Black German Shepherd Dog at a Shadow Dog Photography Session in Wisconsin

Scout loves to run in the safely fenced field.

Your Photo Session:

Get ready to have some fun! I know, I know, you’re worried that your dog is too rambunctious and won’t stand still for any photos. Don’t you worry, this happens all the time. I’m patient—really patient. And I’m fast. When those wild ones least expect it, I’ve captured the image I’m looking for, and usually clients don’t even know! They’re still fretting about the dog’s obedience. Rest assured, I will get what I need to fulfill your vision (and mine).

Red Standard Poodle Running at Shadow Dog Photography Session in Wisconsin

Rika absolutely loved running in the Shadow Dog field.


Are you worried because your pet cannot be off leash? Worry no more, most pets are leashed. I’ll work my magic when I edit the images, nobody will ever know!

Two German Shorthaired Pointers at Shadow Dog Photography Session in Wisconsin

Butch and Birdie were safely leashed for this photo.


Variety is the spice of life, so we’ll move around to various areas at the chosen location. We’ll be sure to get some photos of you with your dog too, and if you have more than one dog we’ll get a gorgeous group shot of them too. Sessions typically run a couple of hours, depending on the number of dogs, each dog’s temperament, and other factors too.


German Shepherd and his Owner at Shadow Dog Photography Session in Wisconsin

How many great photos do you have of you and your dog?

Photo Reveal Appointment:    

Now this is the exciting part! We’ll meet on the scheduled date so you can see your images and choose your favorites. You’ll see samples of the beautiful products I offer, just in case you’re still struggling to decide how to display your photos. I’ll help guide you through the entire selection process so you don’t have to worry about a thing! Once your order is paid in full I will send your order to my lab. Depending on the products you choose, your products will be ready in 2-3 weeks.


Three Framed Prints of a Dog in a Home Entryway

Make a statement with a grouping of three framed prints.

Love Your Products:

Here is the moment you’ve been waiting for! Your gorgeous art is ready for you to hold in your hands. Take it home where it will make you smile—over and over again.

If you’ve been thinking about planning a photo shoot for your furry family members, click here so we can start your Shadow Dog adventure.


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