Dog Photography

Dog Photography – North East England

Dog photography is one of the most in demand services in our Duo Photo Studio, located in Team Valley between Newcastle and Gateshead. We totally understand this as we are dog lovers ourselves. James our studio photographer has two working cocker spaniels in the family.

Image of two tan coloured Working Cocker Spaniels on Cridon Beach near Hartlepool
Dog Photography by James of Duo Photo Studio -the family’s two Working Cocker Spaniels. Image copyright of Duo Photo Studio

Ed, our studio Videographer is also a dog lover and has a rather active Frenchie who never seems to stop eating!

Dog Photography showing image of Frenchie taken in Duo Photo's studio in Team Valley.
Meet Rocco, Ed’s beautiful Frenchie. Dog photographer: James Thompson of Duo Photo Studio , 17 Octavian Way, Team Valley,

Understanding a Dog’s Behaviour to ensure they’re enjoying the experience.

Dog Photography: understanding their behaviour is key to good results.

We all want to create great photographs of our pets, it’s one of the most natural things to do. Our pets are part of our family, we love them as family members and more often than not, give them Human names. Such is the level of affection we have as pet owners.

When your dog is running freely along a sandy beach or through some gladed woodland somewhere, they are free to roam and move without restriction. They are usually at their happiest.

Bringing your favourite furball into a studio for example may be a slightly unnerving experience for some pets and we are well aware of this, as we have photographed hundreds of dogs in our studio. As Dog owners we are well aware of the signs a dog may give off to show that it is stressed. Whale eyes, tucked tail, tucked ears and raised hackles are all obvious signs. There is some good advice on dog behaviour here at this page The RSPCA’s website with useful downloadable PDF’s.

Pet Shoot- it’s all about the wellbeing of your pet.

We always advise pet owners to walk their dog first prior to coming into the studio, to burn off some of their energy, so that they are a little bit more settled. When you first come into our studio we will greet your pet first, if they seem comfortable with that. If your pet seems a little uneasy before the pet photoshoot we will give your dog time to have a walk around and become familiar with the environment. At no point will a pet be forced into an environment/ situation they are not comfortable with.

Whilst your pet is getting accustomed to our studio ( which is quite large) we will make you a nice tea or coffee and suggest sitting on our comfy sofas until your dog approaches you or us. We know then, that they are at ease.

Time it takes for a Dog Photoshoot

As explained above, we ensure that your pet is comfortable first before any dog photography takes place. In the rare event that your dog remains ill at ease, we will reschedule the Pet Portrait Session with you, at a time that is convenient for yourselves and our studio availability. You dog’s wellbeing is our first concern. or this reason we do not confirm to a strict time slot. Each dog is different, each dog’s needs are different and so the time needed varies according to their needs and behaviour.

My dog won’t pose for photos!

Dog photography posing tips

Yes, we hear this a great deal. Wish I had a pound for every time someone said that to me. See this image here of a dog where the owner said it would never stay still and pose! I am always surprised because you never know how a dog/ pet will react in the studio. However, what I have found is that if you dont rush the dog, the rewards will come, sometimes at the beginning of the Pet Photography Session, sometimes at the end, when the dog is more rested.

People are always amazed at the results we achieve ( I am not being immodest here) it’s just that we are really patient and we love dogs and that always helps when trying to create the best possible Pet Portrait for you and your family.

Given time your dog will relax and as an experienced pet photographer we have techniques that work with your dog to get the best results.

Indoor Studio Shoot or Outdoor Shoot?

Dog Photography- does the weather put you off?

We can provide both and certainly enjoy doing both. We can meet you at your favourite location if it is outdoors or we can suggest locations for you where we have walked our own dogs and taken photographs of them. A question we ask our clients prior to the Pet Photography Session is ‘ what is the end result you want from the Pet Portrait Session?”

Are you looking to have some lovely photos taken to put in an album, a framed print to stand on a desk/ sideboard, or would you like a piece of wall art to adorn you Living Room, Bedroom or Kitchen Wall? Once we have a clear picture of what you want, we will shoot with that end goal in mind. It’s important to know these things because if you’re deciding on a piece of wall art- Large Framed Gallery Print or Canvas, we can suggest locations/ colours or shoot styles that match the ‘look’ and colours of your home.

A modern, minimalist home may want high key ( bright mainly) images to adorn the walls or something in Black and White to add contrast and act as a main feature of the room. We can match the look of the image and colour and style of frames to correspond with the look and feel of your home.

Outdoor Pet Photography

There are some challenges to this, such as the weather/ wind/ rain etc but the rewards are well worth it. Below are a few examples of a recent shoot at Crimdon Beach, the weather was very changeable yet the light was interesting.

Dog Photography Shoot outdoors on Crimdon Beach Showing a Dog owner walking her two dogs on a sandy beach
Outdoor Pet Photography Shoot
Dog Photography Portrait Shoot of a Working Cocker Spaniel looking at owner next to a sandy beach in Crimdon near Hartlepool.
Outdoor Dog Photography Shoot at the beach

Indoor-Studio Based Pet Portrait Session.

It would be easier to assume that this is the easier option but that is not always the case, due to the fact is may be at first, an unfamiliar type of environment for your pet.

However, it is the one environment where we as Pet Photographers have strict control over the light and as a result it is sometimes ( but not always) easier to work this way for a couple of reasons. Firstly, as mentioned, we have total control of the light, we know what direction it is coming from, we have a contact light level ( no clouds passing by) and the dog usually remains where we encourage them to go. That may be down to the treats…

Dog Photography Portrait Shoot of a Border Collie taken at Duo Photo Studio, Team Valley Gateshead.
Dog Photoshoot in studio Gateshead by Duo Photo
Dog Photography Portrait Shoot of a Cocker Spaniel taken at Duo Photo Studio, Team Valley Gateshead.
Dog Photo Shoot Gateshead by Duo Photo
Dog Photography Portrait Shoot of a Labradoodle taken at Duo Photo Studio, Team Valley Gateshead.
Dog Photography Gateshead by Duo photo UK


In our next article we will explain what’s involved in a Pet Photography Portrait, how it all works after you book your Pet Photographer. If you have enjoyed reading this article and would like to know more about Pet Photography, perhaps you interested in being a Pet Photographer or taking Pet Portraits, or just better snapshots of your pet then consider subscribing to our mailing list and we will send you helpful tips to help you improve your photography.

Thank you for earning, best wishes to you, James from Duo Photo.

If you would like to book a Pet Photography Portrait Session at our studio you can either fill in the form below or contact us at: or ,

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17 Octavian Way Team Valley Gateshead NE11 OHZ


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Olusola Akinbolade

very good service

Rated 5 out of 5

very good service and fitted me in last minute after being let down by another company

Martin Campbell

Fantastic photographer

Rated 5 out of 5

Fantastic photographer, James really put my daughter at ease from the moment we walked through the door, Caitlyn’s photos were amazing.
Thank you James

lynn Frost

excellent photographer

Rated 5 out of 5

James is an excellent photographer who is passionate about his work we have had numerous shoots of him and love every photo

Lyndsay Donnellan


Rated 5 out of 5

Fantastic, extremely professional and very talented. Awesome pics of my puppy. Look no further if you want the best pictures of your pet.



Rated 5 out of 5

My daughter and myself would like to thank James for a wonderful photo shoot. We were made very welcome and Mia loved every minute ! A very professional photographer with top quality photos!
Will be inviting duo photos to wales for a photo shoot at “Rachael Smith School Of Dance”
Rachael and Mia

Rachael Griffiths

Love it

Rated 5 out of 5

James is the star of his photos. He is a great photographer with an amazing eye and very attentive to your needs. Great dance photographer can’t wait till my son’s next shoot. Thank you James. It was an absolute pleasure 👍

Andrew Davies

100% Quality

Rated 5 out of 5

I went to Duo Photo to have a Company head shot done. The two guys Edson and James were great making me feel at ease and I was very happy with the outcome.
The place is immaculate and I would have no problem in returning if I want anymore photography done.
They also showed me some corporate videos that they have done and again they looked great and it was very interesting how they actually shot these?
100% all round good experience!

Terry Armstrong

Amazing Image Quality

Rated 5 out of 5

This guy James did an excellent job of taking photos of my Guest House in The Lakes. He was professional and took time over detail. I will be using him again next year when and as my rooms change. Very happy with the results.

S Stephenson

Professionalism, Quality

Rated 5 out of 5

I took my partner and daughter here as a birthday gift and we had a fantastic time. My daughter is only 2 so I was worried it would be a difficult shoot. I’m glad to say I was wrong as she was made to feel completely at ease and really got into the shoot. We’ve ended up with so many great photographs the only problem I have now is picking which ones to take home. I could not recommend duo photo highly enough. Professional, friendly and extremely helpful.

Colin Wilson
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