Photo Session FAQs


What happens on a Tell Tails Photo Session?

It’s a simple process:

You get in touch and we chat about what sort of photographs you are looking for from your photographer. This is an important stage as every photographer has their own style and approach. For example, all my work is done in natural light not in a studio. If you are looking for studio shots, Tell Tails is not for you!

You book and tell me about your pet, their needs and where they like to go. We can share ideas about locations that might suit.  We agree a location together.

I usually book two dates so that we have a backup in case of bad weather. 

I work hard to capture wide a variety of pictures and cover those that you want as far as I can. I’ll be asking you to work with your pet to achieve that!  You can either be in the photographs or not, that’s your call.

Your photos are edited and the best are uploaded to your own gallery.

You order prints, gifts etc and choose your free print.

The gallery stays online so that you can refer back and buy products. 

The gallery will normally stay up a minimum of 12 months.

What are your packages and how much do they cost?

There are fixed and flexible packages to suit you and your pet. Go to for full details.

How much will the prints cost? 

Prints start from £10 and you can see an example list here:

Can I ask you to capture a particular shot?

Yes you can, however you know what they say… “never work with children or animals”! I will do my utmost to obtain the shot you want but cannot provide a guarantee.

How many photos will be in the gallery?

Roughly it will be around 30-40 for the main sessions and around 20 for each of the shorter sessions e.g. the early days tail. 

What if the weather is bad?

I’ll photograph in any weather except rain as it’s no good for my camera and it’s really not fun. I’m afraid just about the only thing I can’t manage is the rain. We will rearrange until the weather is playing ball. You won’t have to pay any more and we will get the session done.

Is there a best time of year to get the best photos?

There’s no particular time and let’s face it, it can rain as much in July as January in the UK! It really depends on what you are looking for. Do you want the beautiful colour of bluebells, or the golden cover of Autumn leave? Many people think that a sunny day is a great day for photography, which is not the case. Don’t worry if at our session the sun doesn’t come out – that’s much better for photography!

Is there a best time of day for a photo session?

Lighting conditions are most often best for photography early in the day or a couple of hours before sunset.  In the middle of the day lighting can be quite harsh because the sun is at its’ highest.  In the summer, the middle of the day can become too hot if we are not under any cover.  We will make a decision together when we book the session. 

Can I bring someone with me to the session?

Yes, of course you can bring along who you like. A whole crowd of people would probably be a little distracting so don’t go too mad. Photographing the whole family together is a lovely shot though.

Will you do a photo session at my home or at my stables?

Yes. The only place I don’t take photos is in a studio.

I have a number of pets, can I still book a shoot?

Yes! I’m very happy to multiple pets for the same package price. The length of the shoots remains the same so the number of shots per pet may be less.

Does it matter if my dog can’t be let off the lead?

I understand that it isn’t always possible for your dog to be off the lead. We can discuss locations that might be helpful where they may be ok to be let off such as a specially designed secure field, your home or perhaps that of a friend. If none of that suits we can still do a lovely session on the lead.

Where are you based?

I work mainly in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Pembrokeshire and base my travel fees from Reading for Berks and Oxon and St David’s for Pembrokeshire.  I’m happy to give you a calculation when you book 

How far will you travel?

I’ll travel to most areas. If it’s a long distance from my base we would need to talk about travel costs and agree them between us.

What happens after the session?

Following editing, I will upload a selection of the best images to a private online gallery.  I can visit you or you can visit me to view and discuss the gallery where I can advise which shots would work in which format, or you can do it yourselves. In the gallery, you can choose your free print and purchase any prints or gifts you would like.  If you don’t want to use the online gallery I am happy to do this for you at no extra charge, although you will need to pay me for the orders you want in advance.  

You must take loads of photos on my shoot – why can’t I see all of them?

I only provide the very best of my work.  It might take me 5 or 6 similar shots to get the one I want to present to you.  Any pictures that are not good enough to meet my high standards of quality are deleted.  The good news is, you will have the very best pictures from the shoot.

My gallery doesn't have the product I want

There are literally hundreds of available options so it probably will be available.  Let me know what you want and I can probably get it for you.

Can I have the images on a CD?

I offer downloads of your images for sale rather than CDs. 

Who owns the copyright?

I retain copyright for all my images, except for pre-agreed commercial shoots.  If you need to purchase the copyright to your images please contact me for further information, otherwise images are sold on a personal use license which you will be asked to confirm whey you buy them.  

If you purchase the digital files you will be free to post the low res watermarked files on facebook etc and use the higher res files for printing.  It is not permitted to sell them or enter them into any competitions as your own nor to use them for any commercial purpose.

I hope these FAQs answer many of your questions.  I have many pet photography ideas to use with you and your family.  If you have further questions don't hesitate to get in touch.