Poppy the Lurcher

Say hello to Poppy – 10 year old Lurcher


Lurcher breed


Catherine came to the studio with Poppy, a 10 year old gorgeous Lurcher. Catherine explained that Poppy didn’t like hard floors which was a concern because our studio has concrete and tiled floors (easy to clean up the odd accident when it happens). To welcome Poppy and to make her time at the studio fun, relaxing and comfortable we covered the floors especially for her with blankets, rugs and some of our muslin backdrops! We are very sensistive to every detail of the shoot and we didn’t want Poppy being anything other than completely comfortable. In return, Poppy thanked us by being a complete poppet (see what I did there!). She absolutely rocked her session and look at the gorgeous results! Catherine explained that she had never got a photograph of Poppy with her ears up & pert … so that was our challenge! With patience and the right distractions we got these lovely portraits with ears perky and gorgeous! Can’t say it was easy –  they only stayed up for a slit second but we nailed it! Really chuffed that we managed to fulfil the brief on this portrait. She was worth it – I think we both fell a little bit in love with her!



Ears down and still gorgeous!!


Did you know that Lurcher is thought to take their name from the Romany word ‘Lur’  which means thief, in reference to the stealthy manner in which they stalk and catch their prey.

Do you have a lurcher? We have photographed seven so far – they are always a delight to have in the studio … so run along to our ‘Bow Wowchers‘ page and buy a session for yourself – it’s just £35 and we promise to try & get perky ears for you too! Woof!

German Shepherd – meet Chloe

Chloe the German Shepherd

German Shepherd




Say hello to Chloe, nearly 13 years old and the most gorgeous German Shepherd. In human years that makes her about 90 – doesn’t she look amazing?  A grand old lady with so much life and personality. She was a real treat to have in our portrait studio. (We are based near Farnham, Surrey, by the way!)

Some interesting facts about the German Shepherd:

  1. They are ranked as the 3rd most intelligent dog
  2. A mix of beige and black is the most common color type for German shepherds, but solid black and solid white shepherds also exist.
  3. German shepherds can nearly instantly break into top speed, come to a sudden stop and round a sharp corner without stumbling over themselves or their surroundings. It’s one of the many reasons they’re often used as a police and military dog
  4. They are ranked the 2nd most popular breed in the USA
  5. A German Shepherd’s bite has 238 pounds of force — a human’s bite has just 86!
  6. When formal guide dog training began in Switzerland in the 1920s, all of the dogs trained were German Shepherds.
  7. The name Alsatian is also often used. This is a result of the “German” element being dropped in Europe after World War 1 because of the poor perception of the country at the time
  8. German shepherd Capitan ran away from home after the death of Argentinian Miguel Guzman in 2006. A week later Mr Guzman’s family went to pay their respects and found the heartbroken pet sitting by his owner’s grave, wailing. He has stayed there for 6 years.
  9. We have Captain Max von Stephanitz from Germany to thank for the breeding of the first German Shepherd back in 1899
  10. German Shepherds make up 1.8% of the world dog population!

Interesting eh? No wonder they are so loved. Do you have a German Shepherd? We would love to photograph a puppy (it’s been on our bucket list for some time) – they are so cute and bear-like – if you have one then that is less than 12 weeks old then we will give you an extra print free of charge! Go to our Bow-wowcher page and purchase your session now! Woof!

Bichon poodle cross

Bichon poodle cross

Meet Gromit who is a Bichon poodle cross!

Bichon poodle cross

Now if we tell you the surname of the owner, I know you will also grin!  She was a Mrs Wallis!  So yes, the name was chosen purposefully, and I just love a geat sense of humour!  We have never had a Bichon poodle cross in the studio before – in fact I think we will have to start up some kind of breed board, so that we can register each different type or cross of dog that comes in, and possibly even have a competition element to it, ie the most visited breed to the studio for example.

Bichon poodle cross

Gromit would definitely be a unique combination so far – and how cute he was too!  His fur felt amazing, just so soft and springy, and he had the cutest teddy bear face toppped off by beautiful perky ears!

Do you have a similar dog, or any type of crossbreed that we havent already met?  We would love to see you in the studio, get in touch via email or give us a call to find out more!

Labrador Portraits

Labrador Portraits

Labrador Portraits – you just can’t escape their wonderful expressions!

Labrador Portraits

Labrador Portraits are always great!  They are a breed whose faces are full of expression (those eyebrows) and just so funny and cute.  I have a labrador cross myself, and recognise many of the lifted eyebrows and elvis sneers that were witnessed at numerous times during this portrait session.

Martha came to our studio and completely rocked her session.  At first she was a little bit nervous about coming in to join us, but we would never rush a dog, and our patience, soon Martha’s wonderful character was soon shining though!

Labradors hold the title for the UK most popular dog!  Their friendly nature, love and devotion for their family, and ability to train all contribute to their huge popularity in our homes and hearts.

If you have a labrador, and would like to have a portrait done, we would love to hear from you.  Oh, and there is a lake right next door that most can the launch themselves into after your portrait experience!

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