Have you ever wondered what a photographer does before a photo shoot and after? What it takes to make things run smoothly – huh if only? Did you know that it takes more than just booking in a client, picking up the camera, take the photos and VOILA! Photos are ready to hand over instantly – if only?

Here’s a little run-down of what I do before and after, that may interest you.

Here’s my workflow:

1) The pre-shoot planning

2) The photo shoot

3) The post-processing


The pre-shoot planning is super important. After our initial call, the second call is to work out the finer details. It involves me talking to you, getting to know you and what you are after. What pet you have? Locations you might have in mind and I will always help you out here, so that we find the best location to suit you? The time of day, so that we get the perfect shots. Who will be involved etc?


On and before the photo shoot day there are a few important things I do before I leave the house:

Make sure my camera and flash are charged up (tick).

Spare batteries (tick).

Camera cards ready (tick).

Lenses are clean and ready to go (tick).

Water (surprising how thirsty you get), doggy treats, balls, noise making thingy-ma-jigs to create the coolest expression from your pet, and a smile!

Oh yes, the correct address and an idea how to get there, so that I’m there on time!

Drive to the location, meet and greet and the most important part for me and everyone involved is to have fun!

And at the end of the photo shoot, go home and download images (very important) – I would hate to lose them!


Now to the post-processing. There are three steps that I do:

  1. Culling
  2. Editing
  3. Retouching
Culling your photos

Culling takes time. It really does. With so many photos to go over and many looking the same because of my shooting style (my camera is set on Continuous shooting), culling actually takes a long time and can be the most difficult to do.

You can see what I mean …

Editing your photos

After weeding out all the unusable images and left with a manageable number, I then start to do the first edit, and because I shoot in raw, the post processing (editing) stage is part of the process that lifts an image from flat, lifeless, and without any contrast, to a photo that is almost at the finished stage. They are the ones I will show you.

Here are some of the adjustments that I do, pretty much most of the time:

  • White Balance
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
  • Contrast
  • Brightness
  • Vibrance
  • Hue/Saturation
  • Cropping and Straightening

These adjustments either take place in Lightroom or Photoshop, usually in both.

Retouching your photos

After your viewing, the photos that you choose go through the final retouch process. That may include, removing leashes, tree branches, grass stems etc. Removing distracting elements from the background is very important, it helps the viewer to focus on the important parts of the photo. I will also lightly retouch skin (if humans are involved, if needed), brighten eyes (yours and the animals) and much more.

At the end of this, I can say VOILA – done! However, it is the next stage I find very exciting and that is showing you, my client, all the hard work we went through to produce the final product and to get it into your hands. And that is a series of beautiful images that you will love, up on your wall, or on a shelf or in a lovely album. Now, all the above is definitely worth it!

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