Canine Sessions - Frequently Asked Questions

A German Shepard Dog monochrome photo

Does my dog need to be on a lead?

Yes, Annaharvey Farm is a busy Equestrian Centre and also a working farm with lots of horses, calves, dogs and cats around so for safety reasons it is important that visiting dogs are kept under control.  Even the most well behaved dogs can get distracted in such a busy new environment.

When out in the fields it may be possible to let well trained dogs with a reliable recall off lead for short periods. However, this cannot be guaranteed as it may depend on what other animals are nearby at that particular time.

I will show you how to hold the lead so I can easily edit it out later.  I also have a simple slip collar which can be used for most dogs for easy editing to get a more natural look. I also have a long line we can use if outdoors and want to allow the dog to run further.

My dog won't sit still - can you still photograph him?

Yes, of course. I use a Canon camera built for speed which is capable of shooting up to 20 frames per second! I only need some patience and a split second to get a good shot. I have years of experience shooting galloping horses so am very familiar with shooting fast moving animals.

If you have a very high energy dog do give him some exercise before you arrive for the session so he will settle quicker - just avoid wearing him out completely, especially with pups and young dogs.

I have two dogs - is that twice the price?

All my sessions with a duration time of one hour or more, include two animals and two people. The time allocated for the session is divided between them and I can try to get some shots will all of you together. Additional subjects can be added for €30 each. This covers the additional editing involved.

My dog is very nervous - will you still be able to photograph her?

I will always do as much as possible to make every animal feel relaxed and happy during a session. I try to make sessions fun, with lots of rewards and breaks. Having said that, please do let me know in advance if you have any concerns about how your dog may react. Often it just takes some time and patience to make the dog feel safe and build the trust. Do bring your dog's favourite treats which can help to get the dog into a suitable position for a photograph.

Two pet portrait of two border collie dogs with a pink background
A dog portrait with a fine art backdrop
A chocolate Labrador portrait on a brown background

What should I bring for my dog?

I recommend you bring whatever you would bring if you were going for a walk - plus plenty of extra high value treats (not messy ones though!)

  • Collar & lead
  • High value treats e.g. tiny pieces of chicken or cheese
  • Favourite toy / ball / frisbee
  • Dog poo bags
  • Clicker if you use one in training

Do I need to bring anything for myself?

Particularly if you are planning an outdoor farm walk session it is worth making sure you come prepared. I suggest the following:

  • Good pair of walking boots/wellies than you don't mind getting mucky and wet
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather - rain gear / sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Drinking water and snacks for yourself if you think you may need them
  • if you plan to be in the photos please read the Preparation Guide for outfit suggestions.

I have more that one dog - can you photograph them together?

If you have more than one dog at a session, I will try to capture them together in one image.  How successful this is can depend on the particular dogs.  If it doesn't work in studio I can try my best to put them together when editing later.

Can I be in the photo too?

Yes, I am happy for you and your close family and friends to be in the photo alongside your dog. Additional charges may apply for each extra subject depending on the package you have chosen.

How should I prepare for my dog's photo session?

Read the Preparation Guide here

Can I post my images on social media?

Yes, please do! I would love you to share your images with your friends. Credit is preferred but not required. If you would like to credit, please tag Aisling Deverell Photography on Facebook or @aislingdphotos on Instagraom.

How do I pay for a session?

Online payment is preferred, however there are numerous options available to choose from. A non-refundable retainer is required on booking to secure your date and time. The balance is paid the day before the session. For your convenience my booking system will send you an email with the details and a payment link so you can process it easily on your phone.

Can I order prints of my images?

Yes, I print up to A3+ on site with a Canon Pro Printer using Chromalife 100+ ink. These prints can last over 200 years in a photo album and about 40 years on display behind glass.

I also work with both Irish and international professional printing laboratories to offer larger prints and wall art in many different sizes and on a variety of materials.

You can place your print order through your private online gallery.

Can I purchase high resolution images with printing rights?

Yes, you are welcome to purchase the high resolution edited images with a print release for personal use.

Where is Annaharvey Farm located?

The map below shows the exact location about 5km outside Tullamore on the R420 towards Geashill & Portarlington. The Eircode is R35 A0Y5.

Please note it is a busy Equestrian Centre so there are lots of horses, ponies on site with straw and hay throughout. Please contact me in advance if you have concerns relating to allergies to animal hair, grasses or dust etc.

Do you travel to other locations?

Sessions at other locations are often possible by arrangement. Please contact me to discuss what you have in mind.

We are lucky to have many beautiful locations around us suitable for dogs such as Lough Boora, Slieve Bloom Mountains and Birr Castle to name just a few in Offaly.

If you would like to arrange a day for your club or for group at a particular location, please do get in touch.

Travel fees apply where the return trip is over 100 km (i.e. more than 50 km each way), this will be discussed with you prior to booking if applicable.

Annaharvey Farm, Tullamore