RealShoots Model Application

What is RealShoots?

As well as being a professional pet photographer servicing private and commercial clients, I also teach pet photography to students worldwide. I have e-books and editing tutorials, I offer one-on-one mentoring in shooting and editing and I teach at international pet photography retreats. Then there’s my super popular and totally free Tip of the Day series on Instagram that you can also subscribe to via email.

RealShoots is my latest and most exciting teaching venture to date!

I’m producing a series of 10 “live” shooting tutorial videos for pet photographers that will be presented in an online course, with new episodes released every month until June 2018.

Why do you want my dog?

Real life pet photography sessions are filmed by my super cool videographers and made into an instructional video. I would usually draw from my commercial dog model database for this kind of thing, but since the shoots need to be as “real life” as possible, I don’t always want well-trained dogs to work with.

How does it work?

If your dog is selected, your pet photography session will run similarly to one of my paid client sessions. I’ll work with you and your dog to shoot a diverse range of images which may include action, portraits, candids, dog & owner and many other styles – check out my Portfolio to get an idea of types of images we might be creating from your session.

The video footage and audio taken at the photo session will be combined with still images, titles and voiceovers, and made into an instructional resource for pet photographers around the world to watch and learn from.

Sounds good, but what do I get?

As you and your dog play the starring role, you will have lifetime complimentary access to watch the video once it has been released.

Since this is a real life photo session, we’ll end up with some beautiful images of your dog. After the episode has been released, they’ll be uploaded to an online gallery for you to view.

You’ll be able to download web resolution, watermarked images to share with your friends and family. You’ll also have $300 in order credit to spend on prints and products!

What’s the catch?

Well, there isn’t really one, but you will need to sign a commercial model release for both yourself and your dog, which allows me to use the footage and images taken commercially. No scripted acting is required, you just need to act naturally while being filmed and photographed.

Episode 1 Trailer

RealShoots Episode 1 was filmed in May 2017 and featured two year old Rogue the Border Collie and his mum Charlie. The location for the session was a gorgeous off-leash dog beach and the weather was fine and sunny. We covered backlighting, action, candid dog and owner shots and created some amazing twilight images.

See Episode

Now Casting for Episode 2

The session for Episode 2 has been scheduled. The location will be a suburban park in Brisbane on the northside.

Eligibility criteria

Here’s what I’m looking for for this episode:

One dog

No Border Collies or working dogs/mixes (Aussies, Kelpies, Cattle Dogs etc) - any other breed is fine

Any age, colour or gender

Any size except very small or miniature

Must not be highly reactive to cyclists, other dogs or people

Must be reasonably confident in busy parks (not timid or scared in new situations)

Any level training - a little bit naughty is okay!

Dates and times

Preferably, you should be available on all three days in case we need to reschedule due to weather. If you aren’t, please submit an application anyway and indicate the days you are available.

Session date - Wednesday 12th July 2017, 2.30pm-5pm (sunset)

Backup date 1 - Thursday 13th July 2017, 2.30pm-5pm (sunset)

Backup date 2 - Friday 14th July 2017, 2.30pm-5pm (sunset)

That’s it! If your dog meets the criteria and you’re available on the shoot days, please submit your application below.

Applications are now closed

Thanks so much to everyone who applied!