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Santa Paws 2023

Christmas pet mini shoots

Capture the wonder of Christmas, with a pet mini shoot. Short and sweet, these sessions are relaxed in approach and simple in style - keeping the focus on your pet and their beautiful expressions. 

In a nod to the season, we'll have a special visitor on hand to help. It's not actually Santa – just my dog-whispering assistant with a Christmassy sleeve. And while she may be no good at clambering down chimneys, she's skilled at keeping dogs calm and happy while I take my shots. 

The result is an experience full of festive cheer, and a selection of pet portraits with a stylish sprinkle of Christmas magic. Supplied as high-resolution digital downloads, they're perfect for Christmas cards, decorations or photo gifts - or as a festive portrait for your wall. 

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Single dog


  • 15-minute photo shoot

  • Advice on preparing your dog for the shoot

  • One high-resolution digital image, complete with Christmas sparkle

  • Printing rights for personal use

  • Option to purchase further images from your gallery

Two dogs


  • 25-minute photo shoot

  • Advice on preparing your dogs for the shoot

  • Three high-resolution digital images, complete with Christmas sparkle

  • Printing rights for personal use

  • Option to purchase further images from your gallery


Is a Christmas mini shoot right for my dog?

Due to their short length, Christmas pet mini shoots shoots are suitable for single dogs (15-minute session), or two dogs from the same family (25-minute session). It also helps if your dog responds to simple commands such as sit, stay, or lie down. 

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Book a Santa Paws mini shoot

 Saturday 4 November 2023

Broadway Village Hall, TA19 9RX

Remember that there two shoot types, depending on whether you have one dog or two. Please choose the correct session using the options below. 

Single dog

A 15-minute shoot, suitable for a single dog.

Two dogs

A 25-minute shoot, suitable for two dogs from the same family. 

Missed out this time?

Don't worry! If you missed the chance to book this year, you can join my priority mailing list and be the first to hear about future pet mini shoots. Simply complete the form below, and you'll be notified of all future sessions before their general release. 

  • When’s the best time for a newborn shoot?
    If it’s sleepy, snuggly newborn photos that you’d like, the best time to capture these is between 7 and 14 days old. This is also the best age to photograph the tiny details, like eyelashes, lips and toes. But, given my approach to newborn photography, I place no limit on the baby’s age.
  • When should I book my newborn shoot?
    I only schedule a maximum of two due dates per week, to ensure that I can accommodate babies around their actual delivery dates. So, I’d recommend booking your shoot after your 20-week scan. This also allows time for us to meet in advance, and for me to familiarise myself with your home.
  • How should I prepare for my shoot?
    A couple of weeks before your shoot, I’ll send you a digital guide on how to get ready for it. This will include advice on outfits, preparing your home, and readying your baby for the session.
  • Why will my newborn shoot take place in my home?
    The benefits of an at-home newborn shoot are numerous. From a practical perspective, it saves you the challenge of leaving the house. You can also ensure that your house is warm enough for any unclothed shots that you may like of your baby. Then there’s the advantage of having toys at hand for young siblings, and snacks and refreshments for anyone who wants them. And, if your baby needs changing or feeding, everything you need will be right there. At-home shoots are also much more relaxed, which helps me to capture more natural shots of your family’s interactions.
  • Do I need to tidy my house for the shoot?
    I’ll usually only use one or two rooms (often the master bedroom and living room), so you certainly won’t need to clean the house from top to bottom. Where possible, I’ll carry out a pre-shoot consultation at your house. Among other things, this will give me a chance to get a feel for the layout of your house, and where the light falls. That way, you should know in advance which rooms I’m likely to use on the day.
  • How long will my shoot take?
    Usually, newborn shoots take around two hours. This allows time to feed and settle your baby, change their outfit as required, and drink as many cups of tea as you’d like! It’s important to me that your shoot feels relaxed and unrushed. That’s why we’ll be led by your baby, without clock-watching.
  • What time of day will my shoot take place?
    In my experience, mid-morning is the ideal time to carry out a newborn shoot. Babies are often most settled at this time of day, and it allows time for everyone to have breakfast beforehand. Usually, we’ll finish in time for lunch, and you can have the rest of the day to yourselves. If, when your baby arrives, it would suit you to have the shoot at a different time of day, that’s no problem. Yours will be the only session of the day, so we can move it around as necessary - subject to the availability of natural light.
  • Which areas do you cover?
    My photo shoots usually take place in Somerset, Devon and West Dorset. I’m happy to travel further, though – I simply charge mileage at 45p a mile for shoots beyond a 30-mile radius of Ilminster.
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