Sawbridgeworth Dog Show 2016 – Beautiful Images Captured By Herts & Essex Specialist Pet Photographer

In typical British fashion our morning started with rain. Reaching Bullfield’s Recreational Ground, Sawbridgeworth early to prepare our stand for the Dog Show, we were hopeful the rain would ease off in time for the formal start of the show. Which surprisingly it did. Bit of course this was short lived. The proceeded with intermittent spells of showers and dry periods. This however did not deter those who had decided to attend.

People of all ages, from all walks of life arrived to enjoy the day. There was a steel band, live music, the dog agility and dog show, alongside various stalls and even the fire brigade, who were displaying one of their amazing fire engines.

It was great to meet so many new faces and equally great to catch up with those who we have photographed in the past.

A big thank you to Adrienne from DogAblitly and Sawbridgeworth Town Council for the invitation and we look forward to attending again next year.

Here is a short slideshow with the images we captured on the day.

If you would like a Specialist Pet Photography Session for your dog or other pet, please visit our website for more details


Specialist Commercial & Corporate Pet Photographer Goes Behind The Scenes At The Cromwell Veterinary Group, Cambridgeshire.

Our Commercial & Corporate photography service has catered for many companies over the years, ranging from Solicitors firms to large Airlines. However it will come as no surprise, that being a Specialist Pet Photographer, our services are often called upon by those within the Pet Industry.

One such company is the Cromwell Veterinary Group, with whom we have had the pleasure to work with over the past two years. Our time working at the various surgeries has also provided us unique, “behind the scenes” access to the amazing world of veterinary practice, and a chance to capture some “fly on the wall” documentary images, which show the genuine, everyday goings on.

Staff reacting to a young King Charles Cavalier puppy visiting the Huntingdon branch of the Cromwell Veterinary Group. Captured by Detheo Photography.

Staff reacting to a young King Charles Cavalier puppy visiting the Huntingdon branch of the Cromwell Veterinary Group.

This first image was captured today without the staff being aware. This is a scene we have witnessed time and time again . The affection expressed by staff to all the animals visiting or in their care is heartwarming and a testament to the quality of the team.  And as such it was great to get the chance to capture it on camera.

A tiny, premature puppy hand reared by staff. Captured by Detheo Photography

A tiny, premature puppy hand reared by staff.

The second image is not just of a cute puppy. It is in fact one of a tiny little chap, born prematurely and rejected by his mother.

His siblings all died and his chances of survival would have been nil had it not been for the remarkable care and dedication given to him by the staff.

Due to being born prematurely he required care that machines could not replicate. He was carried carefully by staff, inside their clothing so he could be reassured by their heart beat and kept warm at the same time. However, his 24 hour care needs meant he would also go home with staff each night, and they would tend to him around the clock, forgoing any idea of sleep!

His survival is proof of their dedication and commitment to go beyond the call of duty and it was so touching to photograph him today as he played and then feel asleep in the hands of those that gave him the chance of life.

We look forward to working with the team again soon and thank them for their openness and hospitality.



Specialist Pet Photography – Why We Prefer Not To Be In The Studio.

Over the years we have photographed hundreds of pets from the usual Dogs, Cats and Horses, to the not so common, Bearded Dragons, Macaws and Syrian Hamsters. However, the most popular pet so far is the dog.

Man’s best friend, originated from Wolves and has been bred for thousands of years to work and live alongside humans. Today, for the lucky ones, they are very much a part of our families. Bringing joy and friendship to young and old, we care for them deeply which of course means that when the time comes to say goodbye, the pain can be unbearable.

Ross Order

Ross with his favourite toy, at home in the kitchen where he loved to lay.

As such we here at Detheo Photography, we know how important it is to capture the very essence of a pet’s personality within the images we create, be that from the way they lay with their favourite toy or the way their face looks when they are running.

However, in order to capture these special details, we believe it is important to become apart of the dog’s world. This is why we rarely book Specialist Pet Photography Sessions at our studio. Instead we believe that the best place to work with dogs and other pets, is where they can express themselves most naturally. For dogs, this would be at home, or at a park a forest, or woodland etc.

Outside in familiar places dogs will behave more naturally, sniffing and exploring and have space to engage in play, without feeling anxious or nervous about a new environment.

Studios are quite an un-natural environment for most pet dogs, which can result in excessive pacing, panting and salivating.  Others may seem calm, however they are very much aware of the photographer and will be expected to behave as per the photographers requirements.

Instead, for many of our photoshoots, we work mainly from a distance, following and capturing the dogs, as they go about their usual behaviour with little to no interaction form us. Others will have a combination, incorporating time where we may encourage a certain behaviour, include some interactions and even capture some specific portrait images.

So, if you would like stunning images of your dog that really capture their personality, but have been put off by the idea of having to take them to a studio, then our service is exactly what you need.

You will find plenty of information on our website about our Specialist Pet Photography  and a link to our prices there too.

You can also see examples of some of our Award Winning Images too.

Detheo Photography specialises in working with all animals catering for all of their individual requirements, including dogs who may be extremely nervous / fearful or unwell. Please enquire to learn more.

Sara, Matthew and the Gang!


Having spoken to Sara for over a year now, it was lovely to see her again and finally get to meet her partner, Matthew, and the dogs that they share their beautiful home with.


Along with Ellie, the more mature Chocolate Labrador and Pickles, the sweet West Highland Terrier, we had the pleasure of Maggie’s company.


Maggie is the crazy working Black Labrador from our previous post, who is jointly owned by Sara and her parents, David & Margaret.


Having driven just over two hours, I could not have been met by a more beautiful sight. Matthew and Sara’s home is set in the most wonderful rural setting. A rustic wooden bridge crosses over one of the two picturesque lakes and there beyond lay the entrance to the woods.


With such an amazing backdrop, I could not wait to start. However, in true British fashion the rain began to fall just as I switched the car’s engine off. But I had never needed to worry, for both Matthew and Sara were not prepared to let this stop us and remained eager throughout the photoshoot.


This was definitely one of the most relaxed sessions I have had and one I truly enjoyed.  I cannot thank Matthew and Sara enough for their enthusiasm and hospitality.

Alfie & Bertie’s Birthday Party

I first met Alfie & Bertie at the 2011 Much Hadham Village Fete & Dog Show. The Poodle x Shih Tzu brothers were so sweet and seemed to love the attention. So I was rather pleased when their owner, Tracey, decided to get in touch.

Tracey explained that she planned to hold a garden party for the boys birthday and invite a few of their friends and she wanted me to cover the event.

Thankfully, after a week of torrential rain, the weather decided to relax a little and even provided us with some sunshine.

On the day all the dogs behaved themselves really well, with one or two clearly displayed a keen interest in developing a career in modeling!!



A Little Play Time With My New Lens

It has been quite a while since I set my heart on purchasing the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens, and finally two weeks ago it arrived. Unfortunately, it’s arrival coincided with a slight deterioration in my recovery which meant I was not able to get out to try it until more recently.

Having now had that opportunity, I can honestly say it did not disappoint. I look forward to being able to take this lens out much more when my health improves even further. In the mean time here are a few of the image I have recently taken with it.

This Is What Detheo Photography Was Born To Do

Photography for me, as for many others is a very personal journey and Detheo Photography was very much the launch pad of that journey. The emotion and power that images can evoke is something I have always felt passionate about and I wanted to share the passion with others, to enable them too, to feel the connection with their images as I have with mine.

However, a journey cannot start at the end and the path between the two can be both exciting, yet sometimes, very frustrating.

One of the many things I love as a photographer is meeting people from all walks of life and of course, getting to know the many animals I have the pleasure to photograph.  A key part of working with animals is learning to respect the creature before you, and the ability to build a connection between our two species. As mammals we instinctively understand the meaning behind the general, everyday movements and sounds made by other humans. However, these same sounds and movements have very different meanings within the Canine, Feline and Equine worlds. Therefore, in order to successfully photograph these animals, one must first learn a basic form of communication and understand the importance of developing a relationship between themselves and the animal.

Whilst I must say that I do not proclaim to be an expert in this field,  it is my commitment to the development of these relationships that I believe allows me to capture the images that I do and will provide the foundations which will enable me to continue to grow and become the photographer I aspire to be.

With all this in mind, it goes without saying how touched I was to receive the following email. At a time when life has been a little rocky, this email reminded me to remain true to the values that I held form the start and remain focused on the path I have already chosen.

For those of you who ave already read the post titled “The Original Canine Clown” you will be familiar with my introduction to the wonderful Bogey and his friend Ross. This email was received from Bogey’s dad Matt.

“I booked Bogey and Ross in with Maria as I wanted some portraits of our dogs at the reception of my upcoming wedding to Tracy. I wanted the dogs to be with us in spirit as they couldn’t physically be there and I knew from previous experience that Maria was able to get the best out of each animal, and in particular boxers.

On the day of the shoot Bogey was his usual ball of relentless energy and Ross was his usual sullen and aloof self.  Maria alternated her style and approach to make each dog feel at ease. She encouraged and coerced Ross into some awesome photos, with Ross looking unusually natural and at ease. He is usually mistrusting of strangers and always reluctant to be the center of attention, yet Maria knew exactly how to handle him in order to get the exact type of shots I’d requested.

Bogey was a different story..throughout the entire shoot Bogey typified a boxer puppy..he wouldn’t sit still, pose or do very little I asked of him…Maria gave him free reign to be himself and clearly knew this approach was best. It led to the most fantastic shots of Bogey at play and at rest. She even managed to get him to pose for the shots I’d requested. Nothing was too much trouble for her. It was a very relaxed and comfortable shoot which I think transferred to the dogs.

Once it was over, i had given Maria a very tight deadline, yet she worked tirelessly to get the photos to me in time for the wedding…what can I say about the photos? They were amazing. So much more than I hoped for. Maria was really able to capture the very different personalities of each dog and it became so difficult to actually pick our favorites.

The photos of our two boys took pride of place at our wedding reception and Tracy was absolutely speechless when she saw them. The dogs are a special part of our lives, and thanks to Maria’s skill and hard work, they were a special part of the greatest day of our lives.

I cannot recommend her work enough and Tracy, Bogey and I will be booking back in soon for some ‘family’ portraits.    Matt”

It was a pleasure to photograph Bogey and Ross (and even Matt) and I truly look forward to seeing them again in the future.

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