Posted on November 25, 2016
Being a Specialist Pet Photographer did not happen by accident. Yes, it would be fair to say it was something I had aspired to. Over the past 7 or more years, I have worked hard and inevitably my business has grown. However, I believe that there was something more powerful than just wanting, that bought Detheo Photography to where it is today.
The relationships between people and animals has always fascinated me and the bonds that we build, have been one of the most profound foundations of my work.
Photographing animals takes so much more than just being a great photographer. The ability to interact with each individual, in a way that is suited to them, means dedicating a vast amount of time to learning and understanding the behaviour of each species. It is an endless journey with amazing rewards.
It is so lovely to be able to capture beautiful images of peoples pets, seeing the amazement when they view their images for the first time. And over 7 years we have been fortunate to photograph near on one thousand animals, of all shapes and sizes.
Yet, the true defining moment came Friday last week, when we were contacted by a very heartbroken lady Vanessa, explaining that her dog Samson had recently been diagnosed with Cancer.
“My Samson has only weeks to live. I have been trying to take pictures over the past couple of weeks but either burst into tears or just can’t capture a shot of him.Would you be able to fit Samson and Sadie (our other dog) for a shoot. They have never been apart for over 9 years and a picture together would be a wonderful thing for us to treasure.”
We worked quickly to make arrangements and get Samson and Sadie into the studio this Wednesday (23/11/16).
The dogs came with one of their regular dog walkers, Susanna as Vanessa understandably felt she would struggle. Instantly I sensed Samson was not quite right. It is difficult to express in words but there was just a gut feeling. So I decided to pretend that we were not doing anything other than just having a chat. I moved the giant leather pouf into the shooting area and invited the dogs to get up and lay down. Susanna then perched on the side and I sat on the floor. Within moments, they had both relaxed and soon feel asleep.
That evening I started to edit the images we had captured. But, if the truth be told, I found this an emotional time. Having said goodbye to three of our own pets, I knew all too well how devastated the family were going to be. Yet nothing I could do would ever change that.
However, there is something very special about a photograph. It has the ability to awaken all of our senses, so that in a split moment, we suddenly can feel the softness of our dogs coat and the distinct sounds of their barking. Photographs have the power to momentarily transport us back, to relive memories over and over again. And as sat back and looked at the final images, I realised, this way why I became a Specialist Pet Photographer. To be able to create these important images, so others may treasure them and in time gain some comfort from them too.
On Thursday 24th November, Samson’s condition deteriorated and today, Friday 25th November, he crossed over Rainbows Bridge. However, his paw prints will remain on the hearts of all that knew him.
Posted on February 19, 2013
As Detheo Photography enters it’s third year, something quite magical has begun to stir. There are changes on the way, and along with a complete rebranding, we will be launching a new package of services and new products.
So in preparation we decided to spend the day photographing the beautiful Fros at one of the two stunning venues we have managed to create a link with.
Down Hall Country House Hotel, has long been a special place for us personally, as it was the setting for many joyous and memorable functions, long before Detheo Photography even started. Yet throughout the years it’s elegance and striking beauty have never faltered and we are honoured to have it on our list of approved locations for many of our future shoots.
With all the new changes and venues, I hear you ask, “where does the old come in?” Well, in order to compliment the beauty of our environment, it was essential that Fros wore something quite spectacular.
Sixteen years after it was lovingly designed by myself and carefully hand crafted by Maria at Mirror Mirror in Crouch End, London, my own wedding dress made it’s way out of it’s resting place to take centre stage.
And we are sure you will agree, it proved to be the perfect choice.
We hope you enjoy the images we created just as much as we enjoyed creating them.
Please watch carefully over the next few months as we begin to announce exciting new changes, and special offers for you all to take advantage of.