Awkward Portraits + Courses

Awkward portraits of awkward dogs.

Prepare mentally and physically for the big day:

What to wear: your favourite leash + collar/harness combo that you would like in the photos. Dogs will be on leash throughout the shoot. Solid, earth tones will be least noticeable in close up photos. That said, there’s nothing wrong with whacky, bright, patterned gear if that’s what your pup prefers.

Where: meet in Exshaw for Express Sessions unless a Location Change is selected. Meeting location for Adventure Sessions varies by season and client preference.

Images: each session includes a set number of images in the session price. You will receive an invite to a gallery of your pup’s session one to two weeks after the shoot where you can choose your images (and additional images at $40+gst each).

Awkward Portrait sessions are designed for one dog per session, but sessions can be booked back to back if dogs are commuting to location together and the dogs can take turns sitting awkwardly in front of the camera while their buddies watch/ridicule them.

Snacks Provided: soft, beef based mini treats. Please advise of any dietary restrictions and bring alternative snacks. If your pup has a snack or toy that you know makes their eyes sparkle, bring that along for more sparkle.

Session rates and descriptions:

Express Portrait Session

This is a great option for ramblers (just passing through without much time), or dogs who just need an updated awkward portrait for their instagram or over the fireplace. The shoot requires 20-40 minutes of the dog’s time (depending on modelling experience) with human accompaniment. This session is shot in Exshaw unless a Location Change is chosen.

Includes 3 digital images

Location: Exshaw, Alberta (see below for other options)

Express Rate$255
Adopted Special$225
Session Add-ons:
Location Change to Kananaskis or Banff$75
Purchase additional images after you see them:
Additional Images**+ $40 per
Purchase Entire Gallery**+ $295
prices subject to 5% GST
*You will be invited to a gallery of 20 retouched images to choose from one to two weeks after your session. Please feel free to select extra images at that time for $40 each. Can’t leave any behind? The entire gallery is available for $295 (this is separate from the session price).
To book: email the “booking request” info form below along with any other pertinent information to trailsandbears@gmail.com

Adventure Portrait Session

This option is the most dramatic in terms of the season’s backdrops for your adventure monster. All sessions are customized your monster’s physical ability. The Adventure Session requires dog-napping your dog for 5-6 hours of one-on-one time. While we head into various nooks and mountain crannies, you could use this dog-free time for a spa day, some quiet time at Cafe Books, a drive around the Spray Lakes/Kananaskis loop, or a stroll around Canmore, Banff, or Lake Louise where there are many shops and restaurants to go into and think about your dog.

Adventure Sessions are suited for dogs who are comfortable around strange humans and other dogs who may be out adventuring. It’s important that your dog is comfortable and confident for a successful session. If your dog has a hard time adjusting to a dog-napping by a stranger, they would be happier (and the photos would be happier) with an Express Session (where their human remains present).

Includes 10 digital images

Location: Mountains of Alberta (various locations/backdrops including short nature walks and picnics)

Adventure Rate$785
Adopted Special$695
Purchase additional images after you see them:
Additional Images**+ $40 per
Purchase Entire Gallery**+ $395
prices subject to 5% GST
**you will be invited to a gallery of 40 final images to choose from within one week of your session. please feel free to select extra images at $40 each. can’t leave any behind? the entire gallery is available for $335
To book: email the “booking request” info form below along with any other pertinent information to trailsandbears@gmail.com

PORTRAIT BOOKING REQUEST FORM

  • Preferred date/days/times:
  • Human’s name:
  • Dog’s name, age:
  • Session (Express or Adventure):
  • If booking the Express, would you like to add a Location Change to Banff or Kananaskis? ($75):
  • Contact phone number (this will be the number used to text confirmation and location pin the eve of the session):
  • best email for the gallery invite:
  • If adopted, which rescue is your dog from:
  • Is it OK to share photos/videos of your dog on social media and/or websites:
  • Instagram handle to tag if posting:

Awkward Portraits Crash Course 
Duration: 2 hours

Meet me in a scenic location to learn and practice five fundamental elements that I use to create portraits with strange dogs (these will work on normal dogs, also).

Dress Code: your favourite outfit for sitting in the dirt, hip pockets for constant access to dog treats (can be in a jacket, backpack, or fannypack), camera (full battery, memory card). The duration of the course will be outside.

Location: northeast end of Barrier Lake (recommended upgrade: Highwood Pass location available July-December, add $140)

Model: one dog per student welcome. If your dog is dog- and people-friendly, responsive, and physically able, he/she can be your model. If not, I can bring a model for your course or we can change the location of the course to facilitate your dog’s participation if possible. Model must remain tethered to photographer throughout the course in compliance with leash laws.


Crash Course one-on-one cost: $250 (friends/additional students $95 each)

prices subject to gst

CRASH COURSE BOOKING REQUEST FORM

  • Preferred date/days/times:
  • Human’s name:
  • Additional humans ($95 each):
  • Will you require a dog model or are you bringing one with you?
  • If bringing a dog: name, age:
  • Location choice: Barrier Lake (included) or Highwood Pass (add $140):
  • Contact phone number (this will be the number used to text confirmation and location pin the eve of the session):
  • best email for contact:
  • Is it OK to share photos/videos of your Crash Course on social media and/or websites:
  • Instagram handle to tag if posting:

BYOD – Bring Your Own Dog: Hike + (choose one of) Express Portrait Session OR Awkward Portraits Crash Course 
Duration: approximately 3 hours (including hiking)

Meet me early morning for a jaw-dropping, short-but-steep scenic hike. Bring your dog. If you choose the Awkward Portraits Crash Course option, we’ll be discussing the five fundamental elements of the awkward portrait throughout the hike (with extra time up high to practice each element). If you choose the Express Session, once we get to the viewpoint (the views are plentiful on the way) pass your pup to me for an on-location Express Session (20-40 minutes of shooting/3 images).

What To Bring: Snacks, water, your dog (everything else is less important, but important nonetheless). Bear spray, insect repellent if you’re into that or long sleeves, your favourite outfit for sitting in the dirt, hip pockets for constant access to dog treats (can be in a jacket, backpack, or fannypack), camera (full battery, memory card). Appropriate hiking footwear and layers. Leash (pups must be tethered to a human at all times in this area).

Location: Meet in Highwood Pass Area

BYOD cost: $595 for one human + one dog (extras welcome*)

*(For the crash course option, additional humans : $95 each. For the Express Session option, extra dogs: $255, extra humans: $0) prices subject to gst

BYOD BOOKING REQUEST FORM

  • Preferred date/days/times:
  • Human’s name:
  • Dog’s name/age:
  • Crash Course OR Express Portraits:
  • Additional humans ($95 each for Crash Course):
  • Additional dogs ($255 each for Express Session. Each pup will need a human attached.)
  • Contact phone number (this will be the number used to text confirmation and location pin the eve of the session):
  • best email for contact:
  • Is it OK to share photos/videos of your Crash Course on social media and/or websites:
  • Instagram handle to tag if posting: