Awkward Portraits

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 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$235
Adopted Special$195
Session Add-ons:
Add second location to the session*$75
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
*Second location within 10km of first location whether in default Exshaw location, or to accompany a Banff or Kananaskis Location Change. This extends the session by approximately 20 minutes, excluding driving.
°Sessions with a Location Changes must be paid in full at the time of booking.
*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 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 4-5 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$665
Adopted Special$595
Purchase additional images after you see them:
Additional Images**+ $40 per
Purchase Entire Gallery**+ $335
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

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 second location ($75) or 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: