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pet photo tutorial from Joe at Bounders dog photography



Whether you are totally new to photography, or semi pro, Joe has the knowledge and experience to make sure you'll walk away with new skills to take better portraits of your dog (or anyone else's). 

"Had an amazing evening with Joe learning how to use my camera properly. I used to just take photos without knowing what most of the settings are. Now I know lots and loved learning so much!  I would 100% recommended this to anyone. The photos I now have are amazing!" - Nicola Clark

Joe at Bounders teaching dog photography

What’s included?

  • Pre-workshop introductory phone or video call

  • Customised outdoor practical workshop session

  • Tailored 1-2-1 tuition throughout your time with Joe 

  • Lots of helpful tips and tricks

  • Informative critique and post session

  • Ongoing email support and advice

  • Bring your own dog!* 


PRE-TUTORIAL CALL - A 15 minute chat on the phone or video call helps Joe find out where you are on your photography journey, and enables him to tailor your lesson so that you get the most out of it.

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP - Spend around 2 hours outside on location (S44 5QJ) with your pooch*, or one of our dog models. We can choose to focus on understanding your camera, or introducing flash, or simply dog behaviour and how to get the best out of them in front of the lens.

CRITIQUE & POST SESSION - Following on from the practical workshop, we move to the Bounders Lounge (S41 0QQ) and shift our focus onto how to improve the images you've taken. What went right, how to do it again, and how you can improve next time; along with learning how to turn a good picture into a great picture using some post production skills. 

The critique session can be straight after your workshop, although usually it's done a week or so later to give you time to process what you've learnt out in the field.

CONTINUING SUPPORT - As part of your 1-2-1 Tutorial, you will have access to ongoing email support with Joe, for advice and the critiquing of any new photography you've taken with your new found skills, so you'll never feel stuck and alone with your photography again! 

Expert pet photographer Joe Riley teaches you how to take better photos of your dog




KNOWLEDGEABLE - In a highly varied and concentrated career spanning over 15 years, there is little Joe hasn't photographed. Fast-moving superbikes, football at Wembley, celebrities and royals, High-end advertising and studio work, even the dreaded school portraits and a best friend's wedding. His knowledge and experience is certainly extensive.

DOWN TO EARTH - Throughout that time he has taught night classes, college kids and led workshops for photographers of all abilities, with his specialism being small off-camera flash. He is well studied in everything photographic, with a BA Hons degree from the Cambridge School of Art, and NCTJ & NCE press qualifications. He teaches with a passion and a down to earth style that inspires, without getting bogged down with 'photo gear' speak or anything over technical.

Scrooby and Joe giving pet photo lessons

DOG LOVER - And as for his knowledge of pooches? Well, he's only spent the last 7 years focusing solely on dogs, working with over 1,000 of them of all shapes and sizes...and you've seen the results.

So I guess what we're saying is, you'll be in safe hands...

LOOKING FOR A GIFT? - This 1-2-1 Photo Tutorial Experience makes an amazing gift for any budding photographer, and guarantees to improve their photography skills whatever level they're at, from amateur to aspiring professional. Just let us know after purchase and we'll arrange a gift voucher etc.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS - While Joe could teach you how to take better pics with your mobile phone, we advise you bring a D-SLR style camera, as you will get so much more out of it. If you are unsure, request a call back below and Joe can talk you through everything.

Book your 1-2-1 Dog Photography Tutorial for £249

*Due to the nature of 1-to-1 tutorials, and to reduce distractions, we only allow one dog per session. If you feel your dog is not suitable for a tutorial workshop and would be more of a hindrance than a help, you can request one of our session dogs.



If you have any questions or want to get in touch, simply send us an email. We will happily get back to you as soon as we can.


Alternately if you would like to have a chat with Joe beforehand, you can request a call back, either on the phone or video call. 

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