Picture perfect pet photos in West Essex

PUBLISHED: 16:15 02 April 2020 | UPDATED: 16:15 02 April 2020

If a dog is shy Tom will take them outside and get them running around and engaging with me (with the help of some treats)

If a dog is shy Tom will take them outside and get them running around and engaging with me (with the help of some treats)

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We all need a lift right now, so here are some cute photos as we chat to Epping-based pet photographer Tom Peck

Not surprisngly, Tom reckons his own dog Rufus is the perfect subjectNot surprisngly, Tom reckons his own dog Rufus is the perfect subject

What’s your background?

My wife and I have lived in Essex for 24 years, along with our two children. Prior to setting up my own business I was European Head of Research, based in London, for McDonald’s. I then set up in the freelance market research field. Increasingly my photographic hobby has built up, and in my spare time I run landscape photography workshops all around the world.

How long have you been established?

My pet photography business was launched last autumn, so not very long. But things are going really well and I’m expecting bookings to pick up with the better weather over summer. I started by photographing our much-loved family labrador Rufus, who is four years old. He’s the perfect subject as he has an amazing character and is full of bounce and energy. From there I saw a business opportunity to give pet owners a professional and poetic shot of a much-loved member of the family. And, just as with children, it’s great to record animals throughout their lifetime.

During a two hour session, Tom will shoot your pet both inside and outsideDuring a two hour session, Tom will shoot your pet both inside and outside

What’s your USP?

I bring a professional eye along with a relaxed and easy-going attitude which seems to work for both dogs and their owners. I book a two hour time slot with clients, and we can spend the time both in and outdoors. I know how to get the best out of the animal and can combine that with all the technical aspects like processing, filters and shutter speeds. The results are much better than mobile phone snaps, which are often hurried and unfocused.

Are any and all animals suitable?

Most animals would be suitable I think. So far I’ve done lots of different dogs, a horse and a bird of prey. I’d be happy to do rabbits, rodents, cats and reptiles – they’re all quite fascinating and photogenic. I often include owners in the shots too if it’s appropriate. But if the animal has bags of character and energy they seem to work well just on their own. If a dog is shy I’ll take them outside and get them running around and engaging with me (with the help of some treats) and the camera.

How does it all come together?

When a client contacts me we have a chat about the animal and their age and temperament, then we can make a decision about where and when we do the shoot. I’m happy to travel almost anywhere in Essex. But owners have to understand they need to take a step back during the photography - I need to control the relationship, so that the animal is looking at me and the camera, and not at the owner. Some people find it hard to not get involved, but it really doesn’t produce the best results if an animal is having to choose whether to listen to their owner or focus on the camera and me!

Why should people consider having professional pet pics?

They are such a nice memento to have. People and families have such special relationships with the animals in their life and it’s nice to capture this for posterity. If your animal has character and a beautiful nature I can reflect that and produce a picture that sums up this particular member of the family, and that’s a daily reminder of all the love and affection you have for one another.

How much does it cost?

Prices for a photo shoot start at £99 for a two-hour session: indoors, outdoors or both. For an extra cost I can print out favourite images, create a photo album or put it all on a USB stick for your own use.

Peck Pet Photography, 07515 549485, peckpetphotography.com

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