Annemarie King: The Phodographer » Dog Portrait Photography in York and Yorkshire

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I just had to share one of my all time favourite shoots on  the blog today. This is Holly and her mum and dad came to me through a special package I was running with The Black Swan hotel at Helmsley. We decided to use nearby Duncombe Park as the place to take our dog portrait session and it was fantastic, full of little nooks and crannies and beautiful old doors like this one.

The Black Swan are running the offer for a dog friendly Yorkshire hotel break and a dog photography session at the time of writing, check it out here

I’ve been waiting for the right time to share these images of Gemma because she is now no longer with us. Her Mum and Dad brought her to me to be photographed a little while ago,  and we’d hoped to use the bluebell wood, but Sandy mentioned that Gemma’s legs were rather tired now she was a bit older and not to worry if I just had to photograph her on the path near to the car. She might not be able to walk the short distance through the meadow to get to the wood.

Gemma though, had other ideas and shot across the meadow in search of all the lovely new smells her nose could find! We had to laugh, she was having so much fun. We easily made it to the wood and here’s some of the pictures.

Gemma was a lovely, lovely girl who I knew through York greyhound and lurcher walks, she was gentle and beautiful and had the most fantastic ears. To know her was to love her.

  • November 6, 2017 - 4:08 pm

    Sandy Busby - Dear Annemarie,
    When do you ever stop crying?!
    Tina passed on the blog you did about Gemma, thank you it brought back such lovely memories.
    She also told me about your beloved Boo – my heart-felt thoughts are with you at this time.
    It was lovely to see you at the end of the walk – Jessica thought so too!!
    Thanks for your beautiful photos, you have such an amazing gift.
    Sandy xxReplyCancel

In March I received a very exciting phone call from The Kennel Club. During that phone call I was told that I had been placed in the Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year competition. I had to keep this news secret until the announcement yesterday. So, after months of literally BURSTING to say something, I can now tell everyone that I am absolutely over the moon to have been awarded Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year, 3rd place Man’s Best Friend category winner.

The Dog Photographer of the Year is an international competition which had over 10,000 entries from over 74 different countries around the world.

My winning image is this one of Gus the Jack Russell Terrier and his family, taken on one my ‘Muddy Good Hike” doggy photo shoot adventures.

There are some great winning images this year and I’d like to say huge congrats to all the other photographers placed. Check out all the winning images here: or better still visit the exhibition of all the images at the Kennel Club Art Gallery in Mayfair, London from 26th June – 31st August 2017

This is such a nice thing to happen to The Phodographer and means so much. Later this year, we’ll be celebrating five years of business and also this success which has been the most lovely surprise.

One of the great pleasures of being a dog photographer is that I get to hang out with lovely people and their pets. Ambling through the woods is such a nice way to get to know people and I think the strolling and stopping for a set of pictures here and there takes away any anxiety my client may I have about whether their dog will ‘perform’.

The more I find out in my client questionnaire, and the more I learn on our ‘muddy good’ walk about the dog, the better the results, I think.

Stevie is the sweetest most lovely greyhound and I wanted to make sure I captured his laid back, happy self.  Tony, Stevie’s dad says “He’s a big chilled goof ball!”

This is Pip and Roodle. They like to hang out in Pip’s treehouse, go birdwatching together and then curl up to read a good book after their latest adventure, all muddy and happy.

Do you have an inseparable duo that love to go on mini expeditions, bug hunts in the woods or playing at the park? I’d love to capture their special bond for you with a set of images that you’ll love forever.

As we approach Easter, I though it might be nice to open up my diary for ‘Muddy Good Buddies’ photoshoots to families spending some time together over the holidays. I have just a few days available including Good Friday for anyone who’d like me to photograph for them.

Muddy Good Buddies photo shoot adventures are £75 with framed and art worked photographs from £95.

Wishing you and your adventurers a very happy Easter!


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