Barry for Virgin Media

PetLondon Models were approached by Virgin Media, looking for a special dog to be filmed for their social media to promote their new on the go service.The lucky pooch chosen was Barry the pug, a happy pup who loves to meet new people and has a wide range of talents, including playing football.

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Barry: Blue Steel 

The shoot took place at Jet Studios in South West London, and Barry and his owners arrived with time for a quick pit stop to get an energy boost before the shoot began.

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Barry chilling out before the excitement

Since the shoot was promoting Virgin Media’s on-the-go service, Barry posed with a range of props, including a laptop, tablet and smartphone.

Barry got to walk his own pug sized red carpet, and looked the part in his wonderful tuxedo. He showed the crew his skill set, walking down the red carpet and stopping on command.

Barry also showed off his remarkable footballing talents, dressed in his red tracksuit. He also lounged in a bean bag as part of the shoot, which was a well needed rest from all the walking and running!

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After working so hard, by the end of the day Barry was one very tired pug! By the last scene he was exhausted, and had a well deserved shut eye. The crew were so impressed with Barry they gave him a huge round of applause at the end of the shoot.

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Barry did an amazing job, and the client was incredibly impressed, contacting us to say: “I also wanted you to pass on my thanks to Barry’s humans for all their hard work and his. He really pulled it out the bag on Tuesday and was very well behaved and performed fantastically for the camera.”

Here is a clip of the final video.

 

Keep an eye out for Barry on Virgin Media’s social networks!

Boden Summer Holidays

Boden is a British clothing retailer selling primarily online and by mail order and catalogue. It was founded by Jonnie Boden in 1991 as a mail-order business. The company sells in several countries, with websites for the UK, US, Germany, and Australia

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The company designs bright, patterned clothes as well as casual basics. Its collections are made up of the Boden range for men and women, Johnnie B for older children and teenagers 9 – 16, Mini Boden for girls and boys aged 1 1/2–12, Baby Boden for newborns to three-year-olds and the maternity range; new collections are launched every spring and autumn, with further lines added in summer and winter.

The brief came in for a couple of lucky PetLondon Dog Models to star in their Spring/Summer  Campaign. At  PetLondon HQ we were given a  list of desired breeds and we set to work checking availability and putting forward a selection of animals for the client to choose from. The lucky chosen dogs were; Gizmo the Pug, Luna the Dalmation, Woody the Irish Terrier and Freddie the Parson Russell Terrier. They all headed of to a photographic studio in North Acton.

Upon arrival everyone got to meet the crew and it was clear that it was very fun summery “off on holidays” themed shoot. Our dogs were posing with their suitcases packed and their best summer gear to really get into the spirit!

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Gizmo is Packed and Ready to set off on his Summer Hols!

Gizmo the Pug who certainly has his own summer wardrobe and accessories at home was straight on set and happy to pose getting packed up or relaxing on a deck chair. This charming and very photogenic pug always delivers on camera.

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Freddie, is a eight year old Parson Russell Terrier. He is very good at posing for photos and has good obedience skills and agility. An active and fun loving boy he is food and toy motivated and  fantastic with children and other dogs. With his very symmetrical facial markings he is a perfect model to photograph.

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Luna has her hat & scarf and is clearly a seasoned traveller

Luna is a four year old Dalmatian. Luna is very experienced on set and in front of the camera, she is a delight to work with and a stunning example of the breed.

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Wolfie takes his time to pick the perfect pair of sunglasses

Last but not least, Wolfie is a four year old Irish Terrier. He is very calm and excellent at fetching and recall. One of his favourite things to do is to play with a ball and roll around in the garden with children.

All the dogs and handlers involved on this shoot really enjoyed themselves. It was a fun day at the studio. They all performed excellently and were given a glowing review from the client. Well done everyone, we think the snaps are fabulous too!

The images from the shoot can currently be found on Boden’s media channels; online, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“We were totally impressed by all of the dogs and handlers you sent us- the shoot went so smoothly and we got all of the shots we wanted!” Quote from Client emailed after the shoot

PetShop Boys for Attitude Magazine

We are used to last minute bookings coming in but this one was super short notice! The booking was only confirmed at 5.45pm on a Friday evening for the following Monday. As the office is closed on weekends, we had to put on our speedy skates and get working immediately on this one. The brief that came in was for a total of eight dogs needed for a photoshoot with The PetShop Boys for a cover and feature shoot for Attitude Magazine. The dogs had to all be small breeds and no two could be the same breed. They also all had to be “cute”, but what dog isn’t?

We pulled together a great line up of available dogs, these included; Nemo and his sister Minnie the Poodle, Lilliput the Maltese, Matilda the Yorkshire Terrier, Kipper the Pug, Lottie the Cavachon, Maisie the Westie and Abby the Shih Tzu.

Everyone was very efficient at confirming their availability right away and excited about the fun shoot ahead after the weekend. They had just a few days to get ready, most of them taking a bath and getting brushed up to look glamourous.

Monday lunchtime we all headed off to Big Sky studios in Kings Cross. The whole group was scheduled to come a little early for a pre-shoot meet and greet with our animal handler Adam. It was very exciting for the animals to meet all their new friends and dogs and handlers all had a fun time mingling. There were a whole range of dog treats to be shared out and testing your friends treat was a highlight for some! Kipper the pug was especially in his element as he was mostly surrounded by female co-models and could not believe his luck at hanging out with all these lovely ladies.

During this time the studio area was being prepared and set up. The dogs had some off the lead time to run around together and get relaxed in their new environment. This chill time is important for groups of animals to feel calm and comfortable together.

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The Studio is prepared and some test shots taken

Then it was down to all the hard work. Each of the dogs was introduced to their co-stars, the Pet Shop Boys.  Pet Shop Boys are an English electronic pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, and are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guniess Book of Records. All that fame did not phase any of the canines and they each probably considered themselves the stars of the shoot.

First up, whilst energy was running high we decided to try for a possible cover shot. The set up was to be Neil and Chris sitting on a bright red sofa and literally surrounded by the dogs. It was a tight shot angle needed for the portrait shaped image so everyone had to squash in. A few of the little ones sat on laps and a couple of the dogs were positioned peeking over the back of the sofa. There were handlers on hand hiding behind the sofa to catch anyone who might have slid off!

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For a few of the shots, some of the dogs had to wear some props such as hats or sunglasses.

 

Here Kipper tries on a hat, as you can see he was quite taken with it and everyone wanted to get a picture of him in it. Just to his right you can see Poppy keeping a watchful eye on things.

 

The next series of shots were having all the dogs on their leads and them all to be held at once by Neil or Chris. The dogs were arranged by Adam into two groups of four, depending on who was getting along best and then four leads were to be held in each hand.

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Adam, the PetLondon animal handler practises for the shot with all 8 dogs being called towards the camera on cue.

The photographer for this shoot was Joseph Sinclair Being a dog owner himself he was great to work with and created a calm and friendly atmosphere for the animals.

It was a very short turnaround time since the magazine was due to be published in just two weeks after the photoshoot. Often in this industry there are much longer lead times and we have to wait months and months before the shots are released.

The credits for all the images below go to Joseph Sinclair and Attitude Magazine. We think they are fabulous and everyone involved did a fantastic job.

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The Whole Gang on the Sofa with Neil and Chis. For this job a sneaky 9th dog, Poppy (she is the PetLondon logo dog ) snuck into the action, see if you can spot her! She had come along to supervise but for this shot the more the merrier and she was invited to join in.

 

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From Left to Right PetLondon Models Minnie, Nemo and Lottie

 

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And of course here we have the chosen Cover Shot. From Left to Right, PetLondon Models Matilda, Maisie, Kipper, Nemo, Lottie and Minnie

 

Pug Love

We have had a busy few weeks at PetLondon Models, as Christmas creeps closer and agencies look to pull on the nation’s heartstrings with an adorable animal or two! One exciting -not to mention adorable- project we have been keeping under wraps involved three of our pugs. Regularly in demand, we have some very beautiful and talented Pugs on our books so were able to put forward lots of options to the client who needed three Pugs to take part in a two day shoot.

The shoot was an opportunity to be a little more creative, so we needed some really big characters to take part! After some agonising decision making by the client, Gizmo, Peggy Sue and Bruce Willis were chosen. The three of them were eager to be involved and soon trotted across London to take part in a two day shoot.

Gizmo was the star of the shoot as he landed the lead role, playing the bespectacled sidekick of a little boy in the lead up to Christmas. Seven year old Gabriel adored Gizmo, and the pair of them were inseparable for the whole two days on set- it was lovely to see their friendship blossoming!

“We had a blast, Gizmo loves the attention and dressing up so was right up his alley. Massive thank you to Adam who was amazing on both days, his hints and tips were a great help and most importantly how Gizmos well being was paramount to Adam and PetLondon which meant a lot to me.” Gizmo’s Owner Arti

It was the first time the three pugs had met each other so they had a little bit of time in the morning for a quick meet and greet (which also gave the cast time for some licks and cuddles). It didn’t take long for them to become firm friends, and they got to play together between shots.

The crew were very happy with the way the shoot went. Gizmo in particular was a real professional, as one of our most experienced Pugs he did exactly what was asked of him, the client commented ‘Gizmo was amazing’.

We are so excited to be able to share the final video with you all- take a look and let us know what you think!

As it was going to be one of our more challenging shoots, we sent along our expert animal trainer Adam to support the crew and models.

“It was a long couple of days but they all worked really hard and were a great team to work with. The crew went above and beyond to make the shoot look as good as possible- Gizmo and I particularly enjoyed the fake snow!” Adam our Animal Trainer

If you can’t get enough of Gizmo and his cheeky personality, we have an exclusive video showing some behind the scenes footage of what he got up to during the film shoot.

If you feel inspired by these pugs and this exciting shoot, you can learn a lot more about our PetLondon Modelling Agency here.