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

 

Poppy, Cover Girl for London Magazine

We had a lovely cover shoot for London Magazine last year using our French Bulldog model Harper and this year they approached PetLondon Models again looking for a fresh face to use for their March issue. This time the brief was for a white West Highland Terrier.

All of the PetLondon Models in this breed category were reviewed and the lucky chosen terrier was Poppy a gorgeous three year old from Worthing. Poppy has an excellent temperament and loves attention, she is also super cute in her profile pictures.

Poppy had a special bath right before the shoot to make sure she was as white as can be and was excited to be chosen for this opportunity.

Arriving on set it was clear why this breed had been chosen. The set was entirely white! The location was a stunning residential property where all the furniture, walls, carpets etc were all brilliant white. Poppy’s co-star  was a female model, you guessed it, all dressed in white.

Poppy was very patient and calm and posed for her two unique shots, one showing her in motion walking across a white rug and leaving a trail of paw prints as she went and another sitting to the side of the rug observing as the paw prints were hoovered up.

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Its always a special honour to be chosen for the front cover, especially for a prestigious publication. The London Magazine is all about hot property, cool design, heated debate. It is also classed as London’s largest circulation property magazine.

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River Island Shoot

River Island contacted PetLondon Models searching for some fresh faced furry talent this winter to promote their new collection online. With some specific breeds in mind, three gorgeous pooches were selected.

First was Harper. Harper is a bright eyed, rare Blue French Bulldog with an infectious personality.  She has done a number of photo shoots and is very comfortable & calm in-front of the camera.  She will sit, lie down, stay and is happy to be put into positions and stay there.  Used to the antics of a busy set, she has great concentration & ability to focus on her handler. Her stunning coat colour is shown off to its full potential in front of the camera.

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The next talented dog selected was Afghan Hound, Iraida. Iraida is very well trained and used to being in front of the camera. She is calm and a pro at standing still or being around other dogs. For this particular shoot she enjoyed hanging out with some of the child models who were also in the scene with her.

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Last but not least, the very lovely West Highland Terrier, Poppy. She has an excellent temperament and loves attention. She also enjoyed playing with the kids on set and dressed up in her glamorous pink bow.poppy

All three did a fantastic job and had a great time. You can see some more of their work on the River Island website.