Behind The Scenes Of Our Dog Photoshoot

Behind The Scenes

We were feeling remarkably optimistic arriving at Sophie’s house one sunny Autumnal morning for our dog photoshoot – eight tireless dogs trapped inside one home, what could possibly go wrong? The line up consisted of five Labradors, one Dachshund and two Pugs! Crufts would have been proud of the calibre in these well-trained canines!?! A very wise man once said; “Never work with animals or children” - as it turns out, he was quite right! Yet just like a defiant toddler (except armed with cameras and dog treats, rather than a soggy blankie) our team chose to ignore that golden advice. We had quite a productive morning, starting off with the more obedient in the pack. Who’s a good girl? Winnie the Wire Haired Dachshund certainly was!

Dachshund facts by Sophie Allport

Meanwhile, the Labrador teenagers were less fond of being up and dressed at this unearthly hour.

behind the scenes on the dog photoshoot for sophie allport

They did, however, independently verify the new beds as very com-fur-table (and trendy enough to be seen in by their friends).

Behind the scenes - dog photoshoot

Once Arla was kitted out with her new neckerchief, she transformed into SuperPug and took it upon herself to patrol both the house and garden ensuring all treat distribution was fair and just.

behind the scenes on the sophie allport dog photoshoot

Sophie’s Fox Red Labrador Florrie showed her younger sister Mabel how to sit and pose professionally. Puppy Mabel was just interested in tummy rubs! Amateur!

How do you get a Labrador to drink out of a mug?

behind the scenes of the sophie allport dog photoshoot

“Daft humans, you know I’m not a fan of Earl Grey... and you’ve forgotten my biscuit. The service around here is truly ap-pawling!” Meanwhile, the two pugs were showing off the length of their tongues and flatly refusing to look at the camera!

behind the scenes on the sophie allport dog photoshoot

The Labradors were also having a tongue competition and getting bored of sitting quietly...

behind the scenes on the sophie allport dog photoshoot

Did someone say 'Walkies?' The Chocolate Lab broke ranks ... who's first in the garden? That's a wrap... time for a well-deserved cuppa (or something stronger!?) for the Sophie Allport team! Have you ever tried to professionally photograph animals? We’d love to hear your stories and see any photos of your own dog photoshoot!

13 comments

  • Please could you design a range of chihuahua beds. They wouldn’t need to be very big obviously! My little pale tan girl Grace looks like a miniature greyhound and would love to wear a chihuahua neckerchief if you could design one. Many thanks and hope that you have time to read this request. Suzi Heslop.

    Suzanne Heslop on

  • I lost my beloved brindle Staffie " Angel" in June 2018 & there isnt a day that doesnt go by without missing her. She was unique understood every thing I said & she was the best dog ive ever owned out of many. She was loyal, kind, funny, gentle & clean & was loved by everyone who knew her. So please please do some Staffie designs!! Dear friends of mine bought a Blue Staffie Puppy as they adored my Angel. Everyone who is lucky enough to own a Staffie say we need more Staffie designs made. I hope you will fulfill my request in the not too distant future!

    Lucy Turunc on

  • More doggie designs with bones and paws please!! Wallets, bags, beach totes

    Weeks Katyna on

  • Just bought the ‘woof’ mattress which is ace, would love to see a border collie design

    Leah on

  • I have two of the most BEAUTIFUL golden retrievers, (our family has 5 between us!) and they are just delightful, they would love to be in a Sophie Allport photoshoot! Because they are so big its hard to find a design with them on!

    Rachel Kendall on

  • Good moring – I loved hearing about this photoshoot. Thank you for sharing. Personally I would like to see designs of just chocolate labs, particularly the green bed with just chocolate labs I think would make a lovely design. However appreciate everyone is looking for specifics… I hope you have another photo shoot with dogs soon as I have so enjoyed reading this one. Absolutely great humour with the comments!

    Jayne on

  • I have a new Westie puppy – he is gorgeous- pllleeeaaasseeeee some Westie designs xx

    Charlotte on

  • We have bought two spaniel mattresses and out Springer spaniel thinks they are the best thing ever.

    Ava Williams on

  • I’d love to see a Cockapoo design! X

    Claire Croft on

  • Wanting a Terrier Pet Bed, and also a Terrier Mattress….but you don’t seem to do the Mattress in Terrier, or am I being a little thick ?!?!? I note that the Terrier Pet Bed is out of stock though.

    Janice Brooks on

  • Bought your WHDachshund cushion today, absolutely love it, looks so like my two Wiries.

    Sandra Kennedy on

  • Hi Alison, we do indeed! Our ‘Speedy Dog’ collection is available to view here: https://www.sophieallport.com/collections/speedy-dogs

    Erica @ Sophie Allport on

  • Do you have a Wippet or greyhound design?

    Alison Wilson on


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