About Me:

I am a professional Pet Groomer. I have been grooming for 28 years. This Blog is a kind of diary of my work. I wish I had started years ago, writing some of the experiences I have had while grooming. Most days are fun, some can be sad, some can be just down right crazy. If you are a pet owner and come across this blog, I hope it helps you understand how your pet is groomed. If you are a Pet Groomer, I hope you can relate to some of the stories. Maybe even learn a grooming tip or can leave a friendly grooming tip for me. There is always something to learn, no matter how long you have been grooming.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Photo Shoot in Session

I can't believe that it has been 5 years since I took good pictures of my customers dogs.
I took pictures of all of the dogs, well the dogs who would let me take pictures.  :)


I took the pictures to put up on my lobby wall.

The customers loved it.

The only problem is, because these pictures were taken 5 years ago, quite a few of the dogs have passed away.

I also have new customers asking all of the time; "when are you going to put my dogs picture on the wall?"

I no longer had  my photo area.
It had long ago become a catch-all area.
Towels, coats, bags, you name it.
That corner of the room had turned into an embarrassment.

You knew those places.
Everyone's got at least one of those places in their house.
If not a corner, maybe a table top, or at least one junk drawer in the house.


You mean it's just me?!

Maybe it is, because whenever I complain about it, everyone says; "I didn't put that stuff there!"

You will notice that I did not take a before picture of that corner.
Remember, I said I was embarrassed.

Now it is all cleaned up.
I took one of my kids school desks to use for the dogs to sit on.
I only have one child left to home school now, so the one big heavy desk, that has seen better days, will be great for putting all sizes of dogs on.

It fit perfectly in the corner of the room, next to a couple of kennels.

I got a shower curtain rod that you twist tight to make it stay up on the wall.

 I choose three different colors for backdrops.

I also decided on a furry type of material.

I have about 2 yards hanging from the shower rod.
I have about a yard of each color of material to drape over the desk.

This way when pull over the color that I want to use for the backdrop, I can easily switch colors on the table also.

There is also a thick pad on the top off the table, and under the material, so the dogs feel secure and the material does not slide. 

Boots could not wait to jump up on the table, so I used him as my model when I was setting everything up.

He was a very willing victim.

A few Christmases ago, I gave all of my customers a single sheet calendar with their dogs picture on it.
Other than the cost of ink for printing out the picture calendars, it was fairly inexpensive and easy to do.

My customers loved them.

So, yesterday I started taking professional type pictures.
I say professional type, because I am a want-to-be photographer to say the least.

It will take me all year to get pictures of all of the dogs.
Some days I will have time, some days I won't.

Here are some of the pictures I took yesterday.

This one was my favorite picture. :)

Hopefully I will get better as I go along.

I will say that setting up a photo corner next to the grooming room door is not the smartest thing I have ever done.

It has only been two days of taking pictures, and my husband has almost knocked me over coming through the door, a couple of dozen times.

It's inevitable, since I kneel down to take the pictures. :)

Happy Grooming, MFF


  1. The pictures are wonderful! What a great idea! Your clients will love them for sure!

  2. Those are really nice shot - and nice grooms. I am sure you clients will be thrilled!


  3. Hi Camille,
    Thank you! It has been challenging getting the dogs to sit still for a picture. I have to take around 20 shots just to get one nice one. lol
    Lisa, MFF