17th – 18th April 2021 | East Yorkshire, UK

2-day portrait workshop.

 Level: Advanced

 Status: OPEN

Dog Portrait Photography Workshop

Level: Advanced

Aim: To learn and replicate exactly what I would do for dog photography portraits in a live location, capturing “the shot” and being able to transform that shot with creative photoshop tools and conscious editing decisions. 

Please note: Accommodation, transport and meals* are not provided. 

*Lunch on day 2 is provided, along with refreshments for all indoor periods. You will need to bring a lunch with you on Day 1. 


You will need:

  • Theory, Practical & Editing enthusiasm!
  • Moderate fitness*
  • A vehicle to travel to and from locations
  • Waterproofs (top and bottoms!)
  • DSLR/SLT/Mirrorless Camera
  • Spare batteries and memory cards
  • Lens (70mm+ on FF/50mm+ on APS-C)
    ^ Ideal lens would be 85mm, 105mm, 135mm or 70-200
  • iMac/Surface Studio/Laptop/Notebook & charger
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop

* for walking up to, and navigating obstacles at, the location.






Hours of tuition


Participation Requirements

This workshop is aimed at individuals with a certain skill level and experience using specific tools. This is not to stop others being able to learn, it is to ensure that everyone in the group has the same one-to-one attention.

I’m sure you will know what it is like being on a workshop with individuals at opposite ends of the skill spectrum and so it’s so important that you are honest with yourself before booking onto this course.

To be a good fit for the advanced workshop, you will need to:

  • Fully understand manual mode and how to change the settings
  • Understand different focus modes on your camera
  • Confidently bring images into Lightroom, and pick/cull
  • Know how to do the following confidently in Photoshop:
    • Use the clone stamp tool
    • Re-order layers
    • Do a basic mask (brush only)

If you meet all of the above criteria, continue onwards!

The Workshop


Day 1 - Indoor Venue


This section of the workshop is vital. We cover theory required to complete the rest of the workshop and ensure cameras are fully prepared (and you) for the next stage of the workshop.

This part of the workshop is held indoors and is desk-based. Expect to have a crash-course in my techniques and thought processes, as well as in-depth Q&A to ensure everyone is ready to move on to…

Day 1 - Shoot Location


Shoot time! We’ll head out – regardless of the weather, so come prepared for every eventuality – towards the location. This involves a short drive to a rendezvous point. Once all there, we begin the walk towards the shoot location. 

The walk lasts for approximately 10 minutes and involves a slight incline. 

The practical portion of the day commences first using Alfie and then introducing other models who are less “secure”. At this point, students peel off into smaller groups with a model each to get the most hands-on shooting time possible. 

Day 1 - Indoor Venue


Anyone who wants to can join us for dinner in the venue’s main restaurant. It won’t be a late one because, if I’m honest, I’m not a night owl but it will be nice to finish the day off with a bit of a social!

Day 2 - Indoor Venue


Back at the indoor location, an editing masterclass commences. Be prepared to take notes!

Day 2 - Indoor Venue


This is your time. Every student will have one to one time as they work through their favourite “shot”. I do not believe in providing every single answer, so you will be tested – this is purely to assist active recall in the future – so that you remember what to do and when as part of the workflow. 

We’ll wrap up with you mentally worn out but hopefully excited to go and recreate the whole process on your own!


Post Workshop

Additional Resources

After the workshop, you will have access to discounted one-to-one online sessions, along with some other goodies!

Essential reading



This workshop is planned using locations that, in theory, should not be closed in the unlikely event that a local lockdown is enforced. Thankfully, we’re in a low COVID area here. However, we do need to take precautions and we will be following COVID Secure guidance.

Therefore, the following will be in operation:

  • All students must wear a mask when moving to or from a location*
  • At a location, all students must remain at least 1m apart
  • No student can handle another students equipment
  • No student can directly handle a model
  • In the unlikely event that we have to cancel due to COVID-19, a full refund will be given, less any transaction fees

Anyone not complying with the above guidelines will be reminded in the first instance. If a blatant disregard for others safety is seen, the student will be asked to leave the venue and the workshop with no refund. Safety first!

*This may change to at all times but at a minimum, masks will be required by all participants.

Location information:

The Venues

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Indoor Location

This is where we will be completing theory and editing, for both days. This is a well-known hotel, wedding and conference venue in the area and is fully accessible with parking included on-site.

The address is: Summit Centre at Grange Park Hotel, Willerby, Hull, HU10 6EA
Website: https://www.mercurehull.co.uk/ 

Shoot Location

Further information on specific postcodes is provided in the pre-information booklet for registered attendees. 

Accommodation information:

Grange Park Hotel

The indoor theory and editing location has kindly provided any attendees with a reduced bed and breakfast rate for the weekend. This booking is not governed or covered under the workshop and should be booked separately following the terms and conditions of the hotel.

We are assured that bed and breakfast at the hotel will be £65 per room per night and can be booked directly through the hotel. You may need to call to ensure you receive the delegate offer, please request the Block Code to ensure they can discount your stay easily. To view the hotel website, please click here.

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What others say about this workshop:

I joined this workshop to learn more about photo’ editing, but I learned so much more than this. I learned that the editing is like the candle on your birthday cake. It finishes it off well, but it’s really not that important. Jess is a very talented teacher with so much knowledge & a great way of delivering that knowledge. If anyone is in two minds about whether this workshop is worth the money, then my answer would be yes. Every single penny & then some.

The workshop was very well organised and it was very obvious how much time and effort had been put in to make sure everything ran smoothly. Jess was super helpful and made sure that everyone got as much out of the weekend as possible. I particularly liked book as it will be great to use as a reference point going forward.

I had a great couple of days, learning so much from Jess both in terms of looking at potential locations as well as a full editing workflow. As part of the workshop we were given a very professionally put together book covering all topics of the workshop, this was a very welcome surprise. All in all the workshop was extremely good value for money and I will be attending more of Jess’s workshops in the future.

If anyone is thinking about a workshop with Jess – do it!  Jess gave us lots of technical information but explained it in a simple and easy to understand way. The shoot in the afternoon was a learning experience in itself, learning what to look for and how to look for shoot locations.  Jess gave support and feedback throughout the shoot, helping us develop and learn.  The editing day was very informative, with Jess always on hand to give advice, explain techniques and help us learn what to look for in our images.  It was an excellent weekend, thank you Jess!

Anyone considering taking a step into dog photography should absolutely consider this course. I have been on many courses but this is by far and away been the best. Jess is very passionate and knowledgeable about her subject and keen to ensure you come away with the techniques to take you up a level.

Even though I thought I was competent at dog photography there is no doubt that this weekend course has lifted my standard up quite a few notches. To standards higher than I knew existed. The course is 10x more helpful than YouTube and we all know how good they are!

All I can say if you do not attend this you are missing out!

Not only is Jess an incredibly talented photographer, she’s also a phenomenal teacher! The workshop was challenging but Jess and her team walk you through every step of the way – the amount I’ve learnt from it is incredible! I was nervous about attending an advanced workshop because I don’t think of myself as ‘advanced’ but it was one of the best decisions I made. Such a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to put everything I’ve been taught into practice! Thank you 😀

I would highly recommend this workshop for any photographer as the hands-on experience is invaluable and after attending 4 workshops with Jess over 6 years, this has been my favourite and has helped me to continue my photography journey into a new direction 🙂

I would highly recommend the Advanced Portrait Workshop. Jess is not only highly knowledgeable and experienced in dog photography, but is also a great teacher who explains content clearly. The workshop book that was provided is a really valuable resource to refer back to, covering shoot theory and a step-by-step editing flowchart. My dog photography shooting and editing skills improved significantly over the weekend. Thanks Jess!

What a wonderful weekend! Jess covered everything from the very beginning making us think about things differently. The shoot afternoon was a big learning curve, as was the editing day. Be prepared to learn lots, and be absolutely shattered but raring to go after the 2 days.

Grab your space:

To secure your space, you’ll need to purchase the workshop space using the product link below! Places are strictly on a first come first served basis, are non-refundable and are limited. 

Ensure you meet the skill level required for this workshop before securing your space.

We will be operating a reserve list in the unlikely event that a student cannot make it, however, reimbursement for the space will be handled between the students in question and not through That Photography Spot. If the workshop is sold out, please message me to be added to the reserve list.

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