T.O.p Dogs – Tank

T.O.p Dogs! Photographing Loveable Four-Leggers in and around Toronto.

My husband and I took Brady to the off-leash park on the weekend and Brady had a wonderful time making some new friends. I, of course was having a wonderful time photographing him and some of the other dogs in the park. I was crouched down taking pictures when all of a sudden this very friendly English Bulldog came right up  to me, sniffed my camera and then proceeded to knock me over and lick my face. These are the hazards of the job 🙂 I learned a little later that his name was Tank and after a polite conversation and agreement from his owner I started taking pictures of Tank. Doesn’t he make a terrific T.O.p Dog?

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Choosing A Location For Your Session

Once you’ve booked you’re photography session you’re most important decision is where you’re going to have your pictures taken. Choosing the location will determine the look and feel of the final product. This is where your photographer comes. I normally scout out possible locations for photo shoots searching for interesting backgrounds, colors and the quality of natural light.

Toronto is such a photogenic city and whether you’re right in the city or in the Greater Toronto Area there are a multitude of areas that are perfect for photographing your pet. Whether it’s at the beach, a favourite park, a funky downtown location or your home, we can choose a location that matches your style and your pets personality.


The best time of day to shoot outdoors is early morning or late afternoon. The quality of light at these times of the day is soft and beautiful and will enhance the look of the overall image. Timing is also important because depending on the location that you ultimately choose crowds may be an issue. Let’s say, for example, that you want to get your dog frolicking on the beach. Getting out early in the morning will not only give us a better light to work with but we won’t be dealing with any crowds. On the other hand a late afternoon/sunset shoot will provide a beautiful warm glow and by that time any crowds will be thinning out.

The Location

When trying to determine the location itself start with your pets personality. Where are they the most comfortable? If you’ve never taken them to the beach then this might not be the ideal location. Animals are like people and if they’re scared or uncomfortable in their surroundings then we won’t come away with the images that you’ve envisioned. If your four-legger loves to run in the park then this might be the ideal spot.

When booking your session I will always set up a pre-consultation meeting so that I can meet your pet and they can in turn get comfortable with me. One of the things we’ll talk about at this meeting is location. I have many suggestions for locations in and around the city or if you have a preferred location this is the time to discuss it.

Safety First

Your pets safety is of paramount importance and will always come first. When we shoot in wide open spaces or in the city your pet will always be on a leash. Once you’ve selected the final images I remove the leash and clean up any other imperfects in post-processing. Brady was on leash the whole time we were shooting even though he was sitting right next to his Dad.

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Paws For Charity

Paws for Charity is annual Art Book Project which is in its 6th year.  The book includes images of dogs and cats contributed by artists and photographers around the world. Paws for Charity, Art Book, Animal Adoption

All proceeds from this project will be donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals In Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal shelter in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada.
As you know animal welfare and charities are near and dear to my heart so for this reason I am so excited and proud to announce that this year I’m one of the contributing artists for the Paws for Charity 2014 book.
Here’s a sneak peak at the draft of my page…
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I’ve seen a few other pages and it looks terrific. I’ve just ordered my book and waiting for it to arrive. The book is available for order in hard or soft copy. Just click here to preview the book and order your own copy. More good news…enter coupon code P4C2014 to recieve 25% of your order until June 30, 2014.
All artists have donated there time and images to this worthwhile project and the book was curated and designed by Sara Harley from Sharley Studios and all (and I mean all) proceeds are going to S.H.A.I.D.

T.O.p Dogs – Meet Max

The one thing that I do, that I’ve always done, is that I usually stop and chat with people on the street that have dogs. I can’t help myself, never could. Ever since I was a little girl I used to stop and pet dogs all the time wishing I had one. No I didn’t grow up with a dog but that’s a story for another time. Every so often I would see a dog on the street or tied up outside of a store waiting for their human and I would pull out my iPhone and take a picture because…well they are so darn cute. Anyway this idea for a project has been percolating for a while now…why not take candids of dogs that I randomly meet on the streets of Toronto. So whether I have my iPhone with me or my DSLR I’ll be on the lookout for some of the cutest furry faces Toronto has to offer.

So today I introduce to you… T.O.p Dogs.

Meet Max the Siberian Husky.

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PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy is Live!

“Happiness is a Warm Puppy”

Charles Shultz
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Charlie Brown was often quoted as saying “Why can’t I have a normal, ordinary dog like everyone else?”.  Well Charlie Brown let me tell you, it’s the idiosyncrasies that our pets have that make them who they are and it’s those very idiosyncrasies that makes us love them so much.

I remember when we first brought Brady, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, home. He was a tiny little thing that wiggled his way into the hearts of every member of my family from the very first minute we set eyes on him. In those first few weeks at home, my husband (who’s the early riser) would get up, take Brady out of his crate and bring him out to the backyard so that he could relieve himself. He would then bring Brady upstairs to our bedroom and because he was still too small to jump up, Alan would lift up Brady and place him on the bed and Brady would proceed to jump/bounce all over me and give me kisses to wake me up. He would do this with our children too. Imagine Tigger from Winnie the Pooh…you remember him…”bouncy, wouncy, flouncy, pouncy” Tigger. That’s Brady and now fast forward 9 years, he can now jump on the bed by himself and he still wakes us up this way.

Welcome to PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy (PEL). I am so proud and excited to be launching this new website and lifestyle pet photography business.  PhoDOGraphy by Edith Levy is all about capturing your cherished pet in a natural setting where they can have fun and be themselves. I work closely with my clients to ensure we get the best images possible whether it be in a park, in an urban setting or your home.

Please have a look around the site. It’s still a work in progress but I’d love to get your feedback on it. Some of you may know me from my Landscape and Travel Photography site, Edith Levy Photography. This new site will be dedicated to pet photography and will have unique content. Please bookmark, follow or click on the subscribe button on the right hand side to stay up to date with news from PEL.

Now Booking Spring Sessions – Introductory Special

Spring is just around the corner and if you’ve been considering doing a photography session for your fur baby now is the perfect time. Book your session before February 21st and save 50% off the session fee.