One of the most common concerns I hear about outdoor pet portrait sessions is, "But my dog can't be off leash." With the theme this week being "Before and After," this is the perfect opportunity to address that concern. Contrary to popular belief, 99% of my outdoor photo sessions are done on-leash. There are a couple of reasons for this:

1. Many of my clients' dogs are not fully trained to be off leash. And that's totally fine! Of my three dogs, I really only trust one of them off leash myself.

2. Safety. Most of my photo sessions take place in public areas such as parks, which are completely open, generally have other people and dogs walking through, and are sometimes near busy roads. My clients' safety, and the safety of their dogs, is of the utmost importance to me.

With that being said, I use a little bit of Photoshop magic to remove leashes (and sometimes collars) from images. Check out a few of my before and afters below.

Follow the rest of the Project 52 group blog circle to see their before and after images. Next up is Linda Perdue with VPShoots Photography serving the Tampa Bay area in Florida. Keep following the links at the end of each blog post until you make it back here to see all of this week's photos!