Calling All Dogs!
Tails of the World: FAQs
Q: What is Tails of the World?
A: Tails of the World: The Book is a fund-raising opportunity created by a single photographer in Australia. She assembles a group of photographers from around the world who then create images of dogs in their own spot on the globe, and use the session fees to raise funds for their local animal charity. Ten images from each photographer are then collected in a big beautiful coffee table book. 100% of the proceeds from the book sales will benefit Second Chance Animal Rescue.
Q: How many can participate?
A: Each photographer is limited to ten images – so be sure to sign up fast!
Q: Where will Tails of the World NE Ohio be held?
A: It will be at the Lake Metroparks Concord Woods Nature Park, 11211 Spear Rd, Concord, OH 44077.
Q: How much does it cost for the session?
A: Your $59 donation goes entirely to Neighborhood Pets (minus the credit card processing fee), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Q: When is it?
A: Our Special Second Session will be Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m.
The first Session was Sunday, May 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Q: Do I need to pre-register?
A: Yes. Each session is about 30 minutes long, so we need to know who will be coming in order to plan properly and safely.
Q: What does the $59 include?
A: Your $59 donation covers your session and all subsequent appointments. The entire amount goes to the animal charity, and is tax-deductible. Wall art, coffee table books, small prints for your desk or piano, and other ways of displaying your artwork will be available at special prices.
Q: Is my dog guaranteed to be in the book?
A: Yes. Three pages in the final book are dedicated to each photographer participating from around the world. That's why the event is limited to ten sessions! Barring issues at the publisher's end, your adorable doggo will be seen around the world.
Q: Do I have to make funny noises?
A: Nope - you’re off the hook. All the silly noises and funny behaviors come from the photographer. In fact, every noise and move you make will draw your dog’s attention to you and away from the camera. Although sometimes that can result in a special image too!
Q: Who can come to the session?
A: Everyone who is part of your household (furry or not) is welcome to participate in our session. In the interest of minimizing distractions, however, it's best to just bring those who will be participating.
Q: My dog doesn’t know sit or stay. Is that a problem?
A: Not at all! And rest assured, we have a deep well of unique sounds and other tricks to grab their attention—even if it’s just for that split second capture.
Q: My dog can’t be off leash. Can I still do a session?
A: Yes! Absolutely! Believe it or not, most of the dogs we photograph are on leash. Leashes not only keep your best pal safe, they also help keep them in place. Thanks to the wizardry of Photoshop, leashes will be removed from most final images.
Q: What about harnesses or gentle leaders, can those be edited out?
A: Photoshop does have its limitations. Bulky harnesses hide so much of the dog’s chest that it’s very challenging to accurately paint in what’s missing in post-production. They can also leave odd shadows or pull on the dog’s skin, creating another challenge to digitally remove. If your dog normally wears one of these for walks, use the harness while you're going from one spot to another, but also bring a flat (buckle) collar to use for the actual shoot.
Q: Can I be in the images, too?
A: For the images that are eligible for the book, they're looking for just the pups. But if you'd like something for yourself, then of course! Documenting the wonderful connection between you and your dog is an important part of your images. While we can certainly capture a traditional portrait of you both smiling at the camera, the candid images of the moments you share are special too. If you’re especially camera shy, creative images that you only partially appear in (over the shoulder, just the legs/feet, your hand or hands) can also tell the story of your relationship.
Q: What if it’s raining?
A: For the June 11 sessions only, we will re-schedule individually if there is heavy rain. On May 7, no worries - we have the use of a shelter to keep us all dry, while the sides are open to allow for the appearance of being out in the beautiful spring environment, no shelter to be seen.
Q: So what happens after my session?
A: About two-three weeks after our wonderful day at the park, we’ll send you an email letting you know that your images are ready for viewing. Generally we bring your images to you at home. If you'd like to meet somewhere else, just let us know.
Q: How do I get my final artwork?
A: About 2-6 weeks after your View & Choose meeting (depending on what you select), we will hand-deliver your order to you, ready to place on the walls or display on your coffee table, mantel, or desk. The little ‘pawmarked’ digis for social media of each of the images you’ve purchased for your wall, album, desk, or elsewhere will also be emailed to you.