November 17, 2018

I'm really lucky to be based in a beautiful part of the world, with lots of country parks, rivers, canals and other beautiful places which are great locations for your outdoor photo shoot.

It's great to use a favourite location for your dog photo shoot, particularly if there is a special place where you've got lots of memories. 

But if you're not sure where to have your dog portrait photo shoot, why not consider some of my Top Leicestershire & Northamptonshire Photo Shoot Locations:

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Watermead Country Park, Leicestershire

Watermead Country Park is a beautiful area of artificial lakes in the valley of the River Soar, lying between Birstall and Thurmaston. It is nature reserve with a variety of scenery which will provide a stunning location for your photo shoot. There are many paths and woodland walks to explore throughout the park, and the lakes provide a gorgeous backdrop for your beautiful furbabies.

Beethoven's photo shoot took place at Watermead as it was a special place where he and his humans had lots of happy memories. 

Rutland Water, Rutland

Ok it's technically not in Leics/Northants, but it's so close that I'm including it! Rutland Water is one of the most popular locations in the local area. It is really well known as a nature reserve and is most famous for its resident osprey population. Although a busy place, there are some great spots you can find if you venture away from the main visitor spots into some of the quieter locations. 

Brock Hill Country Park, Oadby

This is one of the smaller country parks in the area, and one of my favourites! It's a little bit hidden away in Oadby, and I always think you don't expect there to be such a lovely location tucked away where it is. There are woodlands, meadows and ponds, which all offer great photographic opportunities.

This picture of Buddy was taken in one of the meadows at Brock Hill just before sunset. 

Delapre Abbey, Northampton

A gorgeous country house located not far from the A45, with the remains of formal and semi-formal gardens as well as beautiful parkland, all providing beautiful locations for your photo shoot. This venue something a little different and great variety and beautiful colours throughout spring and summer. 

Foxton Locks, Leicestershire

Foxton Locks is another popular place for the locals, but step just a short distance along the canal and you'll find quieter locations which are great for your photo shoot and offer something a little different. It's a great place to visit and the local pub is dog friendly, which is an added bonus for a little relaxation after your photo shoot!

Please note: some country parks and locations may charge a fee for professional photography which is not included in your session fee (unless I have an annual pass for that location).

Do you know of any other great locations for a photo shoot? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!


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  1. Thank you for these suggestions, i live in Northampton and love Delapre Abbey (even better since its £6.5 million restoration). I am an aspiring dog photographer (not made the leap) and I’m always on the lookout for great locations. In Northamptonshire can I suggest Lyveden New Bield, an Elizabethan house that was never completed, the grounds are perfect and there are some really good elevated areas with the countryside falling away in the background. Kirby Hall nr Corby is also a superb great house ruin that makes a great backdrop and has scenic grounds (watch out for the Peacocks though); I also have to recommend many of the canals and woodland in Northamptonshire, Salcey Forest and Harlestone Firs.
    I will definitely be making a trip up to Leicestershire with Rolo the cocka-poo and checking out your suggestions,
    Regards Xavier Caspall

  2. Hi Xavier, I’m glad you enjoyed the suggestions! I agree Delapre Abbey is lovely. Often the stately homes require permits for professional photography unfortunately, but it’s always good to get new ideas! 🙂

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