My name is Nigel Wallace. I am an on-location dog photographer, based in Suffolk. I am an ex-team GB Olympian and have swapped shooting with a rifle to shooting with a camera.
When I was at school, I loved photography, but my chosen sport of rifleshootingsoontookoverandI was travelling the world, competing for Great Britain until I retired from the sport in 2002. I was lucky enough to compete for my country at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, and I represented England at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games; winning four medals in total, including gold.
It wasn’t until we got our Border Collie, Darcy, 8 years ago that I decided to pick up my camera again. I started taking photographs of her and thought that this would be a fantastic job. I realised my dream of becoming a full-time dog photographer when I took early retirement from my job with BT in 2019.
Being an on-location dog photographer means I carry out all of my photoshoot commissions in our beautiful countryside, making full use of the natural light. For me, I love to see dogs running around and exploring the natural surroundings; whether it be in the forest, on a beach or anywhere they love to be.
During the photoshoots I capture a range of scenarios, usually starting off with beautiful portrait shots before the dog gets too hot and its tongue starts hanging out! Then, fallen trees become perfect props for stunning jump shots (a particular favourite of mine) as long as the dog is fit and able to do these. Tree stumps are great to sit the dog on for quirky looking-down shots, and my clients particularly love the shots where their dog is peeping around from behind a tree trunk.
During my time as a professional dog photographer, I have been lucky enough to have been featured on both the BBC and ITV, showcasing my dog photography. I was also asked to be part of the TV programme ‘Escape to the Country’, where I taught a lady who was moving into the area how best to photograph dogs. I have also been published in many magazines and newspapers; both local and national. I even had a feature in the American ‘People Magazine’ which is based in New York. Life certainly has been busy.
I feel extremely privileged to be doing a job I absolutely love. I get to work with truly remarkable and special dogs and have interesting and fun conversations with their owners as we enjoy ourselves during the photoshoot. Following the shoot, my clients get to choose from a range of stunning, fully edited images, and can decide how they wish to display them from the many choices of products I offer, from beautiful prints to high end wall art.