Published! A behind the scenes look at the latest cover shoot for Maine DOG Magazine

A behind the scenes look at the latest cover shoot for Maine DOG Magazine

There’s nothing more delightful than a perfectly content pup in a beautiful setting. And that’s exactly what happened on a recent cover shoot for Maine DOG Magazine (formerly known as FIDO Magazine).

Cover models are chosen by a social vote. Dog owners submit a photo of their dog online then at the end of the submission period a gallery will be posted to the magazine’s facebook page where the dog with the most online votes wins the opportunity to be the next cover dog.

Magazine Cover

The summer cover model — Roman — was a delightful, loving and inquisitive golden retriever from Hollis, Maine. He won the summer cover with an impressive 512 Facebook “likes.” Roman and his humans Amanda and Jennifer travelled from Hollis down to Boothbay Harbor for a session that had a distinct coastal flair. They joined myself and Maine DOG Magazine editor Amelia Small for a foggy (welcome to coastal Maine) shoot full of color and fun.

Our initial plan had been to visit the Porter’s Preserve trails and end our session at the ocean, but on the way there we discovered something even more Maine — a colorful lobster and fish shack near the bridge to Knickerbocker Island, just down the way from Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Magazine Cover

Magazine Cover

So we started at the shack then travelled across the bridge to a picnic area surrounded by Maine pines and leading to a muddy, but lovely inlet with water. Anyone who knows Golden Retrievers know that they love water and Roman is no exception. In fact, he was so excited to get to the water that it took all of us (and an adorable lime green squeeky toy sheep) to keep his focus on us.

My goal on any photo session or cover session is to ensure that we’re safe, working with the dog (and its people) so that they’re happy and engaged, and to play off of the dog’s strengths. Roman and his human mom Amanda filled out a questionnaire ahead of time to ensure I knew more about them and to know what would work to keep him engaged (and safe). That questionnaire also helps me understand their relationship even better.

For the cover, we knew the kind of shot we were looking for as well as keep in mind where components should go (like the magazine name, the ISBN number, and promos for stories). It’s not just about creating a gorgeous image (which we did). It’s about creating an experience that is good for editor, dog and owner.

I had a blast working with Roman, Amelia and Roman’s people. They were super assistants and helped keep Roman interested and paying attention. I’m sure his favorite part of the whole session was being let off leash by the ocean’s edge to chase his red ball into the waves.

I completely understand why his people love him so much. Moreover, it’s an honor to be able to work with such lovely and genuine people.

Over the next year, I’ll be continuing to work hand-in-hand with Amelia Small, editor of Maine DOG Magazine to photograph the covers of the Summer (out now), Fall, Winter and Spring issues of the magazine. I know that the next year will be full of fun and new furry friends.

Want to snag your own copy? Subscribe to the magazine at or check a these dog-friendly stores:

  • The Animal House – Westbrook & Darmariscotta
  • The Loyal Biscuit – Rockland, Camden, Belfast & Waterville
  • The Fish & Bone – Portland
  • Paws Applause Natural Pet Supply – Scarborough
  • Super Dogs and Cats – Biddeford
  • Planet Dog – Portland
  • Gorham Growl – Gorham