Preparing for your Pet Photography Session.

Ok, you’ve booked your pet photography session. To make sure we get the best images possible here are a few things that you may want to consider in preparing for your dog's photo shoot.

Exercise

If your dog is very energetic, you may want to consider taking them for a walk or run around prior to the photoshoot. You don’t want to completely tire them out because we still want their personality and playfulness to shine through during the photoshoot. Ideally, they'll get enough energy out so that they aren’t completely over the top when we start, and then by the end of the session they'll be more tired, and we can capture some of the calmer moments towards the end.

Grooming

If you were going to a photoshoot, you would want to look your best. Well, your dog feels the same way! Feel free to give them a bath or brush them before our shoot, whatever you would normally do to help them look their best.

If your pet is getting a haircut, schedule it about a week or so in advance so that if it doesn't come out quite how you would like it, it will have time to grow out.

If your dog has tear stains under their eyes, it is worthwhile purchasing special products to eliminate the reddish stains.

Treats & Toys

No treats or toys before the session! I want them to be bored going into the session, so that when we do start using toys and treats to get their focus they aren’t over-stimulated. But please bring treats with you so that we can use them during the session.

Don’t Worry, Don’t Stress

Your dog probably won’t behave the way you want them to. The odds are that they're not used to being professionally photographed and there may be a lot of things going on that could distract them. That's alright! I know that even in the best circumstances dog don't take photography direction well.  Don’t worry if your dog is not acting like they normally do or like you want them to; it only takes me a fraction of a second to get THE shot.

And with that in mind, try not to stress. We all know how intuitive animals can be, so if they sense that you're freaking out, they are also going to freak out. So as much as possible, let's relax.


Outdoor Sessions Only!

Collar/Leash

If you dog is wearing anything like a collar or leash please make sure that it stands out from them as much as possible. Neon colors usually work best, if that's not an option try to get as far away from their color as possible (a white color on a black dog would be perfect). The reasoning for this is that I will be removing their collar and leash in Photoshop after our session, and it makes it a lot easier for me if it's a drastically different color than the dog.

Water

It can get hot outside! We don't want them panting all of the time during their photoshoot, so please be sure to bring a bowl and a bottle of water so that they can get a drink and cool off. That being said, if they have a lot of hair sometimes water can darken the fur around their mouths and we also don't want that, so we will take a scheduled break instead of just leaving the water out for them.

Location

If you have a location in mind please let me know, otherwise I will make a choice based on locations I've worked in before. I do welcome any suggestions because if we work in a spot that your pet loves that will make the images even more special and unique!