To have the best session possible, I’ve compiled a list of things you can do that will help you and your pet have the best session ever.
1. Tire them out
Take your pet for a walk or do a vigorous play session. Or even both! A tired, content pet is much more cooperative than a hyper one. This is a MUST. Please, exercise your furbaby right before our session so that we don’t waste time trying to get them to sit still for a few photos. Don’t worry, if you want some play photos, we can always do that at the beginning. Rarely do dogs get tired of playing with their favorite toy.
2. Groom them
Even if their fur is long or short, groom them a bit and get them camera ready. This could include a trip to the groomers or just an at-home bath. A common touch up I do is eye removing those pesky eye boogers, so try to check for those if you can, too!
3. Pick out their leashes and collars
If you have your pet wear a collar for their session (which most do, otherwise they look rather naked) make sure it’s clean and in good shape. A matching leash can be fun, but most the time leashes aren’t used if we’re in an enclosed area or if we’re not, those retractable leashes are easier to edit out so your pet looks like their off-leash.
4. Keep their favorite treat and/or toy handy
We will need anything and everything to entice your pooch to look at the camera at the right moment. Having treats and a variety of toys is a good way to make this happen. Toys can also be good props for the shoot itself!
5. Clean up the backyard
I don’t just mean sticks and leaves. Please pick up the poo, too. You’d be surprised what we have to do to get a good photo from our furry friends. Not worrying about land mines will make the session so much easier!
6. Tell me about your dog’s personality
If your dog’s a bum or super hyper, let me know! Knowing what I’m in for lets me strategize. If your dog loves walks, let’s walk him a bit for some photos. If they love swimming, let them swim! We want this to be as much fun as possible for your dog, too!
Other than that, we just play it by ear and do our best to get amazing shots of your furry friend! I am patient and take my time with all pet sessions to make sure your pet is as relaxed as possible and that it’s a positive experience for them. A pet session is very much a collaborative effort with me and you to get your beloved pet to look picture perfect in their photo. Pet sessions are a real treat to shoot. Pun totally intended.