Pet Photography Tips


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Beautiful photographs of your pet are one of my specialties! Like children, though, they are not always the most cooperative during a shoot. I am going to give you some tips and tricks to help your photography session go smoothly.

  1. Make sure you have them groomed or bathed the night before or the day of your shoot. Pay special attention to fur around the ears and paws, as these areas are hard to Photoshop. You may opt to bring a brush with you for maximum fluffiness.
  2. Talk them for a walk/run or enjoy some high-energy play with them right before your session. Tired animals tend to sit still better!
  3. Bring treats or toys that your fur baby responds to. This will often be used to help guide their eyes back to the camera as well as treat them for good behavior. Water is also important to bring and a towel to wipe their mouths to your photography session.
  4. As their owner, it is super important to stay calm and not get anxious. Dogs and cats feed off the vibes their owners are giving off. If you are anxious, they will be too. There are occasions when I ask the owners to remove themselves from the animal’s field of vision. This sometimes helps them to focus on just the camera. Of course, that will depend on your particular animal and session.
  5. Choose a location that the animal is familiar¬†with, if they are not used to being away from home. I have done pet sessions on location, as well as at the home. Since most photographs are taken close to the animal, you can create a “scene” in your backyard even!

I have never met an animal I could not photograph, but some shoots are easier than others! Implement these tips and you are all set for a great pet photography session! If you are interested in scheduling, please contact me.


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