Consider the personality and needs of your dog. If you have a young, super energetic dog or high energy breed, taking them for a walk or run prior to the photography session can be helpful! However, you don’t want to exhaust them completely, as we want their personality to shine during our session. We can spend the first part of the session getting some action shots while they burn off some energy, then we'll move on to posed shots.
This is a personal preference, how do you like your dog to look? It doesn't matter to me if your pup is groomed or scruffy, I think they are cute no matter what. Think about how you like them to look and how you'll prefer them in the future.
I love 'naked dogs'. But if it feels funny to you to see your dog without a collar then by all means, we'll keep it on. Have a special collar? Bring it.
I'll have some squeaky toys and treats on hand but you are welcome to bring any favorites. We may not use them but it can be good to have them on hand. Also, if your dog has any food allergies be sure to bring high value treats that they can have. Sometimes it helpful to feed them a bit less on their meal prior to the session.
Will you be in the photos? What to wear
You want to wear what you feel comfortable in - for style and comfort. Expect to get down on the ground to be in the photos. It's best to avoid solid white and solid black, stripes, logos and bold patterns as well as super bright neon colors. We don't want to clothing to be a distraction in the photos, we want the eye to be drawn to the subjects. I find that neutrals or solid colors and soft patterns are best.
Patience is Key
You're excited and you want to get great shots! You might be worried that your pet is too (fill in the blank: hyper, shy, untrained, etc) but what I know from my years of experience is that we will get great shots no matter what! Your pet picks up on what you are feeling so it's best to relax and have fun! From my perspective, your pet is not doing anything wrong. My motto is "if they move 100 times, bring them back 101". Stern tones and commands can cause a pet to shut down. We don't want that, we want personality so it's best to keep things light and fun (and yes, sometimes a little chaos ensues). Our goal is to get a variety of shots from posed to fun candids. Sometimes the posed shots come first as they settle but sometimes we'll let them release a little energy first and once they settle we'll go for the posed stuff. The flow of the session will be adjusted to allow for your pet to feel most comfortable.
These are just a few tips for preparing.
Please let us know any special concerns you may have so we can be sure to set you up for a great photo session!