So you have decided to book your beloved pet in for their very own professional photo shoot. Congratulations it is one of the best decisions you have made for your fur baby! To see your much loved family member upon your wall or in an album on your coffee table every day long after they have left us is truly a joy. I have put together my top tips to get the best out of your big day.
Begin working with your dog on their sit/stay commands. Make these sessions short but frequent, say around 10 minutes every day.
Bath your dog a couple of days before the session and brush him/her fully the day before. If your dog is the breed that requires grooming sessions, then book him/her in around a week ahead of the session. This is just in case the cut is a little short and allows some time for it to grow out a little. Alternatively ask your groomer for a slightly longer clip on this occasion. Pay special attention to their eye area. If you have a long haired dog be sure that their eyes are visible for their photos. If your pet has tear stains under their eyes, it is worthwhile purchasing a product that eliminates these stains.
Exercise your dog before the session. Take your dog out for a walk or run a couple of hours before the shoot to expend any excess energy and excitement, but don’t overdo it. You don’t want them completely worn out and tired before the shoot.
Your dog is bound to have something that gets them super excited. For some it’s a special word such as ‘walkies’ or ‘car’. For others it may be particular foods or toys. These things can be used at the session to encourage that look of interest, ear pricking, head tilting or just a happy inquisitive look.
For dogs who are very food orientated and motivated by treats, this can be the most effective way of gaining their attention for their photos. They can be shown to the dog just at the right moment for that special look to capture ‘That Shot’. They are also a great reward for following directions. I always have 100% natural treats on hand, however if your dog has any allergies or has special treats that they adore, then bring those along to the session for a sure fire way of gaining their attention. Do keep these treats a secret so it is a surprise when we decide to bring them out.
Don’t feed your dog a large meal before their portrait session. They may be sleepy and less alert after a meal. Also it’ll be much harder to ‘bribe’ them with treats if they’re full.
Arrive at the location a little early. This will allow your dog time to sniff around and explore the area for a while before the session, and also to go to the toilet after the drive :-)
These are my top tips on how to prepare for your dog’s photo session. We want you and your four legged companion to enjoy the experience and create beautiful artwork for your home. Please contact me on 0439 906 523 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have or to book a session.