7 Tips for Taking Family Photos with Your Dog

7 Tips for Taking Family Photos with Your Dog

You’ve booked your family photo session, and you want to include your dog. After all, they’re part of your family! But you may be worried that your furry friend won’t behave or pay attention, and you’ll end up without a single decent photo. 

Photographing dogs can be challenging, but there are ways you can help out your photographer and prepare both you and your pet for their moment in front of the camera. Check out these seven tips for including your dog in your family photos.

Brush up on basic commands
In the weeks and days leading up to your session, take time to practice commands with your dog, like sit, stay, and down. These commands can be incredibly helpful when positioning your dog for photos or getting them to cooperate with the photographer. And if your dog knows any special tricks, be sure to practice those as well because they can make for great images

Run off some energy
To keep your dog from acting wild during your photo session, find a way to help them get some energy out beforehand. Take a long walk or even a jog around the park. Even better, have them spend the day before the session at a doggy daycare to play with other dogs. A little exercise prior to your session can help your dog relax and be more focused on you and the photographer.

Prepare yourself—and try to relax
If you’ve owned a dog for any length of time, you probably know how sensitive they are to your moods. The calmer and more positive you are about your session, the more at ease your dog will feel. But if you’re stressed or anxious, your dog will pick up on your emotions and develop a similar attitude. Just go with the flow of the session and don’t worry if everything doesn’t go just according to plan.

Bring plenty of treats and toys
Don’t skimp on the rewards! Be sure to bring along a bag of your dog’s favorite treats to entice them to obey commands and look at the camera. Just make sure not to feed them too much before the shoot so they aren’t full and will still be interested in treats. It’s also a good idea to bring along your dog’s favorite toy, but you may not want to bring it out first thing during the session. The sight of their favorite ball or squeaky toy may cause your dog to lose all the focus they’ve held for your photographer.

Have noisemakers handy
The key to capturing those adorable expressions on your dog’s face is a toy that squeaks or crinkles or even makes a high-pitched noise. Just be sure not to overuse these toys and allow your dog to become accustomed to them. Save your noisemakers for when you really need your furry friend to pay attention.

Let them express their personality
The best way to include your dog in your family photos is simply to let them be who they are. Instead of trying to coax your dog into unnatural poses, treat them like you would a child. Allow your dog to run around and play, giving the photographer a chance to capture them in their element, and then bring them in for the posed photos by putting an arm around them or petting their fur. Physical contact is a great way to help your dog feel comfortable and show off more of their unique personality.

Dress with your dog in mind
When you’re planning outfits for your family session, think about your dog. Avoid colors that will clash with the color of their fur and go for simple solids or neutral tones. If your dog is a shedder, avoid wearing a color that will really show their hair. For example, if you have a golden dog, you may not want to wear anything black. Putting a little extra thought into how your outfits will look with your dog can help make for the best images.

Your pet is a part of your family, so they deserve to be in your family photos! Just be patient with your dog and remember that their unpredictability is part of why you love them so much. The most important thing is capturing your family—including your pets—in all the joy and love you share!

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5 Ways to Capture Amazing Pet Photos

5 Ways to Capture Amazing Pet Photos

Our pets are a huge part of our lives and families, and they deserve to be documented. Who doesn’t see their pet sleeping adorably and want to take a photo?

Fortunately, we all have phones handy, but sometimes it can be a challenge to capture a decent photo of your pet, much less a great one. After all, pets are often quick to move, reluctant to cooperate, and often don’t pay attention to your repeated calls of their name.

We want to help you get better photos of your pet, so. we put together these five tips to help you capture the pet photos you want! 

Take advantage of natural light
When it comes to taking photos on your own, one of the easiest ways to get good shots is to incorporate natural light. Whether you take your pet outside to play or just capture images of them near a window, natural light will make your photos brighter and avoid the red-eye that flash photography can cause. Using a flash can also startle your pet right out of whatever comfortable pose they were in, so use natural light whenever possible.

Get on their level
Photos taken of your pet from above can sometimes be cute and charming, but some of the best images are taken at your pet’s eye level. Don’t be afraid to get down on your knees or even on your stomach to get your camera eye-to-eye with your pet. Shooting from this angle will give your images a better background than just the floor.

Go where they’re comfortable
Instead of trying to pose your pet in an unnatural position, let them be themselves and express their unique personality for your photos. Take a few shots of your cat sitting in their favorite chair or looking at the window, or take your dog outside to capture images of them playing with a favorite toy. Whatever your pet spends their day doing, photograph them where they’re most comfortable.

Be patient—and take lots of photos
Taking photos of your pet requires a lot of patience. Your furry friend may be too excited, and all your photos turn out blurry, but give them time, and they’ll relax. Just keep taking photos from different angles. The more photos you take, the better chance you have of getting some you love!

Surprise them
We don’t mean sneak up behind your pet and say “Boo!” But you can gently interrupt your pet during play by calling their name and, if you’re quick, capture their genuine expression as they turn to you. If you take a photo just as you get your pet’s attention, chances are they will have an alert expression. But even if your pet is a little startled, you may still get a fun photo of the surprise look on their face!

Capturing great photos of your pets can be a challenge, and if you want quality images of your furry friend, sometimes the best choice is to hire a professional. A professional pet portrait session is the perfect way to get images you can hang in your home, share with family and friends, and cherish for years to come as a reminder of your relationship with your pet.

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How to Prepare for Your Pet Photo Session

How to Prepare for Your Pet Photo Session

Photography is all about capturing the moments that matter most to you, holding onto memories for years to come. So, what better way to celebrate your love for your pet than with a professional pet photo session? 

If you’ve never had professional photos taken of your pet before, you may be unsure how to prepare. After all, pet sessions are quite different from family or other portrait sessions. For one thing, you don’t have to worry about dressing a pet like you do a child, but there are plenty of other things to take into consideration. 

That’s why we put together this handy guide on how to prepare for and get the most out of your pet photo session! 

Walk it out­—or take a nap
You want your furry friend to feel relaxed during your session, so take them for a nice long walk the morning before. Getting some exercise is especially important if your dog is high-energy, since the more they run around, the harder it will be for your photographer to capture images that aren’t blurry. 

However, if you have an older dog who is more low-energy, they may just need some time to rest and sleep before their session. Know your dog’s personality and what works best for them and plan accordingly. 

Bring a few favorite things
Prior to your session, pack a bag of your pet’s favorite toys and treats. A little reward can go a long way in helping your dog to sit still and pose for photos or even do a trick or two. Squeaky toys are always a great hit and help encourage your pet to make some of those adorable, playful expressions. Toys and treats are also a great way to get your pup to look at the camera. 

Pack a bag
In addition to favorite treats and toys, pack some water and a bowl, as well as bags for picking up waste, a brush for grooming, and your best collar and leash. If the only leash you have is looking kind of rough, you may want to pick up a new one, as it may appear in some of the photos. 

Get groomed
If you regularly take your dog to a groomer, try to schedule an appointment the week before your session to ensure that your pet isn’t looking too shaggy. If you do your grooming at home, take some time to give your dog a bath and brush them before your session. And don’t forget to trim those nails! 

Brush up on basic commands
Getting great photos will partly depend on how well your dog obeys basic commands. So take some time in the weeks before your session to brush up on sit, stay, down, and any other commands your pup knows. However, if your dog doesn’t know any of these commands or is just too excited during your session to listen, don’t worry! We know how to deal with any breed or personality, and we’re willing to be patient and work with you and your dog to still get some great images.

Choose your own outfit
While this photoshoot may be all about your dog, you want to look good too! Take some time to pick out your own outfit: something casual and comfortable that will allow you to easily move around and play with your pet. As far as shoes, go for something that is comfortable for walking, like a nice pair of sneakers. You want to feel comfortable but also look good in photos. If you’re not sure what to wear, don’t be afraid to ask!

Talk to your photographer
If your dog has any behavioral issues or anxieties, let your photographer know ahead of time so they can be prepared. This can be especially important when choosing locations, so tell your photographer if your pet has any specific fears, like traffic noises or other dogs, that could affect where they want to shoot. 

Be patient
We get it—you paid for a professional photo session, and you want some awesome images of your pet to hang on your walls and share with family and friends. It can be frustrating when your dog just isn’t cooperating, won’t pay attention, or even actively ignores commands. Or maybe your dog is incredibly shy and won’t show off the charming personality they have at home.

Regardless of your pet’s personality, we will get photos you’ll love. Just relax, have fun, and trust us! We’ve worked with every kind of dog, from the anxious to the over-active, and sometimes all it takes is a few treats and a whole lot of patience to get the photos you want. So, if your dog is acting up, don’t yell at them or use a stern tone. Let’s just keep things light and fun. Trust us, your photos will turn out great!

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What to Bring to Your Dog Photo Session

What to Bring to Your Dog Photo Session

Your dog photo session is almost here! You can’t wait to capture beautiful images of your furry best friend to hang on your wall, share on social media, and cherish for years to come. 

But how do you prepare for your session to make sure you, your dog, and the photographer have the best experience possible? 

There are several things you should bring to your photo session to help you dog be more cooperative and to make things easier for everyone involved.   

Plenty of treats
We all know that dogs love food, and treats can be a great motivator to get them to look at the camera or even hold a pose long enough to get a few shots. It’s also great to bring treats as a reward for good behavior. After all, you want to celebrate your dog for cooperating with the photographer. Be sure to bring some of your pup’s favorite treats to really motivate them to participate in the session! 

A quality leash
Every owner should bring their dog to their photo session on a leash, and be sure it’s a good leash that isn’t too short. Leashes are an essential part of posing your dog for photos and making sure they stay close and under control. While your dog may not wear the leash for the whole shoot, it’s important to have it on hand for whenever you need it. And just in case the leash appears in your images, you may want to pick up a new one in a nice color, instead of using an old, worn leash. 

Bags for poop
Even if your dog does their business right before heading to your photo session, don’t forget to bring along some poop bags. The last thing you want is to be desperately searching for a bag in the middle of your shoot or running back to your car to get one. Depending on where your session is located, there may be bags available to pick up your dog’s waste, but don’t count on it. Bring along some disposable bags to clean up after your dog and help keep the location clean. 

A favorite toy (and a few that make noise)
If your dog has a favorite toy, bring it along to make them feel more comfortable and get them feeling a little playful. it’s also a good idea to bring along a few toys that make noise, like squeaking or crinkling, to help get your pup’s attention from behind the camera. And consider buying new toys that make different noises than the ones you have at home, since dogs can get accustomed to hearing the same noise over and over again and may have less of a reaction. 

Bottled water and a bowl
While there may be a water fountain available at your session location, it’s always a good idea to bring along some bottled water or water from home. Some dogs can become sick when drinking different water from they’re used to, and while your dog may have no problem, it’s a good idea to bring along your own water as a precaution. And, of course, they’ll need a bowl to drink out of, so be sure to bring a portable one or a bowl from home! 

When you take some time to pack the essentials for your photo session, you and your dog are sure to have a good time, and your photographer will have a better chance of creating images that you absolutely love!

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5 Reasons Why Your Pet Should Be Part of Your Family Photos

5 Reasons Why Your Pet Should Be Part of Your Family Photos

Having professional family photos taken is a big deal! It’s a great way to mark a change in your family or just keep track of how you and your children change over the years. These are memories you’ll cherish as your children grow older—images to look back on to remind you of how much everyone has grown. 

As you capture these memories, of course you want to include every member of your family, including your furry friends. Your pets bring so much to your life, and they can bring a lot to your family photo session as well! 

Your pet is part of the family
Let’s be honest, your pet is just as much a part of your family as your spouse or children. They’re part of your day-to-day life, a friend to all of you, so why shouldn’t they be included in your family portraits? After all, every member of your family should be represented! And when you look back at these photos in the years to come, you don’t want to wonder why your furry friend wasn’t there. 

Pets make photos more fun
Despite all your best efforts, family photos can be stressful, especially if you have young children. It can often be a challenge to get everyone dressed and keep them acting cooperative. But having your pet along can definitely lighten the mood! Their playful antics can ease anxiety about your session and help get everyone smiling and having a good time. 

They make your images extra special
Your friends and family will love to see your family portraits, but imagine how much more delighted they’ll be to see your pet in them as well! Pets have a way of putting a smile on everyone’s face, and they add a little extra sweetness to your photos. Plus, pets encourage you to act a little more natural and worry less about posing, resulting in genuine images that truly show off the personalities of each member of your family. 

They can be a comfort to kids
Sometimes children don’t want their photo taken, and they definitely don’t want to sit still. Having the family pet present can be a huge comfort. Not only do they have something to help distract them from the camera, but they can also run and play with their furry best friend, allowing them to be more genuinely themselves and giving your photographer the chance to capture genuine smiles of joy.   

You want to remember them
It’s hard to think about, but your pet won’t be around forever. Photography is all about freezing a moment in time, capturing a memory and holding it for years to come. Including your pet in your family photos is the perfect way to remember them when they’re gone. Family photos allow you to look back and watch your family change and grow over the years. When you make your pet a part of your family photos, you make them a part of your memories. 

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