Thanks for considering me as your Pet Photographer. There will be nothing boring about your portrait session with your fur family. With a little bit of preparation, we will be able to capture beautiful portraits of your pets. Pet photography is messy and dirty for the most part and I am totally fine with that. I have raised puppies for the Guide Dog Association of South Africa as a volunteer and that has taught me a lot about the behaviour of dogs. I am not sure which I love more, cats or dogs but I sure have to love them a lot to be ok with the amount of fur we accumulate in our home. I’m the girl who always stops to meet a new dog on my walk and the girl who will cuddle the cat at the party, not to mention feeding the stray cats on holidays.
Up-Close & Fluffy Pet Photography
The idea with Pet Photography is to capture your family in a beautiful way with your or as the star of the show. Before we start I will spend some time getting to know you and your fur babies. This helps them to relax and to get to know me too.
I share a love of animals with you in the form of two Boston Terriers and a Labrador retriever. Oh and a Ragdoll. So we have plenty of fur to go around. We are those people that need to buy a special vacuum cleaner for pet hair. We try to leave the house with as little fur as possible, but sometimes we fail. I sometimes only realize later I have paw prints on my Jeans. We try to have a calm home environment but sometimes the fur takes over and we can only laugh at the circus that unfolds in front of us. It is our crazy and we love it.
Not all of us can be models so if a sit is too advance for your fur baby we capture moments as they unfold naturally. If a sit and stay is your forte we can do a few more formal images. But the aim is to have fun and to be able to let your fur babies character shine through the images. With fur or without fur, with crazy or no crazy just have fun.
Preparing for your Pet Photo Shoot
Humans are welcome to join the main star of the photoshoot. If you would like to include more than one pet, it is just double the trouble and we might need more time to get that perfect image, but they are welcome.
Please inform us of any behaviour issues or concerns regarding your pet. We do not want to do something that might make them nervous.
Getting ready tips
Early morning or late afternoon light is my favourite time to shoot, but indoors we can do any time of day. Select the room with the best light and clear it from unwanted clutter or distractions. Trim your dog’s nails. Brush hair and if needed bath your dog in advance. Everyone wants to look his or her best for a shoot.
Consider location options with your pet in mind. Some locations might be to busy for some. Pick a spot you hang out with your dog or visit often like a park or pet-friendly restaurant. Keep the location in mind. If it is a formal location, consider wearing more formal outfits. Either way dress for the occasion. For outdoor walks, wear comfy shoes, or keep in mind that heels don’t work when walking on gravel, or standing on grass. A fun and perhaps braver location option could be a dog shoot while giving him a bath. I am sure that will allow for plenty of interesting moments.
Props & Toy ideas
Choose props that will shoot your location. Think outside the box and add some interesting elements. It can be a special item, like a blanket or a toy or a bunch of flowers. Practice sit and stay commands a few weeks in advance. The longer the can focus the better. It t is not compulsory to have a trained pet to be able to get beautiful photos though.
Before the shoot start
For high energy level pets it helps if your pet played before we start the shoot, they tend to be sitting still for a longer time. Lower energy or older pets might need a rest before. Share some temperament tips with me. Would not want to do something that will make your pet uncomfortable or stressed.
- Keep high value treats handy and do not feed your pet a full meal before the shoot. Keep in mind – you can never bring enough treats.
- Bring your best collar and lead along.
- Poop bags.
- Favourite toys.
- Favourite blanket/bed.
- Brush for grooming.
- Bowl for water.
During the photo session
- Play and do what you normally do together. If excitement levels get too high, you risk having an even more uncooperative model, so a balance is needed.
- Don’t expect a sit and stay from your dog if that is not part of his skill set.
- I set up the scene and wait for beauty to unfold. You will be directed where to stand, or what to do but don’t wait for instructions all the time. I try to keep the sessions fun and spontaneous while still trying to keep the mood calm and relaxed.
- No flashlights will be used.
- Enjoy the experience.
Tips for your photoshoot
- We will take breaks, drink lots of water and do short walks if needed.
- Fun is the main aim and obviously also beautiful images. Turn the shoot into a fun game.
- If you stay calm and relaxed they will be too.
- Let your dog be a dog – a wet dog can also be awesome in photos. A cat perhaps not.
- Did I mention – Have fun? Do not plan too much after your session. You and your babies might need a little nap on the couch.