Do you have questions about working with Your Best Friend Pet Photography and taking photos of your dog? Here’s where you’ll find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you don’t see yours, just let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to this article.
Your Best Friend Pet Photography Frequently Asked Questions
Is it okay if my dog can’t be off a leash?
Yes! Most of the dogs that I photograph remain on leash throughout the entire session for their safety.
Can bring extra dogs or humans to my photo session?
In order to set your session up for success, please don’t.
It’s important to have a nice and calm vibe during the photo session and extra dogs or humans can ramp up the energy level making everything too exciting.
The only exception is if you have more than 2 dogs scheduled for your photo shoot and you need an extra set of hands to help manage them. Be sure to bring this up with me before the session.
How can I get my dog who is camera shy, hyper, and nervous to cooperate for a photo session?
Before your dog’s photo session, we will spend time over the phone during the pre-session consultation discussing any concerns or possible behavior challenges, so we can anticipate and prepare.
Whatever the case, we will spend extra time with your four-legged family member to get your dog comfortable with me and my camera using positive reinforcement techniques. That may mean taking practice photos so your dog becomes familiar with the sound of the camera shutter.
My background in pet sitting and dog walking has prepared me to handle many different dog personalities.
How can I get my dog to sit still for a photography session?
No need to worry!
Your dog may or may not listen to sit or stay and that is JUST FINE! My camera will capture them at a high shutter speed so they truly do not have to be completely quiet or still.
What happens if it rains and/or we need to reschedule our photo session?
We will try best to hold our photo session at the agreed upon date and time. However, sometimes Mother Nature has other plans! If we have an outdoor session schedule and the weather isn’t cooperating, we will reschedule for another time.
It’s often beneficial to leave some room in your schedule around our session time on our session date for timing flexibility in case there are impending weather changes.
If you or your pet is feeling under the weather, kindly let me know so we can reschedule as early as possible.
What should I bring with me for my dog’s photo shoot?
Here’s the packing list I recommend for all photo sessions:
- Collar and lead: ideally, your dog’s Sunday-best collar since that will appear in the photographs.
- Harness or headcollar: for walking between shooting locations, if needed.
- Treats: very important for motivating your best friend! Remember to bring SMALL pieces no larger than dime-sized for big dogs and pea-sized for small dogs.
- Water: for you and your dog, you can share if you like, I don’t judge. 🙂
- Poop bags: because poop happens and it’s only courteous to clean up after your best friend!
- Shoes: If you have a fun and funky pair of shoes that you want to wear during the photographing of both you and your dog but they aren’t the most comfortable, bring a change of comfortable shoes for when you are done!
- One bag to carry everything! Trust me on that.
What tips do you have for a successful photo session with my dog?
It’s often very helpful if your dog is familiar with the commands sit and stay.
I highly recommend brushing up on both behaviors before our session. Don’t worry if they aren’t valedictorian of their obedience class though, I still have tricks to capture engaging images of puppy school dropouts too!
Let Your Best Friend Pet Photography give out dog treats
This is very important. During the photoshoot, please don’t give your dog treats. Rather, let me – the photographer – give them out.
If you give them out, your dog will always be looking at you wherever you are standing and not at the camera and me.
Have fun during the photo session
Most important is to relax and enjoy our photography experience!
Your dog’s only job is to be a dog. If your dog is sitting and decides to stand, it’s OK! Just ignore it.
If I need the dog to be in a certain position, I’ll let you know and we can take the time to reset them.
Just enjoy yourself, remain calm, and don’t get stressed out. As long as your dog is happy and having a positive experience, we will get great images!
What should I wear for the photo shoot?
Although the focus of the session is on your dog, if you are going to be in the photos, your clothing is important too! Pick something that is true to your style and that you feel great in.
Here are some tips:
Layers add interest. No matter what the temperature, think hats, scarves, belts, jackets, vests, jewelry, ties and layered shirts.
Even men can get in on the layering action with a shirt, a sweater, and a vest.
Textures and Patterns
Textures and patterns photograph beautifully. Although some photographers suggest that patterns should be avoided, I feel that they can work great when used in moderation.
Don’t feel compelled to stick solely with neutrals. While you should work from one color palette, feel free to add a splash of color!
Avoid Lots of White, Black or Very Bright Colors
Best to stay away from lots of white, black, or very bright colors such as hot pink/magenta or a bright green. Those colors tend not to photograph well.
Hats and Glasses
From a hat perspective, best to avoid certain hats such as baseball caps that create strong shadows on faces.
Transition glasses can be problematic when they turn into sunglasses and glare.
Final Thoughts on Clothing
Think fun, colorful, comfortable, and stylish; not need for formal clothing.
I am happy to give you feedback to help you style your session. I have a degree in fashion marketing. Simply email and send some pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or send me links if you are shopping online.
What happens during the photo ordering appointment?
We will meet again several weeks after the photo session.
That’s when I’m finished culling through the images taken at our photo session. This photo ordering session will be at your home or a location that’s mutually convenient and we will review all of the best images.
We will choose your favorites, eat goodies, and finalize your order together. Payment for your wall art is due at this time. Remember that your session fee will transform into a product credit towards the wall art that you choose!
Your files then move into the final step where they are magically transformed into gorgeous custom artwork that you will love for a lifetime. Once that magical artwork arrives, I will let you know and will deliver it to you on a date and time we decide upon.
Most items take up to 4 weeks to arrive, and a few of the very special items may take up to 6 weeks.
What happens during the Telephone Session Consultation?
During the telephone session consultation, we begin the magic associated with customizing your entire experience.
We finalize the details of the session from where we are shooting, to meeting times, and discuss products you are interested in creating.
Each and every session is customized to create art that fits perfectly into your lifestyle. You don’t need to make final purchasing decisions at this time. Rather, it’s helpful to understand how you may like to display your images so I can select the best angles for photographing your dog.
For example, if you are looking for a single knockout wall piece versus a wall grouping, the lens angle may be different. If you’re hoping to have a large acrylic print of your dog with flora and fauna in the background, I’ll want to ensure a wider angle to capture nature in the background.
Some other helpful thoughts include:
- Are you looking for a more traditional portrait of your best friend?
- Is there a special place that you and your dog like to visit?
At the same time, you don’t need to agonize about these questions. I have several locations to suggest if you’re open to ideas. Please don’t worry, that is what I am here for. We will work together to create the perfect custom experience for you.
Have We Answered Your Questions About Professional Photos of Your Dog?
If we haven’t, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our goal is to ensure that you and your best friend have the best experience possible for photos and wall art that will delight you for years to come!
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