Preparing for a Pet Photo Session


Custom photography is an investment and I can understand how nervous my clients probably are before a session.

Pet photo shoots can (and will) be chaotic and unpredictable. When I meet clients, I excitedly greet their pets first and offer a little “I am going to be your new best friend” treat.  I then remember there are humans around too and introduce myself after wiping the Pupperoni crumbs off my fingers. I try to make everyone feel at ease and eventually start talking in the first person of your dog’s personality.  “Seriously, you want me to do what, lady?” It just comes naturally and hopefully gives my clients a little chuckle throughout the session. Many people tell me they don’t want to be in the photos and while I want to respect their wishes, I also give them a little nudge to go ahead and be in a few.

While I can’t tell you that the weather will be perfect or your dogs will be on their best behavior, I can assure you with 18 years of expertise, your session will be memorable and your final photos will be crafted with the utmost care.  I am happy to answer any and all questions you might have before, during and after your session. If you are looking for inspiration, ideas or location preferences, send me an email at I can’t wait to help create your perfect custom photography experience.

Here are some tips you might find helpful if you have an upcoming session.

  • Arrive early to the outdoor location we choose. Be sure to walk your pet and help them become familiar with the new smells and atmosphere.
  • Stay calm yourself. Dogs sense their owner’s anxiety and frustration and will likely mirror your behavior which causes even more chaos.
  • If you have multiple dogs, bring a friend or helper to assist you. It can be difficult to keep some pets secure when it’s not their turn to be in every photo. Having another set of hands can be quite beneficial.<
  • Bring any personal toys or favorite snacks your pet might enjoy. I will have a supply of Pupperoni treats and my own squeak toys, but sometimes pets are more comfortable with items they are familiar with.
  • Choose your own backyard or home setting if you feel your pet will be most comfortable there.

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