As important members of the family, pets deserve space on the wall or mantle! Pet portraits capture your beloved animals in a favorable light, bringing forth notable aspects of their personalities. The best portraits result when pets are calm and comfortable during shooting. Here are some tips for preparing your precious pet for time in the spotlight.
Tip 1: Have the pet groomed the day before or day of the session so it will look its best. If the animal gets tear stains around its eyes, remove these with a special product. Give the coat a thorough brushing before the shoot.
Tip 2: Exercise the pet within one hour of the portrait session. This helps to calm the animal during the shoot.
Tip 3: If the pet wears a collar, ensure that this is picture-worthy. If not, purchase a new one or place a bandanna over it during the photo shoot.
Tip 4: Take a leash for the pet. Most portrait studios do not permit pets to run free when shooting is not taking place.
Tip 5: Take small treats and toys that will capture the attention of the pet during the session. Do not feed the pet within a few hours of the shoot and keep treats hidden so the animal will not be distracted from posing.
Tip 6: If the animal has a special bed, clothing, or another favorite item that you would like captured during the shoot, take it.
Tip 7: Dress appropriately because some photographs may include both the animal and you.
Tip 8: Arrive several minutes before the session begins so the pet can acclimate to the sounds and smells of the location. Walk the pet around the area and introduce it to the photographer.
Tip 9: If the pet has had basic obedience training, commands such as “stay,” “sit,” and “down” may come in handy during the session. If not, never fear, because each session tends to follow the schedule of the pet. Allow up to three hours for a single session so the pet can truly express its personality.
*Photo Courtesy of Julie Pfirsch