So you’ve booked your pet photo session. Now what?
There are a few things you can do to help ensure that you get the best images possible! While these are not essential to a successful shoot, they will make the shoot run more smoothly and increase the likelihood of you getting more of those stunning images you are looking for.
While I am experienced with handling dogs of all kinds, we are having a pet photo session – not a training session! The more time I spend working with your pet to get them where I want them and looking at me, the less time we have for capturing images and the less your pet will want to co-operate.
If your dog doesn’t already know how to sit, I recommend that you teach them! It is a fantastic command to have, not just for your shoot but also for safety in your day-to-day life. For example, if you have a boisterous dog that likes to jump up on your guests, a sit command can be used as a means to stop this behavior. This can be very useful; especially when there are small children around. This video gives a great demonstration on how to train a good sit.
Training a sit can take as little as 2 or 3 5-minute sessions and is such a useful command to have. A good sit also increases the flexibility for shoot locations as we will be able to safely photograph your dog in a larger variety of situations.
Another useful tool for your pet photo shoot is something that get your pet excited! All pets have something that gets them really excited and gets that inquisitive, happy look from them, which looks great in photos. For some dogs such as my border collie, Flick, that is treats and a high-pitched voice (when I’m on shoots, I do the most ridiculous voices you can imagine – but it works!!). For my heading dog, Flight, I have to get a little more creative and find a new sound that she hasn’t heard before. I come to shoots armed with my bag of smacko’s treats, but if your pet has something that you know really makes them tick, bring it along with you!
These two tools will not only make your photo session with Kelly Wolfe Photography run much smoother, it will also make it easier for you to get great images of your own pets! I have lost count of the number of people that say “I never get any good photos of my dog, they never sit still long enough!” With a good sit and a way to get your pet looking at you, you will have a far easier time trying to photograph your furchildren.