My Best Tips for Taking Professional Photos with Your Dogs
If you are anything like me you love your dogs/animals just as much as your own children. So when you’re planning your next portrait session I can see where you might want to include those fur children in portraits too!
Pups + Professional Portraits
Well over my many years as a photographer I have pulled together some great tips to help relieve the stress of planning for a pet at your session.
Bring a friend to help during your session. This one is a must! It’s hard for us to focus on getting great images when you’re constantly worried about your dog! Bring a trusted friend who is great with dogs along to your session. They can be responsible for entertaining and helping while we focus on that winning smile. This also allows us to get more photos without your dog too.
Make sure your location is pet friendly. Think about your dog and what environments they are most comfortable in before settling on a photo location. If you have a dog who gets anxious around a lot of people, maybe a sunrise session or a remote park is a better location choice.
Let them play a little more before your session time. Planning an extra long walk or time at the local dog park with their favorite ball can help burn off some of that extra energy. Usually helping your pup to be more cooperative and sit nicer after they are tuckered out a bit!
Bring their favorite noise toy. A squeaky toy can help quickly capture your dog’s attention and get them to look right at the camera. When you arrive give your dog’s favorite toy to your photographer (discreetly) so we can use it and grab their attention at the right time. But having your photographer holding the toy this allows the dog to know who their attention should be on.
Bring the best treats. You will want a way to reward your pup during the photo session. Bring small, extra tasty treats That your pup LOVES. Just like with their favorite toy your photographer will use them to grab the attention of your pup & reward them often.
Purchase a beautiful leash & collar. Keep in mind that the dog’s leash and collar or harness may show in photos. If you know a leash is necessary for your dog, make sure it’s not an eyesore. Something neutral will work best. Consider getting a collar that compliments your outfit choice too! Some of my favorite leash & collar choices come from The Foggy Dog!
Practice basic commands in busy areas before the photo session. There will likely be a lot of stimulation on your photo day. Help your dog practice listening to commands even when there are a lot of distractions. I recommend practicing more and more in the 2 weeks before your session.
Have fun! Let your dog get comfortable in front of the camera and their true personality will shine!It’s okay if they don’t stay perfectly still. The best photos are genuine. If your dog has a fun personality, embrace it!
If you’re interested in including your pup in this year’s portraits, I would love to chat! Silverbridge & Co. takes a limited number of Engagement & Portrait sessions each year. If you are looking for a photographer in Virginia, Washington D.C., or Southern Maryland check out more in Silverbridge’s Portfolio and get in touch today.