To prepare for a portrait session, I recommend exercising your dog a few hours prior to our session. Some play time, training, or just a casual thirty-minute walk, allowing your dog to sniff and decompress is a great way to prepare your dog for the session. However, if we are doing action shots of your dog working or playing, please do NOT exercise your dog prior to our session. We want to save that energy, allowing your dog to be ready for whatever activity we have planned.
Please bring some stinky treats and your dog's favorite toy to the session. We will need them to get those perfect expressions.
My preference is to photograph your pet without a collar. However, safety is a priority and if your dog is not safe to be off-leash, we will need a collar and leash. So, if you have a favorite collar, bring it. The leash will be edited out of the final image unless it is necessary for a particular photo to make sense. Harnesses will not be edited out of images and they can be bulky and pull attention away from your gorgeous dog. So please no harness.
Your dog should be clean for the session. It isn't necessary to bathe your dog the day of, but at least within a few days. For dogs that have long hair around the eyes, you'll definitely want to have that cleaned up prior to the session. We want to see those beautiful eyes and ensure nice eye contact in your final images.
Dogs will be dogs, so no need to expect any dog to be perfectly still for pictures. they can move around and have fun. We will get the shots. But, if you are an overachiever, you can practice teaching your dog to jump up on big rocks then giving him or her or her lots of treats, you can practice stays, or even fun tricks, like beg or head down. Whatever works for you.
What to expect during your session
We will meet at a predetermined location, usually later in the afternoon when the sun is low and golden in color. Depending on the dog, I usually start off with some action shots or on-leash walking while your dog is fresh. We don't want to overdo the exercise and have a giant tongue hanging out the rest of the session though. Just enough to burn off steam or settle in, depending on your dog's personality. Then we will just walk around from spot to spot searching for the best light. It will be informal and relaxing and your dog will get lots of treats and think it's the best day ever!
Our session will last as long as needed to get a nice variety of images showcasing your pet's personality. Generally, a session lasts about 90 minutes, but please allow for 2 hours to avoid being rushed.
Adding wall art to your home is an easy way to personalize and brighten up a room. What better way to do that than with your beautiful pet? From personal experience, I can say it's tough to walk by a portrait of my dog without feeling happy. Even when I'm not really looking at my walls, I just feel better walking into my home with artwork of my pets on my walls. It just feels like home and a reflection of me, allowing me to feel comfortable and at ease.
With a variety of frames to choose from, framed prints offer a beautiful traditional touch to your home.