The number one thing you can do to get your dogs ready for a portrait session is tire them out. A tired dog will be happy to sit or lie down and get some treats. Take him for a walk, play with her, whatever works for you, but try to have them well exercised before the session.
Make sure your dog is clean, groomed (or at least brushed). Bring a brush to the session, in case we need it.
If the session is at your home, keep it fairly cool. Hot weather encourages panting, and we don't usually want to photograph them with their tongues hanging out.
If your dog is shy of strangers, it's best if I can meet him before the session. I can usually get dogs to like me once they get to know me.
If your dog has a decorative collar or bandana that looks good on her, by all means bring it. We don't generally photograph them in everyday collars, which are not particularly photogenic
If your dog has a favorite toy or treat, please bring it along. Particularly if he is a fussy eater, and only responds to certain treats, please make sure you bring them to the session.
Cats tend to be shy. They often do better in their own home and familiar surroundings. We'll talk about that when we plan out your session. If your cat doesn't travel well, we can have the session at your home.
One of the tricks to get reluctant cats to pose is to have you hold the cat, either on your lap or over your shoulder, so be prepared to do that in the session.
Again, it often helps if I can meet the cat and make friends with her before the session.
I've photographed many species of pets over the years. If you have a more exotic breed, we'll discuss the best way to handle him at our consult before the session.
A Division of David Emberling Studio 103 Weston Rd Weston, CT 06883 203.226.1836 firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: M-F 10am-7pm Saturday by appointment