TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR DOG FOR YOUR DOGGIE VOGUE SESSION
There are a number of ways you can help ensure that we capture some great images of your beloved fur baby. Every session begins with up to 30 minutes of getting to know your dog and allowing them to become used to me and my camera. This will help relax your dog and make for better photos. There are a number of things you can do, both before and during your session as well that will get you and your dog ready. Below are some general tips that will help you and your canine companion get ready for the shoot.
Preparing your Dog for a Photography Session
- While I prefer the studio because of the flexibility of lighting and backdrop, if your dog is very nervous or shy, your home may be the best option.
- Plan to take your dog for a good walk about an hour before the shoot.
- Don’t feed your dog before a shoot; you will want to bring your dog hungry so they are more enticed by treats during the shoot.
- Grooming is a personal decision, but your dog should at least be bathed the day before. You know how your dog will look his or her best, but if you do choose to have your dog groomed, we recommend you have that done a few days before the sitting rather than on the same day as your sitting. A grooming and a portrait session on the same day can be a lot of stress for many dogs.
- Bring your dog’s favorite treat. Small pieces are best, as we don’t want them filling up too quickly and losing interest.
- Bring a toy or two that your dog goes crazy for! Squeakers are great!
- Bring plenty of water for you and your pup.
- A few days before your session practice with your dog and hold them in long Sit and Stay positions.
- Slobber rags are a great idea, if you have a dog that tends to be a little messy when excited
- If the location you choose or your dog’s behavior requires your dog to be on leash, a retractable leash is great, since it is thin enough that removing the leash in post-processing is much easier.
- Your tone of voice and body language translate very effectively to your dog and their mood. Use compassionate authority. Never discipline your dog during a session. With soothing talk, positive reinforcement and patient repetition, your dog will eventually figure out what you want him to do.
- Please make us aware of any aggression issues your dog may have so that we can be sensitive to those concerns. We understand that some dogs have special needs; aggression, anxiety, fear of new things, nervousness/timidity, etc., but we will discuss all of these issues in the pre-shoot consultation.
We want you and your dog to enjoy the experience and get wonderful pieces of art for your home! Please contact me with any other questions you may have.
Brenda Colwell is a Family Portrait Photographer creating memories and treasured heirlooms for your family and something beautiful for your home. Book your own unique experience.