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Tips for Including your Pets in your Photos

We are totally “those people” when it comes to pets. Our cat, Lucy is an important member of our family, which is why we included her in our promo film a couple of years ago! While Lucy doesn’t leave the house very often for photo sessions, we work with a lot of couples who have a pup they want to include in their photos. After shooting lots of sessions with dogs included, I decided to share a few tips for including pets in photos!

Know your pet’s personality
Some pets are just not going to do well in photos. If you have a pet that’s very anxious or is aggressive around new people, they may not do well with having their photo taken. If your pet doesn’t like other animals (you never know when there might be some other animals in the vicinity…especially outdoors!) it might not go well either. Does your pet tend to be really wild and unruly? Or is your pet pretty calm and easy going? Knowing your pets personality and making decisions based on that will help set you up for success!

Pack all of your pet’s necessities
While you’re packing up the essentials for your shoot (lipstick or gloss for touch ups, props, etc) you should think about packing your pet’s necessities too! This might include treats, a favorite toy, poop bags, or any other extras that might help put your pet at ease or enhance the session.

Wear them out before the shoot
This is especially helpful if you have a puppy or a pet that’s very hyper. The day of the photos be sure to take them to the park or get them out on a run ahead of time so that you can help get some of their energy out!

Bring along a pet sitter
We like to suggest bringing along an additional set of hands to help out with your pet. This person can walk your pet while we are shooting without it, can carry treats, and can help me catch your pets attention if I need it in the photos. They can even take your pet home after we’ve shot some photos with him or her if you prefer! In general, bringing along a “pet sitter” makes things much less stressful for you and less stress = a better photo experience.

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