If you have a dog, you know this fluffy one is not just an animal. It’s a family member. And everyone in your family has numerous photos of the dog on their smartphones. But having a professional photo session is just another level and a different experience. Here comes the question: how to explain to your dog that today you are not having another walk in the park, but a special event?
The owner and the dog are supposed to look relaxed, happy and natural in the photos. The poses and the shooting angles should create an impression of the accidentally taken photo. Stressed and exhausted images should never be a part of your photo session. In this article you will find recommendations for having the best possible photo shoot with your dog.
Prepare your dog
The better you plan the photo session, the more satisfying result you will get. Get in touch with the photographer and tell him/her more about your dog: what kind of temperament it has, how it interacts with other people and animals, what it likes and doesn’t like. You can continue the list by yourself. This will help the photographer to prepare a kind of strategy for the photo shoot.
Preparing a dog does not seem to be difficult. Follow the list below and everything will be fine.
- go for a walk, so the dog can do its business in advance. Then the call of nature won’t distract anyone during the photo session;
- visit a groomer if necessary. Or at least brush your dog, especially if it has long fur;
- if you have a white dog, wash it before the photo session;
- gently wipe your dog’s eyes, so they will be nice and clean.
Choose the location and clothes
Usually, a dog photo session takes place in a park or in a forest. Beautiful and spacious city streets are also suitable for it, but animals look better in nature. Photographs of dogs taken in Autumn will look vibrant, as there are so many bright colors. Besides, a fluffy dog may look so cozy in a scarf or sweater. But if the weather is too rainy and the chances of getting dirty are too high, choose a studio or home photo session. Some people do not think about it, yet home is a very comfortable place for your dog.
For the outdoor photo session, find some comfortable shoes and clothes. Home or studio photo sessions may include elegant wardrobe items. Stick to the neutral color palette, it looks very good in the photos. Do not put on too many black clothes, otherwise you will get lost in the photo. The best option is to have clothes that match your dog’s fur color.
P.S. do not forget to take the dog’s favorite toy and treats. If the dog is active, you may also need drinking water.