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by | Aug 18, 2023 | Photography

Things to consider for a dog photo shoot so you and your dog are relaxed:

 

Choose the right location.

The location of your photo shoot will have a big impact on your dog’s comfort level. If your dog is shy or nervous, you may want to choose a familiar place like your home, but if your dog is like mine, she just loves Pakefield beach in Suffolk.
You could try a park or other outdoor location.
Great locations in my area of Suffolk & Norfolk:
Dunwich woods, Gunton woods and beach, Kessingland beach, Hopton beach, Pakefield park, Kensington gardens, just to name a few, the options are endless as we live in such a beautiful part of the country there rarely is a location that beauty cant be found.
Other options:
A studio can be a great option and many Photographers like myself can setup a small studio almost anywhere, using portable backdrops and lighting, if you have space at home or a local village hall is another good option.
 

Groom your dog.

A good grooming session will help your dog look and feel their best for the photo shoot. Make sure to brush their fur and trim their nails. If your dog has any mats or tangles, get them removed by a professional groomer.

 
Take your dog for a walk.
This will help your dog burn off some energy and get them relaxed before the photoshoot.
Bring treats and toys. Having some treats and toys on hand will help keep your dog engaged and cooperative during the photoshoot.
Be patient and understanding. It may take some time for your dog to get used to the photographer and the camera. Be patient and understanding, and don’t force your dog to do anything they’re not comfortable with.
Have fun! The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the experience with your dog. The more relaxed and happy you are, the better the photos will be.
Here are some additional tips:
 
Choose an outfit that you feel comfortable and confident in.
This will help you project a positive energy that your dog will pick up on.
Coordinate your outfit with your dog’s fur color. This will help you create a more cohesive look in your photos.
Bring a helper along to the photoshoot. This could be a friend, family member, or even your dog’s trainer. Having someone else there to help you will make it easier to keep your dog calm and focused.
Be prepared for anything. Dogs are unpredictable creatures, so it’s important to be prepared for anything that might happen during the photoshoot. This could include your dog getting tired, getting distracted, or even having an accident.
I hope these tips help you prepare for a successful dog photoshoot!
 
 

Hi, I'm Wendy

I am the person behind the camera with my shadow and princess little Lilly.