GROOMING: We highly recommend getting your pet groomed earlier in the day, or the day before the photo session.
At Little Paws, we shoot with high end camera gear, and only the best L-series glass lenses- with a sharp focus on the pet’s eye. This means that every little hair on your pet’s face surrounding its eyes will be in focus as well. You may think your pet is clean enough for the shoot, but as you can see below, many items you may not have noticed, become very visible in the camera’s eye. Pet Photo Shoot Preparation is important and will have great impact on the end result – the prints.
Just like humans who style their hair and apply makeup, pets need to be bathed and brushed before their photo session. It can make or break the end result of the photo session. A properly groomed pet should be free of ear wax, dust and hair particles, clean eyes that do not have tear stains, and clipped toenails. (Please no chipped nail polish on your dogs toe nails.) Please ensure Ears, Eyes,and Toenails are ready for the shoot.
There may be additional charges for the time it takes too clean each image in Photoshop that is beyond the normal editing workflow.
preparing BEFORE a pet photo shoot
- Styling. To help create engaging imagery, help plan the pet photo shoot. At the consult, Discuss your choice of background color and how it will coordinate with your home, where the large prints will hang, and choose if you would like your pet photographed with or without props. If choosing props, help pick props that portray your pet’s personality. Look through the gallery to get ideas and help make your choices.
- Be honest. Let us know about your pet’s temperament, especially if they are aggressive toward new people. We can prepare accordingly.
- Clothing. If your pet will be wearing any clothing that you bring, please make sure you try the clothing on before the session to make sure it is comfortable.
- Practice commands. It is awesome if your pet knows basic commands: sit, stay, wait. Please let our photographer know. Please practice commands several days before the photo shoot.
preparing the DAY of a pet photo shoot
- Leash/Collar. Bring your pet to the shoot with a leash and collar. In most cases the collar will be removed or photoshopped out. However it is important to have complete control over your animal in the studio.
- Treats. Go light on breakfast. The dog will be more willing to listen during a photo shoot. They will want the treats we will give them. I generally provide healthy treats, but if your pet has special dietary needs, please bring any special treats that they can eat.
- Toys. A pet’s favorite toys will help get the most emotive and personal shots. Having these favorite things at the shoot will help get their attention and reward them.
- Hydrate. Bring water for you and your pet, a bowl.
- Exercise. If your dog is very active, we suggest walking your dog about an hour before the photo shoot. This will help make your dog more relaxed and photogenic.
- Assistance. Your pet feels most comfortable with you – and obedience with you… For these reasons, our photographer requests your assistance with your pet on the photo shoot day with directing your pet, gaining their attention, and keeping them focused.
- Calm. Be relaxed, bring positive energy to your pet and the shoot.
- Occasionally, not always, I will include the owner’s feet in a few of the images. Please make sure your clothing and shoes look good from the waist down...