Now that you've made it through your inquiry and consultation, I'm sure the excitement and jitters about your upcoming Pet Portrait Session are hitting you! Missed last week's blog and not sure what I'm talking about? Make sure you go back and read it before continuing on this photography journey with me.

Okay, so you're super excited. But you don't know quite what to expect. While your questions have hopefully all been answered during your consultation, any new questions that pop up will most likely be addressed in one of the educational emails you receive prior to your session. You'll have access to a number of guides that I've put together to help you prepare - everything from what to wear on the big day to wall art gallery suggestions for your home. And if you're anything like me, you'll be thrilled to learn that you'll have access to a checklist to make sure you have everything you need on the day of your pup's pet portrait session.

settling in

Whether your consultation was done in-person or over Zoom, we'll spend the first few minutes letting your pup sniff around and get comfortable with me and my camera. I'm all about positive reinforcement so there will be lots of yummy snacks handed out as we settle in. Some dogs are naturally confident, making this a quick transition, while other dogs are a little more shy and may need extra time to adjust and feel comfortable. This is your pup's time to shine so we'll move at their preferred speed.

making memories

Once your pup is comfortable, we'll hop right into capturing those memories. I make sure to get a mix of posed and candid shots, and again, we'll move at whatever pace your pup is comfortable at. If we're taking images of you with your pup, I'll usually start out with those in the beginning so you don't have to spend the entire session worrying about the amount of slobber, dog hair, and dirt you get on your clothes.

Depending on the location, we may spend more time in a particular spot or move around as the fancy takes us. If you've opted for an album or folio box, I'll make sure to photograph a number of poses in different areas to create enough variety for your artwork. If you've opted for a wall art gallery, we'll spend more time focusing on the poses and areas that you're drawn to and will work with the aesthetic of your home.

During the session, you'll only have 2 jobs:

  1. Act as my personal wrangler, which typically just entails holding the leash (if your dog is on-leash).
  2. Relax. Your dog might not always behave or do what we want him to do, but I want you to take the pressure off yourself and your pup to be perfect. I promise we'll get some incredible images no matter your dog is doing.

after the session

Once we're done with the session, I'll walk you back to your car, where I'll leave you with a special treat for your pup for being such a good doggo. You'll receive an email that evening with a link to schedule your ordering appointment, which will generally take place at your home or over Zoom one to two weeks following your session.

I can't wait for you and your furbaby to have fun with me during a custom Pet Portrait Session! Ready to take that first step towards booking a Pet Portrait Session for your pup? Get started now.


Don't forget to continue following the blog circle to see what fun our other pet photographers get up during their sessions. Up next is Ina from Ina J Photography, Canberra Pet Photographer talks about what happens at your pet photography session.

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