Photoshoot with Pets?! 5 Tips for PAWsitively Perfect Pictures
Being Tampa photographers, we are able to do photo sessions all year round at some amazing parks and beaches perfect for pets. We feel very strongly that your pets are part of your family, so including them in your family, engagement, maternity, newborn, and senior photo sessions just make sense.
Unfortunately, telling them to strike a pose and smile for the camera isn’t an easy task. Fortunately, a little preparation can go a long way in creating an environment your furry family members will find satisfactory.
Will Photographers Even Offer a Photoshoot with Pets?
Not all photographers are pet-friendly, but we certainly are!
We’ve had clients’ pets at every type of session: engagement, maternity, newborn, family, and senior portrait sessions. If you want to include your furry family, we’ll we figure out a way to beautifully incorporate them into your photo session.
If you’re not looking for a Tampa photographer, you’ll have to call around to see which local photographers can offer you a photoshoot with pets.
You have enough to focus on during your photo shoot without worrying if your pets are behaving before and during your family photo.
That’s why you should make the call for reinforcements.
Have a friend accompany you to your engagement or maternity photo appointment to assist with your pets. Ideally, this should be someone your pets are comfortable around, and they can also keep your pet company when we’re getting shots that don’t involve them.
Tip #2: Show Your Pet Around
We know preparing for your session takes energy and preparation. It also may be a bit of a drive to the photo session location.
We recommend arriving a little early to allow your pets some time to become familiar with their surroundings. Give your pets a chance to become accustomed to the photo session location and equipment(and to take a potty break).
Be patient with your pets and give them plenty of time to become acquainted with the photographer and equipment to improve the chances they will remain calm.
Tip #3: Pamper your pets before the photoshoot
You obviously want to look your best for your family, engagement, maternity, or senior portrait photos— but don’t forget about your pets!
They deserve to be at their photogenic peak as well. Groom them prior to the photo, so they look amazing. You can even consider going all out for your furry family members and book them a relaxing time at a professional pet groomer.
Regardless, make sure you bring along a brush for touch-ups and wet wipes for their eyes and mouth right before the photo.
Tip #4: Don’t forget the toys!
From squeaky toys to stuffed animals, your pets’ favorite possessions can help make your family photo a breeze. Having those familiar items can help reduce your pet’s stress and also make the photographer’s job easier when she needs to get your pet’s attention.
One warning, though: Don’t allow toy time to become too rowdy. An excited pet can be a challenging subject. Try to keep your pets as calm as possible.
Tip #5: Bring water and treats
You want your pets to be happy campers during your photo shoot, and that won’t happen if they are hungry and thirsty. Have plenty of fresh water on hand, and bring along their favorite delicious treats.
Just like with their toys, treats can also be used to help focus your pets’ eyes on the camera. And they provide a nice reward after a successful photo shoot.
Including your pets in a family photo shoot may present a set of new challenges, but with the proper preparation, help, and props, capturing their memory doesn’t have to be mission impossible!
Ready to book a photoshoot with pets? Talk to us about bringing them to your engagement, newborn, family, or senior session!
March 4, 2023
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Prepping for an engagement, maternity, newborn, family, or senior portrait session can make you feel excited, anxious, a smidge stressed … and of course, making a giant mess in your closet as you search for the perfect outfit. Inside our blog, we’re serving up all the inspo, tips, and tricks you need to have a stress-free photo session, from how to pose without feeling super awkward to what you and your family should wear. Reap the benefits of our 30 years of photography experience and wisdom, or just enjoy looking at the pretty pictures.