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Get Ready for the Best Dog Photoshoot Ever!


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Here’s our ultimate guide on how to prepare for a pet portrait session

But before you can get the perfect shot, there’s some prep work that needs doing. Here are some tips to help make sure your pup looks their best for their close up!

Let’s take a closer look at how you can make your pet portrait shoot even more special.

Pets are part of the family, and their special moments should be remembered just like any other. That's why pet portrait shoots can be an excellent way to capture your furry friends in their best light and hang the images proudly in your home.

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Choosing a photographer

Choosing a professional pet photographer isn't something you should rush into; take your time and do some research first. Try to find a pet photographer who has a local photography studio and has plenty of experience under their belt. This will give you peace of mind when it's time for photos!


pre shoot meeting

Its a good idea to have a pre shoot phone call or face to face meeting so you can discuss your dogs personality with your chosen pet photographer. This way both parties are on the same page when it comes time for picture day! Your chosen pet photographer will want to know all about your dogs personality, size and behaviour, so they can prepare for the shoot successfully.


Paw-pare Accordingly

Make sure your pup is well-groomed before their close up! A bath and brushing session beforehand will go a long way towards making sure they look their best for their big day in front of the camera. Bonus points if your pooch has something special like a bowtie or bandana to complete their look! Nothing says "ready for my closeup" quite like looking sharp from head-to-toe (or should we say paw?)


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Where is the best place for a pet portrait?


Every dog parent knows that their pup is the cutest, most photogenic little four-legged friend around. But with so many different types of locations for taking pictures of your pooch, how can you choose which one is best? Here’s a quick guide on the pros and cons of each venue to help you decide what will be the best backdrop for your fur baby’s next photo shoot.




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Photography Studio

When at a local Photography Studio a professional photographer can help create an environment where both you and your pet feel comfortable and relaxed.

Photographers generally have studios set up specifically for pet photography sessions; these studios are designed with pets in mind, so that means the lighting will be just right and plus, there will usually be different props available so you can really make each image unique!

Locations for pet portraits



Perfect for candids and walks

The great outdoors can make a wonderful backdrop for dog photos, especially if you have access to an expansive wooded area or park. Nature provides plenty of interesting textures and natural backdrops that are sure to make your pup stand out! However, depending on where you live, it may be difficult to find a good spot without too many other animals or people running around in the background. And let’s not forget about all those muddy paw prints after your pup has finished his photoshoot!



for the perfect splash

The beach is another popular destination for pet photography. Your pup can play in the waves and enjoy some quality time with family members while being captured by the camera. Beaches provide a beautiful setting with plenty of sand and shoreline as well as a variety of colors from sunsets and sunrises. Keep in mind that some beaches may limit when people are allowed to take pictures due to environmental restrictions or safety concerns.



To keep nice and cosy

There’s nothing quite like capturing your pup at home in his own environment - surrounded by his favorite toys and furniture - for an intimate portrait session. Plus, it eliminates any stress related to traveling or having strangers around him during his shoot. However, at home shoots may require additional equipment such as backdrops and lighting setups if you don't have enough natural light available in your house (or if you don't want all the distractions of your home in the photos).

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8. During the Photoshoot Take your time

patience is key

Everyone loves pictures of their furry friends, and when it comes to taking photos of your pup, patience is key. Whether you're taking pictures yourself or enlisting a professional photographer's help, remember that everyone involved needs some time and space so that everyone can have a positive experience during the photoshoot! With enough patience (and maybe some treats) capturing those special moments with our four-legged friends will be much easier than expected!

9. Lots of attention, breaks and treats

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, it’s time to get your pup’s attention. This can be done by calling their name, clapping your hands, or even making funny noises with silly voices (trust us, dogs love it). When they turn their head towards you and make eye contact, hit that shutter button!

Photoshoots can take a while and depending on how antsy your pup gets, so it's important to give them frequent breaks throughout the session. Don’t think of this as wasted time—in fact, giving your pup regular breaks can actually help keep them focused and energised for the rest of the shoot. Plus, these breaks give you an opportunity to reward good behaviour with treats or toys which helps keep them engaged in between shots.

10. Relax and have fun!

It’s important to prepare your pooch in advance for their photoshoot. Start by getting them used to wearing clothes or accessories if you plan on using them for the photoshoot. This will help them feel more comfortable. It’s also a good idea to bring along some of their favourite toys or treats as props for the photos, too. It will help them get into the right frame of mind for the shoot—relaxed and happy! You never know what kind of silly poses they might come up with!

The most important thing is that you take breaks whenever necessary. Don’t push your pup too hard if they start getting anxious or stressed out; just give them time to relax and reset before continuing on with the shoot. This will ensure that they remain calm throughout and get great photos in return!

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SO Studios has years of experience in Pet Photography sessions in their Epping photography studio, contact them today to check availability.