Our pets are truly part of our family! They live in our homes, they sometimes even sleep in our beds, they greet us with the most amazing joy when we get home, and their love is unconditional. They always want to be with us and are a huge part of our lives. When it comes to family photos, I encourage you to bring them along! Including your pets in family photos is very fun and ensures we capture their love, too!
If you have a high energy pet, spend some time helping get their energy out. A hike, playing ball, playing with them in their pen, etc. will help them have a calmer demeanor during the photo shoot. This will help them listen to your commands better and they will be less distracted by other things.
Just like humans, when pets are fed, they are happy. Be sure to schedule your photo shoot after meal time, or feed your pet its meal early to ensure he/she is happy and settled.
It’s common for an animal to feel anxious in a new environment. Consider holding your family photo shoot at your home or a location you visit often like your favorite park or hiking trail. This will help your pet feel more comfortable in his/her surroundings.
If your pet is food motivated, bring their favorite treats! If they have a favorite squeaky toy, bring that, too! Specialized distraction is a perfect way to help your pet look at the camera when needed, and listen when asked.
Remember that we are working with animals who have very limited learned commands and are easily distracted. Being patient and adjusting your photo shoot to set your pet up for success is often the best way to capture the photos you’re looking for. Also, bringing a friend who won’t be in the photos is a great option. This allows your pet to take a break from photos while we capture some of the humans together!
Including your pet should be a fun experience! When we plan ahead and bring the needed items, it’s a blast to have them and their love in photos!
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