what to expect
Never done a pet photography session before? Not worry, I'll walk you through it!
Let me start by saying, if you're thinking to yourself...
"my dog won't sit still like that"
"my pet is too nervous around new people"
"my barn/backyard/house isn't pretty enough to be in the background"
"my dog can't be off leash so there's no way they could do a photoshoot"
"I don't have a dog, and I doubt she would photography my *insert other species of pet here*"
"my dog is reactive and would not do well in public photoshoot locations"
I totally get it...but seriously, forget it!
I am trained in animal behavior and positive reinforcement-based animal handling techniques. I spent years working hands on in the animal care world - in settings from animal shelters to veterinary hospitals - and I am confident that together, your pet and I can work together to snap beautiful photos you will love - in ways your pet is comfortable with!
I meet each pet where they are at emotionally and behaviorally, and respect any and all behavioral limitations they may have. If they are not safe off leash, we will photograph them on leash! Thanks to photo editing software, you'll never know the leash was there! If your pet is fearful of new people, I will use my training in shy animal handling to earn their trust prior to even taking out my camera. Finding out your pet's favorite treat is part of my session prep! Super excitable, active pet? No problem! I will identify their high-value motivator and use it to keep their attention.
Trust me, I (and your pet!) got this!
Now in regards to location - any place makes a beautiful backdrop. Seriously! Most of the portraits you see on this page were taken in my clients' backyards. And this is actually where I prefer to shoot pet portraits. Why? Because this is where pets are most comfortable! While it may seem ideal to head to some new, unique location for a photoshoot - this isn't true for pet photography. Shooting in a location that is new to pets often causes stress, hyper-vigilance and over stimulation for the pet, which prevents their true personality from shining through in the photographs. However in their own backyard, they're comfortable enough to be their carefree selves! So if your pet doesn't do great out in public, or in new settings, I'm the photographer that gets it, and will make your backyard feel like a luxury photoshoot destination location.