How to Prep Your Pup for a Dog Photo Shoot - Dallas Portrait Photographer and Videographer| Phoenix Michele

How to Prep Your Pup for a Dog Photo Shoot

Dogs are a man’s best friend. For most people, dogs are already a part of the family and have been with them for a long time. Hence, it is natural that you can capture every bit of memory you have with your precious dog.

And if this is your first time having a professional photoshoot for your dog, it is understandable that you may not know what to do before, during, and after the photoshoot. After all, it is quite different from a family or other portrait session.

But not to worry, I’ve got you covered because here are some tips you can use when going on a dog photoshoot.

Tip #1: Relax and help your dog settle

It can be nerve-wracking to do this especially if it’s your first time. But you are not the only one who gets nervous, your furry friend may also feel anxious. Therefore, you and your pup should be relaxed before the shoot.

Take your pup for a long, nice walk the morning before. Getting some exercise is very important especially if your dog has high energy. This will be effective in burning the extra energy your dog has so it will be easier to capture his photo.

On the other hand, if you have an older dog with low energy, he should need some time to rest and sleep before the session so it will be lively during the shoot.

Tip #2: Know your dog’s personality

Knowing your dog’s personality is another important aspect to have a successful dog photoshoot. Be sure to inform your photographer about your dog’s temperament especially if he is aggressive or irritable to other people. That way, your photographer can be prepared.

Tip #3: Brush up on basic commands

If you don’t regularly use commands on your dog, practice a few days before the shoot to make sure that he will do what you ask for.

Take the time to practice sit, stay, down, and any other basic commands that your dog may have already known. If your dog has any special tricks, you can practice them too.

Tip #4: Groom or not to groom?

There is no right or wrong decision when it comes to your dog’s grooming. It all depends on your preference. If you’d like your dog to look polished and groomed during the shoot, then you can absolutely do so.

Book a dog grooming session a day before the photoshoot so your dog doesn’t have too much going on all in a day.

But if you want your lovable dog to come as natural as he should be, then by all means do so! Decide what feels right for you and your dog.

Tip #5: Bring only the essentials

Remember that this is a photo shoot and not a vacation, so you might want to bring only the essentials that you and your dog needs.

Bring your dog’s favorite toys and treats that will be useful during the photo shoot. They are very useful to get your dog to look at the camera and encourage them to make some adorable, playful expressions.

Additionally, pack some water and a bowl for outdoor photoshoots as well as bags to pick up the waste. Bring a brush for grooming, your dog’s leash, and his collar.

Tip #6: Include yourself in the photo

Even if this is your dog’s moment, it is a good idea to have some photos of you and your dog together. Hence, be prepared as well and wear something you love. Pick clothes that are casual and comfortable so you can move around and play with your dog while doing the shoot.

Tip #7: Be patient

It can be frustrating when your dog is not just cooperating, ignores your commands, or won’t pay attention. Or maybe your dog is too shy and just doesn’t show how cute and charming he is.

But don’t stress yourself too much! Just be patient and try to relax and enjoy the moment. The good thing about photographers like me, we are VERY PATIENT and will make sure that we capture beautiful photos of you and your dog.

When it comes to prepping your dog for a photo shoot, it is important that you are always calm and not get overwhelmed with the process. The moment that you show stress and become panicky your dog can also feel what you are feeling.

So, it is best that you just have fun and trust the process to create the best and most memorable photo of you and your dog.

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