How (and why) you need to be in your pet’s portrait session from a professional pet photographer’s perspective
Why I recommend being in at least some of the images
As a professional pet photographer I have many beautiful images of my dogs. But when my beloved Bentley was spending several days at the emergency vet last year I suddenly realized that I had no photos of me with my pets. None. It was a sickening realization but I’m always behind the camera and I am shockingly bad at selfies even when it’s just me, let alone if I’m also trying to wrangle a dog.
It literally made me sick to my stomach that I might have missed my chance for images with Bentley and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I was fortunate that Bentley pulled through and I was able to have a photoshoot with him and our other dogs. But I can’t forget that feeling.
So let me help you avoid my painful situation. Plan on being in at least a few of the images with your pet during our pet portrait session. Even if you HATE being in photos.
Hear me out and if nothing else, look through the images in this post to understand what we can do together. We have lots of options and I’m sure we can find a few that you like.
And that’s the beauty of digital images, we can try different things. And if you really don’t like them when you see the final result you don’t have to choose them. But you may be surprised at how much you really appreciate the images that include you.
I do understand where you’re coming from. And my style definitely leans towards the more relaxed images that focus on the connection you have with your pet over the formally posed traditional family portrait. Of course I’ll include the formal “everyone facing-forward” images if they are requested, and many people love to buy that kind of image as a desk display. But I really prefer to take the more candid shots of your natural interactions between you and your pet. That’s where we capture the real magic of your relationship.
There are a few ways we can achieve this goal.
How to be in your pet portraits even if you don’t like your photo taken
– Showing just your hands
– Showing just your feet – feel free to bring some fun shoes if you want to try this option
– Looking over your shoulder down at them
– Having you in the background and out of focus
– Taking the photo from a distance
– Creating a silhouette – this one takes the right lighting and attention to shape but it can be amazing.
– Them looking over your shoulder
– Both of you from behind
Let me know if any of these appeal to you in particular. We can talk them over during our consultation call so I can help you be prepared. That might include bringing a few different pairs of shoes to wear, having your nails done, wearing your hair down, and other wardrobe recommendations. Otherwise I’ll make sure to take at least a few variations during the photoshoot.
See? Lots of fun ideas that we can try during your pet portrait session. So let’s get started! Tell me more about your pet here and I’ll follow up with a quick phone call.