I've been able to produce a few Pet Portraits over the years. When my clients request a family shoot they include there dog as pet of the family. If you ever use a Photographer for a family portrait you should ask if it possible to bring your dog along. Although if you have a pet you'd like a portrait doing of like a cat or a rabbit then these shoots as best suited to their home environment.
I also go out and about on dog walks to the park, this gives the photographer an opportunity to see the pet enjoying themselves, thus making them more relaxed which will create a more natural looking portrait.
Here are some tips if you'd like to have a Pet Portrait done.
1. Ensure your pet is comfortable around strangers. The Photographer will spend a short time with your dog to ensure they have gained trust. They will hold out their camera so the dog can investigate and possibly press the shutter so that the dog is familiar with the noise.
2. Remove leads on dogs where possible. Leads can be very unattractive in a photo so as long as your dog is controllable off the lead then you should try and remove the lead. Ensure the dog is not in a public area where there is a risk of them running off in to crowds.
This chap was not allowed off the lead, hence a little photoshopping was needed to remove the great chain he had round his neck. Its not impossible to remove the lead but can be quite expensive if you prefer not to see it in the images.
3. As already said, Include your pet in your family portraits after all they are a part of the family. The Photographer can always take a few pics of them on their own and include them in the photos that are available for purchasing.
4. As mentioned above other animals such as cats, rabbits etc are at their best in their own environments. However if the Photographer has the equipment available they can bring along a back drop so as not to have a distracting background in the photo.
If you have a variety of Pets why not get photos of them all.
Example Portable backdrop, photo taken in clients home.
5. Make it fun. Try different angles. I used a treat over the clients shoulder to get Iggy to look up.
You can also turn images in to water colours, we made a christmas card for my clients mother out of these images.
I hope you found this little blog useful and I have given you some ideas for the types of photos you want (or don't want).
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