How to Take Good Photos with Santa
Pet Pics with Ol' Saint Nick
Pet pics with Saint Nick have the potential to be a fun and yes, even a magical way to get your holidays started, and if you're like us, that image is on your holiday cards too.
Planning for posing your pet with Santa is similar to preparing for children's photos with Santa and if you have a checklist and some preparation the day should go well.
Costumes are weird
Socialization is important
How is your dog around other dogs? If your dog isn't comfortable and under control, you may want to have a crate handy to help keep your dog calm while waiting. Prevent your dog from racing up to other dogs and getting in their face, no matter how much your dog wants to meet other dogs; other dogs don't like that behavior.
Dressed Up Dogs
Walk the Dog
Strike a Pose
You want treats that are interesting enough that your pet wants to work for them and small enough that eating them doesn't fill up your pet. I usually have some high-quality treats on hand but not all dogs like all treats. If your dog prefers a particular treat, bring those along. The best treats for photo shoots are small, soft and stinky. No crunchy treats during the shoot, they aren't smelly enough, are messy and take too long to eat.
Does your dog have a favorite toy? Bring some along. Favorite toys give your dog something to focus on and let their personality shine through.
Squeaky Toys are great to capture expressions, but timing and amount of squeaks are critical to success. One single squeak at the right time makes the image, but it only works when it is unexpected. Continually squeaking toys will cause your dog to lose interest and the reactions we are all hoping for vanish. I know the most beneficial times for exciting sounds to get your dog looking fantastic.
The same theory applies for trigger words, use them sparingly and be prepared to take direction on where to stand when you say them to create what we want.
My Eye versus Your Eye - what I see through the lens is different than what you are seeing. You'll get direction on what I need to get those great shots, and it will be fun too!
What else should you bring? Anything that you want to have included in the images. Pet outfits, ties, scarves, bandanas, and costumes. If your dog likes to drool, please bring a rag to wipe off their mouth.
Safety Tips for Santa Pet Pictures
Here are a few things to keep in mind for picture day:
Looking forward to seeing you and your pets!
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