Preparing for Your Dog's Photoshoot

August 18, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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I want your session to be as enjoyable as possible, and this brief list should help you get the most out of your session. 

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Six Foot Leash 

Your six-foot leash should be simple and preferably a solid color. I use leather leashes for my dogs, but nylon and cotton are fine too. I'll also have show leads, collars, and long lines to use if we're not in a completely fenced, safe area. The big secret that isn't a secret at all? Most dogs on my website have leashes and collars when we shoot their pictures and remove them during editing. Collars and leashes keep the dogs safe and help them understand where to direct them to pose. I'll guide you on how to hold the leash to make it simpler to remove in editing. 

 

Collars 

Your dog's collar may remain in the image if we aren't shooting using thin show collars. If the collar is staying on and will be in the finished portrait, make sure it's a collar you like that suits your dog and the photoshoot theme. If your current collar looks worn beyond repair, this may be an excellent time to select something new. 

 

Have questions about collars, let me know. Have a suggestion of a collar maker that should be on the list, let me know!

  • Leather (or pleather/faux leather) gives a timeless, classic look. Neutral colors are good to keep the focus on your dog's face. 
  • Want something a little jazzier? Check out the designs at Pro-Mohs for collars and leashes. 
  • Looking for something fancy Check out the makers on Etsy and see all the fancy dog collars

 

Tags 

For your portraits, please take your collar tags off unless they have substantial sentimental value. 

 

Harnesses 

Leave the harness off unless we are shooting your sled dog team. 

 

Treats 

Your photoshoot is the time to pull out all the stops for tasty treats. We'll be working on getting and keeping their attention a lot, and we want your dog to participate as much as possible. You know what your dog loves best, so bring those high-value treats. Here's a quick list of high-value treats: 

  1. Baked or Boiled Chicken Breast
  2. Steak (leftovers are fine)
  3. Cheese cubes (yes, the good stuff)
  4. Peanut Butter (make sure there is no Xylitol in the peanut butter)
  5. Hot Dogs 
  6. Cream Cheese
  7. Baked liver cubed up 
  8. Whatever treat your dog loves 

Bring treat options so we can keep rotating the treats and keep the shoot exciting for your dog. Variety is the spice of life for dogs too. 

 

Here's a printable/downloadable photo session packing list for you. 

2021 Dog Photoshoot Packing List2021 Dog Photoshoot Packing List

 


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