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5 Tips for Including Your Family Pet in a Photo Shoot

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For many people, our pets are undeniably one of the family. The bond between children and animals is particularly worth capturing and remembering. Thankfully, I have plenty of experience photographing animals and am more than happy to discuss including them when booking a family portrait session. Here is a handful of tips for including the family dog, cat, horse, or another pet in your photo shoot:

  1. Keep the Background Simple

This tip is great for portraits of any kind, but it is especially important when working with animals. There will be a lot happening in the shot, so keeping the background simple will help keep the focus on your smiles. Examples of good locations include a single, statement tree or the expanse of the ocean and beach. Indoor shoots might be best for cats, rabbits, or very small dogs that might get nervous easily.

  1. Wear Comfortable Clothes

dogsIncluding a pet in your family portrait session will help keep the tone light-hearted and natural, enabling me to capture plenty of candid or more casual lifestyle shots. The entire group should be in comfortable clothes that work well in a variety of poses and go well with the location of the shoot. Still, be sure to decide ahead of time which person will sit next to the pet and make sure they wear wrinkle- and fur-resistant clothing! If you want your pet to wear a bow, bandana, or collar accessory, try it on several times so that he or she can get used to it.

  1. Consider Their Colouring

If you have a black cat or dog, they will look great with blue jeans and other, lighter colours but may blend into dress pants or dark dresses. The idea of trying not to match holds true for photographing animals of any colour, from fluffy white cats to sunny golden retrievers.

  1. Find a Relaxing Position

Since many animals react negatively to the stress around them, it is important to stay calm and flexible throughout the shoot. Some poses will not work, or your dog may need a few breaks to run and play. It may be easier to have the family come and get into position when your animal does decide to sit up or lie down somewhere. Alternatively, one of the best ways to include a pet in a photo is to have him or her sitting in someone’s lap.

If you keep in mind that you may not want your canine companion in every shot, however, that can also help take the pressure off. We can simply include the pet again when he or she is calmed down or has a better attention span. It may take lots of shots and moving around, but I will absolutely get multiple images worth keeping!

  1. Capture Moments in Action

To truly capture a pet’s personality and the bond between your family and your pet, I will want to take plenty of action shots. I might ask that you walk or run on the beach, or bring along a favourite toy for your children and pet to play with. Your family portrait session will include both posed and more casual images, so feel free to laugh and play freely.

Photographing animals can take a bit more effort, but it is well worth it to capture a very authentic, happy moment of your entire family. Contact me for more information on booking a session or including a pet in your photo shoot.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Photographing Animals and Children: Gorgeous Family Portraits

dog-boy-portraitW. C. Fields once said, “never work with animals or children.” Sometimes this phrase is true but most times, this is a fun experience for the family and the photographer. Animals and children are fun to work with and can create much laughter throughout the process. Pets are just like family and in many cases they are just like our children. Family portraits with your animals are great ways to remember them and have a wonderful time. I am going to talk about how photographing your animals and children will create wonderful images for you and your family to enjoy.

Myth: Photographing Animals and Children Is Difficult

They are not as difficult as many say and I have captured gorgeous gorgeous family portraits of children with their pets many times. The important thing to know is that different animals may require different locations to keep them safe and happy. For example, cats are easier to photograph when they are in their own homes so a family session in your home would be the best. This way your precious kitties feel safe and relaxed and this will keep them from running away from the camera.

Unsurprisingly, dogs are some of the easiest pets when it comes to family portraits. They are always ready to look adorable and are typically very well behaved. If you happen to have a dog that is quite energetic, you can always let them run around the park or the beach for awhile to tire them. This will help keep the dog more behaved and easier to snap wonderful shots.

Why Should You Include Your Pet In Your Session?Sept75

There are many reasons to include your adorable fluffy friend in sessions. There is the tragic reason that your precious pet will not live as long as a human. A client of mine had some adorable pet rats and they brought them along to their family’s session; a few months later one of the pet rats passed away, making the portraits even more special to them.

On a happier note, your pets are a major part of your family and you want all of your family members in your portraits. This will create gorgeous and adorable photographs that will last ages and will be a great way to have fun with your children. This is a memory your children will have forever.

You and Your Family Will Be Relaxed and Happy

The best thing about having your furry family members come along for your portraits is that you will all be incredibly relaxed and your smiles will be genuine. Photographing your animals with your children will create gorgeous and happy shots. This will also help with reluctant teenagers because they will be more willing to participate if their special pet is with them.

Pets of all kinds are welcome to any of the family sessions I do, whether it is a pet snake, a bird, a cat, a dog or a horse. We had a pet Doberman when our kids were younger and he was very much a part of our family so I understand the importance pets play in our lives. Bringing your pets along to your family session will create images that you will cherish forever! Contact me today and we will discuss setting up a session with you and your family – furry family members included.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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The Art of Photographing Children and Animals

The art of photographing children and animalsThere’s an old saying out there that says you shouldn’t ever work with either children or animals if you want your job to go smoothly. However, a photographer that’s good at what they do needs to know how to do the impossible and that means laughing in the face of rules like those (sometimes literally).

Animals especially present a real challenge because they can’t just be asked to listen to and follow directions the way a human can. Photographing them in a way that captures their unique spirits and really adds something to a family’s collection of memories calls for creativity, patience, and – of course – a healthy dose of spontaneity.

On Photographing Dogs

Dogs are perhaps the simplest types of pets to photograph, as they’re relatively cooperative. However, they still come alongside plenty of challenges and a photographer definitely needs to know how to seize the moment and be resourceful on the fly. Dogs that are still young, active, and cheeky do really well in environments that allow them to really cut loose, especially if children are also involved in the shot.

For instance, I personally love photographing families with dogs at the beach. Something about the splashing waves and the fresh air really brings out the inner playfulness in both children and dogs. This is even the case when dealing with camera-shy or reluctant teens. Plus, kids and dogs tend to bring out the best in each other in environments like that in a way that looks incredible on film.

Getting the Best Out of Cats on Film

As you can imagine, cats really present a challenge when it comes to capturing them on film, as they’re so independent. Generally speaking, cats need to be photographed on their home turf where they’re most comfortable. It’s certainly possible to capture some really endearing moments that a family will treasure forever… but it takes the lion’s share of patience and possibly also a dash of creativity. What will work also depends a lot on the cat and its unique personality.

Photographing Children With Other Pets

Of course, cats and dogs aren’t the only types of pets that can add something wonderful to a photo shoot and make memories on film. However, the same rules apply. The temperament of the individual animal should be considered. Also, nothing brings out the best in an animal quite like natural interaction with the owner.

For example, horses make wonderful additions to family portraits. They can be photographed looking over fences while the entire family leans in with them in front of a beautiful backdrop. Gorgeous action shots can also be captured by encouraging the owner to ride the horse around a paddock and waiting for that special something to shine through in a way that makes memories.

Many people even want to include animals like trained birds, rats, and even snakes as part of the shoot. They also make incredible additions to a scene that can actually really make the shoot if you know how to play your cards right. It’s really all about being patient and knowing how to spot that special moment when it shows up. I love photographing children and animals, families always look back at the images with fun memories.

Talk soon, Margherita :)

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