Prep for your Pet Session

You've booked your pet portrait session, now is the time to review this guide to help make sure that your session is everything you are dreaming of.

Several Weeks before your session

  • Get Inspired! Create a Pinterest board that includes images that reflect your vision for your image.
  • Select a color scheme that will complement the colors of the room where the finished portrait or album will be displayed.
  • Go Shopping - you will find some great ideas shopping online or at your favorite store or gallery.
  • Choose a location that your pet is comfortable in. This could be your home, a park, or any other location where your pet feels at ease. Keep in mind shaded areas work best if your session is in the middle of a sunny day.
  • Brush up on their manners and refresh "sit" and "stay" commands.
  • Get them familiar with any props that you want in the session.
  • If you are going to be in the portrait - make sure you have your clothes and accessories purchased well in advance of the shoot.
  • Avoid bold prints.
  • Look for textures such as lace, ruffles and sequins.
  • Sleeveless works for toned arms, 3/4-sleeves or long sleeves work for everyone. Avoid cap-sleeves.
  • Avoid baggy, non-structured outfits.
  • Select colors that contrast your pets color.
  • If more than one person is in the portrait, make sure the outfit colors are complementary to one another.
  • Plan for 2 outfits for the session.
Black Lab Puppy Sitting in front of white background

The day before the session

  • Make them shine! Whether you take them to a professional or do it yourself, give them a bath and brush them thoroughly.
  • Tidy up the area being used for the session.
  • If you are planning to be in the portraits with your pet:
  • Make sure your clothes are wrinkle free
  • Get a good nights rest
  • Stay hydrated
Terrier dog sitting outside

The day of the session

Pet Only Sessions:

  • If needed exercise your pet early in the day to help reduce their energy level.
  • Feed them prior to their session if the session is during their normal feeding time.
  • Finishing touches - make sure to clean the area where the session is taking place.
  • Brush your pet. Use slightly damp paper towel to clear around their eyes and ears if needed.
  • Spray the area where the session is taking place with bug spray ahead of time.
  • Bring a friend to help. If you don't have someone available to help I can provide an assistant for an additional fee.
  • Toys and treats are a great motivator, bring some of your pets favorites in case they are needed to get their attention.
  • Plan to be 15 minutes early, this will help keep everyone relaxed.

Pet & Owner Sessions:

  • Hair and Make-up Artists are amazing and will ensure you look your best for the photo session.
  • Set aside your phone and pony tail holders
  • Most Important - HAVE FUN! This is going to be a memorable session for you and your pet.
Black Great Dane Puppy