Preparing for your photo session

The way I approach dog photography is very natural and laidback. All sessions are filled with plenty of toys, treats and time. Usually by the end of a photo session everyone, dog included, is exhausted!

Here are some tips to help make it a success!


What to Wear

Think classic pieces that you'll still like 10 years from now when you look at your photographs. Solid colors or neutral patterns are great options while bold stripes and graphics can be distracting. Please do not choose clothing with text on it.

Bringing along a cute, non-puffy jacket or cardigan is a nice way to add an easy outfit change while on location. 

If you're unsure, send us photos of your outfit ideas for advice.

We also recommend staying away from fabrics that show off your pet's unique shedding abilities—i.e. dark fabrics and light-haired dog and vice versa. 


What to Bring

  • Your dog's favorite high value treat or toys
  • New or nice looking 4 or 6 foot standard leash. No retractable leashes, please.
  • New or nice looking collar in a color that is complimentary to your dog's coat. 
  • Collapsable water dish and water
  • Pet waste bags
  • Grooming kit or Dog brush for long-haired pups
  • Optional prop ideas: bandanas, bowties, tennis ball, picnic blanket

Please bring anything else your dog may need to stay calm and focused. We will have a wide selection of all-natural treats, toys and noise makers. 

It's important to us to keep your dog safe during the photo session so we do not recommend allowing them off leash anywhere without a fence. We'll have a 20ft leash to use for capturing action shots safely. The leash will be edited out of ordered images.


Preparing Your Pet

Teaching and practicing sit and stay commands with your dog may be the most beneficial thing you can do to prepare them.

It is also a good idea to exercise your pup thoroughly beforehand so they are not at their peak energy level during the shoot. If it is going to be hot on the day of the shoot, your dog has mobility challenges or is a senior, forgo this step. 

If your dog needs grooming, we recommend doing that during the week leading up to the session. A good bath and brushing  a few nights before works well too.


Preparing Your Space

If we are working in your backyard, please clean up pet waste and tidy up your garden beds/lawn. 

Indoors: it’s a good idea to do a basic clean up in the rooms we’ll use before the shoot. Fold blankets, plump pillows and declutter as necessary.

If you have any questions of concerns leading up to the shoot, please ask. No question is too silly when it comes to working with animals!

See you soon.

Hannele |