How to Prep for a Photo Session with Your Pet

For many people, pets are furry members of the family. It comes as no surprise that they want to include their pets in their photos. Including your pets in your photo session does require a little extra preparation but it is certainly doable.

Below are a few tips to prepare you for your photo session with your pet

To make this work, you will need to get your pet to sit still and behave. Pets can get very excited when new people are around so let your pet become acquainted with your photographer beforehand. Bring treats and toys that your pet enjoys so that you have something to use to grab their attention if necessary.

Keep a leash or harness ready, just in case. Even though your pet might be well trained, it never hurts to be prepared. You may also want to arrange your poses so you can hold onto your pet securely without it looking like you are hanging on for dear life. Your photographer will help you with this.

If you know that your photo session is going to take some time, give your pets the chance to take breaks, walk around and drink water. You won’t be able to force a pet to sit still if they are thirsty or agitated.

As a pet owner you probably know how perceptive your animals are to energy and emotions, so it’s important that you are relaxed when you get to your pet photo session. If you really want to keep your pets relaxed too, try and arrange your photo session in a place where your pet will feel most comfortable such as your garden or a park.

For the best results, try and work with a photographer that has previously worked with animals. This will help make the process of photographing your pets even more enjoyable.

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Number 56

For some reason I thought I would search google for this number. I started off just wanting to post thank you for the birthday wishes and talk about the day. Read this link. Never knew there was such a thing. 

“The numerology number 56 is an expressive family and relationships number. The primary focus of the energy the number 56 represents is relationships.”

Me and Robert before we ate the cake.

Me and Robert before we ate the cake.

My 56th was spent at PhotoCon 2019 in Oklahoma City at the Aloft Hotel. I spent this birthday weekend with my photography family and not my immediate family for the fist time in a long time. I’ve built many relationships and friendships in my work. They continue to grow. I spent 30 years At AFS/Teleflora and gained many friendships. Most of those I rarely get to talk to or be around.

When you are the one and only that is trying to keep the business running and still try to maintain relationships, a lot of things suffer including those relationships not to mention your own family.

Me Jumping at a skate park. Filling in for the no-show skaters during a photowalk in Tulsa, OK. - Photo by TrawickImages.com

Me Jumping at a skate park. Filling in for the no-show skaters during a photowalk in Tulsa, OK. - Photo by TrawickImages.com

Year 56 came after 55 ended with a bang. It also reminded me that this old body is showing its age and reminds me that the aches and pains are headed my way and aren’t slowing down. I’ve been going full time in this business since January 2012. My heart and mind is still the 20-something kid for sure but the body is for sure showing its age inside and out. I did some physical therapy on my right “camera” arm. Tennis elbow and tendinitis. Gotta build some muscle around those tendons. I also was the recipient of a horseshoe tear in my retina in my dominant right eye. My viewfinder eye. This is frustrating for sure with all the millions of floaters hanging around. 

I want to thank all those that wished me a happy birthday. I share a birthday with my best friend Robert Trawick (3 hours older than me) and also Alex Dugan is also a great friend and photographer. We celebrated during Bedford Camera’s PhotoCon. They brought us Cake and sang happy birthday. The whole trade show sang to us. It was great! Robert and I also co-host a photography podcast called FotoFacts Podcast. It’s been 7 years and 300+ episodes. Robert has been my mentor for around 8 years. The weekend ended with a cold evening shoot with other photographers shooting spinning fire on a string. 

Fotofacts Podcast interviewing a young female photographer and a young model.

Fotofacts Podcast interviewing a young female photographer and a young model.

Thank you so much for the birthday hugs during PhotoCon. You know who you are. 

It was great to be with that family but I also love being around immediate family for holidays and birthdays. 

I’m off to see what year number 56 brings.

A Brief Guide to Professional Photo Restrictions

The photos that a photographer hands over to you are part of their life’s work. It has their name or branding so there are a few important restrictions to note when it comes to the professional digital images that you receive.