Let’s be honest, pets are family, and of course you want to include them in your portrait session. Of course, including your pet does require a little extra prep, but it is totally doable, and memorable.
Some tips I have learned to help you and your pet for a photo session.
If your pet is like mine they LOVE new people, so don’t expect to have them sit still right off the bat. To make this work you will need to allow your pet some time to become acquainted with the new person. Don’t be surprised if it requires some treats to bribe them with.
Always bring a leash or harness, just in case. I always try to arrange your poses so you can hold onto your pet securely without it looking like you are hanging on for dear life.
Sessions with your pets tend to take a bit more work, so know that going in. Give your pets the chance to take breaks, walk around and take a quick drink of water. I know there is no way to force a pet to sit still if they are thirsty, agitated, or distracted, and you will see that in the photos. So, come prepared and with patience.
Finally, pets pick up on your energy and emotions, so be aware of how you are feeling. Try to be relaxed as possible, and try to arrange your session in a place familiar to your pet like a favorite trail, garden or park.