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How To Prepare Your Dog For Their Pet Photography Session | Sydney Pet Photographer

The big day has finally arrived. You're excited, you're pumped, you're a bit nervous...

But you have everything planned. You've got the shoes, the dress, the veil...

Whoops... hang on. 

That's your wedding day. We're talking about your pet photography session today.

This is the day where you get to have fun with your pet for an afternoon. And I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be on the ground with them at some point during your session. So you probably shouldn't be wearing a white dress for that :)

But... you do need to do a few things beforehand to help prepare your dog for their photography session. 
 

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From Inquiry to Delivery: What You Need To Know | Sydney Pet Photographer

Booking a professional pet photography session isn't a normal occurrence for most people. In fact, booking any type of professional photos is not what happens in an average day usually.

Because of this, I would like to demystify the process a little bit and take you behind the scenes of my pet photography client process. 

This will hopefully answer some of the questions you may have about booking a pet photographer, that perhaps my website hasn't answered for you yet.

I've broken it down into four sections for you...
 

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Why Light Is Important To Your Pet Photography Session | Sydney Pet Photographer

Most people think of light in terms of whether it's sunny or cloudy. Sunny means that it's weather for the beach or to spend some time outdoors.

Whereas cloudy usually means you need to plan your day, in case the weather turns to rain. 

Or perhaps it means applying more sunscreen then a sunny day because clouds are tricky little white puffs of innocence, so you usually burn more on those days then during the full sun (No...? Just me with my pale complexion then... Anyway...)


Light in relation to photography can be a little more complicated.

In fact most people would probably think that the best time for pet photography would be in the middle of the day as it's the brightest time of the day, with the sun at it's peak.

Have you ever thought that?

If that's the case, read on to discover when the best time for your pet photography session is and why lighting matters...

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Picking a Session Location - How Do You Choose? | Sydney Pet Photographer

Picking a location for your pet photography session is a lot like buying real estate. At it’s core: it's all about the location, location, location. 

You want the best place possible so that you can get the best images possible. Because even though the focus of the session is on your pets, the backdrop to your session can make or break an image.

But, before you pick the location there are 4 points you may want to consider when you’re making the decision.

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Do I Need To Be In The Pet Photos During A Session? | Sydney Pet Photographer

Pet photography sessions are just that. Pet photography sessions. The focus is and always will be on your pet first. My main goal of a session is to capture images of your pet that you love and images that express your pet's personality.

Many of my clients are happy to be included in the images too and many others do not want to be in them at all.

Either of these options is fine. I'm happy to include you if you want but I'm just as happy to leave you out of them if you prefer it.

The choice is up to you.

That being said the following are 3 reasons why I will always encourage a pet parent to jump in for a photo or two.
 

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How Do I Get Pets To Behave During A Session? | Sydney Pet Photographer

Racing around the green grass he sniffed excitedly at every new spot. Every new branch, bench and tree was a wonder to behold. A secret garden full of tantalising scents and smells that told the stories of everyone who had come here before him.

This was his first visit to this place and he couldn't contain his excitement. It was whippet sharp and undeniable. He needed to be free, he needed to explore, he needed to sniff...

This is the typical beginning of a pet photography session. You're dog's excitement and joy are where it all begins.

You've changed his routine. You've taken him to a new place, with new sights, new sounds and best of all... new smells.

The world is his oyster and he wants to roam!

Then… How do I control him? How do I get him to behave? How do I get any photos if he's constantly moving?

These are all the questions I typically get asked when I tell people I'm a pet photographer.

And do you want to know the secret answer...

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Don't Think Your Pet Can Sit Still For A Photo Shoot? 4 Things You Should Know Before You Book

Worried that your dog will never sit still long enough to have professional pet photos taken? I get it. This is a top client concern.

Every time you go to take a photo of your dog or cat, they move, don't they? One second they are looking their utmost cutest, their little eyes brimming with love and adorableness so you reach for you camera. You raise it up high, tap the phone to focus and just as you hover your finger over the shutter.... BAM! They move!

Suddenly that extremely cute pose you wanted to remember forever has been replaced with the back of their head as they turn away from you. Or, even worse, their butt as they move away from you!

It never fails - every time you go to take a cute photo they move. It's like they instinctively know that that's what you're trying to do and they are determined to thwart you at every turn.

Sound familiar?

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7 Questions To Ask Your Pet Photographer Before You Hire Them

For the majority of my clients, when they come to me for pet photography, it’s the first time they have had professional photos taken of their pet. 
 
They aren't sure what to expect or how the whole process works. They have many questions but often aren't sure what to ask and what they need to be on the lookout for.
 
Because of this I've decided to compile a list of the Top 7 Questions You Should Ask Your Pet Photographer Before You Hire Them. These questions should give you a basic understanding of some things to look out for and know before you hire your photographer.

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3 Reasons To Hire A Professional Pet Photographer

Perhaps you've been thinking about getting professional pet photos for awhile. Or perhaps, you've never even heard of professional pet photography and didn't realise it was a 'thing'.

Wherever you are in your pet photography journey, I encourage you to give this a read. This is just 3 reasons why you may decide you want to invest in professional pet photography. These are the most common reasons I hear about why my clients have decided to invest in their session and I wanted to share them with you, incase you hadn't thought about it yet. Especially number two. 

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6 Points to Consider When Hiring a Pet Photographer? | Sydney Pet Photographer

You're on the hunt for your pet photographer. You know that you want to get gorgeous images of your dog and you're scouring the internet to find the right photographer for you.

This is a good place to start but a lot of factors go into finding the right photographer and as you start scouring the internet to find them, I want you to take a moment to consider what you want out of the session. 

In  order to find the right photographer for you, first you need to be clear on what you want and the type of images you want to see on your walls everyday. This is the first step you should take when looking for a photographer and more often than not this is the step that’s most likely to be overlooked.

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Top 3 Concerns From Clients About Their Sessions | Sydney Pet Photographer

Have you ever heard the old adage "never work with children or pets"? It's something that runs through my head often as I talk to my clients. Mostly because I couldn't imagine working with anything other than pets. I love them with all of their quirks and personalities. I love their independence and their goofiness. I love their joy for life and their pleasure in the simple things that we so often take for granted.

When I hear clients tell me that they aren't sure whether I'll be able to get photos because of their pets because of... reason, I always smile because usually that reason is the part of your pets personality that I want to capture for you.

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