Picture Paw-fect: Tips for Keeping Your Furry Friend Calm and Happy During a Studio Photoshoot

Pets are an important part of our lives, and we love to capture their special moments in photographs. A studio photoshoot can be a great way to get professional-quality photos of your pet that you can treasure for years to come. However, getting your pet to behave and stay calm during the shoot can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help keep your pet calm and obedient during a studio photoshoot, and make the experience something to look forward to.


Prepare your pet beforehand

Before the photoshoot, it’s important to prepare your pet. This can include practicing basic obedience commands, such as sit, stay, and come, and getting them used to wearing any accessories or props that you plan to use. This can help your pet feel more comfortable and confident during the shoot.


Bring your pet’s favorite treats and toys

Pets love treats and toys, and bringing their favorite ones to the photoshoot can help keep them calm and focused. This can be especially helpful if your pet is easily distracted or restless. Using positive reinforcement, such as giving treats or praise when your pet behaves well, can also encourage good behavior and make the experience more enjoyable for both you and your furry friend.


Take breaks

Pets can get restless if they are forced to sit still for too long. Taking regular breaks can give your pet a chance to stretch their legs and have a drink of water. This can help keep them calm and engaged throughout the shoot.


Hire a professional pet photographer

A professional pet photographer can make the experience more enjoyable for both you and your pet. They will have experience working with pets and know how to capture their unique personalities in a way that showcases their best qualities. This can result in stunning photos that you will cherish for years to come.


Be patient

Working with pets can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be patient. Your pet may need time to get used to the new environment, props, or commands. Staying calm and positive can help keep your pet calm and engaged during the shoot.


Bring someone else to help you

If your pet is particularly energetic or difficult to handle, having an extra set of hands can be useful. Bringing someone else to help you can make it easier to position your pet or hold props, allowing you to focus on getting the perfect shot.


Don’t expect too much from your pet

It’s important to remember that pets have their own personalities and limitations. It’s not always possible to get the perfect shot, so it’s important not to expect too much from your pet. Be flexible and go with the flow, and you may be surprised by the amazing photos you end up with.

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About Graham

Graham Crichton is an award winning professional portrait photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. With 17 years of experience and having photographed thousands of people and their pets.

About Hannah

Hannah Crichton is married to Graham (yay) and is the Brand Manager at the studio. Hannah's expertise is in social media and making everything run ticketyboo. She's a Tiktok wizard and loves a good dog pun!

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Belfast BT5 6AD,
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