Good Boy! Keeping Your Pet Calm During a Photoshoot

Posted on: May 20, 2019

Barclay meets you by the door every single day after work. If you’re late, he knows and greets you with an annoyed bark. Our pets are our lives, and capturing the moments you have together only makes sense. Luma Photography, an Orlando pet photographer, knows just how important it is to make these memories. But sometimes photo shoots can be overwhelming. Luckily, we have some tips to help make sure Barclay is at ease.

Location Matters
No matter how many times you tell your pet they’re going to be a model, they don’t truly understand what you mean. To them, you took them out of their comfort zone and placed them in front of a stranger with a camera. When you’re choosing a location for your pet’s photo shoot, it’s important to pick a place your pet knows. Whether it’s Spot’s favorite dog park or your backyard, a familiar location can be the key to a great shot.

Before the Shoot
Fido’s got a lot of energy. If you come to the shoot with a hyper pup, it’s going to be hard to get them to sit still for a shot. Help your dog burn off any extra energy before the shoot. Take them on a walk, to the park, or doggie daycare before your shoot.

Be Prepared
It’s important to come prepared. Stock up on Duke’s favorite treats, Oreo’s catnip, and Rocky’s beloved teddy bear. It can be uncomfortable to pose in front of the camera, and surrounding your pet with their favorite things can be a great way to make them feel comfortable! Don’t forget to bring some trash bags as well; you never know when it will be “time to go.”

Calming Anxiety
Sometimes, your pet gets anxious during the shoot. It’s important to be able to recognize the signs of pet anxiety:

  • Trembling
  • Tail tucked
  • Hiding
  • Reduced activity
  • Aggressive licking and biting

If your pet is suffering from anxiety, there are a few steps you can take to help make them comfortable. Physical contact is crucial to calming down your pet; it can relieve anxiety, fear, and stress. If your pet seems overwhelmed by what’s going on, walk them a few steps away. Sometimes all it takes is for them to realize you’re there, and that means everything is okay. Most importantly, watch your own level of anxiety. Pets pick up on our emotions, and if we’re anxious and scared, their behavior will reflect that.

Photoshoots can be stressful for people — let alone for pets. Taking the steps to put them ease can make the world of difference for both you and them. Luma Photography, an Orlando pet photographer, can help you capture the perfect memory of your four-legged friend. Contact us online, or give us a call at 407-694-6835 to get started on a pet photo session quote.

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