Recently wee Cookie won my “birthday shout” competition on Instagram for a free pet photography sitting and canvas.
This wee pup was suuuuuuper excited on the day. She was at one of her favourite parks, lots of new doggo friends walking by and her Mum was throwing her so many sticks! How could she not be super pumped!
The only problem was that she didn’t want to sit still for more than 5 seconds!
I often have pet parents tell me they would love to have a pet photography session with me but their cat or dog will not sit still.
Do you know what - that doesn’t matter!! I’m there to photograph your pet - as themselves. It’s not a commercial shoot for a pet product company - they don’t have to perform specific tasks or be in an exact spot. I’m there to capture their personality.
So if your cat likes to walk around all over the garden and refuses to sit in the spot I think is awesome - it doesn’t matter. I’ll move to make sure they look great where they do want to sit.
If your dog just wants to ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun and play - you’ll get loads of images of them having an amazing time. For me to get a nice “portrait” they only need to stay still for mere seconds. I’m pretty speedy on the camera buttons and I also have a few tricks up my sleeve.
The biggest thing with pet photography is patience. I have oodles of it when photographing pets because I love hanging out with them. So don’t feel stressed that your cat or dog isn’t doing exactly what I asked - it’s all good! We’ll just move onto a different spot or activity, or even give them a bit of a break to smell the world around them.
So if you have been wanting a photo shoot for your pet, but you’ve been worried that they will not sit and stay when told - do not stress! Send me an email and we can chat through all the different ways to get gorgeous images of your beautiful companion animals.