What To Ask When Choosing A Dog Photographer

photoA puppy portrait is a great thing to have, especially if you share a special bond with your canine friend. There are many things to ask yourself when selecting a photographer to capture your pups personality. While selecting your photographer, ask yourself some questions about what you want out of the picture. Most people want not only a memory, but something that captures the nature and quality of your four-legged friend. It is not just a picture; it is a portrait of your dog.

It’s a portrait and a memory

Question #1: What is the specialty of your photographer? Do they prefer to work with people, scenery or pets? This is important to know because any photographer can take pictures of something, but often times they are great at capturing the essence of something specific. Search for someone that will specialize in pet portraits.

Question #2: Is the photographer good with animals? You want to make sure that the photographer and your pup will get along. This is important because a pup that isn’t enjoying the picture taking will likely not cooperate.  The photographer should be ready to be your pup’s best friend for the day. Playing with them and getting to know your dog’s characteristics. This is especially helpful if you want activity photos or specific scenery and activity. Making sure that the two will get along will help develop a more charming quality of photography.

Question #3: Does the photographer understand pet behavior? Pups do not act like people. The photographer must be comprehensive to a pup’s nature and be able to anticipate what your doggy will do while the photographing is taking place. To get the best portraits that capture your pup’s nature, it is recommended that the photographer be familiar with animal behavior. By understanding the nature of your canine friend, the photographer will be able to capture your pup’s charisma.

Question #4: Is getting dirty something that bothers the photographer? Getting down on all four and seeing your pup eye to eye is likely necessary to capture the essence of their world. Make sure that your photographer is not going to be worried about getting their clothes dirty because sometimes to capture the charisma of a dog you can’t be scared to get outdoors and maybe get a little dirty.

Question #5: Is your photographer enthusiastic about the situation? You want them to want to take these pictures. If they do not seem to care one way or the other, or seem to treat the photography session as a chore rather than an opportunity, it may not be the best choice for your pup. The fact that a photographer not only enjoys the opportunity but is good at it is very beneficial to the outcome of puppy portraits.

Ask and review

When you are considering a photographer for your pup ask yourself these few simple questions about your photographer. Checking their portfolio helps you determine what style the photographer is using. Choose a style that suits you and your pup’s character.

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