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Dog Portraits - Your Questions Answered


Photography sessions aren’t just for human kids! They’re perfect for showing off the personality (and adorable noses) of your fur babies. I’ve answered your most frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your cuddle bug’s day in the spotlight.


What should I bring to the photo session?

Two items will help the photography session run smoothly. The first is treats! Or if your dog likes to play fetch, their favorite ball or Frisbee. The second is a friendly face. To help your dog feel comfortable, one person can sit next to them (just out of the shot) and the other can stand next to the camera, to get their attention.


How can I best prepare for the session?

Choose what photos are the most important to you. For example, if you want to capture your dog playing Frisbee, let me know before we start. We’ll head to the park first. The best action shots are often captured at the beginning of a shoot.


Does my pet need to be trained for the session?

Nope! Knowing basic commands such as sit, come and lay down are helpful, but they aren’t required. Some of the best shots are of dogs just "doing their thing."


I’d like to get a photo of me (or my family members) with my dog, can I be in some of the photos?

Yes, of course! Compliment your dog’s coat coloring with solid color clothing and pick a neutral color (not matching) that hides pet hair. Avoid white. I love capturing beautiful images of you and your dog together!


How far in advance do you schedule sessions?

Photography sessions are usually booked 3-4 weeks in advance, but I will always do my best to fit you in sooner if at all possible. Just let me know what date you have in mind and I will be happy to check my calendar. If I have the date available, I require a retainer fee of 50% down to hold the space for you.

If you still have questions about a dog portrait session, let me know and I will be happy to assist you with additional information.


Award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world. Based out of Missoula, Montana, and moving to the Nampa, Idaho area in May 2022, Shannon specializes in pet portrait photography showcasing dogs, horses, and their people. Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come - whether it be on a fine art canvas or in a custom artisan album.

Please contact Shannon for schedule, availability and pricing.

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