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  • Writer's pictureShannon Edney

Everything You Need to Know: Dog Portrait Sessions

Hey there, pet parents! Are you ready for an epic portrait session with your furry bestie? Congratulations on taking the first step towards capturing some paw-some memories that you'll treasure forever!



To make sure our session is a blast for everyone involved – especially your pup – here are a few tips to help you prepare:

Grooming Galore

Your furry friend is about to steal the spotlight, so let's make sure they're looking their absolute best! While a bath beforehand is optional, a good ol' brushing is a must. And don't forget to tidy up those tear stains for picture-perfect peepers!

Accessorize in Style

Does your pet have a signature accessory, like a fancy bow or a dapper bandana? Now's the time to show it off! Let's capture their unique style and personality in every shot. And hey, if your pup prefers to go au naturel, that's cool too!



Safety First

Your fur baby's safety is our top priority! While I prefer to snap photos without a collar, I've got a nifty slip leash that can be edited out later. But if your pup needs a little extra security, feel free to bring their favorite collar along for the ride!

Toy Time

Got a squeaky toy or a beloved ball that gets your pup's tail wagging? Bring it along for some extra fun during the session! I've got a bag full of tricks too, but nothing beats your pet's favorite plaything for getting those adorable expressions!



Pre-Session Play

Let's make sure your furry friend is feeling their best by giving them a chance to burn off some energy before the session. A brisk walk or a game of fetch should do the trick! We'll capture their playful side, but we'll also want to snag some stunning still portraits. 🌟📸

Treat Time

If your pet is treat-motivated (who isn't?), consider cutting back on their meals a bit to keep them eager for those tasty rewards during the session. And hey, if they've got a favorite treat, don't forget to bring it along! We'll make sure they work extra hard for that perfect shot!



No Tricks Required

Your pet doesn't need to be a master of obedience to shine in front of the camera! Most of the time, they're at their best just being themselves - goofy antics and all! So let's embrace their unique personality and let their true selves shine through! 🌟🐾

Get in the Zone

Remember, your pet can pick up on your vibes, so let's keep things chill and upbeat! This is gonna be a blast for both of you, so come to the session feeling relaxed and ready for some serious fun!



Open Communication

Got any special needs or concerns about your pet? Don't hesitate to share them with me beforehand! I want to create a safe and comfortable environment where your furry friend can truly be themselves. Let's make this session a tail-wagging success!

I can't wait to capture some stunning portraits of your pet that you'll cherish forever! Let's make memories together that'll have you smiling for years to come!


International 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 2024, 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.

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