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  • Writer's pictureShannon Edney

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Location for Your Dog's Photo Shoot

Choosing the right location for your dog's photo shoot can significantly enhance the overall look and feel of your images. Here are some helpful tips to guide you in finding the perfect backdrop for your furry friend's portraits:



Consider Your Theme

Determine the theme or mood you want to convey in your photos. Whether it's a natural setting like a park or beach, or a more urban backdrop such as city streets or a quaint downtown area, ensure the location aligns with your vision.

Explore Your Surroundings

Take the time to explore your local area for potential photo shoot locations. Sometimes, hidden gems are just around the corner, waiting to be discovered. Drive around, walk through parks, and scout different neighborhoods for inspiration.



Check Permissions

Ensure that the location you have in mind allows photography, especially if it's private property or requires permits. Always obtain proper permission beforehand to avoid any legal issues during your shoot.

Accessibility and Safety

Consider the accessibility and safety of the location, both for you and your dog. Choose spots that are easily reachable and safe to navigate, particularly if you're planning an outdoor shoot. Avoid locations that pose potential risks to you or your pet.



Convenience and Facilities

Assess whether the location offers amenities such as restrooms or changing facilities, especially if you're planning a longer photo session. Having these conveniences nearby can make the experience more comfortable for both you and your furry companion.

Privacy and Foot Traffic

Evaluate the level of privacy and foot traffic at your chosen location. If you prefer a more intimate setting without crowds, opt for quieter spots or schedule your shoot during off-peak hours. Conversely, if you don't mind being in public view, embrace bustling locations for a vibrant backdrop.



Meaningful Locations

Consider selecting a location that holds personal significance to you and your dog. Whether it's a favorite park where you enjoy walks together or a scenic spot that holds special memories, incorporating meaningful locations can add an extra layer of sentimentality to your photos.

Remember, your chosen location sets the stage for your dog's photo shoot and contributes to the storytelling aspect of your images. By considering these factors and planning ahead, you can ensure a successful and memorable photo session for you and your beloved canine companion.



If you need further assistance or have any questions about selecting the perfect location for your dog's photo shoot, feel free to reach out. I'm here to help you capture beautiful memories you'll cherish 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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