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How to Prep for a Photo Session with Your Dog

For many people, dogs are furry members of the family. It comes as no surprise that you may want to include your pets in your portraits. Including your dogs in your photo session does require a little extra preparation but it is absolutely worth the effort!

Pets can get very excited when new people are around so let your pet become acquainted with your photographer beforehand. Bring treats and toys that your pet enjoys so that you have something to use to grab their attention if necessary.

Keep a leash or harness ready, just in case. Even though your pet might be well trained, it never hurts to be prepared. You may also want to arrange your poses so you can hold onto your pet securely without it looking like you are hanging on for dear life. Your photographer will help you with this.

If you know your photo session is going to take some time, give your pets the chance to take breaks, walk around and drink water. Your pet will have difficulty sitting if they are thirsty or agitated.

As a pet owner you probably know how perceptive your animals are to energy and emotions, so it’s important that you are relaxed when you arrive for the photo session. If you want your pets relaxed too, try and arrange your photo session in a place where your pet will feel most comfortable.

For the best results, work with a photographer that has experience working with animals. This will help make the process of including your pets in your photography session even more enjoyable.


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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