Animals are #1
Search the internet for photographers in your area...feeling overwhelmed yet?? There are LOTS of great photographers out there! If you dig a bit deeper into their websites, you will find that nearly all of them have a specialty (even if they advertise that they shoot weddings, seniors, families, commercial, products & pets, I'd be willing to bet that they excel in one or two of those specialties).
The point is, even if a photographer is the BEST wedding, seniors or family photographer in your city, can they deliver what you're looking for (and what your pet needs) in a pet photographer?
A GREAT pet photographer knows, loves & cherishes animals. Plain and simple. In the pet photographer's world, animals are #1 - their comfort, happiness and cuteness are of the utmost importance to a pet photographer.
Qualities to Look for When Choosing a Pet Photographer
Now that you know that you want a photographer who specializes in animal photography, what should you look for in a pet photographer?
- Your pet photographer should be experienced in animal behavior. Look for a photographer with positive, force-free training experience. Photo sessions can be a stressful experience for some pets and a photographer who knows how to read their cues, give breaks when needed and capture their true spirit will make the session a fun, stress-free and memorable experience for you and your pet.
- Let's face it, even well-trained dogs don't always remember how to "sit-stay" in new surroundings. When you choose a pet photographer who has experience with animals, it doesn't matter! A great pet photographer will be able to engage with your pet in a way that suits their unique personality, capturing great shots along the way! By the end of the photo session, your dog (or other furry pets) will be best pals with your pet photographer.
- Great pet photographers actually practice making funny sounds with their own voices. You bet it draws funny looks when you're in public on a photo shoot making funny noises. But, IT WORKS so we do it anyway! And, as soon as the dog (or cat, horse, etc.) gives us that elusive but spectacular expression, your photographer will be ready to capture that shot.
- Do you want action shots? Who doesn't?! Seeing animals in action...just being themselves, makes people smile. If this is important to you, be sure to look for a pet photographer who has the skills and equipment to make it happen.
- If you have a preference for studio or outdoor photo sessions, find out if the photographer you are considering can accommodate your request. When browsing their website, take a look at their portfolio to get an idea of their style.
- Some pet photographers welcome family members to be included in photo sessions. If capturing the bond between humans and pets is something you love (these photos are often the most heart-warming of them all), talk to your pet photographer to get a sense of how involved they allow family members to be in the sessions and what ideas they have to capture the bond between you and your pet.
- Another thing to consider when choosing a photographer is how you wish to display or use your images. Are you interested in creating artwork for your home or office? Do you want a beautifully-crafted album? Or are you more of a DIYer who prefers prints for scrapbooking or digital files to make your own creations? Your photographer should discuss these topics with you before your session to be sure they can deliver what you want within your budget.
- Be sure the photographer you choose is someone you feel comfortable working with - check reviews, have a conversation over the phone, or ask to meet them in person. You will be spending at least an hour with this person during your session and you will be working with them after the session to view and select photos, artwork and albums. And, of course, your pet photographer should LOVE animals!