More and more people are getting pet portraits of their furry friends and why not? They are a big part of the family and sometimes our closest companion. Our old girl, Ruby, has been with us for more than 16 years. She has had a lot of photos taken in and out of the studio. She is on our holiday cards, and we even post a birthday photo of her on Facebook. This might make us sound crazy, but we're not the only ones that do it , and we don't plan on stopping.
**Note. Our Ruby passed on in December 2013. We are so glad to have so many wonderful images of her. We look at them often.
Why spend money and time on a Pet Portrait?
I find myself thinking thinking about all the wonderful times we have shared with our dog. So yes, have professional portraits done, but also capture those every day moments. I have had clients contact me at the end of their pets' lives and asked me to come photograph them before they have to say goodbye. I am more than willing to oblige, but it's great to capture pets when they are healthy and full of life, too.
I recently photographed a high school senior boy and his very young Lab (see images below). The dog was a little hyper and running around but we caught some fun action shots. Unposed images can be great too. The interaction really shows the relationship between the two at this time in their lives.
I have had clients tell me they could never get a good photo of their pet because it is black. Photographers have lighting equipment that can brighten up even the darkest face.
A pet portrait can be a wonderful gift for a friend or relative who's an animal lover. You really can't go wrong.
Nathan and Rainy below.
Cassidy and Timber (left) Dayelle and Nala (right)
If your getting ready to have your pet photographed (individually or with family) here are a few things to do before the session:
Ornament and canvas below.
I do photograph other animals too but dogs are the most common. Cats, reptiles (eek), hamsters... are all welcome too.
The Mootz family 2011
Please remember to support your local Humane Society and Animal Rescue groups.