"Where should we take our photos?"
This question comes up all the time, and the possibilities are endless. Here are six things to consider when choosing a location for your pet photography session.
1) Safety - First and foremost, the location must be dog-friendly and safe.
2) Meaning - Is there is a special place where you enjoy spending time with your dog? Do you routinely play fetch at the neighborhood park? Or maybe you visit the same dog-friendly patio for happy hour every Thursday? Including your dog's favorite hang-out into your session make the final images more memorable.
3) Comfort - Has your dog never met a stranger? Does he love exploring new places? Or is your dog a homebody who prefers a quiet environment away from other people? We want your dog to have fun during the session, and that means choosing a location where they will be at ease. Also for older dogs who don't have as much energy as they used to, we'll choose a setting to minimize walking.
4) Timing - Depending on the time of year, time of day, weather, and popularity of a specific venue, some locations will be better than others. For example, the lighting outdoors is most flattering in the hour after sunrise and hour before sunset, so I advise against holding a session in a wide-open field at noon on a sunny day. Another example, I always check event calendars to avoid holding sessions at a popular park when a race or festival is scheduled.
5) Style - What 'feel' do you want the final images to have? An urban scene with skylines, graffiti walls, and architectural details? A natural setting such as rustic field, park, or lake? Maybe you prefer a lifestyle session using your own home and yard as a backdrop? Or the formal style of an indoor studio?
6) End in mind - Finally, consider how you will display your images. For example, if you want to document a "day in the life" of your dog in a photo album, a session done in your home, yard, and around the block would best showcase your dog's everyday routine. Or if you want to display a framed print in your traditionally-decorated family room, choosing a park setting may be a better choice than a graffiti wall background.
Examples of photographs taken in an urban setting:
Examples of photographs taken in a natural setting:
Examples of photographs taken at home or around the block:
There's no right or wrong answer to choosing a location for your pet photography session - it completely depends on you, your dog, and our vision. You also don't need glamorous surroundings - sometimes it just takes a little creativity to turn a drab location into something spectacular. By putting a little thought into choosing a location, we can plan a delightful experience that will result in meaningful custom artwork.
Ready to talk about the perfect location to photograph your furbaby? Let's chat!