Choose The Right Pet Photographer for You


Are you considering a professional pet photo session and wondering how to go about choosing the right photographer for you and your best furry friend? 

Selecting the right photographer can be a lengthy, overwhelming and time-consuming process. However, it’s fundamental that you invest a bit of your time to ensure you are happy with your choice of photographer, the results and the products. In an ideal world you will also end up building a lasting relationship.

Your pet will grow fast! Typically, a medium size dog will be fully grown between 12 and 16 months of age. So, to help speed things up a bit for you, I’ve highlighted a number of top-level considerations.

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Why hire a professional pet photographer?

What do you want to do with the final selection of images?

If you want amazing artwork in pride of place in your home, then choose a photographer that offers and specialises in the product that you’re looking for.

If possible, arrange to see some sample printed products before making your mind up.

If in doubt, enquire. Many photographers will consider bespoke requests, especially if it’s something that could end up be part of their future product offering.

If you’re considering investing in a USB or disc of images, then think long and hard. It’s a known fact, in a high percentage of cases that they end up being put in drawers, forgotten and never seeing the light of day.

Catch-all versus a Specialist

Many photographers are generalists and they tend to cover a whole host of genres as part of their service offering, such as weddings, people, babies, travel, architecture, landscape etc.

At the very least your photographer must understand animals and animal behavior in order to get the best out of them and out of the session.

All animals are habitual but also have their own character traits. Successful animal photographers are able to identify these character traits and anticipate what certain behaviours are likely to signal. More importantly, they’re ready to capture what happens.

If you have concerns about your pet's behaviour during a photo session, please see this related article.

Professionalism at all times

Ensure your photographer acts professionally at all times. That he or she responds to enquiries in a timely fashion and answers questions satisfactorily. What do previous clients have to say?

Can you work together? Are you going to gel? You’re going to be spending a lot of time with them, especially in correspondence, so it’s important the he or she is a good fit right from the start and through the entire process.

They should be set up as a legitimate business with separate business bank account and have the proper insurances in place? Namely, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity.

Photographic studio versus on-location

Your pet’s personality will pretty much dictate this. If your furry friend is shy or nervous away from home or areas they don’t know, then a studio session will be a non-starter. Even the best pet photographers in the world can’t make a stressed or uncomfortable pet look like they're enjoying themselves.

Your pet is at their happiest and most natural when in familiar surroundings, so hire an on-location / lifestyle photographer that can come to your home or favourite location where you’re pets will be themselves and excel.

Most dedicated, on-location, pet photographers are animal specialists. Not animal and people specialists. If you and your family definitely want to be in some or all the photographs, then you will need to check that this is something that the photographer can offer. Just something to be aware of.

Your investment

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Work out what your budget is in order to be able to adequately compare photographers and their service offering.

Do you want a few 6 x 4” prints or do you want gallery quality art that you will treasure for a live time and that will make your friends and relatives seriously jealous!!

If it’s the latter, then any fees will be one time only, and you’ll have a constant visual reminder/s of just how very special your pet is to you and to your family.

Pet photographers are animal lovers

And remember that pet photographers are just like you. They are animal lovers too. They want to make sure that not only is your photo session an enjoyable experience but that you’re presented with products that they themselves are proud of.

At the end of the day you're paying for a dedicated professional, so you can sit back and relax and let me worry about getting those amazing images for you.

Let's take a look at what you can expect to experience.