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Is your dog ready for their closeup?
The safety of your pet is my absolute number one priority. Especially because of my urban destination photography, I always have a dog leashed even if they are off leash trained. I carry with me a 10 ft. long lead to every session, something easily edited out in post processing as seen in this example. It's a common misconception to most people that your dog needs to be off leash or you need to choose a location in a park or somewhere fenced.
Getting to Know Each Other
To you, by this time I won't be a stranger, but to your dog, I'm a new face and a new smell. This can be concerning at times and it might take your dog a few minutes to warm up to me. This is fine as during our first interaction I will allow them to investigate me. Using the knowledge I've gained from training dogs, they can sniff me, sniff my gear, get used to the shutter clicking, and become comfortable in these new surroundings. I will never push a dog further than they are comfortable and always allow them to take the time they need to realize that I am not a threat. A nice walk around will give them the lay of the land and assure them there is no threat present.
My photoshoots don't have a time limit, my ultimate goal is making the experience as pleasurable and easy as possible for you and your dog. I will take as long as needed to allow your dog to get comfy with me.
Certain dogs won't be comfy in every situation. That's why we have a consultation call or messages for every photoshoot. In this consultation we discuss your dogs' comfortability level in different locations. If they aren't comfy in a public location we can always shoot at the beach, a park, or on a trail where we'll encounter less if any people at all. My goal is to make the experience as pleasant for you and your dog as possible.
Some dog's are reactive and this can be a huge deterrent for owners to invest in pet photography. I will always advocate for your dog and go to the most secluded locations for our shoot if you have a dog that doesn't want to interact with any other person or dog. There are a ton of different Tampa Bay locations where encounters will be little to none.
Patience and Praise
Not every dog is perfect, and sometimes it takes patience to work with them through possible anxieties. I never get frustrated with your dog and always give them the tools they need to use for your photoshoot. Toys and treats, praise and baby talk to excite them to their normal personalities. It is imperative to give your dog the necessities to help them succeed, just as in training. I have a lot of tools in my toolbox to use for your dog to have an easy experience and feel as though it's the best day of their life!
Our relationship doesn't end after the photoshoot is completed and you have received your final set. I aim to create a long lasting relationship and friendship, checking up on you and your fur family. We will stay in contact with me asking how you are enjoying your photos and how your dog(s) are doing. I wish to receive those testimonials telling how strong our relationship and friendship has become, validating your reason for the investment in me. It's not just the money you have spent, it's how I continue to reward you even after our time together is complete.
After we capture the portrait shots you are wishing for, we always allow your dog to play. I want to show how much dogs love to just be themselves and show their unique personalities. Playing and jumping through the water or in the forrest or park. They deserve a good amount of play time to relax and have a break from the important portrait photos!
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