Photograph Your Pet – How to Handle Your Pet During a Photo Shoot

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Megan Lee, founder and owner of Paws and Claws Photography, discusses how to handle your pet during a photo shoot.

    Megan Lee

    Megan Lee, founder and owner of Paws and Claws Photography, has been around animals and photography her whole life. She has taken care of a wide range of animals, including horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, and even guinea pigs. Megan is currently raising two miniature Schnauzers, Parker and Hunter, as well as a lop-eared bunny named Molly. Megan’s passion for photography started in high school, during her first photography class. Soon after her photos appeared in a local photography magazine and displayed at local shows. Since then Megan has taken numerous college level photography classes and graduated from the New York Institute of Photography in 2006. She also continues her education by attending Washington Photo Safaris regularly. Megan has found a way to combine both her passions, and with the help of friends and family she founded Paws and Claws Photography in 2005. Although the company is still young, Megan has been practicing portrait photography for over 6 years. This experience allows Megan to offer professional quality portraits, while at the same time offering much lower prices than her competitors. In addition, Megan offers a complete satisfaction guarantee to every customer.

    Megan with Paws and Claws Photography on how to handle your pet. To keep your pet in one place, give it a toy to play with, food to nibble on. I like to use these. These are training treats. They're very small, and plus your pet wont get full off of them, or a familiar smell, like a blanket or a pillow. Now, cats are natural climbers and leapers. If you place an attraction on a table, you can get three different shots. The attractions that I have here, for example, this is a glove that works really well, you can put it on and tease them, the toys go in and out. We also have a fishing line or feathers work just as well to get their attention. If you place an attraction on a table, you can get three different shots; the crouch, the leap and the landing. If you are shooting a group of pets, like puppies, kittens or bunnies, consider placing them in a basket to keep them confined to one area. To get the attention of your pet, have someone stand directly behind you. Call to it, whistle, squeak a toy or clap, but you want to remember this only will work once or twice. Now, pets respond to our feelings. When you are upset, the pet can sense that, and it sometimes upsets them. So, remember to relax, take enough time and take lots of pictures. At an usual sitting it can take me up to an hour to get the perfect shot. Usually the last few pictures that I take are the best. Also, know when to stop. Both people and pets get tired and frustrated, when this happens, take a break and try again later.