Photograph Your Pet

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Megan Lee, founder and owner of Paws and Claws Photography, breaks down how to photograph your pet.

    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.

    Hello, my name is Megan and I own a company called Paws and Claws Photography. I specialize in unique portraits of pets and their people by coming to the location of your choice. In the next few minutes, I will give you tips on how to take great portraits of your pet. I encourage you to have out your pets favorite toys and treats to help them feel more secure. I have for an example here, I have some squeak toys, squeak toys work well especially for a dog, because it gets their attention. So, definitely if you use a squeak toy you want to remember to have the person stand behind you, this way it makes it look like they're looking into the camera lens. For cats I use all kinds of props. You can use feathers or I even have some fishing line here, anything to get their attention and make things move, works well. You want to have these things out to help your pets feel more secure. Sometimes when your pet is in front of the camera, they dont want to perform very well for you, so its nice to have either their favorite toys or even stuff with their smells on it. It helps them calm down a little bit. You also want to remember before your portrait session that you want to get your pets either professionally groomed or groom them yourself. You also might want to consider exercising your pet definitely before their portrait session, only because it calms them down a little bit. I recommend exercising at least a half-an-hour prior. This way they're a little bit tired, they're a little bit lethargic, and they tend to calm down a little bit, they will lay down for you and relax. Also, the main thing that you dont want to remember especially for animal is definitely food driven, dont feed them prior to their portrait session. This way they will listen to you a little bit more, especially if they have a favorite treat. On an empty stomach of course they're going to respond to that a little bit better.