The location is locked down . . . the photographer is booked . . .what’s next? Today we will talk about getting your pet ready for their big day.
1. Familiarize yourself and pet with the location.
The first and foremost thing is knowing your pet’s personality, we do not want them uncomfortable during this session, this will lead to this links back to the post a few weeks ago on location. If you have a pet that is shy, and does not like new spaces, take him/her to the session location a few times to let them familiarize themselves with the area. It will give you guys some bond time, and help ease any anxiety they have about an unfamiliar area.
2. Take the time to Groom Ahead of the Session
Do not overlook the importance of grooming; it does make a huge difference. Make sure to get those whites sparkling, the brown is really suppose to be brown, and get rid of any knots or burrs out of their coat/hair. We take for granted shorter haired animals, but they too will benefit greatly from a good bath and brush spa session. Not only will they look wonderful, they will also feel amazing.
3. Bring Items that Will Reflect Your Pets Personality
Yes, props are ok. Is there a favorite toy you want to use? Sure lets incorporate it. Now, if you want something new, that your pet has never seen, for example a flower crown/wreath? Take the time at home (where your pet feels safe), and slowly introduce you pet to this new strange concept of putting something on/over their head. They maybe okay with this, and that is terrific, next lets see how they act when asked to “Leave It”. This will be the real test! Yes, I am fast with the shutter, but sometimes they are a little quicker. Also, if they just are not keen on the idea and are terrified, that is also okay! Tweak the idea a little, maybe instead of a wreath/crown let have the session in a flower field.
4. Get Everything Ready at Least the Day Before
There is nothing worse than getting somewhere then realizing you forgot what you needed the most! Trust me, I travel . . . A LOT!!! So, at least the day before the big day, pack yourself a day bag: props, grooming supplies (for those last minute touch ups), snacks (both for you and the furry one), and anything else you may need.
Always remember, this is an exciting day for everyone involved, HAVE FUN!!!