I get it! You’ve thought about it for ages and aaaaages!
You have THE most adorable dog IN… THE… WORLD!!! EVER!!! Seriously!!
You really should have professional photos taken so you can brag to your friends and show off that trendy wall art of your ridiculously quirky pug’s face (you know, that she always makes when you whisper “wanna treat…?”) that hangs pride of place above your bed.
But seriously, how on earth do you choose?
Well, don’t worry, I’ve gotcha!
I’ve put together this super handy guide just for you that lays out some top tips of what you can look for to help you in your search for the perfect pet photographer (and no, it’s not always me!!).
Check their portfolio.
Do you like their images and their style? Their images should show pets that are happy and relaxed, not uncomfortable or forced.
Decide if you prefer on-location or studio portraits.
Not all pet photographers offer both, so once you decide which look you prefer, that will help you narrow your search.
Find a pet photographer that has a history in animal behaviour, or has worked with pets for a long time.
It shouldn’t be just a fad to include the pet in family photos. It is actually a very special skill to work with animals properly. There can be a high level of risk involved and a good knowledge of animal behaviour is essential in preventing unfortunate incidents.
Have a conversation with them!
You need to know that you can talk to your pet photographer. Do they have a phone number? You have to “click” with them. If you are not relaxed during the photo session, your pet won’t be either.
Word of mouth is always the best recommendation.
Who have your friends used? What have past clients said?
Check their testimonials and reviews.
Look for a full-service pet photographer.
Do you want your images on a USB in your drawer that you’ll never look at, or displayed as high-quality Fine Art Photographic Products from only the best professional suppliers in Australia?
Look for Industry Accreditation and Memberships.
Every Professional Industry has a Body or Organisation that helps to keep their members at the top of their game. In Australia, that body is the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography).
Ask the hard legal questions no-one wants to ask.
Are their business insurances up-to-date?
You probably think this should be in the top three of tips, but in reality it’s not really THE deciding factor here as we all know that no-one truly “budgets” for pet photography. While we all love our pets dearly and treasure them with all our hearts, photography is a luxury item and a very emotional one at that. You will see an enormous spectrum of pricing, as well as available services and experiences. Do your research and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions.
One last word of advice and my best tip, is to go with your gut, speak with any prospective pet photographers and you will know when you “click” with each other.
That’s it! Have fun, keep it natural, and enjoy your furries, because unfortunately, they are never around long enough!
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And, as always, if you have any questions or would like to chat further, please contact me.