I shoot in the space where your animal companion feels the most comfortable – their own home, not an unfamiliar studio. Sometimes we can also visit a favorite dog park or dog friendly beach area, depending on what your animal friend likes best, and the best lighting available. As you can see from my galleries, I almost always work with natural light, but I do have strobes available when appropriate for the animal. I’m not going for a typical “studio” type experience, shooting cute pictures of animals posing or doing tricks. My desire is to connect with your animal companion on a soul level and shoot to capture their nature and individual personality. That requires time to allow the connection to occur. I very often ask pet guardians to step away for a period of time, and leave me alone with their babies so I can develop a calm and relaxing space from which to shoot. Even the shyest of cats will venture out when given some space and calm energy (and the right toys or treats).
In preparation, you can gather any favorite toys, blankets, treats and other comfort items for your companion, in order to help them feel more relaxed and have a great experience with me.