Is your dog fearful, shy, or not great with other dogs? Do they need a bit more time to feel comfortable in new situations, with new people, at new places? Are they older, slower, palliative and maybe need a calm, quiet atmosphere?
My approach when photographing pets is one of patience and taking the session at a pace that's suitable for them.
With over 10 years of photographing dogs who are either in, or have been in the care of a rescue or shelter, I tend to gravitate to those who need a bit more time to feel comfortable in front of the camera. As well, I want to provide an opportunity to those dogs (and the lovely humans who are helping them along), by creating a comfortable space for them to help keep their stress or anxiety in check and if I'm lucky, build a bit of trust and make a new friend along the way.
Some of the stress-reducing options can include: play breaks (to get out any extra wiggles that may be building up), a treat game, a wee nap, having you sit with them or offer a reassuring touch, background music (from calming sounds to heavy metal - whatever their jam may be) or a quick jaunt outside to the yard to reset.
The results? A short story that captures and embraces your dog's expressions, emotions and personality.
My studio is located on a quiet residential street and I ensure there is lots of space between bookings so things aren't rushed on my end and your dog doesn't have to meet anyone they don't want to.