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Capturing Paw-some Moments – What if my dog won’t behave on its photoshoot?

What if my dog wont behave on its photoshoot?

My dog isn’t well trained!

What if my dog won’t sit still!

My cat is very timid!

These are valid points and questions asked by clients but I can put their mind at rest.

It takes less than a second to take a photo so your pet so it does not need to be on its best behaviour the whole time.  There’s no need to worry, I should be able to get some amazing photos of your dog or cat and its personality during your session.  If I don’t think the photos are great then I am happy to do another photoshoot free of charge as I want you to really love your photos.

You can see below from Luna’s pet photoshoot, she was full of energy but I managed to get some great shots of her.

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Luna Marlow dog portrait


Here are some helpful tips and tricks to ensure a successful pet photography session, even if your dog decides to be a little ‘ruff’ around the edges.

  1. Patience is a Virtue: Dogs, much like humans, can have off days. It’s essential to approach the session with patience and understanding. If your dog is feeling anxious or hyperactive, they will be given time to acclimatise to the new environment before diving into the shoot.
  2. Familiarise Your Dog with the Setting: I will discuss with you before the shoot where it should take place. Is is best to be done at a venue you dog is familiar with. This could be a favourite walk or even your garden. Familiarity can help alleviate anxiety and make your dog more cooperative.
  3. Bring Their Favourite Toys and Treats: A great way to grab your dog’s attention is by using their favourite toys or treats. Bring along items that make them happy and associate the photoshoot with positive experiences. This can help in capturing those genuine, joyous moments.
  4. Timing is Everything: Schedule the photoshoot during a time when your dog is typically more relaxed, perhaps after a good walk or play session. A tired dog is more likely to be calm and cooperative, making it easier to capture those precious moments.
  5. Stay Calm and Positive: Dogs are incredibly perceptive to their owners’ emotions. If you remain calm and positive, your dog is more likely to mirror those feelings. Keep a cheerful attitude, and your dog will likely follow suit.
  6. Embrace the Candid Shots: Sometimes, the most endearing photos come from candid moments. If your dog isn’t following your every command, let them be themselves. Candid shots can capture the true essence of your pet’s personality and create memorable images.


In the world of pet photography, unpredictability is part of the charm. While it may be challenging if your dog doesn’t behave as expected, it’s essential to remember that every wag of the tail and every playful leap contributes to the uniqueness of the photo session. With patience, preparation, and a positive attitude, you will get some paw-some memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Get in Touch to let the furry fun begin!

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