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The importance of Dog Photography to capture the love for your pets.

"They are our family and we want to remember our time with them. We'd like you to capture their personality before is too late".

These were some of the requests I received from Oscar and Ajax's parents. They are both pure breed Rhodesian Ridgeback. Oscar is 3 years old, and Ajax is 11 and he had suffered from cancer. They wanted to celebrate their life shared with their pets now that Ajax still had some energy left.
They booked me for a 2h Lifestyle Dog Photo Session to ensure we had the time to capture their personalities and not to rush things.

During the consultation, they told me that Oscar loves to play soccer, that his tongue is the longest tongue they've ever seen and that he is a jumper. When I asked about their senior dog Ajax, they were clear they wanted me to capture his quiet personality. He likes to observe things passing, laying around and cuddle.

So with all these things in mind and with my camera gear, this was the end result.

And here a selection of my favorite photos from the session. 

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Autumn Dog photography session in Header's Park, Walnut Creek

Fall is my favourite season. It’s that time of the year where the temperature and the light is just perfect. It’s also time for red leafs, nuts, beautiful sunsets and cozy afternoons at home with a thick blanket.

But leaving in L.A, there’s no chilli days, the light is super harsh and definitely, no red leafs at all! So when I had the chance to go back to my dear city of San Francisco for a few sessions I was thrilled! 

One of the sessions I did was for this buddy: Gunner, an 8 year old rescued yellow lab. 

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For my sessions I always like to look for a unique location for each of my dogs. Looking at Gunner I knew I wanted something that could match his color and his warm and playful personality. I found that a dog photography session in Header’s Park (Walnut Creek) was perfect for him. We met early in the morning to catch the sun’s gentle light and to avoid too much human/dog traffic.

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The Gift Certificate session was for 45 minutes but the the first 30 Gunner spent them just running like crazy chasing ducks and sniffing every single corner of the park. Despite being 8 years old and a bit overweighted, he was fast enough to escape from me and my camera. He definitely was having a blast and I didn’t want to stop him.

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When you do a session with Frame Your Pet, I really take the time to capture your dog’s personality and some dogs just need more time to relax. Also, a dog photography session is a life-time experience and it needs to be fun for both pets and humans and rushing people is not the best approach. 

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I knew that Gunner needed some extra time and this is what I gave him. 
After a while, he was super happy and relaxed, giving me these beautiful dog portraits.

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Here are the best photos from the session!


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Dog photography session at Baker Beach with the Golden Gate Bridge

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Dog photography session at Baker Beach with the Golden Gate Bridge

I can’t thank you enough for all you have done for Oliver and me, and I don’t think words can share how amazing this experience has been! Again, THANK YOU! You are an absolute godsend and I am so lucky to have had the chance to work with you.
— Marie A.

This week I met with Marie and her right hand Oliver. Oliver is a 11 year old Border Collie mix that was rescued when he was a puppy. Marie was fostering him when he was a puppy and after a while, their connection was so strong and so special that Marie adopted him. Oliver was her first dog (now she owns 2 more which trains at her Dog Training Center in San Jose) and as a first dog, he was also her first love. They´ve share so many things in life that now that Oliver is a senior dog, she wanted to capture him in all his splendor before it´s too late.

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During my consultation with Marie (a very important step towards designing the perfect photo session) she told me that they love to go on walks at the beach. Although Oliver doesn´t like to be in the water (despite the benefits of it, specially for his arthritis), we decided that Baker Beach would be the perfect place for the dog photography session. She had the idea of him with the Golden Gate Bridge behind Oliver and I was very excited about the idea. I love the Golden Gate Bridge! 

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For the way Marie talked about Oliver, almost with watery eyes, I saw how special was this for her. Growing up with a dog it´s a life changing experience and thinking a life without him was unimaginable for her. Her story with Oliver was very moving and I wanted to give them the most special session possible. So I decided to do the session during the sunset. For photographers, there´s what we call "the magic hour" which are those 3 minutes just right after the sun sets. The light in the sky is as beautiful as fleeting. As fleeting as that instant connection you make with somebody.

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Despite some physical limitations for Oliver (he gets very stiff after some running) he did very well. He even got wet paws for me! :)

Here are my favorite photos from that day.  

When Marie saw the photos, she was so happy that she couldn´t hold some tears of joy (I have to admit that I also let a tear go...). These are her words:

"I can't thank you enough for all you have done for Oliver and me, and I don't think words can share how amazing this experience has been! Again, THANK YOU! You are an absolute godsend and I am so lucky to have had the chance to work with you".


If you have a senior dog and you are thinking to capture him or her, contact me today and share what you have in mind. I´d love to work with you! 


Session selected as my favorite one of 2014! See the rest here.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional Pet Photographer

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7 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional Pet Photographer

It’s convenient to snap pictures of your furry friends with your camera or smartphone when a cute or playful moment presents itself, but those aren’t the photos that you’re going to want to print and frame. For display, you’ll want professional pet photos that are done with taste and grace.


Here are some the reasons that make professional pet photography a worthwhile investment:


1. The puppy stage is very short

We all melt when looking at photos of puppies. It's the sweetest thing ever and we all wish we could have a puppy again. You may have had a puppy once, but you barely remember it because the puppy grows so fast! Who doesn't like to search for puppy photos? The beautiful pictures of little and clumsy animals, sleeping or playing, with great light, keeping all the details and the softness. High end photography is hard to achieve with iPhones and those types of photos don't do justice to your dog at all.

Those playful, cuddly puppies will grow up fast. You’ll want to capture this moment so that you will be able to remember it when your friend becomes an adult and eventually a senior. This is the sweetest and most innocent phase of your pet’s life, and before you realize it, it will be gone. So the sooner you immortalize it in photography, the better.

Boxer puppy with her mom during his puppy session with Frame Your Pet Photography.

Boxer puppy with her mom during his puppy session with Frame Your Pet Photography.

2. Animals don’t last forever

I wish they did, but they will die some day and then what will you have? 1000 photos in your Dropbox all with bad lighting and resolution enough for an 8x10. Many of my clients are booking what I call Rainbow Sessions. It’s for pets who are nearing the end of life either due to old age or an illness. It’s great to get those photo opportunities in before it’s too late, but why not get a new photo shoot done with them every couple of years, when they’re still strong and healthy, so that when they do pass, you’ll have something to illustrate their whole life.

Saying goodbye to your companion is never easy. So before it’s too late, this is a wonderful way to capture those last precious moments

Saying goodbye to your companion is never easy. So before it’s too late, this is a wonderful way to capture those last precious moments


3. Your pet is part of your family

We all take professional pictures with our spouses or families. Why not honor your beloved pet with a quality photo shoot as well? Pet photography also has the ability to be more artistic in lighting and backdrops than family portraits. Imagine the action shots, the cute poses and expressions framed perfectly on your wall. Family portraits, when displayed, tend to be no larger than 8x10, but an artistic pet photo can look great at larger proportions.

Cooper's family gave themselves a gift with beautiful family portraits in their home.

Cooper's family gave themselves a gift with beautiful family portraits in their home.


4. Pet photography done tastefully can become a piece of art

This isn’t stock photos or store-bought décor. This is unique and personalized art. Photos of animals make great pieces of art. But instead of spending thousands of dollars on a photo of a horse or dog you don't know, now you have the chance to have your own custom made piece of art of your cat or dog.

As an artist and photographer, I understand your needs for such art and that's why I created my Fine Art Sessions, which are meant to serve as large gallery mounted prints worthy of display. My photos are elegant, striking images that you will feel proud to have in your home.

Visit my  Wall Art galler  y  to see more examples on how I can turn your cat, dog or horse photos into a masterpiece.

Visit my Wall Art gallery to see more examples on how I can turn your cat, dog or horse photos into a masterpiece.

 

5. Photography takes skill

You might take some great photos, but they still won’t have the professional touch to them. A career pet photographer has the training, the equipment, the experience, materials, and supplies to produce a gallery-quality portrait. The professional pet photographer will not only provide you with images that you never thought possible, but will shoot thinking about colors and composition. Also, the professional lenses are able to capture the light and details that no point and shoot camera or iPhone can. Plus, a skilled pet photographer will take care of fine tuning the image: removing eye bugs, removing the leash from the photo, removing people in the background, enhancing the fur details, the colors, etc.

To create a more piece of art more than just a quick shoot of the moment, the photo needs that fine tuning that only a professional pet photographer can provide.

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Akame's mom bought a Fine Art Session with Frame Your Pet and this is one of the photos of their session. They actually decided to print and mount this one on 24x36 aluminum piece. 

Related article: Why custom pet photography is expensive

 

6. Memories are priceless

Pet photography is a bit of a luxury, but once you capture those moments with your friend, you’ll have them forever and will have no doubt of their worth. We all return to photos from time to time when we feel nostalgic: photos of when we were kids, when we had that trip to the Grand Canyon with all the family, the Christmas evening when Grandpa was still with us, our wedding day. Photos immortalize that moment in time, that split second that will no longer be with us. Only the photo is the proof that that day existed and we lived it. So memories are not only priceless; they tell the story of our life. And cats and dogs are our life too. They grow up with us, they share every day with us and our kids, so it's very important to have their presence in our lives documented. This is especially true when you don't have children, as many do not. Pets are very much our family, and family in any form is a treasure.

Shino turned 17 years old and his family decided to celebrate it with a professional pet photography session to capture his personality before it was too late.

Shino turned 17 years old and his family decided to celebrate it with a professional pet photography session to capture his personality before it was too late.


7. If you are a pet business, you need high quality marketing material

The quality of your marketing speaks volumes about the quality of your products or services. Look at any company and you’ll see that their sales increase in direct correlation to their marketing budget. The more you advertise, and the better your advertising is, the more customers will notice you and entrust you with their business. If you want your business to grow and see an increase in customers or client, taking your advertising and display materials to the next level with customized, professional pet photography is going to be key.

A Spanish Horse Breeder and Horse Club commissioned Frame Your Pet a series of Fine Art equine photography to illustrate their high-end service. The photos are being use for their website and marketing activities such as brochures, printed ad's, posters etc.

A Spanish Horse Breeder and Horse Club commissioned Frame Your Pet a series of Fine Art equine photography to illustrate their high-end service.
The photos are being use for their website and marketing activities such as brochures, printed ad's, posters etc.

CONCLUSION

Of course, you’ll still want to take your own photos when the right moment strikes, but for the purpose of creating art and important keepsakes, only a professional pet photographer can deliver the quality you desire. Take the time to schedule your photo shoot today!

 

Related articles: Tips to choose the right pet photographerHow good dog and equine photography can help boost your business.


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