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Top Safety Tips for Pets During the Holidays

It’s time to Deck the Halls and get out your Jingle Bells! The holidays are here and we’re ready to get Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and lost in the hustle and bustle of the season! It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and we’d like you to keep it that way, no emergency trips to the vet, please. Let’s not have a Blue Christmas this year - keep these important holiday safety tips in mind for your pet! All I Want for Christmas is You to have a fantastic and safe holiday season with your pet!

Feliz Navidad!

 

Top Safety Tips for the Holiday Season:

 

1.    Baby, it’s Cold Outside: Protect your dog from the cold.  Just because your pal has a permanent winter coat, doesn’t mean he doesn’t get chilly too.  Temps below freezing are just as dangerous for your dog as they are for your children.  You can avoid frostbite and worse by providing outdoor shelter for your dog, shoveling a path to the potty area so he doesn’t have to trudge through snow, and thinking about a coat and/or booties depending on the size of your dog.  Most importantly though, don’t leave your dog outside unattended for long periods of time.  Remember: If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your dog.

 
This is my dog Riff last time we visited Lake Tahoe. He "met" the snow for the first time!

This is my dog Riff last time we visited Lake Tahoe. He "met" the snow for the first time!

 

 

2.    You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: No chocolate or alcohol for your pup.  Treats are abundant this time of the year and it’s all too easy to put down that cookie, that chocolate bar or that cup of eggnog and walk away.  A single bought with too much of either of these things could be fatal to your pup. You need to make sure you put these things far out of your dog’s reach. If you can’t police the goodies at your holiday gathering, it’s probably best to not invite your dog.

 
Keep treats or human food out of dog's reach.

Keep treats or human food out of dog's reach.

 

 

3.    Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Tire out your pet before he arrives! Keep your pet relaxed and sane with the guests begin to arrive by tiring them out before the party starts.  This will help keep your dog safe from over-excitement and stress, and your guests safe from jumping, barking, and excited nips. Take your dog to an indoor dog park or just for a nice long walk before your guests arrive.  Words of Wisdom from Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer himself - A tired dog is a well behaved dog!

 
Make sure your dog has tons of exercise before your guests arrives. Go to your nearest park or beach and make him run!

Make sure your dog has tons of exercise before your guests arrives. Go to your nearest park or beach and make him run!

 

 

4.    Underneath the Tree: Don’t give puppies (or kittens) as gifts. Every year our humane societies and rescue organizations are inundated after the holiday season with animals that were given as gifts over the holiday season. For one reason or another these animals were unwanted, or the recipient was unable to care for them.  If this is something you are thinking about doing, please think twice. Make a gift certificate for a trip to your local shelter for after the holidays and be part of the solution, not the problem.

 
There are tons of perfect gifts for these holidays, but a pet, is not one of them.

There are tons of perfect gifts for these holidays, but a pet, is not one of them.

 

 

5.    Underneath the Mistletoe: Holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are all classic icons of the holiday season - and all are dangerous if ingested by your pet.  Nausea, vomiting, and even kidney failure are possible.  As a pet-safe alternative, consider silk or other artificial plants this year.

 
Always keep an eye on your dog's whereabouts to avoid an emergency.

Always keep an eye on your dog's whereabouts to avoid an emergency.

 

 

6.    O’ Tannenbaum: Avoid Christmas tree mishaps. Pets are curious creatures and to keep them safe this season, make sure your tree is anchored securely in the stand and ensure that extra precautions are taken so it cannot be easily toppled. No one wants a squished puppy under their tree! If your pet is the curious type, or the kind to chew on everything, make sure you hang ornaments and other decor out of their reach.

 
Specially with puppies, have extra care. They love to nail the tooth anywhere.

Specially with puppies, have extra care. They love to nail the tooth anywhere.

 

 

7.    Christmas Cannon: Loud noises can scare your pets! Keep fireworks, noisemakers, party poppers and other loud celebratory noises like popping the champagne cork away from your pet.  Loud noises can set your pet off in a panic and lead to disaster. As much as you want your beloved pet in on your celebration, consider his needs first and go to another room.

 
If you see your dog stressed out, take him to a quiet place and leave with him some toys to entertain himself.

If you see your dog stressed out, take him to a quiet place and leave with him some toys to entertain himself.

 

 

8.     Home For Christmas: Don’t leave your pet alone for too long. It’s a busy season for everyone, but please make sure not to neglect your pet, she’s an important member of your family, too.  Regular potty breaks are just as important, exercise even more so during this hectic time. Consider adding in some extra special play time to make up for the extra hours you’re away from home this season.

 
Holidays are the perfect time to be with your beloved ones, including your pets! Don't neglect them.

Holidays are the perfect time to be with your beloved ones, including your pets! Don't neglect them.

 

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Dog Photography Session in San Francisco, SOMA

I'm a big lover of mutts, so when I was booked to photograph Cooper, a labrador-boxer mix, I was very thrilled.

We did the entire session at home. When I shoot indoors, I like to use a fix lens with my Nikon D600. Since the apartment wasn't very spacious, I used my Nikkor 32mm 1.4 for the entire session, and it was great.

Cooper is a young pup, but his level of energy was very low and it worked perfectly. He was a great model and posed graciously for me.

Since I work only with natural light, we did most of the session in the bedroom because it had abundant natural light. The bed and the blankets turned out to be the perfect accessory.

Cooper on the bed. He looks adorable with the blanket covering his head.

Cooper on the bed. He looks adorable with the blanket covering his head.

Since I started Frame Your Pet, I've photographed a few dogs that were older than 17 years of age. Pretty amazing. All those dogs had something in common: they were part of a family that had tons of love to give. Love is the best medicine for a long and healthy life, not only for humans but also for dogs. I believe Cooper will have a long and happy life!

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I love to capture the bond between pets and owners. Cooper's mom didn't want to miss the opportunity to take portraits of some of the things she likes to do with her pup, like cuddling in bed.

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Some people think that having photos of your pet is a little odd, but it all depends on the eye and the approach taken for the photos. 

I always like to keep the focus of attention on the pet.

I always like to keep the focus of attention on the pet.

For Angela and Cooper, I wanted to create a series of "collages" to illustrate their bond, but do it in a more creative and modern way. So, I got onto the bed and started to take pictures of them together.

Sunday mornings are perfect to be lazy, but they are even better when you share the moment.

Sunday mornings are perfect to be lazy, but they are even better when you share the moment.

Cooper seized the moment to take a nap.

Cooper seized the moment to take a nap.

Here are some more photos from that day.

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Cooper's butt :)

Cooper's butt :)

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One of my favorites. Angela and Cooper resting on the bed. 

One of my favorites. Angela and Cooper resting on the bed. 

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Being a Labrador with some Boxer in his blood, sometimes Cooper's teeth get stuck in the lips. His mom finds it adorable so I wanted to capture this expression in particular. He looks so goofy!

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Would you like to have a session like this with your pet? I'd be thrilled to be your photographer! Contact me to schedule your free consultation and let's talk about what I can do for you.


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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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This photo was taken with an iPhone.

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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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