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Portrait Dream Sheet

 Surrounded by Family

Now that you’ve had your pet and family portraits created what should you do with them? At your consultation with me we will have talked about some ideas but it’s easy to be overwhelmed when presented with all your beautiful images.

Important questions to ask yourself before you sit down to look through your gallery of images with me is where your portraits will be displayed in your home and who and where else you might want to have your portraits.

The first place people think is displaying framed prints and canvas wraps on their walls. Our studio has a special program that can show you your portraits on your wall. All you have to do is tape a piece of printer paper to the wall, snap a photo of the entire wall on your cell phone and text it or email it to me. Then when all of your pictures are ready to view we can see your favorites on your wall at the right size.

Now that we have your house decorated who else would like some of your new portraits? This is where a little bit of thought ahead of time comes in super handy.

Storyteller albums are about 25 of your favorite images presented in a custom album. These are great for your own home and consider giving them as gifts. They’re ideal for Mother’s or Father’s Day, birthdays, holidays like Christmas or as a surprise gift.

Often people order prints for their office or desk, parents and grandparents, and even digital copies for business. What about greeting cards? Maybe you need Christmas cards, graduation announcements, family reunion cards, save-the-date,  or birthday cards. We design custom greeting cards for any occasion.

Here is a handy Dream Sheet you can fill out before your viewing and ordering appointment. It will help you organize and prepare for who all might be on that special list to receive your portraits.

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In this blog post once you have your prints home here’s how you can easily hang them on your wall.

 

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10 Tips to Prepare People for Portraits

Now that Fluffy and Fido are camera ready it’s, your turn!

10 Tips to Prepare People for Portraits

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1. Sleep does wonders for our body. Get a good night’s rest before your photos.

2. Make sure no pesky coffee crumbs are hiding out. Brush your teeth right before your session.

3. Even if you think they won’t be in the photos, file or paint your nails.

4. Avoiding jumping on a new hairstyle right before your session. If possible get those haircuts about a week before.

5. Men need to trim facial hair to desired look.

6. Choose clothing that is comfortable with minimal patterns. Bring a few options to your session if you are unsure.

7. Clothing should compliment your animals. If you have a white cat then wearing a white shirt would blend you both together. A light blue shirt, for instance, would look good with a white kitty.

8. Consider bringing props. A favorite scarf, heirloom jewelry, trophy, etc.

 9. Tame the hangry. Have a snack or a meal before the session.

10. Arrive with a smile 🙂

Preparing your dog and cat for a portrait session in previous posts.

 

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10 Tips to Prepare Your Cat for Portraits

Is your kitty ready for their big debut?

Here are 10 Tips for Preparing your Cat for Portraits.

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1. Groom at least one to two days before the photo session. Look for matts close to the face. Have tissues for eye goobies or any other random needs. Keep a brush close by to tame last minute snarls.

2. If you have a young/playful kitty play with them for a while just before the photo session.

3. Only feed half breakfast if your cat is food motivated this way during the session you can give plenty of treats but not over feed him and still keep attention.

4. Keep safety in mind. Most cats are photographed inside. If you want to go outside put a leash or harness on. If you have a catio that is even better.

5. Prepare your environment. Don’t plan anything out of routine that day. Avoid any stressful household activities like vacuuming. Try using a calming spray or diffuser a few hours/day ahead.

6. If you’re going to be in the photos think about what you’re going to wear. Usually I suggest a color that’s a little contrast to the cat so if you have a white cat wear a dark shirt if you have a darker cat wear a lighter shirt.

7. Practice handling your cat. If you cat won’t tolerate being held or placed please let your photographer know.

8. Consider props if your cat has a favorite toy or blanket Include them in some of the images.

9. Bring an assistant this could be your spouse your kids or your cat’s best friend. That said the fewer people “on set” the better.

10. Prepare yourself. If you are in a good mood your cat will be in a good mood. Patience and positivity go a long ways.

10 Tips to Prepare Your Dog for a Portraits in previous post.

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10 Tips to Prepare Your Pup for Portraits

Is your pup ready for the big day of modeling?

Here are a few tips to prepare your dogs for their portrait session.

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1. Groom at least one to two days before the photo session. Don’t groom on the same day as the session as that may cause too much activity and stress for your dog.

2. Take your dog out to exercise before the session, that gets all those zoomies out they will be a  little calmer for the session.

3. Only feed half breakfast if your dog is food motivated this way during the session you can give plenty of treats but not over feed him and still keep attention.

4. Keep safety in mind always have the leash on your dog on location. some people actually go buy a fancy new collar which is fun. If you want to edit out the leash just make sure it’s a thin plain leash. Bring extra water if on location. If you want to capture off-leash images be sure to go to a fenced in dog park or private fenced-in property.

5. If you’re going to be in the photos think about what you’re going to wear. Usually I suggest a color that’s a little contrast to the dog so if you have a white dog wear a dark shirt if you have a darker dog wear a lighter shirt.

6. Be sure to bring tissues or paper towel for all those eye goobies,drool and maybe even mud. And of course remember the poop bags . Bring a brush to tame last minute snarls.

7. Practice basic commands it super helpful to have a dog who will sit for at least a moment and not run off.

8. Consider props if your dog has a favorite toy or blanket Include them in some of the images.

9. Bring an assistant this could be your spouse your kids or your dog’s best friend.

10. Prepare yourself. If you are in a good mood your dog will be in a good mood. Patience and positivity go a long ways.

Preparing your cat for a portrait session is next!

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