Tips To Prepping Your Pet For Their Big Photoshoot

Pet photography is all about celebrating the moments with your pet that matter the most to you. It is a way to enjoy your pet now, as well as holding onto those special memories with your most hairy family member later. Anne Lord, as an avid pet lover herself, enjoys capturing those moments and unique relationship between pet and family member. Bringing you and your family a special way to honor your love for your special pet through her photography. 

So maybe it’s your first time having a pet professionally photographed. Maybe you’ve had it done before and loved the photos so much you wanted more. Whatever the situation, the day is quickly approaching for your pet’s big photoshoot! Here are 4 quick tips to help prepare your pet for the camera.

Tip #1  Gauge your pet’s energy

If you have a high energy furry friend getting some exercise is especially important. Taking them out for playtime, or a walk before your session can help your pet be more relaxed and focused during their photo session. However, if your pet is an older one, they may need some extra rest, maybe even a little nap, before their big moment. You know your 4-legged friend best and what would help them feel relaxed, so you can plan accordingly. 

Tip #2  A few of their favorite things

Prior to your pet’s photoshoot, take the time to collect a few of their favorite treats and toys. Some various treats to help direct your animal’s attention when posing is immensely helpful! Pick out some of their favorite toys, and maybe pick out some new ones in a color that would pop. Toys can always help encourage your pet to make some of their adorable or playful expressions in front of the camera. It might also be a good idea to bring a long your furry friends brush for grooming, waste bags (just in case) and anything else that you think best for your pet!

Tip #3  Grooming needs

Depending on your pet’s breed, grooming needs can vary. Whether you groom your furry friend at home or take your pet to a groomer, plan ahead to have your pet groomed and trimmed before your photo session. For example, if you pet has that scruffy look with hair that can cover the eyes, a trim will help frame their face, and make it easier to capture their facial expressions when hair is not in the way. 

Tip #4  Most of all have fun! 

The most important tip is to have fun with your pet! This allows to get those great shots of expression of love and joy between you and your pet. To capture your unique and special relationship with your furry friend in images that will last a lifetime!

Choose Anne Lord for your photography needs today

If you are interested in pet photography in the Leesburg, Virginia area, would like high quality photograph as well as a great experience capturing special moments with your pet, then let’s start a discussion. Call (703) 435-5292 or email for more information on pet portrait sessions.

4 Reasons A Pet’s Portrait Can Warm Your Heart This Winter

Man has wanted to capture a portrait of their furry best friend since the time of cave drawings. Today we have state-of-the-art cameras and imaging software. There are many ways to bring a photograph or image to life. Custom pet portraits are a sentimental possession that will outlive both your pets and humans. Make a memory this winter that will last a lifetime. 

1) Pets are a part of your family

First, and most importantly, pets are not just some furry animals. These creatures live with you, love you and trust you. They give you all their energy and share their special and quirky personality. They provide your family with so much joy and unconditional love that is unparalleled. Just like you enjoy going through old pictures of your family, giving them gifts, making them feel special,  a pet portrait can capture those everlasting memories.

2) Capture memories of your pet forever

As mentioned earlier, pet portraits can be a means of making memories with your pets. With experienced pet photographer Anne Lord, even the process of taking a portrait of  your furry friend—outside or in studio—is fun! Anne is able to highlight your pet’s personality as well as showcasing the relation between you both in images that you can carry with you forever.

3) Customize your house with a pet portrait

Liven up your home with custom pet photography and add a personalized touch to your house. Every family has a portrait of their family hanging up in a place of honor, so why not add a portrait of man’s best friend as well? Perhaps have a beautiful portrait of your furry family member from each year lining your hallway, or a black and white portrait on your mantle, the creative options are endless. Allow the perfect pet portrait to reflect your special friend’s love and the joy they bring you each day.

4) Give the gift of pet portraits

‘Tis the season of gifts. With New Year’s Day and Valentine’s day just around the corner, what better way to spread cheer than by giving the gift of a special portrait of a loved one’s pet? There are so many options now to have a portrait printed on—a key chain, a digital frame that showcases all the images of a pet, a mug, a collage throw blanket. Another option is the gift of a pet photo session given to loved ones and friends.

Choose Anne Lord For Your Pet Photography Needs Today! 

All in all, pet portraits can prove to be a worthy and wonderful gift and addition to your decor. Leesburg, Virginia pet photographer Anne Lord enjoys capturing people with their pets as well as getting a pets’ unique personality to come through her images. Please contact Anne at or 703-435-5292.