Years ago, when Dolly was a much younger pup, I took her for a portrait sitting. It was at a nearby park and part of a fundraising event for an animal-welfare organization. For $50, the professional photographer donating her time took 12 images of Dolly and delivered them on disc a few weeks later.
I treasure these photos. Not only do they capture my Dolly girl before radiation therapy left a bald patch on her right leg, a constant reminder of the potential for cancer recurrence, they are simply the best images of her I have. With that in mind, I put together five reasons why you can’t beat a professional pet photographer.
Technological advancements have made high-quality equipment much more affordable for amateur photographers, but amateurs are still amateurs. Professional photographers not only have the cameras, lenses, and other equipment needed to get the perfect shot, they have the training and experience to do so.
Dolly’s personality shines through in the portraits of her from that day years ago, but by no means do the images come close to what today’s professional pet photographers can capture. The best take into consideration not only the personality of your dog but also his or her lifestyle.
Let the professional crawl around on the grass — or jump in the pool — while you sit back, relax, and watch the action unfold. You might just pick up a few pointers to improve your own shooting skills.
A professional pet photographer also has the know-how to get the best images in the least amount of time. They typically charge by the hour and have no desire to waste their time or yours.
During Dolly’s session, I was allowed to be in one shot, and one shot only, for identification purposes. Today’s professional pet photographers, however, strive to capture the bond between you and your dog, resulting in a treasured photo that will surely hang in a place of importance in your home for years to come.
Have you used a professional pet photographer? Please share your experience and any tips on choosing the best one in the comments! Also, if allowed by copyright, post your favorite photo from the session!